Chicago Fire season 1, episode 10 rewatch: Merry Christmas, Etc.

Chicago Fire season 1 promo art. Photo Credit: Courtesy of NBC.
Chicago Fire season 1 promo art. Photo Credit: Courtesy of NBC. /

Look back at where Chicago Fire began this summer. Read our retrospective on the tenth episode as we rewatch Chicago Fire season 1, episode 10.

Over the One Chicago summer break, we’re looking back at where it all began by rewatching the first seasons of our shows—and today we’re revisiting Chicago Fire season 1, episode 10.

If you want to rewatch this episode along with us, you can find Chicago Fire season 1 on iTunes and DVD.

The tenth episode is also the show’s first Christmas episode, and so fittingly it’s called “Merry Christmas, Etc.” which is an incredibly clunky title but at least it conveys the holiday theme.

Just like the Thanksgiving episode, though, there’s all kinds of drama involved.

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Half the team puts out a house fire, only to be accused by the homeowner of stealing a diamond necklace. Of course, this doesn’t seem like such a big deal anymore when you consider that five seasons later they’d be accused of stealing drug money.

But here’s something else that will remind viewers of Chicago Fire season 6: Otis (Yuri Sardarov) uncovers that the accusation is a scam. He can stop both fraud and dishonest parents. Maybe when he retires, he’ll have a second career as an insurance investigator.

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Elsewhere, this is the second straight episode with an almost-kiss between Gabriela Dawson (Monica Raymund) and Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer). It’s not uncommon for shows to have more than one close call in a budding relationship, but to have them in back-to-back episodes feels fast.

But Dawson’s drunk, and Casey knows that’s not how this should go down, even if she’s upset at him for the perceived rejection. Watch it again by playing the video below:

Between Dawson being mad at Casey, and Leslie Shay (Lauren German) moving out unexpectedly on Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney), Chicago Fire sets up one of its now-infamous cliffhanger scenes as this episode ends with Ambulance 61 being hit by a speeding car.

The first time, it came as a shock, but the second time around you can see how the show is clearly building up to it. The tension on both sides clearly exists to ramp up the stakes when the ambo is hit, because naturally it’s worse for everyone involved—and the fans—if we think the last scenes for one or either character could be them having a fight with the people they care about most.

It feels a bit odd that “Merry Christmas, Etc.” is such a downer of an episode around what’s such a happy holiday, but that also makes it stand out. Watch it again on iTunes and DVD, just don’t think you’ll be getting into the holiday spirit.

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