Chicago Fire: Is Jason Pelham going to lose his job at 51?

"Winterfest" Episode 1009 -- Pictured: (l-r) Brett Dalton at Jason Pelham, Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide -- (Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC)
"Winterfest" Episode 1009 -- Pictured: (l-r) Brett Dalton at Jason Pelham, Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide -- (Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC) /

Jason Pelham (Brett Dalton) is in a precarious spot. The firefighter got off to a rocky start at the 51, when his past was brought into question, but he quickly proved himself to be a valuable asset.

He was given the lieutenant job by Chief Boden (Eamonn Walker), who felt that he displayed much of the same values and loyalties as his predecessor, Casey (Jesse Spencer). But now that the other lieutenant hopeful, Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo), has returned, things have become a bit more tense.

Will Pelham get demoted? Will he have to compete with Kidd to prove his worth? Here’s what we know so far.

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Pelham and Kidd finally meet in the episode “Back with a Bang”. The two are initially uneasy, with the elephant in the room being that Kidd was passed over for the job due to her not returning the Chief’s calls. Little is said until their second meeting, however, when Pelham breaks the ice and explains what happened.

To Kidd’s credit, she handles the potentially awkward situation gracefully. She lets Pelham know that she’s aware of the way things played out, and assured him that his good reputation precedes him. Their dynamic is relatively comfortable throughout the rest of the episode, with most of the drama coming from Kidd’s attempts to reconnect with Severide (Taylor Kinney).

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That said, Pelham’s job is not entirely secure. Later in the episode, Boden is confronted by another chief, Kilbourne, who chastises him for choosing Pelham. He complains that the selection was not given his approval, and that Pelham’s somewhat checkered past made him unsuitable for such a prominent job.

The writers make it clear that we haven’t heard the last of Kilbourne as a potential threat to Pelham’s livelihood. We have faith in Boden and Pelham as a unit, but that doesn’t mean the rest of season 10 is going to be easy on either of them.

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