Chicago Fire season 8, episode 7 takeaways: Welcome to Crazytown

CHICAGO FIRE -- "Welcome to Crazytown" Episode 807 -- Pictured: Eamonn Walker as Battalion Chief Wallace Boden -- (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "Welcome to Crazytown" Episode 807 -- Pictured: Eamonn Walker as Battalion Chief Wallace Boden -- (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC) /

What can Chicago Fire fans learn from Welcome to Crazytown? Look closer at this week’s episode with our Chicago Fire season 8, episode 7 takeaways.

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

“Welcome to Crazytown” featured Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) being offered a job, only to realize there was more going on with this latest career opportunity than he imagined. In other news, there was a fracas between Christopher Herrmann (David Eigenberg) and a patrol cop with a big ego.

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) Finally, someone gets it

The main plot of this episode proves that Derek Haas and the Chicago Fire writers pay attention to how the show is received. It’s almost become a running joke that Severide is an expert arson investigator, so it felt perfect to have him in a storyline where he’s actually becoming one.

With all the arson stories he’s figured out over the last seven and a half seasons, it’s a wonder that this plot hadn’t happened earlier. And it’s going to be a lot of fun to see how Severide works now that it’s his job to figure out arson cases. Now he has to work by OFI’s book, instead of doing things his own way, and that probably won’t go well for him.

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2) What’s up with the patrol cops?

Between this episode of Chicago Fire and recent episodes of Chicago PD, the line officers of the Chicago Police Department are being made out to look pretty terrible. Not so much that the guy here didn’t move his patrol car—he was trying to focus on an an armed suspect—but in filing a complaint and the way he escalated it afterward, this officer was a total idiot.

But that selfish attitude has also been displayed by officers who appear on PD, too. We’ve said it in our coverage of that show, but it’s kind of surprising how unflattering a picture the One Chicago shows can paint sometimes, when they need to use cops/other cops as antagonists. It seems like characters are either total heroes like the Intelligence Unit, or total bad guys like this one.

3) Are Casey and Brett overdone?

Anybody else thinking that Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) and Sylvie Brett (Kara Killmer) need to figure themselves out? Whether you’re a Casey and Brett shipper or not, Chicago Fire is dragging things out when it comes to their possible relationship. “Welcome to Crazytown” proved that there are only so many “awkward conversations between Brett and Casey” scenes that can be written.

It doesn’t matter if the show wants to ship these two or not. (Maybe not given the recent news about Casey’s ex-wife.) But the “will they, won’t they” of it all is reaching its expiration date.

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