Chicago Fire season 8, episode 19 takeaways: Light Things Up

"Light Things Up" Episode 819 -- Pictured: (l-r) Miranda Rae Mayo as Stella Kidd, Kara Killmer as Sylvie Brett -- (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC)
"Light Things Up" Episode 819 -- Pictured: (l-r) Miranda Rae Mayo as Stella Kidd, Kara Killmer as Sylvie Brett -- (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC) /

What can Chicago Fire fans learn from Light Things Up? Look closer at this week’s episode with our Chicago Fire season 8, episode 19 takeaways.

What did One Chicago fans learn from the latest Chicago Fire season 8 episode? Here’s what we took away from this week’s installment, “Light Things Up.”

“Light Things Up” featured Firehouse 51 being overrun by protesters who made a scene about the closure of another firehouse. Plus, Joe Cruz (Joe Minoso) tied the knot with Chloe (Kristen Gutoskie) in the latest One Chicago wedding.

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) Firehouse 51 needs better security

It’s typical of a firehouse to have literally open doors, but 51 might want to start re-thinking that. This episode wasn’t the first time that someone has just been able to barge in and cause mayhem. Remember the gang members who took the building hostage during an earlier season? Or the fake firefighter who turned out to be a murderer?

Most of the time when someone shows up, it’s good, like all of the people who’ve come by to say “thank you” for the various rescues that our team has pulled off over the years. But Chicago Fire just highlighted how much trouble can also come through those doors. The protest itself was for a very good reason, but fans saw in the fourth act how it could spin out of control—and frankly, it’s lucky that Cruz just got a head wound. It could have been much, much worse.

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2) Will we see more of Brett and the baby?

Did anyone else think that “Light Things Up” was about to turn Sylvie Brett (Kara Killmer) into an adoptive mother? For awhile there, it looked like Brett was going to end up adopting her newborn half-sister, and that Chicago Fire season 8 was going to open the door to Brett and Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) becoming a sort of substitute family.

That didn’t happen, and Brett’s speech to Scott about why he needed to raise his daughter was an incredibly moving moment. However, it does feel like this subplot might not necessarily be over. It could be possible that Sylvie helps Scott out with the baby from time to time; after all, she clearly knows now that he’s overwhelmed, and she’s got a big heart. Plus, that baby is the last connection she has to her birth mother Julie (Kelly Deadmon).

It wouldn’t be a shocker at all to see Scott and/or the baby appear again, whether in next week’s impromptu season finale or even season 9, as Brett lends a helping hand. And that’s just fine by us, because it would be adorable.

3) What’s next for Cruz and Chloe?

Now that Cruz is a married man, it’ll be interesting to see what happens in his personal life going forward as well. Presumably he’ll be moving out of the apartment that he currently shares with Brett and Emily Foster (Annie Ilonzeh). And that’s not just a change of address for him; that’s also leaving the apartment where he had so many memories with Otis. We saw how hard that was on him earlier this season, when he thought he’d have to break his lease after Otis’s death.

That will be a big emotional step for him, and also we’ll see how the Chloe character fits into the framework of the show long-term. Now that she’s a wife, and not just a girlfriend or fiancee, she has to be part of the bench like Cindy Herrmann (Robyn Coffin) and Donna Robbins-Boden (Melissa Ponzio). Will we see Chloe try to fit in with the other firehouse wives? How much will the show even write for her? With the wedding storyline over, she doesn’t necessarily have to pop up again for awhile, or we could start a whole other story about newlywed Cruz.

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