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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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I think Casey's mom was laying a guilt trip on him to try to get to stay with him. He needs to stay in his moms life for now but she does need to get out of his house. I don't trust her. I hope Dawson's deal doesn't bite her or her brother in the butt in the long run. Love Herman he is a stand up guy! Pouch and Mouch are too cute together. Mills cooking was making me hungry! I don't like the way Renee's brother is putting pressure on Severide to bring his sister back. Your her family you fight for her and leave Severide out of it. First you blame him now you want him to help her? Shay, Clarice and Severide are bothering me thinking they can just take a man's baby and he doesn't have a say in it. They get the baby and they will let him see his child from time to time. Really? Clarice is flake and I am really surprised that Dawson has not said anything to her about this. Somebody needs to tell these 3 the truth! Maybe Boden will since he seems to be the father figure who is kind but doesn't mind kicking you in the butt when it is needed. NBC please bring this show back next year!

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I thought this was a fantastic episode!
I love Hermann too, I love that he stood up to that guy, it was a little dangerous but he did it! Major respect for Hermann! When they bought the bar and they were told that they had to keep that guy happy, my first thought was when will pne of Hermann's buisness ventures work out. I am so glad this one will.
I want to know what it was that Casey's dad said to his mom, also is that the real story or a lie so that he will change his mind and let her stay? I think that Casey will be on a bit of a downward spiral as he will feel guilty. His relationship with Dawson is fractured too.
I still prefer Dawson and Mills. I can see Dawson doing anything to protect her brother but now that she owes Voight a favor I do not think anything good will come of it.
I also do not think that Daniel will be okay with the 50/50 custody, I have a feeling he will kidnapp their son and force Clarice to go back to him.

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Can't be action packed every episode. Monica R. is a great actress. Severide's scene with Renee was really ackward, like what the heck ya doin'. I'm not crazy about the baby scenes with Kelly - ugh. I love Hermann - he's adorable!! Happy Valentine's Day everyone! :)

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I may be in the minority but I did not find the episode all that action packed!? Maybe I missed the scene, but why did Caseys mom start with the excuses when he walked in the door?!
And they seem to always leave us hanging? Are we to just imagine how Kelly got out of that wetsuit? Was it sticking to him? What was he wearing underneath? How cold was he? Really, these are the things viewers need to know!?