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.
Chicago Fire had some great moments for both of its main ships this episode, with Kelly playing the perfect supportive boyfriend to a Stella that absolutely kicked ass this week, and Matt checking up on Sylvie, being there for her and then – trying to even fix her relationship with Grainger, which earned him some obvious truths. First, gush a little about Stellaride being, at this point, the most stable One Chicago couple. Then, let’s talk about how Grainger basically had to spell out the truth we all know for Casey: Sylvie is in love with him. What happens next? Where does he go from here?
Lizzie: Ah, Stellaride. When I decided to give this show a chance once again, it was because of Stella Kidd, and I fell in love with Stellaride in a way I didn’t think was possible considering I literally stopped watching cause early seasons Kelly Severide got on my last nerve. But Chicago Fire has figured out how to write a stable, interesting OTP, just as it has figured out how to write an interesting journey towards that, and that has made this season one of the best of the show to date. Which, on season 9, that’s saying something.
Stellaride works because their journey is believable. Because we have followed them here, and we can feel their love. But also, because they are shown to be the best versions of themselves with each other. It’s not about changing each other, and making each other better, it’s about support and about trusting that your partner can do their thing, and your partner trusting that, whatever that is, you will be there to have their back.
As for Brettsey, I kinda want to laugh and shake Matt Casey this episode, because dumb men be dumb. Everyone and their mother can see HE is in love with Sylvie, and everyone and their mother can see SHE is in love with him, and yet he needed Grainger to point out half of that, and now I assume he will spent an episode thinking what that means for HIS feelings, because men be dumb, again.
To be fair, I think he does know what he feels, deep down, he just hasn’t wanted to admit it, because why would he let himself feel it if she didn’t feel the same? If it was going to bring him pain? Self-preservation is a funny thing, and we don’t always do it consciously. But now that he’s figured out the Sylvie half of the equation, how can he ignore his own feelings, and more importantly, why would he?
Still on track for the season finale, I think. And maybe they’ll also throw some hurt/comfort our way, cause Chicago Fire. You know how that goes. Either way, it’s going to be glorious. Just, no actual injuries or cliffhangers, please.
Raquel: Stellaride is just perfect! I’m imagining the proposal in the season finale and I don’t regret it. I think it will happen. In fact, I will be disappointed if it doesn’t happen.
As for Brettsey, a small step in the right direction. It’s not a big one in the grand scheme of things, but is very necessary. It was about time someone opened Casey’s eyes about this. None of her relationships or Sylvie’s relationships are going to work simply because they are madly in love with each other. It doesn’t matter what they do or how hard they try to forget. It’s a fact. They belong together and nothing and no one is going to change that.
I think now Casey is going to struggle to assimilate all this, this truth, and what to do with it. Now Casey has to decide what he wants to do, if he just wait for Sylvie to actually say it for him to get close to her again or … take charge and speak honestly with her. I really hope he chooses the second option, because it is about damn time.
Somehow, Casey has been fighting his own feelings since the two of them broke up and he convinced himself that it was possible to forget Sylvie, in fact, he believed that she had already turned the page and he just had to do the same but now he is aware that is not the case and, suddenly, the excuses that he made to himself for not doing anything are shattered into a thousand pieces, that illusion is cracked and he has the truth before him, without being able to hide it again. He has before him a decision that can change everything.
I still think we’re heading into a Brettsey make-up for the season finale and I’m going to love every step of the way.
Logan: Oh my goodness, Stellaride had my entire heart this episode! Severide was constantly there for Stella at every moment during this episode! From studying at the beginning to sending her out the door for her exam with one last “you got this, Stella Kidd”, he was perfect!
I love the way he spent the entire episode following Stella’s lead when it came to locating these kids. He was happy to stand back and let her dictate how they handled this rescue. A mutually supportive couple is a breathtaking sight to see and Stellaride definitely took my breath away! We love a man who’s not intimidated by the fact that his woman is a total self sufficient bad ass! Stellaride forever and always, please!
And now for Brettsey. This entire episode was designed to make me want to knock their heads together and then lock them in the turnout room until they find their words! These two are so very clearly perfect for each other and they proved that in every scene.
Brett not wanting to bring Matt down with her less than optimistic mood, Matt not being able to fully indulge in his happiness while Sylvie was down, Matt waiting patiently until Sylvie was willing to talk — it was all extremely domestic. They’re acting like a couple without actually being together! I spent most of the episode thinking, what is going to have to happen for them to finally see what the rest of us see?
Well, by the end of the episode we may have finally gotten an answer. It turns out, for Matt, the answer to that question is have Greg Grainger confront him with a blatant fact. Sylvie Brett is in love with him.
