Chicago Fire season 7, episode 19 takeaways: Until The Weather Breaks

CHICAGO FIRE -- "Until The Weather Breaks" Episode 719 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kara Killmer as Sylvie Brett, Annie Ilonzeh as Emily Foster, Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide, Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "Until The Weather Breaks" Episode 719 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kara Killmer as Sylvie Brett, Annie Ilonzeh as Emily Foster, Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide, Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC) /

What can Chicago Fire fans learn from Until The Weather Breaks? Look closer at this week’s episode with our Chicago Fire season 7, episode 19 takeaways.

What did One Chicago fans learn from the latest Chicago Fire episode? Here’s what we took away from this week’s installment, “Until The Weather Breaks.”

“Until The Weather Breaks” featured a young boy stowing away and hiding at Firehouse 51, until the team figured out that he had witnessed a double homicide—and the killer was looking to keep him quiet permanently. Meanwhile, Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) had her jealousy rear its head again.

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) Does Foster’s sexuality matter?

This episode opened with Emily Foster (Annie Ilonzeh) mentioning she was blowing off a date with another woman. It then got a bit awkward because Sylvie Brett (Kara Killmer) mentioned that she had thought the woman was straight, and Foster’s reply was, “So did she.”

It’s perfectly fine that Foster is bisexual; the show hasn’t had a main character represent the LGBTQ community since Leslie Shay. But what, exactly, was the point of those last two lines?

Why does it matter that Foster got a supposedly straight woman to date her? It makes it sound like some sort of accomplishment, or like Foster is a little too aggressive when it comes to flirting. And none of that discussion added anything to the episode’s plot.

It’s great that Foster can represent an underserved part of the One Chicago community, but her love life doesn’t have to be sensationalized like that. Let’s just treat her romantic life the same as all the other characters and leave it at that.

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2) Was everyone too naive?

Chicago Fire fans probably caught on to John Garrett well before the camera revealed that gun in his waistband. From the moment the character appeared on screen, his shifty behavior made it so obvious that he wasn’t a firefighter from Detroit. Which begs the question: did the characters take too long to figure it out?

Obviously, Otis (Yuri Sardarov) and company didn’t see the gun the way that the viewers did. And especially Otis is known to be pretty trusting and amicable with everybody, so he was likely to be more accepting than if it were anyone else who’d first stumbled upon John. But this felt like a case of dramatic license. Nobody asked any questions about John’s car, his journey or his work—until, of course, it was later in the episode and time to reveal that he was the bad guy.

Joe Cruz (Joe Minoso) had a valid point about the value of Firehouse 51’s open door, but a little more due diligence would probably do the squad good. After all, this is the firehouse that gang members once took over, too. Things like this are not exactly irregular.

3) Is a Casey and Brett romance ahead?

Fans have speculated for a while this season that Chicago Fire will eventually pair up Brett with Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer), and “Until The Weather Breaks” certainly fueled that speculation with the whole vacation talk. Whether or not you ship it, you have to admit there are some clues pointing in that direction.

For one, the One Chicago series tend to ship their main characters together rather than pairing a regular with a recurring guest star. Just look at Chicago Med, which purposefully ended some good ships and has now paired almost all of its main cast off with each other. Chicago PD‘s long-term ship is also between two main characters. Fire is more the exception right now than the rule.

With Stellaride clearly not that over, Foster off doing her own thing and the rest of the house in relationships of their own, Brett and Casey are the two characters who are definitively single at the moment. So if Casey were to get paired with anybody, it’d be Brett. And there’s already a story angle there, in Casey dating his ex-wife’s former partner. So don’t be shocked at all if this season ends with at least a hint that these two could hook up.

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