Chicago Fire may dabble in holiday episodes more than its One Chicago peers, but it doesn’t come close to the number that a procedural show like NCIS does. It’s rare when the members of the 51 decide to get in the holiday spirit, whether it be for Halloween (which we saw in season 11), for Christmas or Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving with the Chicago Fire crew is such a rarity, in fact, that it only happened once, and it was in season 1! You may be scrolling through the show to find the perfect episodes to watch with family during this holiday season, so we wanted to save you time and recommended the one and only Chicago Fire Thanksgiving episode: “Two Families.”
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“Two Families” was the seventh episode of Chicago Fire overall, which means we were still getting to know the characters and how they navigated certain situations. Casey (Jesse Spencer) helps to deliver a baby at one point, and Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) is in the throes of addiction, trying to kick his painkiller habit. It’s a far cry from where the character will be at upon his season 12 return, and a pretty grim reminder of what he’s had to overcome.
Both characters are put through difficult situations, but manage to overcome and ultimately do what they set out to do: Casey successfully delivers a newborn baby to its parents, and Severide keeps himself from sliding back into addiction. Don’t worry, there is some fun holiday stuff that occurs as well. The 51 are called upon to handle a fire caused by a turkey, which is probably the best ever combination of holiday hi-jinx and serious firefighting.
Chicago Fire has always done a good job of folding real-life emergencies and issues into the show, and turkey fires are actually pretty common in November. It’s so common, in fact, that outlets will often pen entire articles on how not to start a fire while cooking a turkey, like this one by the Houston Chronicle.
Outside of the holiday shenanigans, it’s fun to go back and watch a season 1 episode and notice how much everyone has changed over the years. Casey is poised to get engaged in season 12, and will likely be leaving the show again, while Severide will be returning to the Windy City to hopefully patch things up with his wife, Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo).
The holidays are a time for coming together, but thanks to shows like Chicago Fire, it can also be a time to reflect on how far we’ve all come.
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