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Chicago Fire Review: Family for Favors

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"Nazdarovya!" was one action packed episode of Chicago Fire, as Casey dealt with his mother, Hermann took control, Shay’s baby woes continued and Dawson took a very dangerous route to clear Antonio’s name.

Dawson & Antonio Find Trouble

I’ll echo past thoughts about Casey’s mother in that she has some very deep anger issues. They might be due to the systematic abuse she was put under by her husband, but when she snapped and finally killed him I wonder if she gained a sense of power and authority she never had before. Now that she’s out on parole I don’t think she wants to totally give up that power – she might be following the lines of the law – but Casey’s quest for answers was sending her anger rising.

Her speech to Casey just about confirmed this suspicion; she commited the murder to protect him, but she saw an opportunity and went for it. She may have been meek and quiet under the thumb of Casey’s father, but she’s living life her way now. She’s not afraid of saying some venomous things to Casey and I’m glad he’s decided to throw her out of the house.

Hermann’s business venture became shadier by the minute with Arthur, but Hermann never ceases to surprise me with his honor. Every time he faces a situation, usually one that is shady or goes against his morality, he finds a way to rise above it. He’s a kind and decent man who went against the bully, mobster cleanup crew to right their wrongs even if it meant giving up some of his profits to do so. I hope this venture finally works out for him.

Shay, Clarice and Severide’s baby woes took a backseat this week, but the threat of sole custody is still looming over Shay and Clarice. I’m glad Shay agreed with Clarice that they should offer 50/50 custody. Daniel doesn’t deserve to be shut out of his own child’s life if he hasn’t committed any wrongdoing. If Daniel does screw up, he’ll have an entire firehouse to contend with (and I don’t think anyone wants be on the wrong side of Boden).

Finally, Dawson’s quest to clear Antonio’s name certainly opened up a can of worms by speaking to Voight, and, while I fear that Dawson may have opened up herself up to a favor she might not want to return when the time comes, I’m ecstatic to have Detective Scary Pants back in the midst of my screen. He’s been far too delicious of a villain in Chicago Fire Season 1 to rot in jail and I’m hoping he’ll bring plenty of ruthlessness back again for an encore.

Other Thoughts

  • Pouch and Clarice’s little boy are currently running for most adorable on Chicago Fire.
  • Kelly’s meeting with Renee the first was pretty awkward.
  • The house that collapsed from the hoarder this week was pretty awesome, and it’s cool to see all the different tools the firefighters use on various calls every week.
  • Kelly will make one great father.

Review

Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.4 / 5.0 (58 Votes)

Nick McHatton is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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Who would´t do anything to save their brother? You make a deal with whomever you need to.
I hope Casey stays firm in his decision that her mother has to go, even though it was the condition of her parole that she lives with him (in a stable home or smth).
I like Kelly but am less and less interested in his storylines, FF through most of them. Clarice and baby need to leave, booooring and heartache waiting to happen for Shay.
WTG Hermann!!!

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casey and dawson never gonna be together so forget them

Leon-alexis

Pouch is such a good actor!
Uh,I'm sorry,Is mom okey!? I don't think soo!

Blu

I soo agree with serenity and grimmfan. I do NOT like clarice. I think she's shady and her husband, shay and her baby will suffer. I hope her husband gets full custody because clarice is just unstable and it is irritating the hell out of me that they have the audacity to think that they can shut this man out of his own child's life! What is that? He hasn't done anything wrong! He isn't the bad guy or the enemy! I don't care for that scenario at all but Kelly looked adorable holding the baby. Oh Dawson. She was more foolish than usual but it'll lead to some interesting stuff that's for sure. Glad Casey kicked his mom out.

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LOVED IT.....didn't like dawson going to the cop, who made casey's life HELL...weither it was to HELP her brother or NOT....i'm getting SICK of her playing BOTH casey and mills. casey's mother was released, because it was agreed she would STAY with her son...and she had RULES she had to FOLLOW...and she hasn't from day 1....i don't blame, casey for throwing her out. loved seeing severide with the baby....i agree, the father should be part of the kid's life...but, he isn't just dealing with the 2 ladies....he's got kelly and FIRE HOUSE 51 to deal with. not sure about the bar thing....i think, it's gonna end up biting them in the butt. alisa

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LOVED IT.....didn't like dawson going to the cop, who made casey's life HELL...weither it was to HELP her brother or NOT....i'm getting SICK of her playing BOTH casey and mills. casey's mother was released, because it was agreed she would STAY with her son...and she had RULES she had to FOLLOW...and she hasn't from day 1....i don't blame, casey for throwing her out. loved seeing severide with the baby....i agree, the father should be part of the kid's life...but, he isn't just dealing with the 2 ladies....he's got kelly and FIRE HOUSE 51

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Would be a great series if they would stivk to one or two story lines. To many things happening at once with far to big a cast to hold your interest. Action shots on these are the best part of the shows.

Snakethecritic

★★★☆☆TV (90's TV) Really good drama , but IT'S afraid to blossom into Great Entertainment. I'm barely hanging on and mostly as it's my one NBC show. Needs work , get some consultants. ASAP... ....

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Chicago Fire is always good. Loving this show more and more and most of the characters. WTG Herman!! Soooo glad they kept Pouch - what a sweetie. Severide with the baby is adorable but I don't trust Clarice. If she breaks Shay's heart again, she'd better look out.
I am SO against domestic violence since I lived through it in my childhood. Since some of it a learned response to life's pressures, I'm leery now of Casey's mom being the manipulator or at least trying to. I don't think we know even a little part of what really happened but I thought part of her release was contingent upon her living with Casey. Anyone?
The acting on this show is very good. Look forward every week to Wednesday night.

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I'm glad they didn't kill Dawson's brother. I was really afraid they were going to. Kelly with the baby (does the kid have a name yet?) is adorable, but I'm still not loving Clarice/Shay. Did they seriously think Daniel wouldn't want to be in his child's life, that they could just shut him out? And as for Casey's mom...he asked a perfectly reasonable question and she freaked out on him. I'm glad he told her to find somewhere else to live. She may have killed her husband to protect Casey, but it wasn't self-defense. And what about her daughter? She doesn't seem to even care about her.