Chicago Fire season 8, episode 8 recap: Seeing is Believing

"Seeing Is Believing" Episode 808 -- Pictured: David Eigenberg as Christopher Herrmann -- (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC)
"Seeing Is Believing" Episode 808 -- Pictured: David Eigenberg as Christopher Herrmann -- (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC) /
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“Seeing Is Believing” Episode 808 — Pictured: Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey — (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC) /

Chicago Fire brought back memories of Otis’s death in Seeing is Believing. Find out what happened in our Chicago Fire season 8, episode 8 recap.

This week’s Chicago Fire brought back memories of the season premiere, in a good way.

Wednesday’s episode “Seeing is Believing” drew a direct line between the mattress factory fire that ended last season and started this one, putting Christopher Herrmann (David Eigenberg) on the warpath.

Meanwhile, Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) began his work as an arson investigator and promptly got himself into hot water by trying to vindicate an arsonist instead of searching for one.

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

Suspicious fires

Severide arrives for his first day at OFI, and he could not look less enthused. Van Meter hands him a whole stack of old cases that “just need a once-over and a rubber stamp,” but double-checking other people’s work is not Severide’s idea of a good time.

Back at Firehouse 51, Stella is approached by Chief Wallace Boden (Eamonn Walker), who tells her that she’s been signed up to teach a class at the fire academy. She’ll be teaching a Physical Conditioning class for new cadets, and it’s another big career move for her, if she can remember what that class is actually about.

Joe Cruz (Joe Minoso) shows up still riding high on the new success of the Slamigan, while Emily Foster (Annie Ilonzeh) says the rent on her apartment is going up. But everyone’s financial situations have to wait for the newest fire, which is a house fire apparently started by an incense burner. Ritter (Daniel Kyri) is able to rescue the house’s occupant while Herrmann and company hold the fire back.

But when it’s out, Herrmann doesn’t think it has anything to do with incense, or the candle the woman thinks started it. He believes there might be foul play at work, possibly from the neighbor who just happened to be on the scene when they got there? Chicago Fire has him put his investigative hat on, and when he and Ritter flip the couch over, he sees something he doesn’t like: the tag proves the couch was made in the same factory that killed Otis.