Chicago Fire Season 1 Review “Better to Lie” – Chief Boden’s Secret

So, how about that bombshell we got about Chief Boden during Chicago Fire‘s “Better to Lie?” I certainly wasn’t expecting that. But before I get into everything, I just have to say that my dad, Chief Jones is not only away evaluating lieutenant and captain candidates, but he’s also sick with a bad cold, so at the time of me writing this, he’s out cold from medicine. So, I say all of that to say that there’s not really going to be a fact-checking segment. I’m so sorry!

Anyway, let’s discuss the three big storylines this episode:

Chief Boden’s secret: I am hoping some of those allegations about Boden sleeping with Mills’ wife are unfounded. But, judging from the vibe I keep getting from Mrs. Wills and Boden, Mr. Severide is probably right on the money. Sigh. Great, now my trust in Boden as Chief is getting questioned. I mean, committing infidelity doesn’t make you a bad chief, but, the moral implications are a little bit hard to swallow, especially for a guy like Boden. I knew he had some secrets, but I didn’t know one of those secrets involved probably being to blame for Mills’ dad’s death. No wonder Boden went ballistic on Mills when it came to Mills’ personal life mixing with his work life. He doesn’t want Mills to fall in the same boat he did. Another thought–you don’t think Mills is Boden’s son or something, do you? Boden sure keeps acting all fatherly to Mills. I’m getting scared now.

Shay’s baby woes: Clarice moving on again has made Shay determined to get someone who will love her forever–a baby. At first, she’s looking in to sperm donors, but after rescuing a baby from an unfit home (a run which also involved an apartment-dweller upstairs getting shot in the head and losing his sight), her desire for a baby grows even deeper. I would think that she’s going to somehow try to adopt that baby later on. Usually in Chicago Fire, everything comes back around. Just like…

Casey’s love life: Casey is now in a bit of a pickle; Heather, the widow of Darden, the guy who died in the apartment fire, has kissed him and is heavily hinting that she wants to start something with him. Casey is scared and reticent, as he should be. It hasn’t really been a year yet since Darden died. But I have a feeling Casey is going to fail in his attempts to thwart temptation. Or I could be wrong. But I do know that now that Dawson has made it clear to everyone that she’s with Mills now, Casey’s going to start to want someone to keep him warm at night.

The minor plot point this week was dealing with Herrmann’s bar. The safe contained an old written contract with a Clifford Baylor and an armed forces medal. Herrmann thinks that this his bad luck rearing its ugly and persistent head again, but actually, Baylor, who is an invalid now, doesn’t want any part of the bar. He said he got the real prize–the girl he and the original owner must have been fighting over (sounds like Mills, Dawson and Casey, doesn’t it?). In honor of the woman’s memory, Herrmann, Otis and Dawson decide to name their new bar “Molly’s.”

If there’s any question I do have from this episode as far as protocol goes, is how does an untrained person like Mills deal with someone who’s suicidal? Do you lie to them to make them not kill themselves, or will the lie later on end up being worse? The guy will find out that the biker died, right? Won’t that come back to haunt Mills? I think Mills should have just said “We don’t know the man’s condition.” That’s still a lie, but it’s a least a little more hazy than “He’s completely fine.” By saying “We don’t know,” you’re covering yourself a little. That way, you won’t have to worry about the guy killing himself later on and blaming you for his death because you compounded his grief with a lie. That’s just how my paranoid mind thinks about things, though.

Looks like next week is Hannibal‘s week to shine. So, I’ll see you when I see you!