‘Chicago Fire’ 8×10 Review: “Hold Our Ground“

Everyone’s favorite firefighters from Firehouse 51 are back on our TV screens with “Hold Our Ground.” One of the many things I love about Chicago Fire is that it can teach you some major life lessons. This episode was no exception.

This episode teaches us the importance of friendship, to never be afraid to say how you feel, and most importantly, when you’re in a tough situation, hold your ground.


CHICAGO FIRE — “Hold Our Ground” Episode 810 — Pictured: Annie Ilonzeh as Emily Foster, Kara Killmer as Sylvie Brett — (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC)

Please tell me I’m not the only one who wasn’t a fan of Brett and Foster fighting. They work so well together, and that fight just seemed to come out of nowhere. I’ll admit that they weren’t my favorite ambo duo at first, but they do make a great team. Stella was right when she said that there are only three girls on that shift, and they need to stick together. Because if you can’t trust that your friend and partner has your back, then who can you trust?

I’m glad that Foster opened up to Sylvie about what was bothering her. While I can understand where she was coming from, and that she was upset about her med school reunion after what happened, she didn’t need to take it out on Sylvie. Brett has earned her place as Paramedic in Charge, and sometimes experience in the field is just as good, if not better, than education. Yes, Foster went to med school so she has a lot of medical knowledge that could come in handy, but that doesn’t mean that Brett doesn’t know things, too.

Severide’s Back, and Stellaride is Total Endgame

CHICAGO FIRE — “Hold Our Ground” Episode 810 — Pictured: (l-r) Taylor Kinney as Lt. Kelly Severide, Miranda Rae Mayo as Stella Kidd — (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC)

Severide is back at 51 where he belongs! While I like seeing Severide in a suit, I have to say that I missed him on squad. 51 is not the same without Severide. And I know Stella missed him at 51. If you ask me, we didn’t get nearly enough Stellaride content while Severide was at OFI.

I gotta admit, his partner Wendy Seager was really getting on my nerves. While I can’t say I blame her for flirting with Severide, she knew he was taken and still continued to flirt with him anyway. I get it, Severide is a good-looking guy and pretty much every girl in Chicago wants to date him, but that doesn’t change the fact that she is blatantly flirting with him when he already has a girlfriend. But I gotta say that it was totally cute that Severide didn’t realize that she was flirting with him, because he only has eyes for Stella. And good for him for turning her down when he realized how him still keeping in touch with her was affecting Stella. So long, Seager!

Severide really meant it when he said he was gonna be the man Stella deserves. He has certainly proved that this season. He really takes her feelings into consideration and is the boyfriend Stella deserves. His development this season is truly amazing, and we can thank Stella Kidd for that. This episode really came through with the Stellaride content, from the apartment scene, to the scene at Molly’s Bar.

But If I’m being honest, one can never really have too much Stellaride content.

Gallo’s Got a New Girl

CHICAGO FIRE — “Hold Our Ground” Episode 810 — Pictured: Alberto Rosende as Blake Gallo — (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC)

I’m just gonna say it. Blake Gallo has a major crush. While he doesn’t want to admit it, pretty much the entire firehouse knows what’s really going on. And Cap, Tony, Cruz, and Ritter spying on them every time they had an interaction was pretty hilarious. I would probably be pretty curious, too.

I gotta admit though, I’m not really sure what I think about Gallo’s new girl. To me, they just don’t seem like a good pairing. But I’ve thought that about a lot of ships before and turned out to really like them. I guess we’ll have to see if this thing between them goes any further. I’m willing to give it a chance.

Stand Out Scene

That chase scene was definitely my favorite part of this episode. I loved how the entire firehouse went on the chase to bring down the perp who stole their jaws of life. Nobody messes with 51 and gets away with it! But of course, leave it to Brett and Foster to be the ones to actually corner him and bring him down. Way to show them how it’s done, ladies!

But my favorite part of that entire scene was Brett saying “Oh, pickles” when she was worried the perp was gonna try and rush them. it was the perfect amount of comedy to lighten the mood in the scene, and it was a total Brett line. She’s silly and goofy which is one of the many things I love about Brett.

Best Lines

Brett: I chose this life. It wasn’t a back up plan. It wasn’t a consolation prize.

Ritter: Gallo, I’m gay, but I’m not blind.

Gallo: I would have locked myself in the academy smoke box just to get distance between us

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