We don’t watch One Chicago just for the ships, but there are many ships to watch in these shows. So, in the interest of keeping up with one of the most important parts of Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and Chicago Med, we’re going to be examining the progress of the featured ships every week, in a roundtable.
This is in now way meant to be exhaustive, and we’ll only be talking ships here – check out our full reviews if you want more. If you, however, want to see us talk about the love lives of our favorite doctors, firefighters, paramedics and cops …well, this is the place for you.
We had some drama over on Chicago Fire – and it was mostly Brettsey drama! Casey was jealous, Grainger was in the middle and Sylvie finally verbalized all that’s been bothering her about the situation with Casey. What next? What do you think happens and what do you want to see? For them …and for the other couples on the show?
Lizzie: I mean, on the one hand, go Sylvie. She doesn’t have to be right in how she perceives the situation (and we, the viewers, know she isn’t, because we have actually seen Matt use his words to TALK TO OTHER PEOPLE INSTEAD OF SYLVIE), but she doesn’t. She’s reacting based on the information she has, and making decisions based on that, and that, of course, means this conversation/confrontation with Casey that, if she were right in her appreciation, would be on point, and even if she isn’t …well, it’s still good. She did the right thing here, by putting herself first and expressing, very clearly, what her issues are. She’d tried to do so before, but now she was categorical.
Next is all on Casey. Like, we know he knows what he wants. He’s gotta decide to fight for it, though. He can’t just sit there and get all he wants, he’s gotta put in the effort, and that starts with being honest with Sylvie back. I don’t even think he needs to reevaluate what he feels/thinks, I think it’s pretty clear he’s over Gabby at this point, he just hasn’t verbalized it, and he needs to – to Sylvie. That’s the beginning. And then, if she doesn’t believe it, if she needs him to prove it, then he needs to do just that. It’s either that or be prepared to lose her for good, and we can all clearly see he doesn’t want that.
One more thing …can this please not be a thing that’s resolved in the last five minutes of the last episode? Pretty please?
As for the other couples, I would love a Stellaride proposal, I really would. It feels like they’re there, they survived the last, silly bump, and that has to be what’s next. So fingers crossed we get it before the end of the season. And then there’s Mackey and Gallo, and what do I want there? I mean, that’s going to implode sooner rather than later, but at this point I’m still not super invested, so I guess what I want is just …to see more of them and see if I can get there.
Raquel: Communication, communication and, if there is any doubt, COMMUNICATION. I want Casey to fight for her, I want him to speak to her and make it clear with words and his actions that Gabby no longer means anything to him. That he loves Sylvie. She has been very clear with what she is feeling. Of course, she is not right in the conclusions she drew but she is right in how she feels. She can only work with the crumbs that Casey gave her. And that is not enough. Casey needs to tell Sylvie how he feels.
Maybe Brett is at a point where words are not enough because she is afraid … so actions may be the most correct answer in this regard.
I want all couples to be well, happy together and make lots of babies (Stellaride proposal right now, please!) But this is a drama and there will always be problems. Usually from … yeah, communication, that’s why Casey isn’t fighting for Brett and these kinds of misunderstandings come up that keep them apart. So I don’t expect two couples to be happy at the same time … or for Brettsey to give us good cheer until the end of the season. Fingers crossed I’m wrong.
Logan: Well, it’s about time someone called Matt out for the big nothing he’s done to resolve things since their talk in episode 3. Good for Sylvie! I was very proud of her! Her read on the situation isn’t completely accurate but that’s not her fault. Matt has only given her half the information through vague and confusing answers and then told the rest to Severide instead.
So, now that Sylvie has stated plainly and clearly what’s been bothering her about their situation (though in my opinion she did that pretty well at the end of the second episode but I guess Matt didn’t hear it), I would hope Casey steps up and figures himself out. He needs to decide what he wants and what would make him happy. Once he’s decided that then he needs to be open and honest with Sylvie about what he’s discovered. And yes, he needs to do that. On his own, by himself, like the grown adult man he is.
The point of all of this is that Sylvie wants him to be happy. She’s pushing him to decide what that is and do something about it. Matt’s been fairly frozen in time since Gabby left and it clearly hasn’t made him happy or fulfilled him the way he deserves. The only way Sylvie is going to be assured he’s happy and doing what his heart wants is for him to make that decision on his own and then let her in on what he decides — with his words.
Going forward, I want to see Matt reflecting on what he wants and then fighting for it. I want him to realize he doesn’t always have to let go and move on. So let’s hope that’s where this is going because otherwise Sylvie’s got a guy lined up who seems willing and able to give her exactly what she needs — the knowledge that someone wants her above all others.
