Chicago Fire season 8, episode 17 recap: 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) /
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Chicago Fire focused on children and those closest to them in Protect A Child. Find out what happened in our Chicago Fire season 8, episode 17 recap.

This week’s Chicago Fire was all about the children, for better and for worse.

Wednesday’s episode “Protect A Child” gave us a team-up between Captain Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) and Blake Gallo (Alberto Rosende) on a case that involved a young boy. Naturally, Casey got another chance to see how fires with kids affect Firehouse 51’s newest recruit.

Meanwhile, Sylvie Brett’s (Kara Killmer) mom stopped by, but it turned out that was just to give Brett unsolicited advice about her love life and continue to tease Brett and Casey shippers.

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

A burning house

“Protect A Child” opens with Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) making a routine trip to a local convenience store. But on her way out, she notices two teenage girls who appear to be dealing drugs. Stella’s attempt to confront them falls on deaf ears, except those of Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney), who sympathizes when she relates the story to him at work.

The morning meeting kicks off with Christopher Herrmann (David Eigenberg) pointing out that even though he’s an officer, he’s still bunking with the rank and file. Chief Wallace Boden (Eamonn Walker) tells him he cannot convert a storage room to another sleeping area, which does not go over well with Herrmann. Sometimes, he’s like Chicago Fire‘s version of Milton from Office Space.

But it’s time for the episode-opening fire call, which is a house fire this week. Everyone arrives on scene only to be told by the nosy neighbor that the occupant of the burning building is “unfit to be a mother.” Um, nobody asked you, Karen. Anyway, Casey and Gallo march inside and rescue the paralyzed woman, Jenni, who is played by Rachel Miner of Supernatural fame. She tells them her six-year-old son is trapped upstairs.

It’s Blake Gallo to the rescue! He’s able to bring Noah out unharmed and reunite him with his mother, while Casey commends Jenni for risking her own life to try and save her son. Meanwhile, the nosy neighbor is still whining, and Mouch (Christian Stolte) politely tells her to stuff it.