This Chicago Fire plot hole has fans scratching their heads

CHICAGO FIRE -- "Danger Is All Around" Episode 1118 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kara Killmer as Sylvie Brett, Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey -- (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "Danger Is All Around" Episode 1118 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kara Killmer as Sylvie Brett, Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey -- (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC) /

Historically, Chicago Fire is pretty good at sticking to the facts. If it’s an event we witnessed on the show, the writers do a good job of referencing back to it without embellishing or contradicting the things we know to be true. The show has been on for over a decade, though, so there are bound to be some mistakes and/or retcons that fail to hold up under close inspection.

Take, for example, the comment that Brett (Kara Killmer) makes about Casey (Jesse Spencer) in the season 11 episode “The Man of the Moment.” She’s reflecting on the past, and tells the other 51 members that she knew she was in love with Casey from the moment she laid eyes on him. It’s a sweet notion, but it doesn’t really make sense given the courting process we saw the couple go through in earlier seasons.

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Brett met Casey when he was dating Gabby Dawson (Monica Raymund). Casey eventually married Dawson, which means Brett is claiming to have been in love with him while he dated, proposed to and married another woman…

Sure, Brett and Casey had their flirtatious moments early on, but there was absolutely nothing to suggest that the former was enamored with Casey from day one, and holding a torch for him while he shared a life with a different person. Casey and Dawson had a kid, for crying out loud!

All this is compounded by the fact that Brett and Dawson got to be really good friends during these middle seasons, which means if Brett is telling the truth, then she was in love with the husband of her best friend for years on end. Given what we know about the character, and her decent nature, we don’t really think this fits.

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There are a couple ways to explain Brett’s claim away. One, the writers merely wanted to remind the viewer that Brett and Casey have a strong connection, and using the concept of falling in love at first sight was an easy way to do it. There’s also the possibility that Brett is romanticizing her romance with Casey, since she was broken up from him at the time she said it.

Either way, it’s the sort of detail that only stands out to die-hard fans. It’s not like the writers gave the character an entirely different backstory or a dynamic with a character we never knew about, it’s just a slight wrinkle, or perhaps even a retcon, on a romance we thought materialized over a slower period of time.

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