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 said: LET’S COME FOR YOUR SOULS! And they did. Brettsey is a reality now! Tell us all your feels about that scene. What do you expect from them in season 10? Stellaride, on the other hand, is still perfect! But, that ending … Severide in danger? From 1 to 10, how much are you dying to see their wedding?
Lizzie: I would have bet good money it was coming, from, like, the beginning of the season. I told everyone this was going to happen. And I still screamed when it did, that’s how great it was. In fact, now that I look back on it, I’m really glad they gave Casey a moment to tell his truth, and then Sylvie another moment to do so, in different episodes, because that means that they both had a moment to shine. They both had their time in the sun. And then they had their time together, in that BEAUTIFUL scene afterwards, that was almost like a dream come true.
The truth is this has been building for a while. And it makes absolute sense that we would get here. The setup was so obvious, they might have well have drawn us a treasure map with Brettsey as the reward. And hey, at least we got our reward during season 9, because I couldn’t have waited till next year. I really, really couldn’t.
We haven’t even gotten to see the best of Brettsey yet, though, that’s the thing. We know they work well together, we know they balance each other out, we know they can be each other’s calm in a storm, and we know they make a good team. But can you imagine how much better it will be now that they’re together? Now that they can face all professional and personal challenges as a team? I can’t wait to get them AND Stellaride together next year. With these four at the center, this show has a lot of life yet.
And as we’re talking Stellaride, yes, Kelly is in danger, but there’s no way you can convince me he’s really in danger, that he’s really going to die. No way. With Stellaride and Brettsey as the setup for what this show wants to do going forward? Kelly is safe, I’m sure of it. And maybe we’ll get that wedding next year? And Casey will be best man, and Sylvie will be maid of honor and I will cry and cry and cry. Because Stellaride is, as I’ve said before, the standard, and the ship every other ship in this entire universe needs to take into account.
I have never been as invested in this show, and the reason I’m as invested as I am is because they’ve built up a great team, have amazing character – especially female ones – and because the ships have made me feel. I’m glad I came back to Chicago Fire when I did, and I gotta give my girl Logan credit for that. You were right. You were absolutely right.
Logan: Brettsey! *pterodactyl screech* My brain has been a bag of cats since Wednesday night because of Brett and Casey! It’s all their fault! We have been waiting three long years for this! We suffered through Kyle Sheffield, Dawson’s return, the loss of Julie, Halleck and the ambo crash, Sydney, and Greg Grainger ALL TO LEAD US HERE. And, as much as I have complained about the pace of this slow burn this season, I have to eat a little crow because the slow burn made this episode a hundred times more powerful!
This episode was the culmination of so much longing and love that the chemistry and the tension became dangerously explosive to my poor heart.
At first I was frustrated with how they chose to write Brett, being so easily flustered by Matt’s presence while on the job. That seemed out of character to me. But I’ve had a chance to sit with it and think it over and I think I understand. I had to go back and think about that second episode and remember the visual of Sylvie crying on her couch. She was scared the first time around. So terrified of her feelings, in fact, that she ran out of Molly’s and avoided Casey for a full shift. And that was before the dreaded “I don’t know” that broke her heart and left her crying alone in her living room.
Flash forward to fourteen episodes later, and of course she’s still scared! She thought she knew what was going on with Matt. She convinced herself that he would always be in love with Gabby and that was the end of it. It hurt but it was also safe. She didn’t have to take a risk of losing her heart if Matt was unavailable. So, take that assumption and flip it on it’s head and you’re right back to a Sylvie Brett who is terrified of her feelings and what they mean and doesn’t know if she can handle being let down again. That’s a lot to think about and a lot to feel. It would be a struggle that’s hard to find the words for, especially when you’re feeling the pressure and know Matt’s waiting on an answer.