Maybe now that someone outside of 51 but still close to Sylvie has told him this, he’ll actually make a move! As far as my predictions? I think he’ll spend next episode stewing over it and trying to decide what he should do and I think by the end of episode 15 he’ll find the words we’ve all been waiting for. And if that’s how it goes down, all I have to say is: it’s about damn time.
Chicago PD focused on Burzek’s complicated relationship, making it clear that, through ups and downs, for better or worse, these two are still family. That’s why Adam said yes to being Kim’s backup in the Makayla adoption. But there was little else in the form of romantic advancement. Still, there’s hope. What do you want from these two from here to the end of the season, and what do you think we’re getting?
Lizzie: I’m TIRED, your honor. TIRED. I just want this show to decide if these two are going to be a couple or not. Make up your mind, and stick to it. Because fans have been jerked around enough. Either the show needs to work towards getting them back together – and it seems like they are, though I don’t think it’s a short term plan that will culminate this season – or they need to cut the cord and allow them to move forward.
But the way they handled this, like yes, Adam made sense for Kim, considering the setup, and I didn’t really expect him to say no, but then they threw some drama in, and made me doubt, plus they had her go on that whole “who knows if we will figure us out” spiel as she was asking Adam to be her backup. So this feels like a first step, and that’s necessary, and it feels a bit like a decision, but, BUT, that’s what I thought when Kim got pregnant, and here we are. So, I just want them to make a choice. For good.
Raquel: I have to say that I don’t entirely agree with the statement that there is not much to Burzek’s romantic plane. I think this is a great and necessary step. Kim needed Adam to show her that he is on the same page as her when it comes to having family and having absolutely everything with her and Adam needed Kim to believe him when he told her just that.
When Kim trusts him with the most precious person in her life she is showing him that she believes him and when he says yes he is showing her that they are on the same page. This is big, especially after how things stood between them last time. This was just what they needed to take THE step, that leap of faith that brings them back together. They needed this, words were no longer valid, they needed actions and here they are.
I think that they will come back together. I would say that they will do it in the season finale and in the meantime, they will get closer and closer until kissing, being together, being a couple in every sense of the word, is as easy as breathing. The only thing that makes me doubt is that Chicago PD has never shown us two happy couples at the same time and Upstead doesn’t look like are going to have problems anytime soon … maybe this is the first time they show us two happy couples at the same time…
Or maybe we have to wait for a new Season. But at the same time, I think they are at a point where it would no longer make sense to wait and it would be too forced for them to do so … so I stand by my bet that they will return together in the season finale. A woman can dream …
Logan: I think this was a necessary step to moving them back toward romance. Adam had some questions about whether or not Kim trusted him anymore and truthfully I think this gesture resolved some of those questions. As for what I want going forward, I want the show to decide if Burzek will be together or not. If so, then I need them to finally allow these two to get it together. I want to see them as a couple, fully invested in each other by the time next season begins!
Natalie compounded her bad decisions on Chicago Med by, of course, hiding what she did from Marcel, and instead inching towards Will. Do you think she’s going to choose to lean on Will? Is Chicago Med killing Mancel so little after it started? Does this mean Manstead if back on the cards? What’s your take?
Lizzie: I shouldn’t even be surprised Chicago Med torpedoed Mancel so quickly, because this is Chicago Med. But a part of me cannot understand why spend all that time on the ship if they aren’t going to give us more than this. That being said, I think it’s clear Nat is going to choose to confide in Will in this regard, and Marcel should absolutely not be happy about that. But when it comes to Manstead, I kinda hope that, even if this is their endgame, this can be handled as just …two people who care about each other having each others backs in crime, or whatever. If the idea is really to bring them back together, then Chicago Med better take the time to do it right.
Raquel: Chicago Med is discarded every week for being the worst of One Chicago. Period. I think Natalie will choose Will before Marcel and that, well, it is never a good sign to trust someone else before your own boyfriend so I think yes, Mancel will be over in a few episodes and before they have really conquered my heart. I guess that’s good because that way I don’t suffer, right? Although I’m not sure if it says something very good about the show …
With the end of Mancel, I think they will play with Manstead again, time will tell if they will get back together … or if happiness will last longer than Mancel although, considering everything at Chicago Med, it doesn’t point to a happy solution.
Logan: I actually don’t think she’ll choose either. Right now she is hiding from both of them. I’m not sure Mancel will weather this but I’m not sure this story is for the purpose of bringing Manstead back together either. Honestly, I’ve been inching toward a theory where Will and Marcel will have to work together to help Natalie get herself out of this mess, but I could be very wrong. We’ll see what happens as we go forward!