Chicago Fire: [SPOILER] has surprise connection to Hawkins

CHICAGO FIRE -- "Every Scar Tells a Story" Episode 1102 -- Pictured: Jimmy Nicholas as Chief Hawkins -- (Photo by: Adrian S Burrows Sr/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "Every Scar Tells a Story" Episode 1102 -- Pictured: Jimmy Nicholas as Chief Hawkins -- (Photo by: Adrian S Burrows Sr/NBC) /

Who doesn’t miss Hawkins (Jimmy Nicholas)? The character left an indelible impression on Chicago Fire despite only being around for one season, and his loss is still being felt by the fans and the characters.

Hawkins has been treated with reverence since his passing, however, and the show managed to sneak in a clever and touching reference to the character in the episode “A Beautiful Life.”

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Brett (Kara Killmer) decides to re-enter the dating pool after ending her long distance romance with Casey (Jesse Spencer). She’s clearly feeling unsure, given that she still has feelings for the relocated firefighter, but she gets out there at the urging of Violet (Hanako Greensmith).

A suitor arises seemingly out the blue when Brett and Violet are at the hospital. The man in question owns a bar, volunteers at said hospital in his spare time, and seems to share Brett’s specific (yet understandable) dislike of clowns.

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Violet gets in matchmaker mode, but before she’s able to do anything about it, she realizes that the man (named Dylan) sounds familiar. She then asks Dylan whether he knew Hawkins, to which he replies, “Yes.” It’s a sobering moment, as Violet is still dealing with the emotional fallout of his death, but also a sweet one, as it shows the positive impact Hawkins had on people continues to live on.

Brett agrees to go on a date with Dylan, and the episode ends with them meeting up for said date. We’re going to have to wait to find out whether they hit it off, but Brett does call Dylan “adorable” before the credits roll, so that’s a pretty good sign.

It’s a testament to the show’s writing that they are able to drop in subtle tributes without making the entire episode about the deceased Hawkins. The way they did it was tasteful, realistic, and a reminder that Brett and Violet are dealing with very different kinds of romantic loss.

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