So, yeah, now that I’ve had time to reflect, I get it. Plus, let’s be honest, after that “I don’t know” Matt deserved to twist in the wind at least a little. We all knew she was in love with him and deep down you knew Matt was going to get what he wanted, so letting him sweat a bit was fine by me. His nerves and anxiety also made the relief in that confession scene palpable and I loved that. The man barely let her finish admitting she’s in love with him before he pounced! It was perfect!
Also, the specific phrases used in that scene are definitely endgame verbiage. This isn’t just a relationship for either of them, this is IT. Capital letters, IT. They both want the same things, in the same city, at the same time and they know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that they make each other stronger and better people. That is an endgame ship, my friends. To quote Doctor Strange, we’re in the endgame now. And I couldn’t be happier about it.
As for THAT scene, let’s just take a moment to appreciate that it was directed by a woman! Everyone say, “Thank you, Lisa Robinson!” She gave us the most artistic love scene I think I have ever seen on Chicago Fire. The soundtrack, the intimacy, the affection, the way it was all cut together out of sequence. The whole thing felt like a beautiful dream full of deep abiding love and tender care. It wasn’t rushed. It wasn’t impulsive. This was intentional at every moment and felt as if these two truly believe they have all the time in the world to be together. We love that for them. (Also, there is no better feeling than watching your OTP happy and in love and slow dancing in the living room. So, thank you for that dose of serotonin.)
And Stellaride was so sweet and happy this episode! From the proposal announcement to Severide’s encouraging speech to help Stella deal with leaving, it was all the purest and most supportive content we ever could have asked for. Stellaride is ultimate goals. He loves Stella in a way that ruins everyone’s expectations for their own love life. Their excitement overflowed in every scene and I just want to wrap them in bubble wrap and store them away somewhere safe so no harm ever comes to them.
Which of course it does in the last ten minutes. We all knew it was coming, but I didn’t expect all of Squad to be trapped in that boat! We cannot lose any of them! Not a single one! Severide’s getting married, Joe is having a baby, Capp has a girlfriend, and Tony is the quiet steady one that balances Capp’s eccentricities! So, no! No one is allowed to die. I am declaring that right now. They’re allowed to be a little injured! But not dead! We have to see them all at Stellaride’s wedding! (Which, by the way, I am beyond excited for! Put me down as a 10 on that scale!)
Raquel: All my feels, all my feels, It is impossible to tell you all my feelings because I would write a bible! But I’m going to try to synthesize it so as not to be *so* heavy. The Brettsey scene is one of my favorites from the whole show! It’s just … perfect. The performances, the way it’s shoot, the lighting, the dialogue … EVERYTHING. They give you all the emotions. Suddenly, you’re crying while smiling and you hardly notice, you hardly know when you started crying.
You see, I’m addicted to ships. You know, I live for those intense moments. And when I love a ship, when they really hook me and have my heart, watching a scene about one of my ships makes me smile without realizing it. When I start to watch a video I’m not smiling but when I finish, I smile and I didn’t realize when I started. It is something natural, it is pure instinct because it is so special that it touches my heart. And they make me smile even in the worst moments.
This was this Brettsey scene for me. When I saw it, it was a tough day in a tough week and I just … smiled. I think it’s the first time that I smiled that day. I think this is the first time I cried with emotion that day. That tells you … I think all you need to know.
Brett tells Casey a simple truth: “we belong together.” We. Belong. Together. Finally. Yes, Yes, YESS. They belong together, she is in love with him and he with her. What they have goes beyond love, it goes beyond everything. They complement each other. Casey is a part of Sylvie and she is a part of him in a way that they were not expected, that neither of them accepted at first but that is what happens with true love. It just happens, it just appears and nothing can change it. Nothing can make it go away.
That’s what happens with soulmates. Neither would be completely happy without the other. They are half of their hearts. When the other is not there, they feel a void that they cannot fill. It is time to overcome fears, ghosts, demons, the past … to live the future together.
