This episode was an emotional one for many reasons. If I’m being honest, I spent a lot of this episode being mad at Casey. What’s new, right? The man has been making some questionable decisions lately, and this episode was no exception. Plus, we had to say goodbye to a beloved character, Mouch got the confidence boost he needed, and Stellaride was being all adorable. That being said, Chicago Fire‘s “Double Red” was a rollercoaster of emotions.
Go See a Doctor, Casey
Oh, Casey. I see that you are yet again making questionable decisions. For goodness sakes, Casey, go see a doctor. He really should have gone to see a doctor, and I’m curious to see what comes as a result of this head injury. There’s speculation that the head injury and him finding his uncle’s watch with his first love’s initials could be setting him up to leave the show. I don’t think that’s the case, but you never know. Regardless, head injuries are nothing to mess around with, especially with what happened last time he had one.
Casey looking at the scans he kept from eight years ago was a great callback. I love how the writers keep incorporating things from early seasons. It’s such a nice treat for fans who have seen the show from the beginning. However, the part of his scan that said that “due to the nature of the injury, another head injury could exacerbate trauma to a debilitating level” is scary as heck. As much as Casey’s been getting on my nerves lately, I still don’t want anything to happen to him. Please be careful and go see a doctor, Casey. K thanks.
We’ll Miss You, Gianna Mackey
It looks like it’s time to say goodbye to Gianna Mackey. She’s transferring to 33, and Adriyan Rae announced that she is leaving the show. I loved the scenes of Mackey discussing her transfer with Cruz and Brett. There truly is no family like the 51 family. We’ll miss her, as will the rest of 51, but it sounds like this was for the best. Transferring to 33 was the right move for Mackey, and it sounds like leaving the show was the right move for Adriyan. We love her and we wish her nothing but the best, wherever she ends up next.
With all that being said, I can’t help but wonder what’s in store for Ambulance 61. Will they bring Peter Mills back? Are they setting up for a possible Gabby Dawson return? Or will Brett get yet another new partner? My vote, if it’s not Mills or Dawson, is for Violet to be Brett’s next partner. I loved her, and her and Gallo had some pretty great chemistry. And by the looks of it, she might be joining 51 since Boden wanted to see her. No one knows for sure who the next paramedic on 61 will be, but for Brett’s sake I hope her next partner sticks around a little longer.
Mouch and The TRA Training
Of course Mouch didn’t complete his TRA training when he was supposed to. Because of course he didn’t. What makes it even funnier is that because he didn’t, he had to take the course with a bunch of younger firefighters. Mouch’s stunts at the training had me laughing, but when he explained why he was acting the way he way, my heart broke for him. He really felt like he’s never the hero. I think Ritter would beg to differ, Mouch.
Boden’s gift and speech to Mouch in the bunkroom really tugged at my heart strings. He’s needed to hear those words for a long time. Boden telling Mouch the he sees Ritter watching him every call with admiration in his eyes and that Ritter loves and respects him because of the man he is and the job he does was just beautiful. I think we can all agree that Mouch is a hell of a firefighter. He’s heard it from people like Cruz, Casey, and Herrmann before, but it’s about time he heard that his chief and the younger firefighters think so, too.
Stand Out Scene
The look on Severide’s face as the arcade game was being moved into the apartment was priceless. He was so worried about what Stella ordered and it was killing him. But she just wanted to add some fun to the apartment, which is such a Stella move. Seeing the three of them bond while playing it was adorable. Now that the arcade game is there, I definitely want to see more game nights in the apartment.
Stella is such a good girlfriend. If Severide got the title of ‘boyfriend of the year’ during season 8, can Stella be girlfriend of the year? She deserves that much. I mean, look at what she put up with earlier this season. Stella is the best girlfriend ever. I loved Casey’s comment to Severide that he might be moving out sooner than Severide thought. I think a proposal is in Stellaride’s future, and I’m so here for it.
Boden: Let me tell you something, Mouch. You are a hero every time you suit up in your bunker gear. It doesn’t take hijacking some class for younger firefighters for me to recognize it. You know when we’re on scene, I sometimes catch a glimpse of young Ritter just watching you. The admiration on his face. It’s beautiful. He loves you, Mouch, He respects you. And that’s because of the man you are, and the job you do.
Mouch: I’m never the hero, Chief.
Severide: I don’t deal well with change. She knows that.
Mackey: You want me to transfer?