4. A Breaking Point
The drama of Chicago Fire season 6 was well and truly set in motion by the season’s fourth episode “A Breaking Point.” It just wasn’t in the way we expected.
With Casey’s promotion ceremony ahead, Dawson made a trip to get a congratulatory gift for her husband—only to land herself in a trouble when the parking garage ceiling collapsed, leaving her and others trapped inside. With no cell phone service and the rest of Firehouse 51 having no idea where she is, Dawson had to deal with injured civilians and the threat of further collapse totally on her own.
Our Paramedic in Charge swung into action, taking charge and trying to do what needed to be done until help could arrive. But almost immediately, Dawson butted heads with Will Tucker (guest star Dan Feuerriegel), who attempted to pull military rank and get control of the situation for himself. A large part of this Chicago Fire episode was the two of them unable to agree, with the other survivors trying to decide who to trust before something worse happened.
And because this is Chicago Fire, of course something worse happened. They had to deal with a support pillar threatening to crumble and carbon monoxide leaking out from a car engine. Dawson and Brandon (guest star Kai A. Ealy) managed to reinforce the pillar. They then pinned down the location of the carbon monoxide leak and Tucker decided to take one for the team; he went off to seal it, despite the danger of exposure.
The action came to a head when one of the civilians repaired the garage’s elevator phone, allowing Dawson to reach a now informed and very worried Casey. Together they came up with an escape route, and we ended up with a heart-stopping moment where Dawson didn’t seem to have made it out. It was just a brief scare, though; she had gone back for Tucker, and she and Casey were able to rescue him before the garage came crashing the rest of the way down.
“A Breaking Point” showed us the resourcefulness and determination of Gabby Dawson. She fought to save lives and then put herself in harm’s way to save the man who had been fighting against her. It was Chicago Fire‘s showcase for Dawson and Monica Raymund, and kept us on the edge of our seats.