Chicago Fire star David Eigenberg is One Chicago Center’s Performer of the Week for Oct. 17, for his work in Chicago Fire season 7, episode 4.
Firstly, it was just good to see Herrmann get promoted to Lieutenant last week, even if a large part of his promotion was because Chief Wallace Boden (Eamonn Walker) was filling a position to keep someone else from getting it.
Herrmann had tried for promotion once before and screwed it up, so it meant something to see him actually get those rank pins in this Chicago Fire season 7 installment, and watch how he did on his first official day as a supervisor.
Every One Chicago fan knew that it would come with some snappy humor, and David Eigenberg definitely delivered the snarky one-liners we were all waiting for.
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But what was a pleasant surprise was how he got to show off Herrmann’s more serious side, and why he does indeed make a great Lieutenant.
Dealing with Barnes and his pranking was only funny to a point. About midway through the episode, it was just annoying. Chicago Fire solved the problem when Herrmann put the other man in his place.
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Eigenberg was great in that moment. It wasn’t just about him standing up for himself, but about what it means to be a firefighter, and a leader at that. He was reclaiming those rank pins to show Barnes he needed to respect their entire occupation.
How David Eigenberg delivered those lines was so perfect, it prompted chills. He showed that Christopher Herrmann might be funny, but he’s also not a man to be messed with. Especially not now that he has authority around Firehouse 51.
David Eigenberg has always been underrated on Chicago Fire, but this episode felt like it was fixing that problem. Herrmann wasn’t just getting the spotlight for an episode; now he’s got a new rank and hopefully a larger part of the show, too. If nothing else, Eigenberg showed us how he’s still the most memorable part of the cast.
Everyone on this show is fantastic, but Eigenberg has a way of stealing scenes with just a look, or a quip, or in this case the way he can flip a switch to show Herrmann’s most serious side, ever. He was brilliant this week, and hopefully it’s just the start of something.
Congratulations to David Eigenberg of Chicago Fire for being our Performer of the Week! Which One Chicago stars impressed you the most this week? Tell us in the comments.