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Chicago Fire Review: Saying Goodbye

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"It Ain't Easy" reintroduced the suspected teenage arsonist we met in "Two Families," and this time the firehouse wasn't quite as welcoming.

If there's one thing we've learned about these men and women, it's that that they look out for their own first. If Ernie started the fire that moderately injured Vargas' lungs, you knew he was going to be in for a world of hurt.

It turned out that the injury to Vargas may have saved his life, making it kind of hard to be angry at the person who started it. After an examination, they discovered he was well on his way to emphysema, continuing the lifestyle of a firefighter with all the dangers of inhaling smoke and other toxins would only speed up the ride to end his life. Vargas had to retire.

As always, I teared up. This time it was when they gave him a goodbye gift of his helmet, signed by the entire house. 

Dawson & Severide

Sarah Shahi debuted this week. After being rescued by Kelly, she dropped by the firehouse to give him some chocolates and ask him to lunch. Renee Royce was a forward woman, for sure, but Kelly was dead wrong in his assessment that she was attracted to him because he rescued her. Is Kelly the hottest drug addled character on television with salt and pepper hair? He has my vote. I think he had her's as well.

Could Kelly getting involved with Renee finally be the catalyst to get him out of his drug cycle? Maybe caring for someone other than himself will make him realize he has something to lose, and that his life is worth saving. As it stands, I don't think he cares enough about his life stop his habit and get the help he needs. 

With Vargas having a hard time leaving the house, quite literally - he came back immediately after he retired and didn't leave - Kelly made himself even more irresistible to Renee by inviting Vargas to their dinner. There are good things coming for Severide. I can feel it.

Vargas, on the other hand, was completely lost. Dawson and Casey were having their big moment after Casey helped her with some home repairs and they were ready to share dinner, listening to Aimee Mann's "Save Me" when Casey got the call. Vargas was on the ledge, contemplating suicide. He had nothing else and didn't know what to do. My grandfather was a fire commissioner. The fighters never left the job. They may have retired, but they were always in the game. Time will tell how involved Vargas stays with House 51.

Tonight was a night of unfinished stories. Boden didn't give up on Ernie, and yet we're no closer to understanding what's going on in his life. My guess is he was kidnapped or something and is living with this "Uncle Ray" who served time for arson. I'm feeling pretty good that Ernie is a victim of some sort and Boden's on the right track.

We also had Cruz's brother Leon, deeper in gang territory than ever. He was jailed and bonded out, but Cruz wasn't satisfied. He paid a visit to the dudes in control, but even threats didn't keep Leon safe. He landed at Joe's feet after being tossed out of a car, battered and bloodied. Will the rest of the firehouse come to his aid like they did for Casey when he was being terrorized by Voight?

So much was left up in the air, but a lot was moved along, as well.

Next week will be the mid-season finale with a promise that the last two minutes will take our breath away. Since Chicago Fire comes close to doing that every week, I can't even imagine what's in store. In the meantime, check out the Chicago Fire quotes, add your own if they were missed and drop your comments on the episode below.

Review

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I love this show. Never thought after 3rd watch that i would love one again. I was wrong. Hope to see it for years to come. Way to go NBC!!!

Sarah silva

You would think that now that Casey, Vargas and Boden all know that something is off with Severide and that he is injured that Severided would smarten up and tell Boden and get medical assitance but he is being stubborn and mean at times to Shay and even Casey when all they are in concerned. I still see it coming back to bite Serveride in the ass, I think they will be at a call and Severide will not be able to save someone as his shoulder will give out and there will be some possible law suits or something huge!
That being said, if a guy as hot as Severide saved me I would want to buy him dinner too, eventhough Casey is more my type.
I want to know what that creepy guy Ray is doing with Ernie, they are not related....looking forward to learning more about this storyline!

Sarah silva

Another fantastic episode!
I love this show! However the one thing I do not like is Casey and Dawson. I prefer her with Mills, they have more chemistry!
I felt so bad for Vargas! However I also think it was a blessing in disguise as they were able to diagnose that he was on his way to emphysema. I cried too when he was given the helmet they all signed and I was worried when he came back to the firehouse, I feared something was going to happen and I liked that Severide called Casey to come and help talk Vargas off the ledge of the roof!
You would think that now that Casey, Vargas and Boden all know that something is off with Severide and that he is injured that Severided would smarten up and tell Boden and get medical assitance but he is being stubborn and mean at times to Shay and even Casey when all they are in concerned. I still see it coming back to bite Serveride in the ass, I think they will be at a call and Severide will not be able to save someone as his shoulder will give out and there will be some possible law suits or something huge!
That being said, if a guy as hot as Severide saved me I would want to buy him dinner too, eventhough Casey is more my type.
I want to know what that creepy guy Ray is doing with Ernie, they are not related....looking forward to learning more about this storyline!

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love this show. hope to see more of severide and Mills'sister

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I thought this was the best episode of the season. Dealing with Vargas being placed on long term disability, watching him come back to the firehouse, and then almost killing himself was the most emotional I've gotten all season. I really hope they keep him on the show and deal with his struggles. I thought Chief Boden was quite excellent this episode too, getting more screen time than usual. I was scared myself when he was screaming at Severide in his office. I'd like to see him give more intense speeches kind of like how Andre Braugher does. I think think the story about the kid is kind of predictable. I figured he was living with some abusive person brain washing him. I hope they are able to settle that matter soon and get that kid safe. I'd like to see Herrmann change his mind that the only way for this kid to learn is to be thrown into the system, and take him under his wing and mentor him. That moment between Casey and Dawson was seemed to last forever, and I had never wanted two people to kiss more than at that moment. It's bound to happen, and I hope soon. Enough with Severide's shoulder already. I'm glad people are saying something to him about it, but it something serious needs to happen or just let it heal. -Mouch going struggling up the stairs was nice and subtle comedy in a very emotional episode

Leon alexis

Great show! Too bad one of them had to leave. Crying on a roof,now he probably will be drink for entire his life seating on a couch watching TV 'cause there's nothing left to do. This job changes people!
Love this show!

Chicago Fire Season 1 Episode 9 Quotes

Look at you, all lit up light a Christmas tree.

Shay

Kelly: Miss Royce?
Renee: Yes?
Kelly: There's a well known phenomenon where people who have been rescued become attracted to the men that help them. Believe me, this will wear off in 30 minutes, tops.