Seeing Sylvie so nervous, still scared of rejection, terrified of being so exposed, still scared that it was too late, seeing Casey’s smile, seeing all his hopes and dreams come true right before his eyes and to see that moment in which Casey kisses her with everything he has, with everything he feels and they both say all the things that they didn’t dare to say before with that kiss … it’s just so beautiful it hurts.
And that hot scene … goodness, I need little ice because … it’s so hot all of a sudden! SO HOT.
In season 10 I hope to see them as a stable couple, I expect many cute, hot moments and see how they work once they are together, once they are living what they feel. Ah! And double dates with Stellaride because I’m clear that Severide will live, this is just part of “we are going to leave them in tension all summer” but he will survive.
I really want to see their wedding! So from 1 to 10 a … 100! I’m already buying the dress and the heart attack heels for this wedding, with that I tell you everything.
Konner: I feel like we have all seen Brettsey coming for a long time. They had been playing it out for the whole season, so it was inevitable it was going to happen eventually; it was just a matter of when. Last week, we saw Casey express to Brett how he genuinely felt, which left Brett speechless for the remainder of the episode and much of the first half of this episode. Going into this episode, I honestly did not expect Sylvie to express her feelings in this episode. It seemed to me like Sylvie still may have had some doubts about how Casey really felt about Dawson. So, when she did express her feelings, I was a little bit caught off guard. Fast-forward to the part of the episode that REALLY caught me off-guard, The scene between Brett and Casey at Sylvie’s. I was not expecting that at all and was surprised when it happened. For a minute, I forgot I was watching Chicago Fire. It will be interesting to see how their relationship plays out in season 10.
Even though that ending did cause me to have significant anxiety Wednesday night, I refuse to believe that anything horrible happens to Kelley. Especially after that iconic proposal last week (that, for the record, I am still not over). On a scale of 1-10, as cheesy as this sounds, I am an 11 when it comes to wanting to see their wedding.
Stellaride is one of those relationships that (for the most part) has stayed consistent. We have seen Kelley completely change for the better when Stella came into his life. Before Stella, Kelley was so used to people coming into his life and leaving, and I think his relationship with Stella proved to him that it is possible to have someone in your life who stays and loves him despite it all.
I am 100% counting on collecting my Steallaride endgame by mid to end of Season 10. I feel like the writers would not have Kelley propose just for something terrible to happen to him the next day. But hey, this is One Chicago…
Chicago P.D was like “BOOOM! We’ll drop this bomb and we sneak out of here” How are you after that Upstead proposal? Are you still alive? Is it hasty or is it the right time? Hailey also didn’t tell Jay what happened. Will this shake the relationship? And Burzek, where does this season finale leave them? What do you expect for them in season 9? How did you feel when you saw Adam with Makayla? Is it a glimpse into the future?
Lizzie: I’m a little confused at the expectations placed on Hailey. Sure, she didn’t tell Jay right away, but she literally came from a situation where she had to fight her father-figure, and let us remember all of Hailey’s daddy issues, and in the end, she ended up killing someone. She was in shock, and if you add that to the fear over Kim, and the sense of dread that seeing Adam unravel had caused in her, well …everyone keeps expecting Hailey to think with her head first, but she can’t. She’s only human. Of course she saw Jay and her emotions spoke for her. Of course she saw him and thought, look at this man that I love, this man who loves me, this man who’s good and decent and everything I want to be. I don’t want to let him go, ever.
Do I blame her? No. Do I think she did it for the wrong reasons? No. What are the wrong reasons? She loves Jay. She wants to spend the rest of her life with him. She knows it, and she expressed it, and this is HUGE for someone like Hailey, who has basically run away from commitment her entire life. So I think we should all recognize that. But, do I think it’s the right time? Probably not. The right time is always when that is the only thing in your mind, and this wasn’t that. But that doesn’t mean that even if they decide to go for it, they’ll be doing it for the wrong reasons. No two people who love each other as much as Jay and Hailey do can be considered to do something like marriage for the wrong reasons.
