Chicago Fire season 7: Where we left off

CHICAGO FIRE -- "The Beginning is the End is the Beginning" Episode 709 -- Pictured: Joe Minoso as Joe Cruz -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "The Beginning is the End is the Beginning" Episode 709 -- Pictured: Joe Minoso as Joe Cruz -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC) /

Chicago Fire returns this week, so make sure you’re caught up by reading our refresher guide with all the Chicago Fire season 7 highlights.

The midseason premiere of Chicago Fire is just days away, so are you caught up with everything that’s happened in the season so far?

In case you need to refresh your memory, or if you’ve missed any episodes, we’ve put together a catch-up guide with all the important points from the first nine episodes.

We’ve broken down every plot twist and big moment by character so it’s easy for fans to recall what’s going on with their favorite character(s) when the season resumes on Wednesday.

Here’s everything you need to know about Chicago Fire season 7 before new episodes begin; read below for the rundown, then don’t miss the return of Chicago Fire on Jan. 9 at 10 p.m. on NBC.

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Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) opened the season saying goodbye to wife Gabriela Dawson (Monica Raymund), who returned to Chicago only to tell him she was taking a permanent job in Puerto Rico. The two were said to have divorced off-screen.

Casey already has a new love interest, Naomi Graham (recurring guest star Kate Villanova), a reporter who asked for his help investigating trailer park fires but also quickly began crushing on him. In the midseason finale, Casey kissed Naomi and took her back to his apartment, where they had sex.

But afterward, he discovered someone had set the place on fire!

Severide and Stella

Stellaride fans got an early shock when, during the One Chicago Crossover, Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) suffered injuries and was rushed to Chicago Med. She underwent a risky surgery that cost her part of a lung, but otherwise she made a full recovery.

Kelly Severide’s (Taylor Kinney) father Benny Severide (Treat Williams) had a stroke and died off-camera, before his son had a chance to say goodbye. But before his death, Benny called in a series of favors to get Commissioner Grissom’s lackey Jerry Gorsch (recurring guest star Steven Boyer) kicked out of Firehouse 51.

Meanwhile, Stella’s high school friend Tyler (Tye White) arrived in Chicago and reconnected with her, but Severide was convinced that Tyler had a romantic interest in Stella. The situation got so tense that in the midseason finale, Stella called Severide out for being jealous and the two spent the evening apart.

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Chief Boden (Eamonn Walker) dealt with the fallout from Carl Grissom being named Fire Commissioner at the end of last season. He dealt with Gorsch moving into Firehouse 51 and trying to throw his weight around.

When Gorsch wanted to bring in one of his own candidates to fill a vacancy in the house, Boden responded by promoting Christopher Herrmann (David Eigenberg) into the position instead. He and Gorsch went back and forth until, thanks to Benny Severide’s intervention, the other man left the firehouse.

Brett and Foster

Sylvie Brett (Kara Killmer) welcomed new partner Emily Foster (Annie Ilonzeh) after Dawson’s exit. Foster’s past was slowly revealed: she was a disgraced former medical student who was expelled for cheating. Foster was given the chance to re-enroll in medical school in the last new episode, but turned it down to stay on Ambulance 61.

Foster’s old friend Kyle Sheffield (recurring guest star Teddy Sears) was named the new chaplain, and Foster tried to set him up with Brett. Brett took a liking to Kyle, and followed Foster’s advice by asking Kyle out to dinner in the Chicago Fire midseason finale. New couple alert!

Herrmann, Cruz, Otis and Mouch

Things were all over the place for the fabulous foursome. Herrmann was surprised by his new job, while Joe Cruz (Joe Minoso) helped a woman named Chloe (guest star Kristen Gutoskie) when he helped her out of the fire during the crossover episode. Chloe and Cruz started dating, and though Chloe was involved in a car accident, she survived.

Otis was diagnosed with PTSD on Chicago Med after being traumatized by seeing the dead bodies of a woman and her child during the same crossover fire, but the issue didn’t come up again. And Mouch brought a new member into the firehouse when he mentored candidate Ritter (guest star Daniel Kyri) after the younger man freaked out, also during the crossover episode. That’s a lot of stuff happening in one crossover, isn’t it?

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