Things take a different turn on the latest episode of Chicago Fire. While previous stories focused on Cruz (Joe Minoso), Violet (Hanako Greensmith) and Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo), “What’s Inside You” decided to place the spotlight exclusively on Chief Boden (Eamonn Walker) and his handling of an incredibly tense situation.
More than any other episode in season 10, “What’s Inside You” relegates the ensemble cast to the background. It makes sense, given the close quarters and tense circumstances surrounding the plot.
Be warned that the rest of the post contains detailed spoilers for the latest episode of Chicago Fire!
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The episode opens with Boden stopping by a grocery store on his way to work. He forgot a few things, but his absentmindedness comes back to haunt him when men rush in and take the people in the store hostage.
While the man initially came off unhinged, Boden was able to calm him down when he told him he was a firefighter. The man, who we come to find out is named Will, got wounded in the mad dash to secure the grocery store, and is bleeding pretty seriously. Boden offers to help him with the wound, thus building up some trust between them.
Boden, playing things like a true professional, also asks to help a woman who is wounded and laying on the ground. It turns out that Will accidentally ran her over with his car when he broke through the structure, and she had a badly broken leg. Boden is able to reset the leg, while asking Will questions about his past.
It turns out that Will is an escaped prisoner who got sent up for being the lookout during a previous heist. Despite only being an accomplice, he wound up bearing the full brunt of the law, and his time in prison resulted in his being assaulted by the Latin Kings. When he asked for help from the guards, he was promptly ignored.
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Boden, while empathizing with Will, tells him that nobody in the store can die on his watch, otherwise he’d be looking at life in prison. Boden is allowed to go check for more victims in the back of the store, and he spots a few, but he pretends they aren’t there so they have a chance to escape.
It turns out that Boden had been messaging the members of the 51 the whole time, so they were aware of his being inside the store. The more him and Will talk, however, the more Will thinks that giving up is the right call. The only problem is, one of the hostages dies. Boden is able to discern that the hostage did not die because of Will, but the escaped convict fears he will be blamed and plans to commit suicide by cop.
Thankfully, Boden was able to talk Will into giving himself up, and he promised to testify that the lone civilian death was not his fault. The whole situation is diffused peacefully, and Boden manages to get out of the store in one piece.
This was a pulse-pounding episode, and one of the most unique Chicago Fire has offered up in quite some time. It was great to see Boden get a chance to shine as a character, and put his years of experience to good use.
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