We were blessed this episode of Chicago Fire. We got to see Severide’s friendship with April, Severide with (somewhat) kids, detective Severide, and we even got some Brettsey angst. What more could you ask for in an episode of Chicago Fire? Besides the ship/couple stuff, that is. Grainger’s an added bonus, too. I mean, just look at the guy! All of this to say, Chicago Fire‘s “Escape Route” did not disappoint.
Casey vs. Grainger
Herrmann’s away, and Grainger came to play. While I missed having Herrmann around this episode since he’s one of my favorites, I liked seeing Grainger hang with 51. However, I’m not sure Casey felt the same way. Grainger was trying to make the best of awkward situation and keep things friendly between them, but Casey wasn’t having any of it.
Casey and Grainger were really fighting over a woman like teenage boys. It was obvious since Casey first saw Brett and Grainger flirting in the locker room that Casey’s jealous side was gonna come out. And jealous Casey is not a good look. I know I said that I wanted Casey to fight for Brett, but not like this. Grand gestures and words, Casey, not acting like a jealous teenage boy.
Brett Lays it Out
Brett called Casey out, and I loved it! Maybe this will be what finally gets Casey to cut the bullshit and do what most of the fandom has been wanting him to do since 9×02. I don’t think Brett could have made it any more clear at this point what he needs to do. If he wants to be with Brett, he needs to clear up and resolve the Dawson stuff first. We’ve known that, and hopefully now he does, too.
As much as Casey does need to resolve the whole Gabby thing, I don’t know if I agree with Brett that that’s why Casey was acting so unprofessional. I think it was because of Brett. Even Grainger can see it. I think Casey got jealous seeing Brett with Grainger and that’s why he acted the way he did towards him. I mean, he’s not gonna ask for a new floater to replace Grainger because he’s still in love with Gabby. No, he’s gonna do that because of his feelings for Brett. Because like he said before, Sylvie’s been the only one on his mind. He can’t get past what happened with Sylvie, not Gabby. Sylvie is the one that he wants, and everyone can see it but her.
Cruz’s Big Idea
I love that Cruz is thinking of expanding the slamigan brand! The ideas the guys were pitching were hilarious! I’m still getting a kick out of hose-hands, and the kick-ax is a hell of a name. I think it’s a great idea for Cruz to put another product on the market, especially if he wants to grow his brand. After all, we all know that more products means more money. And his, well Stella’s really, idea to made uniforms for women was a solid choice.
Cruz had the right idea, but the wrong execution. “Lady bunker gear” is actually a pretty solid idea. I’m sure it really sucks for girls to work in gear that is designed for men. Proper sizing for women is something that should have been thought of a long time ago. However, those mock-ups are a perfect example of why we shouldn’t leave men in charge of things that regard women. After all, no one knows women better than women.
Stand Out Scene
I kind of liked the make out scene between Brett and Grainger, not gonna lie. I think Brett and Grainger have great chemistry and it’s nice to see Brett getting her confidence back. It’s also nice to see her happy again. Grainger makes her happy, and that makes me happy.
I’m all for a Brettsey endgame, don’t get me wrong, but I’m also really liking Brett and Grainger’s relationship. I think Grainger’s a good match for Brett, and until Casey gets his act together and figures things out I’m perfectly okay with Brett dating him. I think Grainger is exactly what Brett needs right now, and that’s okay.
Brett: This doesn’t have anything to do with Greg Grainger. It doesn’t even have to do with me. It has to do with the fact that you’re still in love with Dawson. I called you out, and you haven’t done anything about it. Maybe you should reach out and resolve that so you can go back to being the Matt Casey everyone looks up to around here, and not this.
Grainger: You two had something, didn’t you?
Grainger: I’m a good officer. I care about this job. I just hope that me being here at 51 isn’t a problem because of whatever you had going on with Sylvie.
Stella: No one considers a woman’s body, do they? This is a job designed by men, for men, and the equipment is no different. And so what, I’ve got these girls looking up to me every week at girls on fire, and I’ve got to explain to them that the gear is designed for men only? How is that supposed to inspire them?
Severide: You gotta lean on the people who love you
Severide: You know April over at Med? She used to live up the street, and she used to let me crash over at her place when…I didn’t want to be home.
Chicago Fire airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on NBC.