Chicago Fire Review: A License for Liquor
"A Little Taste" gave us a taste of what’s to come on Chicago Fire - and things are really beginning to heat up for Station 51.
First, let's talk that cliffhanger with Antonio. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly where Antonio was at mentally, and I was veering towards him being on the same drug that was messing up all the patients on Dawson and Shay’s calls. But it looks like his erratic behavior is from paranoia. I think he realized the new dealers in town were on to him and it caused him to continually watch his back and become more manic since he wasn’t sleeping.
How Dawson is going to react in the aftermath, though, is really intriguing, as we all know she is prone to diving headfirst into everything. And that’s usually for people she doesn’t know very well. She’s also playing a big part in Antonio’s fake alibi.
As if that wasn’t enough for Dawson, she’s now head first into a love triangle as both Mills and Casey know she has a thing for both of them, and I’ve now surrendered my ship. I actually enjoy what both guys bring out in her, and I’d much rather just enjoy the ride and see if she chooses either of them rather them constantly compare them.
Casey’s Mom is now back in his life, and home, after being put on parole. While I understand her want to get back out into the world and live her life, there is something to be said for Casey’s way. It would certainly make more sense to acclimate to society after being in prison for years rather than immediately heading out on dates with pen pals.
Still, she did voice her disapproval of Hallie once again, so she’s not completely brainless.
Speaking of brainless, what were Shay and Clarice thinking? That the baby’s father would just willingly go along with this arrangement? That makes no sense, and literally no one mentioned this at all to Shay, not even Kelly.
Kelly is also back in firefighting shape one month after his experimental spinal surgery, and it’s great to see the show passed by the fear I had last week of him possibly returning to painkillers to cope with it. The newest development in Kelly’s life is Eric Whaley, the brother of his fiancé Renee (not to be confused with the one we know!). It’s interesting to see the juxtaposition this new Renee gave to Kelly’s life: that he ended up being the one who was cheated on. Even after finding out he spared the Renee’s family, this news after she wrapped her car around a pole.
Now that Renee is into drugs, will Kelly offer a helping hand to her like he was?
A Few More Thoughts
- Otis ends up staying! Kelly’s trick worked.
- Hermann’s new venture with Otis and Dawson to buy the bar sounds like another Hermann disaster waiting to happen especially when the silent partner is part of the crew that boarded it up. The same crew that the guys called mobsters.
- Mouch is noticing Cruz is acting weird.
- As the episode was airing NBC added another episode to Chicago Fire Season 1. It’s not exactly surprising considering how well the show has grown over the course of its season and when compared to how poorly Smash and Do No Harm are doing.
Chicago Fire: "A Little Taste"
Nick McHatton is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.