Chicago Fire season 9, episode 3 takeaways: Smash Therapy

"Smash Therapy" Episode 903 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alberto Rosende as Blake Gallo, Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey -- (Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC)
"Smash Therapy" Episode 903 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alberto Rosende as Blake Gallo, Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey -- (Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC) /

Chicago Fire season 9, episode 3 takeaways.

What did One Chicago fans learn from the latest Chicago Fire episode? Here’s what we took away from the latest installment, “Smash Therapy.”

“Smash Therapy” featured Mouch (Christian Stolte) blaming himself after an equipment error put Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) in a life-threatening situation. Meanwhile, Casey got some tough news from Sylvie Brett (Kara Killmer) after their kiss.

If you missed any of the newest 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 the most recent episode:

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1) Where are Casey and Brett going now?

After finally getting to a tipping point, the Casey and Brett relationship was quickly dashed in this episode. Brett walked away from the fledgling romance when their latest conversation reminded her that Casey still wasn’t quite over his ex-wife, and her best friend.

Regardless of whether or not you want them together, you have to be knocking your head into the wall at this point.

In essence, this Chicago Fire ship has the opposite problem of Jay Halstead and Hailey Upton on Chicago PD. At least Brett and Casey are acknowledging and talking about his ex—but they’re not yet resolving anything. And with how long the tension between the two has been teased, it just leads to more frustration for the characters and the viewers.

It’s clear that for the plotline to move forward, Casey needs to man up and tell Brett what he just told Severide. They have to have that One Big Conversation and lay all the cards on the table. Or do anything other than what they’re doing, because we’re at the point where this is starting to hold both of these characters back.

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2) Did Mouch deserve a little slack?

Casey took Mouch’s head off immediately after the malfunction with the aerial ladder, which was understandable; it was in the heat of the moment. But after the fact, we only saw Christopher Herrmann (David Eigenberg) mount any serious defense of their colleague, when the rest of the officers were debating if Mouch should face punishment for what happened.

This is one of those situations where the story doesn’t always serve the characters. You’d think after so long working with Mouch, everybody would be more inclined to hear him out and check out the equipment first. But if Casey or someone had done that right away, that plotline would’ve wrapped up fairly quickly and Herrmann wouldn’t have had his big reveal near the end of the episode.

Still, who didn’t feel terrible for Mouch?

3) Is Severide handling the Stella issue correctly?

Let’s discuss, Chicago Fire fans: how do you feel about the Stellaride story in this episode? After finding out that Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) was being perceived as getting special treatment in part because of their relationship, Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) backed off from helping her prepare for the lieutenant’s exam, wanting her to make it on her own.

The only problem is he didn’t tell Stella.

Obviously this is to create tension in their relationship. If Severide explained to Stella what he’d heard and his feelings about it, then there wouldn’t be as much drama to build. But it’s hard not to wish he’d just be honest with her instead of making himself look like the bad guy. It feels like it’d be so much simpler that way.

Still, at least this roadblock is better than the previous “someone from their past comes back and threatens to upset their relationship” plot twists.

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