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

CHICAGO FIRE -- "I'll Cover You" Episode 818 -- Pictured: (l-r) Christian Stolte as Randy ?Mouch? McHolland, Alberto Rosende as Blake Gallo -- (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "I'll Cover You" Episode 818 -- Pictured: (l-r) Christian Stolte as Randy ?Mouch? McHolland, Alberto Rosende as Blake Gallo -- (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC) /
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CHICAGO FIRE — “I’ll Cover You” Episode 818 — Pictured: (l-r) Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide, Joe Minoso as Joe Cruz — (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC) /

Chicago Fire followed another arson investigation in I’ll Cover You. Find out what happened in our Chicago Fire season 8, episode 18 recap.

This week’s Chicago Fire was sort of business as usual for Kelly Severide. As in, how many times can he go off on his own investigation and put himself in the line of fire (pun intended)?

Wednesday’s episode “I’ll Cover You” saw Severide (Taylor Kinney) re-team with Wendy Seager (returning guest star Andy Allo) when a Chicago motel fire claimed the life of a witness to a murder in Milwaukee.

Meanwhile, Sylvie Brett’s (Kara Killmer) story with her birth mother Julie (guest star Kelly Deadmon) came to an end—one that, if you’re a frequent One Chicago viewer, you probably could see coming.

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

Fire and homicide

The episode opens with Brett helping Julie pick out paint colors for her new house, and Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) and Seager going to their third classroom to pitch Stella’s new “Girls on Fire” program. No one is paying attention. It’s like the classroom from Beavis and Butt-Head. “We might need another approach,” Seager muses.

Stella is offended by her suggestion that the way Stella explains it is “intimidating,” and she’s also worried about the program being shut down. But mostly, she wants to complain to Severide about Seager. It’s Stella’s needless jealousy rearing its head all over again, thankfully cut off by Chicago Fire‘s usual opening fire call. We’ve got a burning motel, and a suspicious guy who wanders over and says nothing in particular just as Severide is preparing to force entry.

And why is there an unconscious dude in the bathtub? One who unfortunately dies, making this a death investigation?

Chicago Fire shifts back to Firehouse 51, where Brett tells Emily Foster (Annie Ilonzeh) that her foster parents are on the way to meet Julie. She also admits that she doesn’t know how she’ll fit in once Julie’s husband arrives and the two have their baby. Foster assures her that everything will be fine.

Meanwhile, Joe Cruz (Joe Minoso) is hanging out on Reddit for whatever reason, and has stumbled upon a photo that includes Casey with terrible hair. Cruz is curious why someone on the Internet is looking for him, and decides to find out. The response: “I have something important to say to him.”

Severide is questioned by a Milwaukee police detective about the man who died at the scene. The cop figures he was already dead before Kelly pulled him out of the bathtub, because the reason he was at the hotel was that he was a witness to the murder of a 14-year-old kid. The cop explains to Severide and Chief Wallace Boden (Eamonn Walker) about the case, and that he doesn’t believe in coincidences.