‘Chicago Fire’ 8×12 Review: “Then Nick Porter Happened”

So much happened on this week’s episode of Chicago Fire, titled “Then Nick Porter Happened.” False alarms, roommate troubles, and we finally got to meet Ritter’s boyfriend. And not to mention all the Stellaride feels! This episode provided us with quality Stellaride content, and my Stellaride-loving heart was all here for it.

Something’s Fishy at Stover Academy

CHICAGO FIRE — “Then Nick Porter Happened” Episode 812 — Pictured: (l-r) Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey. Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide — (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC)

Okay is it just me, or did the boys at Stover Academy seem to think that the false alarms delaying 51’s response time to real emergencies was no big deal? The Headmaster seemed pretty dismissive of it in the beginning, too. He gave the typical “boys will be boys” excuse, which is pretty lame if you ask me. Yet he seemed to care a whole lot more once he realized that Elijah was being bullied by kids at school. Maybe he should have listened to Casey and Severide and gotten to the bottom of what what happening sooner.

If you ask me, the headmaster of Stover Academy seemed arrogant as heck the first time we met him. He doesn’t like to discipline the boys publicly, and he told Casey and Severide to leave once they started getting angry at him. Listen sir, you don’t want to pick a fight with Firehouse 51. Especially with Severide and Casey. I can guarantee you that’s one fight you will not win.

Foster’s Moving In

I’ll admit, it was sad to see Brett and Cruz rent out Otis’ room. Like Mouch and Foster said, nobody can replace Otis. I think Foster will be a good fit, though. She gets along well with Brett and Cruz, and it’s someone they both know and trust. Plus, Foster has been looking for a place for a while now. It’s like everything worked out perfectly.

Although I’m glad Foster moved in with Brett and Cruz, I don’t exactly like the way it all happened. It’s like Foster expected Brett to read her mind. She should have just told them that she was looking for a place and asked if it was okay if she moved in with them. Especially after she learned that they were renting out the room anyway. Brett would have been more than happy to have her move in with them, just like she was when it finally came up. After all, who would want to live with their best friend?

A Stellaride Birthday Trip? I’m Here For It

CHICAGO FIRE — “Then Nick Porter Happened” Episode 812 — Pictured: (l-r) Daniel Kyri as Darren Ritter, Miranda Rae Mayo as Stella Kidd– (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC)

Stella trying to plan a surprise birthday trip for Severide was the cutest thing ever. She was so worried about it being perfect for him and something he would like. It was adorable. Stella’s adorable. And on top of it all, we finally got to meet Ritter’s boyfriend who just so happens to be a travel agent. Perfect coincidence, right? And even though it didn’t end up working out, this storyline still provided us with some top-notch Stellaride content.

I love the idea of Stellaride going on a cruise, though. I think we need to see more Stellaride dates. We’ve gotten a quick scene or two of them being all cute and date-like, but I want to see them go on a real date. Like Severide planning something for Stella and them getting al dressed up and going out. I definitely need to see a Stellaride date night or something. My Stellaride-loving heart needs it.

Stand Out Scene

Severide asking Stella to move back in with him was everything I wanted. I absolutely love Stellaride, and I couldn’t be happier that they’re officially moving back in together. Plus, the way he hated that she had been avoiding him and that she wasn’t at his house with all all the time was downright adorable.

Stellaride is just about the only One Chicago ship I have going for me right now, so I’m glad they’re in a good place. Although Miranda Rae Mayo is definitely the captain of this ship, I will gladly say that I will do down with it.

Best Lines

Mouch: Of course, nobody can replace Otis.

Severide: I don’t want you to go somewhere else to be home anymore. Your station gear should always be here, because you should always be here. Will you move in?

Stella: You gotta live with who you love.

Severide: Maybe you oughta worry less about protecting these kids from the outside world, and focus more on what’s happening inside your school.

Ritter: I don’t know, I think bullies are everywhere. That’s why you gotta focus on the good people instead, right? They’re everywhere, too.

Boden: Don’t ever try to figure women out.

Watch Chicago Fire Wednesday’s at 9/8c on NBC

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