Chicago Fire season 9, episode 6 recap: Blow This Up Somehow

"Blow This Up Somehow" Episode 906 -- Pictured: Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide -- (Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC)
"Blow This Up Somehow" Episode 906 -- Pictured: Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide -- (Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC) /
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“Blow This Up Somehow” Episode 906 — Pictured: Daniel Kyri as Darren Ritter — (Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC) /

Things get tense at 51

Some time later, Gianna Mackey (Adriyan Rae) and Brett are talking about the situation when they get a call about a woman who’s having a seizure in a park. Whe she comes out of it, she swears she’s fine and refuses further medical attention. Meanwhile, Mouch is convinced that Cruz and Herrmann (Joe Minoso and David Eigenberg) are talking about him behind his back, making them wonder what he’d have for them to discuss in the first place. Herrmann tries to get Darren Ritter (Daniel Kyri) to do some recon.

While Herrmann explains to Mackey that captains have to make tough calls, Casey and Severide have another chat in which Severide says that Casey seems “a little off” and claims his situation with Stella will “work itself out.” Sydney pops up as if on cue to return Casey’s sweatshirt she was wearing that morning and to get him to agree to a second date.

In the bunk room, Stella and Brett are having another talk of their own. Stella is wondering if Severide isn’t the man she thought he was before Kylie interrupts to drop off some books for her lieutenant’s exam. As in, a whole box of them. Seeing all that, Stella starts to feel a bit overwhelmed. Brett reminds her that she’s here for her, and literally runs into Casey and Sydney, before heading out to another “person down” call.

This one involves a guy with a gruesome saw injury. But all the pain medication they can give him isn’t helping when he’s nearly sawn through his leg. Luckily, we don’t dwell on this: Stella asks Chief Wallace Boden (Eamonn Walker) if she can wait to take the lieutenant’s exam, and he tells her that there might not be another opening for a while. He asks her to think it over for a few days and she agrees to.

When Brett returns to Firehouse 51, she’s met by Chief Colson, who asks her about giving the saw guy all that pain medication. Apparently he didn’t have any medication in his system; Colson suggests that Mackey swapped out the fentanyl for something else, and says that not only will she be investigated, but it’ll blow back on Brett, too.

That night at Molly’s the paramedics discuss the situation with Cruz, and Brett wonders if the meds could have been taken by the seizure victim earlier—as in she was faking it and her boyfriend stole their drugs. Meanwhile, Ritter’s attempt to get information out of Mouch backfires spectacularly, and Casey walks Sydney home but can’t take her up on her blatant invitation to spend the night. Sydney asks him if it has to do with Brett and says it’s obvious how Casey looks at Brett; he apologizes, but also promises not to lose her number.

Chicago Fire has Mackey track Gallo down at his apartment since no one has been able to reach him. She apologizes if her coaxing him to tell the gas station story got him in trouble; his attempt at offering her a drink turns into her blatantly flirting. Somewhere, Cruz’s spider-sense has to be tingling.