Chicago Fire season 8, episode 18 preview: I’ll Cover You

CHICAGO FIRE -- "I'll Cover You" Episode 818 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kara Killmer as Sylvie Brett, Annie Ilonzeh as Emily Foster -- (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "I'll Cover You" Episode 818 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kara Killmer as Sylvie Brett, Annie Ilonzeh as Emily Foster -- (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC) /

What should fans watch for in tonight’s Chicago Fire? Get ready for I’ll Cover You with our Chicago Fire season 8, episode 18 preview.

Tonight’s episode of Chicago Fire puts Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) in a very familiar predicament—trying not to get himself killed for the umpteenth time.

“I’ll Cover You” involves Firehouse 51 investigating a fire that breaks out at a local motel. But when it appears to be set intentionally, Severide puts his arson investigator’s hat back on and teams up again with former partner Wendy Seager (returning guest star Andy Allo) to get to the bottom of it.

Naturally, as with most things Severide decides to go off and investigate, this proves to be a threat to his continued existence.

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One Chicago fans will have to watch and see how this potential near-death experience for him is different from the other near-death experiences that he’s had over the previous seven and a half seasons.

Plus, how will Seager’s return play out? She was a pretty interesting character when she was originally introduced earlier in Chicago Fire season 8, but then things got a bit weird when the show came up with this idea of having her fawn over Kelly.

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That still seems to be in play, since when Seager popped up at the end of last week’s episode she dreamily told Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) that “Severide’s great.”

But that ought to be shoved out of the way and fast. Not only is Severide dating Stella, not only is Severide definitely not interested in Seager in that way, but Stella and Seager are now supposed to be working together since Seager offered to co-sponsor Stella’s new mentoring program. This episode could be tremendously awkward, but it needs not to be.

And speaking of potential awkwardness we’re seeing Chicago Fire continue to string out the story of Sylvie Brett (Kara Killmer) and her birth mother Julie (recurring guest star Kelly Deadmon). “I’ll Cover You” has several photos of Brett and other characters at the hospital, and Brett doesn’t look too worried, so is this the episode where Julie gives birth to Brett’s half-sibling?

Fans have to wonder how much longer this plotline is going to go on and what the endgame of it will be. We’ve been following Brett and Julie for several episodes, even through the last crossover event.

Is the point of this for Brett to get a new friend in her birth mom? To learn something about herself? (She hasn’t yet.) Or will this somehow push Brett and Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) into a romantic relationship, since even Julie has noticed that there’s something between them? It feels like something big will happen in this subplot eventually, so maybe this will be the week for that as well.

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