Chicago Fire Season 1 Review “One Minute” – Boden Makes a Tough Decision

It’s time for another round of Chicago Fire! For various reasons, there won’t be any of Chief Jones’ commentary this week, but I’ll make sure to ask him about some questions concerning this episode, “One Minute” next week. But, I think might be happy with amount of overseeing Chief Boden did at the beginning of this episode. Anyway, let’s get into what happened this week:

Firehouse runs

The squad goes on a run concerning an abandoned warehouse. The squad gets almost all of the squatters out of the building, which is about to blow, but there’s one homeless man still left behind. Mills thinks he’s got enough time to save him, but Boden thinks otherwise and wants all firemen out of the building because an explosion is imminent. And sure enough, it was, but it seems like there could have been, like Mills said, a minute.

Severide sees about an elderly woman who has had two small fires in two weeks. Severide thinks something is up and even gets a police officer to the scene on a revisit, but nothing can be traced back to anyone, and the woman won’t talk. It’s only until a Molotov cocktail is thrown through her window that she decides to tell Severide what’s going on.

Shay and Dawson make a call to a ritzy baby shower. The chef at the party has cut his hand really badly, and the mother-to-be had a dizzy spell. Sure enough, the mother-to-be turns out to be one of Shay’s old flames, Clarice Carthage. Now, she’s married to a bookish-looking man.

The paramedics and squad go on a run at a Halloween party to help a person with a seizure.


Most of the drama surrounds the warehouse fire. The brother of the homeless man tries to sue the fire department for the death, somehow getting a recording of Mills and Boden’s conversation outside of the fire on video. Throughout the episode, he’s made a big stink about getting justice for his brother, but it’s not until Herrmann (who is the heart of the firehouse and one of my favorite characters) stands up for the chief to the man, saying that if he really cared about his brother, he would have been there for him before now. Eventually, the charges are dropped and is settled out of court.  Boden tells Mills that he admired the courage and tenacity he has to save others. He also tells him a story about how he got a massive scar on his back trying to “beat the clock” with a fire back in the day, which caused him not only to lose the victims, but to also lose his friend. Boden says Mills will make a great fireman, just like his dad. When we see Mills looking at his father’s badge in the fire academy, you can see that Mills is not only proud of his dad, but he’s happy that he’s making him proud.

Seeing her old girlfriend stirs up a lot of emotions in Shay. She’s surprised by how un-lesbian her ex was. She thought Clarice was going to be the one for her. Now all Shay feels is alone. Speaking of alone, Dawson is still acting asSeveride’s friend and confidante, even though she wants to be more. The advice she give Shay–to give up on someone you can’t have–is advice she should really be giving to herself as well. Anyway, I do feel for her–I think a lot of us, including myself, have been in the situation where you’re with someone you’d like to have a relationship with, but you’re stuck in the friend-zone.

Severide finally figures out who is bothering the elderly woman. Turns out it’s a couple of thugs who are angry at her for calling the police on them because of their drug deals on her street. Severide scares them, saying that the woman’s his aunt and that if he ever catches them bothering her again, he’s going to take them to the police. They get the message.

Also threaded throughout the episode was Casey’s continuing issues with Det. Voight. His car is mysteriously vandalized and his gym bag is stolen, only to have Voight come up several days letter with the “culprit.” Inside the recovered gym bag is a roll of money. Casey tells Voight that he’s still not going to change the report and gives the money back. At the end of the episode, Hallie’s car is vandalized, and now Casey is faced with doing what he didn’t want to do–tell Hallie the truth about his situation.

One minor plotpoint–the part concerning Kelli and Severide–gets resolved for good. She’s been trying to get in Severide’s apartment again, and he does invite her. However, he does tell her a story about being engaged too. We don’t get to see exactly what he said, but it was enough for her to not only run from the apartment, but to also quit her job, her engagement and spend time away from her family.

Like I said, there’s no expert commentary from Jones this week, but in my own limited view, I think 1)sex at work–the scene with Casey and Hallie in his office– is OUTLAWED (Jones already said that it was in so many words, anyway), and 2) I don’t think firemen can make housecalls like the one Severide made with the thugs. I’ll double check and tell you the expert’s answers next week.

Overall, great episode! The runs are really fueling the drama nicely, and the outside drama itself is fantastic. The scene at Herrmann’s house (with his adorable, oddball son) were great and it really shows the type of risk firemen put themselves in everyday, a risk that even us Fire Department relatives sometimes take for granted. Anyway, great episode, and I can’t wait to see the next one.