This episode of Chicago Fire, “God Has Spoken,” finally shows Severide finding the right path to take. I can now stop being mad at him. At least, I think so. Let’s jump into this week’s storylines:
Shay’s injury and Severide’s regret: As we saw in the last episode, Shay and Dawson got hit by a freak accident of a driver. Dawson got only a laceration on her leg, but Shay was in much worse shape. She had a huge head injury and, at the time of her admission, her brain was swelling. Of course, Dawson is heavily upset about the accident, but Severide is even more upset. He finally sees that life isn’t something to be played with in the way he’s been playing with his.
As he goes through this episode, he waffles from taking pills to feeling guilty to acting crazy in front of Dawson–she actually notices he’s high–to wanting Shay to come back to live with him, either because of guilt, because he wants to cover his tracks, or both. Eventually, Severide comes to the right conclusion that his habit isn’t worth losing his friendship with Shay. It’s also not worth having Shay’s last memory (if things turned out not so good) to be of him being, to be blunt, a working, functioning junkie. With Dawson’s help, he’s able to not only get Shay to come back to live with him and renew their friendship, but he’s also going to get his injury fixed and will go cold turkey on the narcotics. If he needs further help (which he might), he’s going to take advantage of the services available to city employees. Good job, Severide!
Casey’s family trouble: It finally comes out about Casey’s family life; his dad was abusive and, in a fit of rage and in an effort to protect herself, Casey’s mom shot and killed Casey’s dad. Casey defends his mother because he was there in the house when his dad was verbally abusing his mom, but his sister–who was away in college at this time in Casey’s life–is completely against her mom and doesn’t want her to get the parole she’s up for. Casey tries to talk to his sister as a favor to his mom, and it would seem that they had finally come to an understanding, but soon, the talks go sour again once discussion about testifying comes up. Casey’s sister says once again she’s testifying against her mother getting parole, while Casey is testifying in favor of it. Casey is once again not welcome in his sister’s home.
Cruz’s moral dilemma: Cruz’s actions concerning the gangster he let die in the fire are still haunting him. Everyone is glad that gangster is dead, since he’s one of the most notorious gangsters on that side of Chicago, but unbeknownst to them, Cruz feels terrible for being the guy that caused the gangster’s death. Casey, being the observant leader he is, picks up on Cruz’s odd ways, but doesn’t say anything about it.
Leon also picks up on Cruz’s actions, too, and he gladly thanks him for it. He swears that the knowledge of how the gangster died will stay strictly between them. However, Cruz’s conscience is getting the better of him and he decides to come clean to Casey. Casey stops him before he can incriminate himself, saying that he’s giving Cruz one shift to think it over. If he wants to go to the police, they’ll go, but if he wants to put the mess behind him, all he has to do is say “Good Morning” and act like nothing has transpired. Throughout the episode, we see Cruz simultaneously battling his brain and losing his mind–he ends up in Gary, Indiana and doesn’t remember how he got there. He’s drinking a beer on a rooftop, looking as if he’s considering jumping off. What will he do when his shift comes back around?
Herrmann’s limo drama: Herrmann thinks his limo service is going to be a sure thing when a huge man about town wants to invest in his burgeoning company. Herrmann believes this will be the ticket to the new house he wants for himself and his family. However, the investor is a party animal who really just wants Herrmann to be a person who covers for him and his gallivanting. To keep Herrmann “loyal,” as it were, he’s wired him the promised payment of $30,000. Herrmann’s not happy with it, though. To him, it’s probably like blood money. He lets his wife in on his pain and she brings up the idea that a person they know is going to be renting out a condo soon. She says they can move into that. She knows how her husband is doing his best to bring her what she wants, and she’s a good wife for supporting him.
Dawson and Mills: Dawson and Mills have been circling each other for a while. But, now that Casey has told Dawson that he’s working through some things (and she offers her friendship and an ear that will gladly listen to those “things”), Dawson feels like everything is over between her and Casey. Also, since Shay is indisposed, Mills is taking over Shay’s spot in the ambulance. At first, Dawson is resistant to Mills being in the truck, but after a run-in with a dog (more on that later), they get back chummy again and soon, Mills is invited into Dawson’s apartment. Finally, after what seemed to be an awesomely-cooked dinner, they end the sexual tension and finally make out. Huurah! The only catch is that throughout the episode, Casey has been keeping a jealous eye on the two of them.
Since the runs weren’t the total main focus of the episode, I’m going to put them with Chief Jones’ fact-checking.
Chief Jones’ fact-checking
Run one: The firemen have to help a mail lady who is trapped in a dangerous sinkhole. The crew rush to stabilize the hole by using portions of a neighbor’s fence and send their ladder down into the hole to get the woman out. While in the hole, they have to give the woman oxygen through a mask–the dirt is causing her to suffocate. Eventually they get the woman lifted out of the hole. The two parts to the rescue was shown across a commercial break, so Jones initially said that the ladder should have gone down into the hole. But, once the commercial break was over, we saw that the ladder was, in fact, used, so good for them.
Run two: Dawson and Mills are called to a woman’s home. The woman is on the floor and Dawson and Mills break into the home to get to her. However, her vicious dog is ready to attack any intruders. Mills gives the dog a treat laced with a drug (Jones said it was probably valium) and soon, the dog’s knocked out. Of course, the dog gives Dawson and Mills some awkward flirting moments, which helps build the relationship later. The woman is saved from whatever ailed her, but Jones said that instead of breaking in, protocol calls for the paramedics to call the police. Also, if a dog is present (which Jones said has happened several times on some of his runs) it’s best to either call the animal control or the police. Dawson did call for “backup” or something like that, but I’m not sure who she called it out to. Jones also said that Mills’ resourcefulness with the drugs and treats also doesn’t follow protocol.
Run three: A driver suffering from a stroke zooms out of control and hits a young man on the sidewalk. The driver also ran through a restaurant, breaking the glass window and knocking a man out, covering him with the broken glass. The event causes a riot. One thing that’s interesting is how much of a hothead Severide is. If he’s supposed to be a lieutenant–a person who has to govern people under Chief Boden–you’d think he’d be more of a leader. But not all people are natural leaders, and Severide shows this by almost getting into an altercation with a man who can obviously knock him out just by using his head. Casey elegantly diffuses the situation, showing how much of a natural leader he is.
Also, Dawson finds out the driver is having a stroke by moving her finger across his range of sight to see if his eyes will track them. I think I’ve heard of doing that for a concussion, but I’d never heard of doing it for a possible stroke victim. Jones said that she couldn’t have been able to tell he’s having a stroke just by moving her finger. In real life, she’d look for differences in his pupils–one would be blown wide–as well as check the face for a grimace and his motor functions. She’d also interview the patient and if he didn’t give the right answers, she would then assume he was having a stroke. There are a myriad of reasons as to why he might not follow her finger–diabetes, simply not wanting to, etc.
Of course, I know this is a show, and Jones knows this is a show, so obviously, some storytelling shortcuts have to be made.
What did you think of this week’s episode? Are you glad Severide has finally opened up about his drug problem? Talk about it below!