Chicago Fire season 7, episode 16 takeaways: Fault In Him

CHICAGO FIRE -- "Fault In Him" Episode 716 -- Pictured: (l-r) Yuri Sardarov as Otis, Christian Stolte as Randy "Mouch" McHolland -- (Photo by: Parrish Lewis)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "Fault In Him" Episode 716 -- Pictured: (l-r) Yuri Sardarov as Otis, Christian Stolte as Randy "Mouch" McHolland -- (Photo by: Parrish Lewis) /

What should One Chicago fans learn from this week’s Chicago Fire? Look closer at Fault In Him with our Chicago Fire season 7, episode 16 takeaways.

What did One Chicago fans learn from the latest Chicago Fire episode? Here’s what we took away from this week’s installment, “Fault In Him.”

“Fault In Him” featured Fire Commissioner Carl Grissom (recurring guest star Gary Cole) fighting for his job, and looking to Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) to help him. Meanwhile, Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) was traumatized after almost being shot in the face.

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) Is Grissom good now?

Was anyone else surprised by Chicago Fire‘s about face when it came to Grissom? After spending part of last season and part of this season making him the biggest antagonist, this episode depicted him as a sympathetic figure.

It wasn’t just that Severide came to his defense. It was Chief Wallace Boden (Eamonn Walker), who had been Grissom’s opponent for the top job, saying that he thought Grissom was a positive force for the fire department. It was saying that he wasn’t really into the politics, but was just doing what he thought he had to do.

But what about the falsified records from last season? And his sending Jerry Gorsch to torment Firehouse 51? Do we forget all of that?

The Grissom we saw this week didn’t jibe with his past behavior, unless being the Fire Commissioner made him have some sort of epiphany about his past actions. Are we supposed to root for him now? And if so, who’s going to be the next big bad for Chicago Fire?

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2) Feeling sorry for Brett

Poor Sylvie Brett (Kara Killmer). She got dumped by her boyfriend, because he felt uncomfortable after Casey didn’t like that Brett had told him about the shooting.

While Kyle (recurring guest star Teddy Sears) has somewhat of a point—people tell him things in confidence, often very personal, and he doesn’t want anyone to think that they can’t trust him—it was still a bit of a head-scratcher. Why introduce this new relationship for Brett just to torpedo it a few weeks later? Remember, she didn’t even ask Kyle to dinner until the midseason finale, so they were only a couple for a handful of episodes.

Especially after all the heartbreak over Brettonio, it seems rough for Brett’s next relationship to be so short-lived; if you’re going to take her out of something the fans loved, give them another ship they can get behind. We’d like to think she and Kyle could get a second chance, but that wouldn’t seem likely; after all, the reason he gave for dumping her isn’t going to change.

3) Did Foster cross a line?

Emily Foster (Annie Ilonzeh) had an odd moment in this Chicago Fire episode. While administering medical help to a man having an allergic reaction, she noticed he happened to have experience as a hockey player…and convinced him to help Otis (Yuri Sardarov) win $10,000.

In fairness, Frank wasn’t having a huge medical emergency like a gunshot wound or a missing arm, but he was still a patient. So it came off a bit opportunistic for Foster to ask him about his hockey experience while administering his IV.

While she presumably didn’t ask him to help Otis until after he was okay, the edit made it look weirder since she first broached the subject while she was still on the job—and he was still on his couch having trouble breathing. This is one of those cases where having time for an extra scene to show that kind of stuff happening afterward would’ve been great.

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