Will this shake their relationship? I don’t think so, not as much as everyone seems to be worried it will. Sure, she didn’t tell him right away, but I think it’s likely she will once the shock wears off. I don’t think this is a setup for Upstead issues, it’s a setup for a Jay vs. Voight confrontation that has been in the works for ages. Once Jay finds out the position Voight put Hailey in, he won’t react well. And honestly, this last episode just proves something we’ve all suspected for ages, that Hank Voight has long outlived his usefulness on this show.
The thing we should be focusing on re: Upstead is that Hailey proved herself – and Jay’s faith in her right. She’s not the darkness to his light, she carries her own light, and no amount of Voight influence can change that. Now she knows it. All we need for her to do next season is own it. And that way, she can help push forward the reform needed, and hopefully, a new era for Intelligence.
As for Burzek, I was kinda sad there was no reunion, but I think the episode established what it had to, which was basically Adam taking care of Makalya, which would have been Kim’s priority. I’m sure that when Kim wakes up – and she will – she will be glad to hear Adam put her kid first, because that’s what Kim asked of him. That’s what she expected of him, and what she wasn’t sure he could do. That’s been the thing keeping them apart. So, with that last barrier torn down, I don’t see how this moves forward without a reconciliation.
But I do think the show needs to commit to this as much as it has committed to keeping them apart, at times. Give them time to fix all that has been broken. Give them the development, and don’t just break them up again, not with a kid in the middle now. If this is the decision, make it stick, Chicago PD. You have to this time.
Logan: I definitely feel like the proposal is hasty. I’m glad Hailey realizes she wants to spend the rest of her life with Jay but I feel like she proposed because she couldn’t tell him about what just happened with Voight. Like it’s a trade off for telling him her deepest fears and guilt. I also understand not wanting to put all of that on Jay considering how Voight made her feel like Jay’s goodness is completely on her shoulders. So, I’m a little conflicted about it. I think I like the specific gesture, but I hate the timing of it. I do also think this secret will come back to hurt Hailey and Jay later. I think next season we’ll see the repercussions of the cover up. (Which is sad because Hailey actually did everything she could not to shoot their suspect and didn’t fly off the handle like a certain Sergeant, yet Hailey is going to be the one in trouble. I’m annoyed, can you tell?)
For the Burzek of it all, if Adam and Kim do not get back together next season I will riot! He was a man on fire for her all episode. They may not have had any scenes together but the Burzek content was strong in this episode! That man loves that woman with every fiber of his being. They have to get back together and figure out how to make it work. They. Have. To. And then Adam with Makayla? Seriously, this show wants to kill me with Burzek feelings. It was so sweet and Makayla already loves him so much! They are an adorable and happy little family and I need them to make that official! It better be a glimpse into the future or I’m going to be very upset! Come on, PD, give me what I want. Please?
Raquel: Define alive, for God’s sake. Because I think I’m dead, killed and finished off. I will not resuscitate until the premiere, I have it clear. I was not expecting this. I can’t be happier that I got my guesses wrong about this season finale.
I like that Hailey just proposed to Jay. Nothing fighting, nothing pompous, nothing … complicated. Just simple. Like the love they have. As natural as breathing. Because it’s simple, it’s natural for her. They both love each other and it is clear to her that she doesn’t want to be separated from him, ever, so why not? After all it is what both of them were going to do in a while, why not now?
And, at a certain point, she is right. It’s just … what they both want, why should they wait? But Hailey is still trying to wrap her head over everything that happened and her fear is what comes out. Her fear of losing Jay, her fear of losing someone who became a part of her, her fear of being alone and maybe, just maybe, being able to fall into that dark side. Hailey loves Jay, there is no doubt about that but this proposal is not born of more correct reasons. It is born more from fear than from the love they profess.
