Chicago Fire season 7, episode 15 preview: What I Saw

CHICAGO FIRE -- "What I Saw" Episode 715 -- Pictured: Eamonn Walker as Wallace Boden -- (Photo by: Parrish Lewis/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "What I Saw" Episode 715 -- Pictured: Eamonn Walker as Wallace Boden -- (Photo by: Parrish Lewis/NBC) /

What should fans watch for in the Chicago Fire crossover episode? Get ready for tonight’s episode with our Chicago Fire season 7, episode 15 preview.

This week’s Chicago Fire is particularly big, because it’s the first part of a One Chicago crossover, and so it’s no shock that there are a few surprises lined up.

Wednesday’s installment is called “What I Saw,” and if you’ve been a fan of this franchise long enough to have seen crossovers before, you have a general idea of what to expect from the plot of the week.

This episode will have a massive fire, big enough to make it a two-hour event, and the fire will be suspicious. After all, if it wasn’t, there wouldn’t be anything for Chicago PD to investigate!

That’s the general premise which has set up several crossovers before; audiences have already seen it once this season, when the September crossover started with an apartment building on fire.

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Five months later, there’s an apartment fire in this one too, as you can see by playing the video at the bottom of this article. Hopefully this one does not involve someone close to the One Chicago family, because the last time really didn’t end well.

Plot details aside, there are two things about “What I Saw” that stand out, and both have to do with which characters are involved.

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The first is that the character who’s central to the crossover is Joe Cruz. Joe Minoso‘s character doesn’t regularly get these kinds of serious storylines, let alone in a crossover.

He’s usually used for comic relief, with the occasional exception (most recently in the midseason break when Chicago Fire had his new girlfriend involved in a car accident).

It’ll be excellent to see Minoso get to flex his dramatic muscles, and to see how much this crossover actually gets into Cruz’s head, because he’s going undercover with the cops which is the same thing his brother had to do seasons ago. This is deja vu, and it’s worth seeing how much Chicago Fire points that out and/or makes use of it.

The other point to watch for is that this is the episode where Gary Cole finally makes his overdue return as Fire Commissioner Carl Grissom. Cole was unavailable for a long while, leaving Grissom feeling like a loose end more than a real threat.

Why is he back now? Is it just because this crisis is that big, or is he around to grind an axe again? Will he actually help the situation, unlike the last crossover where Jerry Gorsch just stood there useless? Chicago Fire can do so much with the Grissom character, but again, it’s going to have to fit that into the overall craziness of a two-hour plotline.

How much can the show actually do in this first half, while also setting the story up for the next episode of Chicago PD, and making sure it doesn’t all come out rushed? This is a real balancing act, not just a great piece of entertainment.

Fans love these events but they also come with so much work to do to make them as big as they have to be. Watch how well Chicago Fire sets the table here, then keep watching to figure out if PD pays it off.

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