Chicago Fire season 7, episode 20 recap: Try Like Hell

CHICAGO FIRE -- "Try Like Hell" Episode 720 -- Pictured: Taylor Kinney as Lt. Kelly Severide -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "Try Like Hell" Episode 720 -- Pictured: Taylor Kinney as Lt. Kelly Severide -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC) /
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Chicago Fire dug up an old mystery and a new romance in Try Like Hell. Find out what happened in our Chicago Fire season 7, episode 20 recap.

This week’s Chicago Fire started a potential season-ending storyline and finally owned up to what fans have been suspecting for months now.

Wednesday’s installment “Try Like Hell” saw Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) investigating another fire that looked suspicious, except this time Severide was arguing for someone’s innocence rather than trying to prove their guilt. As he embarked on his latest crusade, Chicago Fire dropped a hint that this plotline could continue all the way to the season finale.

Meanwhile, if One Chicago fans still had any skepticism, this episode also confirmed that the show is pushing toward a new romance between Sylvie Brett (Kara Killmer) and Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer). But, at the same time, it already introduced a hurdle that they’ll have to get over if they are really going to hook up.

Click through this slideshow to find out what happened in the latest Chicago Fire episode for each of your favorite characters, starting with:

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CHICAGO FIRE — “Try Like Hell” Episode 720 — Pictured: Eamonn Walker as Battalion Chief Wallace Boden — (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC) /

The burning salon

Chicago Fire kicked off with Severide explaining to Joe Cruz (Joe Minoso) that he had just finished clearing out his father’s house after it was sold. He still had to get Benny’s cabin squared away, leading to Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) questioning how much this was messing with her ex-boyfriend’s head.

On the apron, members of Engine 27 accused Christopher Herrmann (David Eigenberg) and the gang of not returning a nozzle that belonged to them. They threatened to report the crew to the battalion chief if it didn’t turn up, despite Cruz’s assertion that it had already been brought back. Luckily, a fire alarm broke up the argument.

Our heroes rolled to a salon fire, which they had to evacuate from in a hurry thanks to some exploding cans. What is it with things exploding on Chicago Fire? After that blew over, the team rescued one woman who had taken a nasty fall and Severide had to comfort a woman whose dog had likely just died in the fire. Seriously, show? Was it necessarily to kill a dog, albeit off-screen?

Returning to the firehouse, everyone was confronted by Chief Wallace Boden (Eamonn Walker) holding an invoice for the missing nozzle. He wanted to know where it was yesterday. Upon hearing the crew’s pleas, Boden called the other chief and stuck up for them while throwing the invoice in the trash. But, um, they weren’t actually proven right yet…

Brett and Emily Foster (Annie Ilonzeh) wound up at Chicago Med, where they ran into Kyle Sheffield (resurfacing guest star Teddy Sears). Foster made an excuse to leave Brett and Kyle alone so Chicago Fire could have the obligatory awkward moment between exes. Kyle was quickly called away while Brett looked on sadly.