So I think this is not the right time. Not soon, because I don’t like that word. I don’t think it is soon for them because they have been forging this relationship, they have been loving each other in silence for years, so I don’t think it is soon just … not the most correct time for them because this proposal arises from the wrong reasons.
Is it in their future? Yes. Am I dying to see it? Hell, yeah! But I’m romantic and I want Upstead to have a proposal that is as much theirs as Stellaride’s was in Chicago Fire but, more than that, I want them to have a proposal that comes from the right reasons and has no fear involved. Just love, just happiness, just … may that proposal be as pure as what they feel for each other.
Jay…I imagine that he will be shocked because he loves her but he did not expect this and Jay knows her, he knows that it is not Hailey’s style to be so impulsive so he will try to find out what happened here and I think that will be there when Hailey tells him everything that happened with Voight. I think that with them we have already passed the phase of “we keep secrets and then they explode”.
We don’t see in the season finale how Hailey opens up but I do think we’ll see it in the season premiere. So I don’t think it’s going to be a real problem for Upstead. Of course, that’s what they want us to think, but after all, that’s their job, to leave us with honey on our lips and stressed all summer, wanting to know how this story continues, but that doesn’t mean that something bad has to happen.
As for Burzek, I think this season finale helped them realize a lot of things, especially Adam. He just couldn’t live without Kim. He is willing to cross all lines, right or wrong, for her. No doubt about that. There is something darkly special about someone who loves you so much that he is willing to do literally everything, for you.
So I hope season 9 is their season and that Burzek gets back together. I think they deserve it, the fans deserve it and history demands it. They have taken all the steps they need to be on the same page. Adam showed Kim that he loves her and that he wants all with her, that he is ready and she showed him that she trusts him with what she loves the most in the world.
Now it is about filing certain aspects that remain pending, it is about trying to overcome all that has just happened, it is about being there for the other as they both need and then, getting back together romantically. It’s about rebuilding the relationship. It’s about them.
As you can see, I take it for granted that Kim will live because I don’t think they let her go through all this just to end her at the premiere and I imagine that the news that Marina is leaving would have already leaked so yes, I have no doubts that Kim will live.
I dropped like gallons of drool watching Adam with Makayla and I certainly feel like what we saw is just a glimpse into the future, into a future where Burzek are together and are the parents of the little girl. It’s going to be a hell of a ride, I’m going to enjoy every step … and I’m dying to see it.
Konner: OMG… HAILEY PROPOSED TO JAY? I saw an interview Rick Eid had done, hinting at a possible “Marriage Proposal.” I was expecting to look like a complete clown, but when it happened, I screamed. I don’t think I have fully recovered from it, considering I have re-watched it an unhealthy number of times.
I have gone back and forth debating whether it was too soon or if it was the right time, and I think that I have concluded that everyone has their own timeline in life. Just because the proposal may have seemed too soon to you, it could have seemed like a long-time coming for the people involved. I feel like the whole situation with Kim reminded Hailey a lot of what happened with Jay in season 7 and how she thought that she lost him. When she said, “I don’t ever want to be without you,” that was her realizing how precious life is and how she really cannot picture herself going through life without Jay being by her side.
I am not a bit worried when it comes to Upstead in season 9. I know some people feel like they will break up every time they have a slight bump in the road; this is not the case. PD has done an AMAZING job with the slow burn of Upstead. Jay & Hailey understand each other better than anyone else in their lives does. I imagine season 9 will begin with Hailey telling Jay everything that happened between her and Voight. Being the man Jay is, he will be there for her every step of the way. He even said so himself in 8×11, “Hailey, I’m not going anywhere, really I’m not.” These words mean something. For once in both of their lives, they have finally found their person, in each other.
In this episode, we did not see much of Burzek on screen together. However, we did get that cute moment between Adam and Makayla towards the end of the episode. It seems like Kim and Adam have not been on the same page for most of this season. I honestly have been very confused because, in some episodes, it seemed like they were close to putting them together, but then in the next episode, the writers would pull the rug right out from under them.
