Chicago Fire season 6, episode 19 takeaways: Where I Want To Be

CHICAGO FIRE -- "Where I Want To Be" Episode 619 -- Pictured: Monica Raymund as Gabriela Dawson -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "Where I Want To Be" Episode 619 -- Pictured: Monica Raymund as Gabriela Dawson -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC) /

Did Chicago Fire end Cordova’s story the best way? What about Stellaride? Here are our Chicago Fire season 6, episode 19 takeaways.

Last night’s Chicago Fire shook up the firehouse, so it’s time to talk about everything that just happened and what we’re all supposed to do from here!

Thursday’s episode was called “Where I Want To Be” and saw Jake Cordova (guest star Damon Dayoub) leave Firehouse 51 after being accused of theft. Meanwhile, Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) followed through on the comments she made earlier this season, and moved out of the apartment she shared with Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney).

If you missed any of this Chicago Fire episode or just want a refresher on the events that we’re discussing, you can catch up with our “Where I Want To Be” recap.

Here are our Chicago Fire season 6, episode 19 takeaways:

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1) Did Cordova get a bad rap?

Cordova is gone, and Chicago Fire fans always knew Cordova would be gone, because Otis had to come back (and more on that in a minute).

But how did you feel about his ending? On one hand, as Dawson pointed out, Cordova came into Firehouse 51 gunning for Otis’s job and did himself no favors.

Yet by the end of the episode, Fire seemed to want us to feel sorry for him, as he was falsely accused of theft and then emoted about how he just wanted a permanent place to land after two years of floating through the CFD.

And then, he turned down Casey’s job offer because he’d come to think he just brought too much trouble to 51.

Cordova is not necessarily wrong in that assessment, but “Where I Want To Be” shows that he could’ve had more potential as a character if we’d gotten to know him a bit more beyond his past with Dawson. We do kind of feel bad for him; maybe he can go hang out with Jason Kannell.

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2) Did Stella make the right decision?

Stella surprised Severide when she moved out of his place and into an apartment previously inhabited by Christopher Herrmann’s (David Eigenberg) son.

Spooked by learning that Severide had briefly been married and afraid she’d become just the next in a long list of short-lived relationships for him, Stella decided to put some physical distance between the two (although at least they didn’t break up).

It’s up to you if you think Stella moving is what’s best for her and Severide’s future. She wants to slow their roll a bit, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but to an extent it feels like yet again, his history is being held against him when he’s genuinely trying to make something work.

And almost more importantly, will this latest choice annoy Chicago Fire fans who’ve already seen Stellaride deal with enough changes and pitfalls over the last two seasons? The episode did end with Kelly saying he didn’t care, but it’s still another issue thrown in their way.

And for those of you who had Option 4 in our Stellaride’s future pool, we congratulate you on technically choosing correctly.

3) How will Otis do when he comes back?

“Where I Want To Be” ends with implying that Otis (Yuri Sardarov) will be back on Truck 81 by the next episode. He’s seen encouraged as he goes in for his next doctor’s visit, while the absence of Cordova means that Truck now has Otis’s spot open again, and there’s no reason for Chicago Fire to introduce some other fill-in.

But just because Otis is coming back, doesn’t necessarily mean he’s going to be the same Otis he was when he left. At least, it wouldn’t be smart if he came back and immediately started doing a ton of hard work—he probably should ease back into his job. And will his outlook have changed because of what he went through? It’ll be worth keeping an eye on him in these next episodes.

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What did you take away from this week’s Chicago Fire episode? Leave your thoughts on “Where I Want To Be” in the comments.

Chicago Fire airs Thursdays at 10/9c on NBC.