Chicago Fire may have taken several weeks, but the wait turned out to be worth. There was a ton that happened in season 10, episode 20, and much of it feels like a preamble for the big blow out that will be the season finale.
There were the customary emergencies and calls that the characters had to deal with, but they played a bigger role in the lives and ongoing subplots of the characters than usual, which meant lots of interesting developments.
Be warned that the rest of the post contains detailed spoilers for the latest episode of Chicago Fire!
What happened on Chicago Fire last night? (May 11th)
The episode begins quietly, with Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) and Severide (Taylor Kinney) sharing an intimate moment in bed. The couple reflect on everything they’ve been through, and how they love being around each other. Unfortunately, the events of the episode test that love in the workplace.
The couple then lead the first call we see, which is a construction worker left dangling above the city on a piece of equipment. Severide suggests that Gallo (Alberto Rosende) handle the rescue, since the two of them have been training in their free time. Kidd is thrown by this discovery, but she gives the okay and Gallo executes the rescue flawlessly.
Back at the firehouse, Gallo tells Kidd that he plans to try out for Squad, which is the department that Severide runs. There’s some awkward tension, and rather than voice her frustration to Gallo, she takes Severide aside and tells him not to “poach” people from her command.
The secondary plot revolves around Violet (Hanako Greensmith) and Jacobs (Caitlin Carver). The latter clearly wants Violet’s job, and she cagily asks to borrow Violet’s phone at one point, under the pretense of looking at flower shop business hours.
Then, in perhaps the most surprising moment of the episode, we see Violet and Jacobs answer a call to help an asthmatic, only the mask required to help isn’t packed in the bag. Jacobs is able to rig a makeshift solution, but Violet suspects that the former hid the mask on purpose. While we don’t know for sure, we do get an earlier scene where Jacobs is seen sneaking around, leading us to believe Violet is right.
Kidd and Severide discuss Gallo’s future, and Severide urges the new lieutenant not to control the careers of those under her. He discusses his own difficulty making the move to squad, and Kidd is touched, leading her to give Gallo her blessing.
Then, in yet another unexpected turn, Gallo visits Pelham (Brett Dalton) and chops it up regarding what he should do. Pelham rightfully points out that working under Severide would be an honor, but that Kidd had previously given Gallo a chance to perform when his confidence as a firefighter was on the downturn.
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Due to Kidd’s behind-the-scenes support, Gallo decides to stick around and wait to join Squad. The moment shared between the two characters is sweet, but it leads to a less heartwarming scene in the closing moments. Kidd compliments her and Severide’s handling of a workplace disagreement, and Severide says she only feels that way because she “won”. He walks away in frustration.
Then, if that difficult moment wasn’t enough, Jacobs meets up with Chief Hawkins (Jimmy Nicholas) and tries to get Violet busted for not packing the mask. When Hawkins voices his skepticism, Jacobs resorts to blackmail and tells him to give her Violet’s job or she’ll spill the details on their romance and get them fired…
Big, overarching concerns as the episode concludes, and we can’t wait to see where they go in the next one.
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