When it comes to this episode, I feel like this will bring them closer as friends and co-parents, but I don’t think this will be the thing that causes them to get back together romantically. I’m not saying they won’t get back together eventually, but they need to work on their differences and make sure they can work as friends before they could even consider getting back together. If the writer’s plan is to make Burzek endgame, I feel like there need to be some significant changes made on both Adam and Kim’s side to make sure they do it right this time.
Chicago Med didn’t have much left to do but close their ships in a good way, do you think they managed that or not?
Lizzie: They somewhat tried, but I’m not sure they fully succeeded at closure. This episode sort of left me feeling like there were another two episodes coming, and they weren’t really trying to close it off yet? It was weird. I did like that they tried to pay tribute to what Mancel and Manstead have meant for this show, but I find that what they did with Chexton was …confusing, at best? Why chose now to sorta rekindle that spark if April is leaving? Why does Chicago Med do any of the things it does?
Raquel: As always at Chicago Med, I think they could have done better. I mean, I think Mancel closed very well. Natalie finally opens up to him and asks for his forgiveness. She understands that she did it wrong and that she should have trusted him, not doing it was like … like betraying what they had in a certain way. Natalie realizes her mistakes, recognizes them and begins to learn from them.
Marcel just understands her. He is good and can understand that Natalie stepped out of line here but is also aware of what she did wrong and he only understands her and wishes her the best because whatever happens, he cannot deny that Natalie helped him to live again after what happened to his daughter, to realize that he was not really living. He will always be grateful to her for it.
This is a very nice farewell for the two of them. Both accepting what the other brought into their lives, hugging, never to forget it, even if they are no longer together.
But I think they could have done a lot better with Mastead. That is, everything was too rushed. After Will blames himself for everything from that conversation … I think it’s clear that Will still has feelings for her. Nobody does what he did otherwise, but then Natalie tells the truth and … we stay there.
Without there having been a real Manstead farewell and without knowing what Will’s future will be. It was all too much in the air for my liking. So my hope is that Torrey DeVitto has shot a few more scenes that didn’t air in the finale and will do so at the premiere, to wrap up all of her plots.
As for Chexton, I think they did well. It was a sweet goodbye, April is still in love with Ethan but she must follow her own path now, she must fulfill her dreams. I liked that she was sincere and that we had that cute but bittersweet goodbye at the same time, knowing that it would be the last we would see of them.
Logan: I think they closed Mancel in a good way. But they actually revived Chexton which confused me a little bit. I’ve been waiting for them to do that all season and they choose the finale to bring that up when we know April is leaving? Yeah, too little too late at that point. I did enjoy Will’s speech to Natalie about all they’ve been through though. That was a nice tribute to how important Manstead was to the show and actually made me miss them, which hasn’t happened in a while. So I think they were partially successful at closure, but definitely could have done more.
Konner: I’m not going to lie; Chicago Med is the one show out of the three One Chicago shows that I don’t keep up with regularly. It’s my least favorite of the One Chicago franchise. However, it did seem like Natalie was able to get a sense of closure with both Crockett and Will. Midway through the episode, we see Natalie apologize to Crockett for shutting him out when it came to keeping him in the dark about the trial meds. Crockett being the kind soul he is, was completely understanding and even went on to say, “Regardless of everything, I’ll always be grateful to you.” Towards the end of the episode, we see Will takes the fall for Natalie. I feel like we all could predict Will would do this to protect Natalie, but I was so glad to see Natalie finally confess to being the one who stole the trial meds. I wish we would have gotten a little more closure with Natalie; when the episode ended, it seemed like it still left some things up in the air. But since we all know how the One Chicago franchise is, the writers will more than likely lead us to assume that Natalie was fired due to stealing Will’s trial medication.