Chicago Fire season 8, episode 16 takeaways: The Tendency of a Drowning Victim

CHICAGO FIRE -- "The Tendency of a Drowning Victim" Episode 816 -- Pictured: (l-r) Annie Ilonzeh as Emily Foster, Kara Killmer as Sylvie Brett -- (Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "The Tendency of a Drowning Victim" Episode 816 -- Pictured: (l-r) Annie Ilonzeh as Emily Foster, Kara Killmer as Sylvie Brett -- (Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC) /

What can Chicago Fire fans learn from Wednesday’s episode? Look closer at this week’s episode with our Chicago Fire season 8, 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, “The Tendency of a Drowning Victim.”

“The Tendency of a Drowning Victim” featured Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) second-guessing himself on a call that ended up being a huge con, and Sylvie Brett (Kara Killmer) finally getting close to her birth mother.

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) The big fight was kind of a bust

Compared to previous disagreements, Casey’s latest issue with Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) felt like a tiff at best. We’ve seen these guys truly lay into each other, and this felt like more of a Casey issue that happened to involve Severide than it did a full-blown fight.

There wasn’t enough pop in their actual argument, and then the rest of “The Tendency of a Drowning Victim” was about Casey second-guessing himself and ultimately getting to the bottom of things. The altercation with Severide more serviced him, and his having something to regret, then drove any kind of serious wedge between them.

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2) Is Brett’s storyline feeling a little wonky?

The latest Chicago Fire had Brett much chummier with her birth mother Julie, but a few things in this subplot aren’t sitting quite right with us. First, Julie apologized for her husband again, but that whole scene from “Off the Grid” still doesn’t make entire sense. Julie claims that it’s because her husband didn’t know she had a daughter, but the guy didn’t say that; he said that no one by that name lived at their house, which is a whole other lie.

He most likely didn’t want to give any kind of information to a total stranger and so went a little overboard, but that scene could have been clearer given the additional context we have now. If Brett had been allowed to even start to explain herself in that scene, and the guy had flat-out said, “My wife doesn’t have a daughter,” that would have gotten the point home a lot more and jibed more with Julie’s explanation than what was actually said.

And speaking of gunshy, for somebody so nervous that she tried to throw Julie’s letter away twice, Brett is almost completely welcoming her into her life a few episodes later. Is anyone else worried that she’s going to get burned (no pun intended)?

3) Who’s excited for the bakery?

Lily (Ariane Rinehart) returned to Chicago Fire this week, and declared her intention to open up a bakery after the end of Molly’s North. We could do some amazing things with this subplot. This is a prime opportunity for comic relief that we haven’t seen entirely with the Molly’s story in season 8.

Anything with Christopher Herrmann (David Eigenberg) in it is automatically funny, even moreso when we see Herrmann’s crankiness contrasted with how happy and sunny Lily is all of the time.

And if this place does eventually get built, wouldn’t it be cool to see our heroes hanging out in a new location? As much as we love Molly’s, it is sometimes predictable that not just Fire but all of the One Chicago shows have their characters socialize in the same place. Even if it’s just now and then, or even for an episode, it’d be fun (and also funny) to see them hanging around in a bakery stuffing themselves on cupcakes instead of brooding over beer.

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