For the other couples, I want a Stellaride proposal so badly. I just need it. It’s time for them to take their relationship to that next level and, moreover, it’s what they deserve. Also, nothing better happen to Joe and Chloe’s baby! They deserve a happy and healthy baby boy (named Brian *hint, hint*).
Ship content, what’s that, Chicago PD said. But we always have our hopes and dreams, so let’s talk about those. What do you want to see from Burzek and Upstead in the rest of the season?
Lizzie: We’ve talked a lot about balance, which we’re clearly not gonna have, so I’m just going to ask for different things …like progress. I don’t want the whole two steps forward one step back thing to last forever. Have people talk to each other, please. And also, can we get Kevin a love interest? It’s been 8 seasons, my dudes. We thought he might have gotten something with Rojas, who, btw, I would love an explanation about, but since that didn’t work out, then just …bring in someone new. Man deserves happy storylines.
Raquel: I think Burzek needs to know and believe that they are on the same page. Adam has told Kim that he is, but she already believed him once and her heart broke so much that she could barely put it back together. Now she really needs proof that Adam is right there, with her, in the having babies, in raising that adorable girl, in being parents, in a wedding, in a life with her. Adam must prove it to her. And he must show Kim that she shouldn’t jump, nor should she fear whether Adam doesn’t exactly agree on how she’s handling things. In other words, they need to rebuild faith in their relationship, in more than just sleeping together every now and then, they need to restore faith in a life together.
As for Upstead, they need to open up. Jay must live with the decision he made and Haley must still open up with him about that lie, they need to communicate more and try to put fear aside and just be honest with each other.
And yeah, Kevin needs a love interest.
Logan: I want to see what I always want to see and I really don’t feel like it’s asking too much, though history says it is. I want to see couples or prospective couples communicating and making decisions together. I want emotional vulnerability. What I don’t want is stories that rely on lack of communication to create the conflict. Okay? Okay! Thanks!
Chicago Med seemed to bring back some Manstead possibilities, or are we just getting confused because Natalie and Will finally shared a scene after what feels like a million years? And Crockett wasn’t too happy. What’s your read on how this is going to work out? What are the writers playing here? And what about Chexton? Is there hope there still?
Lizzie: I think the way the show handled the post-Manstead era was kinda dumb, if we’re being honest. Like, did they just suddenly never cross paths again? The ED isn’t THAT big. And yes, I’m glad they remembered there’s a history there and Will would know Nat’s mom, because I like continuity. This isn’t even about liking the couple, but I hate when shows just want us to forget about, you know, simple continuity issues. Like hey, PD, Rojas?
As for the Mancel of it all, I think, surprisingly, at this point, it’s Natalie who hasn’t fully committed and Crockett who has no doubts, and she’s gonna need to be super clear about what she wants, if this is going to work. A relationship never falls on just one person. But this is where I think the show is going now …though with this show, I’m not going to say never a possible return to Manstead, because, like …what are happy couples around here?
Then there’s Chexton, and I gotta think there’s hope? Otherwise why are we playing this game? I’m not sure, and the writers have never handled couples too well on this show, but they do know about expectations, I would think.
Raquel: No wonder the writers like this game, it always works with the fandom so … why change? In any case, I really like that they have remembered that Natalie and Will were all for each other a while ago and well, that, at least, they have remembered that they know each other. I was quite surprised that Natalie was the one with doubts this time. If Mancel has any hope of working and moving forward, she must be clear about what she feels and what she wants.
I’m not really invested in the couples on this show and I didn’t have time to ship Mancel hard so it’s in them if I end up fully feeling for Mancel or for Manstead, because we can never say that Manstead is finished until the show is over. Nonetheless, Crockett earned a lot of points for me in this episode for the way he handled things.
As for Chexton, I don’t think they would continue to be hopeful if there really wasn’t anything there, so who knows…
Logan: I think the hint of Manstead was more about Marcel and Manning than Manstead. Mancel is the story this season for sure. I can understand why Crockett wasn’t happy. Will and Nat’s mother basically threw Manstead’s history in his face and, as uncomfortable as seeing Crockett’s ex was for Nat a couple of episodes ago, imagine working with your potential girlfriend’s ex every day. That has to be awkward. Thankfully, Crockett eventually figured out the appropriate way to handle it and never took it out on Natalie. All good signs.
As for Chexton, I have no idea what the writers are doing there so I’m not even going to guess. I can’t tell if they’re keeping hope alive or moving them toward friendship. They’re in between both it seems to me, which is strange and confusing. They still act like a couple sometimes and it makes me wonder why they ever broke up.