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

CHICAGO FIRE -- "What I Saw" Episode 715 -- Pictured: (l-r) Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide -- (Photo by: Parrish Lewis/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "What I Saw" Episode 715 -- Pictured: (l-r) Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide -- (Photo by: Parrish Lewis/NBC) /

What should One Chicago fans learn from this week’s Chicago Med? Look closer at the latest episode with our Chicago Fire season 7, episode 15 takeaways.

What did One Chicago fans learn from the latest Chicago Med episode? Here’s what we took away from this week’s installment, “What I Saw.”

“What I Saw” featured Joe Cruz (Joe Minoso) reluctantly going undercover to help out Chicago PD‘s Intelligence Unit when it became clear a firefighter was involved in a string of robberies. While that was going down, another romance appeared on the show’s radar.

If you missed any of this week’s episode or just want a refresher on the events that we’re about to discuss, you can catch up with our Chicago Fire recap.

Below are our takeaways from this week’s episode:

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1) Grissom’s back!

Chicago Fire showrunner Derek Haas mentioned it in our interview months ago, and this week audiences finally got to see Carl Grissom (Gary Cole) make his return to Firehouse 51.

The show had to write around Grissom to a certain extent, since Cole’s been busy on other shows (you may have seen him on the CBS comedy Fam, for one example). But it was good to have him back, and for the show to also acknowledge what had happened in his absence.

It had felt weird that Grissom wasn’t seen at the memorial for Benny Severide (Treat Williams), since Benny and Grissom were longtime friends. But this episode included a moment where Grissom spoke about Benny’s death, even though it didn’t have to. It was nice to see that mentioned, and to see that despite all of his antagonism, Grissom was able to be a three-dimensional character who mourned a friend and cared about his son.

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2) Cruz is terrible at going undercover

Joe Cruz is a firefighter, not a police officer, so he shouldn’t be expected to be great at undercover work. But “What I Saw” proved that he should never be asked to do this again.

Cruz’s nerves were evident throughout the episode. Part of that is probably because Chicago Fire wanted to build up the dramatic suspense about him getting caught. But the nervous way he’d be looking around, the awkward way he’d speak, the questions that he wasn’t able to sell in any way whatsoever—it’s a wonder that he wasn’t figured out.

Speaking of, the episode missed an opportunity to get more use out of his brother Leon (Jeff Lima). Leon came back to warn his brother about the dangers of undercover work, but once he agreed to do it, why not have Leon pop up again to give him some tips from his experience? Like maybe how not to sound so nervous all the time?

3) Stella gets another boyfriend, again?

“What I Saw” also hinted that Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) was finding love with a man she had rescued from a fire. Firstly, is that how our characters date these days? After all, Cruz met his new girlfriend Chloe (Kristen Gutoskie) the same way! And at least those two got to know each other a little bit—for this guy to flirt so strongly with Stella after he had maybe a few minutes of interaction with her feels incredibly fast.

But secondly, didn’t we just do the “Stella dates someone else and Severide gets jealous” plot last season? Remember Zach the Hazmat officer (Daniel di Tomasso), who things went bust with after she mentioned Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) too much? Between that and the way this new guy is being written, it feels like this is just a speed bump for Stellaride and one we’ve seen before at that.

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