‘Chicago Fire’ 8×17 Review: “Protect a Child”

A lot happened in Chicago Fire‘s “Protect a Child.” And let me just say, I love the whole “Girls on Fire” idea. Stella Kidd is absolutely amazing. But I will say this. I was not thrilled to see that Wendy Seager has returned. But if there’s one major takeaway from this week’s episode, it’s this: Stella Kidd and Matt Casey have the biggest hearts.

Girls on Fire

CHICAGO FIRE — “Protect a Child” Episode 817 — Pictured: (l-r) Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide, Miranda Rae Mayo as Stella Kidd — (Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC)

Stella Kidd is an inspiration. I love that she wants to help out girls/young women in Chicago. Her program actually sounds like a really good idea. A lot of girls don’t really understand that there’s a place for them in professions like that. I love that she is so passionate about helping others and making a positive change in her community. We could all strive to be a little more like Stella Kidd.

However, I’m not sure Stella working with Seager is the best idea. I get that she’s helping Stella, which I love because she and her project deserve it, but I don’t trust Seager. We all know she has a thing for Severide. Don’t get me wrong, I trust Severide 100%. The person I don’t trust is Seager. I mean she did flirt with Severide when Stella was right there. I’m glad Stella got somebody to co-sponsor her project. I just wish it was somebody other than Seager. But I believe in Stellaride, and that their love can conquer anything.

Sylvie Brett: House Hunter Extraordinaire

CHICAGO FIRE — “Protect a Child” Episode 817 — Pictured: (l-r) Kelly Deadmon as Julie, Kara Killmer as Sylvie Brett — (Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC)

I know I said this before but I’m gonna say it again. I love Sylvie Brett. Her obsession with house hunters and house hunting is adorable. Like can she help me find a house? Anyway, I kind of like how close she is getting with her birth mom Julie. Sylvie deserves to be happy and have everything she wants. And I love that we’re getting to know more about Brett through this story line. The more Brett content, the better.

I think it’s adorable how much Sylvie and Matt seem to care about each other. I mean, she turned down a date with a hot realtor presumably because she has feelings for Casey. She can deny it all she wants, but the longing glances between those two tell a different story. They just need to admit their feelings and get together already. I’m ready for Brettsey.

Give Herrmann an Office!

Herrmann deserves officers quarters. After all, he is an officer just like Casey and Severide. I really feel bad for him sometimes. I just feel like he is overlooked compared to some of the other people at Firehouse 51. He is always looking out for everyone at 51. It’s time he gets some recognition and a little love his way.

I gotta say, Herrmann making his own officers quarters was pretty hilarious. I admire Herrmann for not letting it get him down and finding his own way to get the job done. Was it the best? No. But he made it work. And him ending up burning made me laugh. I love you Herrmann, but you should have known better. Here’s to hoping Herrmann will eventually get what he deserves.

Stand Out Scene

CHICAGO FIRE — “Protect a Child” Episode 817 — Pictured: Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey — (Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC)

I still can’t get over the scene where Casey went to try to fight for the mother to keep her child. It was so sweet and so emotional. You could tell that he was really invested in this because of what happened with Louie. My heart broke hearing him explain that.

Hearing him talk about Louie again was so sweet. You can tell that he really misses Louie and wishes things would have worked out so that they could have been a family. My heart broke for Casey in that scene. But it was so inspiring that he was using his experience to help others. That’s the Matt Casey I know and love.

Best Lines

Stella: Girls can be heroes and they need to know that

Casey: I had a son once. Briefly. Then his real dad dropped back in the picture. And we couldn’t deny Louie that love

Casey: That woman came here to check some boxes. Didn’t matter what I said

Casey: She wanted a few choice quotes so she could take a boy away from his disabled mother. Doesn’t sit right with me, chief. Doesn’t sir right with me at all.

Casey: Do you know what it’s like to have a son taken away? ‘Cuz I do, and what you’re doing is reprehensible.

Seager: Are you kidding? My classmates at South Shore used to make fun of me when I said i wanted to be a firefighter. ‘You’re a girl. You can’t life a bag of feathers. It’ll never work.’ I heard it all. So young women need to see real role models at CFD, know this is a career choice, not just a dream for boys. This program sounds badass. Whatever you need, sign me up.

Julie: A whole other something I want to hear about. I know we have time, but I will take every Sylvie Brett story that I can get

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

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