Chicago Fire Review: Lie To Me

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"Better to Lie" dipped into the past this week, as Shay made a big decision, Benny Severide confessed a secret and Hermann got to the bottom of the box.

Severide & Shay

Shay’s decision to have a baby all alone was a little impulsive to say the least. She’s not exactly in the right frame of mind. Yet everyone but Dawson was on board or noncommittal to this choice. Support and love are one thing after a relationship ends, but supporting potentially poor decisions without voicing opposing thoughts is another.

What’s worrysome is how Shay deals with Clarice aftermath because she might make a decision to have the baby now, but, like the dragon tattoo, she could have a complete change of heart and things may be too late at that point.

Kelly’s father, meanwhile, was back in the picture and he brought quite a loaded history with him. Treat Williams is proving to be a wonderful match for the cast, as Benny expands the scope of the characters back into the past. He brings plot elements with him that didn’t necessarily have strong ties to anything into completely different contexts.

Benny’s reveal that he knew about Boden’s affair with Mills’ mother puts all of Boden’s speeches to Mills in a light that is almost inconceivable to the character. Boden is always leading with his heart and trying to make sure his men are taken care of, but one of his core attributes is he follows the rules and keeps his head down. In fact, he made that very same “keep your head down” speech to Mills not so long ago.

But the reveal was also the perfect accent to his character. We’ve gotten small glimpses of Boden’s past in his marriage and they’ve shown that he’s a good man with flaws. The difference is the reasons we attach to Boden’s flaws have now changed, and it’s exciting to speculate where his character will now head.

Naturally, Dawson was the first person to overhear Benny’s argument with Boden and this certainly puts a damper on her now official coupling with Mills. They’ve been together out in the open for just a few hours, and Dawson is already dealing with information that can change everything. If she tells, or if she doesn’t, Dawson is in a position of drawing the short straw.

The bar mystery proved to one of the sweetest things that’s happened on Chicago Fire Season 1 and it’s great to see Hermann’s luck finally stay up. Once again, it’s great to see Hermann sticking with his morals and following them through to the end. Not only do they have clear consciences but a name for the bar: Molly’s.

A Few More Thoughts:

  • The men and women sure clean up well.
  • Casey and Heather were pretty cute together.
  • Kelly continually tells Shay she's his girl. Anyone else wondering if he'll be a sperm donor if Shay's baby decision continues?
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Editor Rating: 4.0 / 5.0
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OMG! Lots of hooking up on this show, and I don't mean Severide. Wow, Chief. Would like to see some of the personal, home life of the other characters -- Mouch or Otis. Yeah, I'm thinking Taylor and Lauren are buddies off screen. Nothing wrong with that, and it shows on screen. Gotta have my Taylor Kinney twice a week! Yeah, Tues. and Sat. nights!


I completely agree with the reviewer that last night's reveal by Benny now puts a whole new light on Boden's conversation with PeterMills about keeping focused on his job and not getting distracted by a workplace relationship, but I'd add that it's also interesting to note that Boden used Kelly Severide as an example for Mills to follow. I think that Benny, knowing what happened to Mills' father, drilled it into Kelly's head how important it was to not get distracted while he was training as a 'candidate'. If that's the case it's very nice continuity on the part of the writers.


I am wondering if Severide has feelings for Shay? Yes, I know Shay is a lesbian and I doubt she's interested in Severide. However, the scene at the Banquet when they walked in together he was beaming.