Chicago Fire season 8, episode 17 preview: Protect A Child

CHICAGO FIRE -- "Protect a Child" Episode 817 -- Pictured: Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey -- (Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "Protect a Child" Episode 817 -- Pictured: Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey -- (Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC) /

What should fans look for in this week’s episode of Chicago Fire? Get ready for Protect A Child with our Chicago Fire season 8, episode 17 preview.

Tonight’s episode of Chicago Fire will put everyone’s skills to the test as Firehouse 51 deals with two difficult cases.

“Protect A Child” almost certainly takes its title from one storyline in which Captain Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) and 51’s newest recruit Blake Gallo (Alberto Rosende) will take things personally after a fire involves a mother and her young son.

That is likely to bring up bad memories for Gallo, as he lost his own family in a fire when he was also young. Perhaps he develops a bond with the young son, hence the episode’s name. That wouldn’t be a stretch, considering Chicago Fire has had Gallo check in on a young girl he rescued from a call a while back.

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Blake tends to get attached to the younger victims due to the aforementioned incident, and sometimes that history impairs his judgment—as Casey has pointed out to him before—but that’s part of what makes him a great character and firefighter.

Chicago Fire fans could also connect the title to the unborn child Sylvie Brett’s (Kara Killmer) birth mom, Julie (guest star Kelly Deadmon) is carrying.

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Brett’s bond with her birth mother has deepened over the last few episodes, which has been nice to see. Sylvie hasn’t opened up much about her family life until now, so the story adds a new layer to her character depth that fans have been liking.

As for her potential relationship with Casey? Well, that’s still being teased, since even Julie picked up on their different vibe while at the hospital in “The Tendency of a Drowning Victim.” Whether or not Brett and Casey actually become a full-time couple remains to be seen.

Elsewhere in this Chicago Fire episode, both Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) and Lieutenant Christopher Herrmann (David Eigenberg) have subplots. Stella gets involved in the community, while Herrmann tries to earn more respect.

Each of them have made major strides both personally and professionally, so it’ll be interesting to see what these minor storylines could do for their overall growth. Plus, who doesn’t love more screen time for Stella and Herrmann? They’re two essential characters that make Chicago Fire fun to watch every week.

Their relationships have also developed nicely this season. Stella’s romance with Lieutenant Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) has moved to a whole other level, and Herrmann has taken Darren Ritter (Daniel Kyri) under his wing to continue to develop him as a fireman. Perhaps we’ll see more of Herrmann and Ritter, along with Casey and Gallo.

We’ll have to wait and see how things shake out for our favorite firefighters and paramedics when “Protect A Child” airs tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

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