Chicago Fire season 9, episode 3 recap: Smash Therapy

"Smash Therapy" Episode 903 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey, Alberto Rosende as Blake Gallo -- (Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC)
"Smash Therapy" Episode 903 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey, Alberto Rosende as Blake Gallo -- (Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC) /
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CHICAGO FIRE — “Smash Therapy” Episode 903 — Pictured: (l-r) Joe Minoso as Joe Cruz, Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide — (Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC) /

Chicago Fire season 9, episode 3 recap.

This week’s Chicago Fire was a hot mess, literally and metaphorically.

Wednesday’s episode “Smash Therapy” picked up where the previous episode left off in November, with Sylvie Brett (Kara Killmer) looking for clarity about her prospects with Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) after their kiss—and Casey’s awkward exit.

Meanwhile, Mouch (Christian Stolte) had a mishap on Firehouse 51’s latest call, causing him to once again question his future with the team. He’s had as much self-doubt over the last few years as an American Idol contestant after facing Simon Cowell.

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

Moving forward

“Smash Therapy” starts with Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) talking about her preparations for the Lieutenant’s examination. She and Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) arrive at Firehouse 51, where we’re reminded that Stella’s mentee Kylie is starting her first day as the new office assistant. And everything is awesome.

For them, at least. Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) apologizes to Sylvie Brett (Kara Killmer) for their botched romantic moment and tells her that he doesn’t regret it. He thinks she does, and before she can clarify, they get called out for a rescue. Because no one on a One Chicago show can have a conversation about relationship status that isn’t angsty and/or interrupted by something.

Mouch (Christian Stolte) has a problem when they arrive at the burning building. The controls for the aerial ladder seem to malfunction, and Casey is thrown over the side. He’s briefly left danging off the ladder while Brett, who conveniently arrives on the scene at this exact moment. looks up all worried. Blake Gallo (Alberto Rosende) is able to rescue Casey, though, while Mouch angsts over the mistake—especially since Casey blames him immediately.

Back at Firehouse 51, Mouch tries to figure out what went wrong while Chicago Fire‘s comedic subplot emerges as Chief Wallace Boden (Eamonn Walker) finds out that Kylie installed a standing desk in his office. He moves past that, though, because he has to talk with his officers about the ladder problem. “Mouch screwed up,” Casey says, and Severide agrees.