There’s a lot we love about One Chicago shows beyond ships but, let’s face it, we can’t live without ships! And couples are important to the emotional development of the characters in Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, and Chicago Med, so we’re going to analyze the progress of our beloved ships each week in a roundtable.
All our feels about these ships will be summarized here and we’re only going to dedicate ourselves to them for, you know, reasons … but you can check our full reviews if you want much more. And now, let’s take a look at the love lives of our favorite firefighters, cops and doctors!
Here we go!
We started with Chicago Fire. This show has us dehydrated. We cried so much with emotion, joy, pain and so many things together that we cannot even name them. Starting with two words: LOFT. SCENE. Tell us ALL your feels about Brettsey and Stellaride in this episode! Don’t leave anything unsaid.
Raquel: GIVE ME MORE OF THIS, PLEASE! I mean, can we just, for a moment, live in the loft scene? It has been like perfection. Stellaride and Brettsey were so cute that I wanted to hold them tight and everything else, not only the ships were set here, these scenes served to ferment and grow this huge family. They are important scenes that show this bond that unites them and they are precious.
And Matt, oh, Matt when he said that about Brett it was just… I wanted to kiss him! Matt is aware of the way she helped him without being aware of it, just being by his side, just supporting him because sometimes it’s just being there; because it’s always about being there. Last year’s injury was challenging enough for Matt but having Brett by his side made it … easier, made it bearable, made the days when he didn’t want to do anything easier. He did it, he kept fighting and thus, Matt feels that she saved him in a way that goes beyond the physical because somehow she did.
And he feels grateful for that, for the way she was there, by his side, when he needed him in one of the worst moments of his life and just when things were wrong between them, he is grateful that she loves him enough to have saved him from himself and he loves her so much that he let her do it, let her see those most vulnerable parts of him.
That is why I’m calm with Brettsey, because this love, this type of love is forever so twists can come, they will come because a drama cannot be too long without anguish, but the connection, the love that they feel for each other always will be stronger.
I want to see Brett and Stella choose the wedding dress! Please and thank you.
Lizzie: We’ve really been overdue for that loft scene, and though it wasn’t nearly as long as I would have wanted it to be (give me a 40 minute episode that takes place just on the loft, even if it doesn’t make sense for what this show is), I still enjoyed it very much. And so much happened during it, too! Not just ship-wise, but that convo between Severide and Matt was important too.
Plus, I just really wanted to see the two couples interacting. And this feels like an appetizer in that regard, I swear. Gonna need more. Some ribbing, too.
Though I understand why we didn’t get that in this episode, because …instead we got Matt getting all mushy as he gave Severide advice on Cruz, and basically stating that the reason he got through the worst of his injury worries last year was Sylvie. That’s not necessarily factually true, Matt’s a pretty strong guy, but it doesn’t have to be factual to be the thing he feels, and if it is the thing he feels, that’s true to him. He feels like Sylvie helped him through one of his darkest moments, and when he looks at her, there’s gratitude, yes, but there’s also clearly love. One didn’t come from the other — he doesn’t love her because he feels gratitude, but perhaps because he loves her he allowed her to be in a position where she could help, and then he would feel that gratitude? Feelings are weird that way.
Anyway, my point is I’m not worried about Brettsey at all, no matter where this storyline with the Darden boys is going. Matt’s not leaving, and Sylvie is not leaving him, and even if they might have some issues adapting to whatever’s coming, they’re solid. About as solid as Stellaride, who, btw, need to start on that wedding planning soon. I want to SEE IT. I will pay good money for Stella in a wedding dress.
Logan: We have waited a long time to see Brettsey and Stellaride together and, truthfully, I love how utterly normal it felt. Sylvie seemed very comfortable in the loft. Stella and Kelly seemed content to have her there. It felt as if they do this on a regular recurring basis, and I loved that. I also loved seeing Griffin meet Stella and Sylvie. It really backs up the idea that there is nothing Matt and Kelly won’t share with them. And, while not make it or break it for either relationship, it was also nice to know that Griffin likes them! I also can’t help but feel like Griffin’s comment about Severide being funnier than he remembered is a direct result of Stella Kidd’s influence. Severide is lighter and happier with Stella so, of course, he’s funnier.
But the biggest moments for me are the small things. Stella hanging on Kelly as they finish their game with Griffin and teasing him, the two of them discussing Cruz with Matt. And then later Brett and Casey discussing Griffin with Severide. This foursome has been a foursome for barely a few minutes so far and I am already clamoring for more! I adore the casual way they include each other! They approach these problems together. It’s proof that these four have found their people. And that means so much to me!
As for Brettsey, the little moments were amazing for them too! Sylvie had a heartbreaking call that didn’t have to end the way it did. She has the solution but getting people to listen to her is tough right now. It made my heart happy to see her wordlessly lean on Casey after losing her young patient! She didn’t even clean up first. She had blood on her shirt and her arms and decided to find Casey for comfort straight away! She’s come a long way from crying alone in her car in season 6!
There’s a similar evolution for Casey too! He makes it very clear to his friends that Sylvie’s support during his head injury the previous season kept him from spiraling into despair. We saw that for ourselves but hearing Casey acknowledge that outloud somehow makes it extra special. That admission makes the scene where he tells Severide what he’s learned about Griffin mean so much more! The way Sylvie silently reaches for his hand, offering him support for whatever it is that he needs, was beautiful! She is showing him the kind of unconditional love and support he has always deserved. Instead of struggling with what to do on his own like he has with so many things in the past, he includes her in his conflict and maybe she doesn’t have all the answers but her unfailing support will be the sounding board he needs to figure it out.
I know some people out there are worried about what happens next and how the return of the Darden boys will affect Brettsey, but I would advise you to watch this episode again — really watch it. There is no obstacle that Brett and Casey wouldn’t face together, no struggle that the other would not support them through, and no way they are leaving each other behind for any serious length of time. This relationship may be new, but it is solid and you can feel it every time they’re together. There’s a sense of finality to them that quietly tells the world, this is it. So, let’s all breathe and stop stressing out about the future and take stock of what we’ve been shown so far. Brettsey will be fine. They are going to love each other for a long time to come.
Chicago PD said: Upstead for the win! Are you still alive after these scenes? Are you still on Cloud 9? Because we are! Tell us all your feels about these two! Not all was going to be bliss though, Knox made some points that feel like bad omens for Upstead. Do you think it is a prophecy of what will happen or are they just playing with us? Where is Burzek in this episode? WHERE?
Raquel: How dare you? I’m always on Cloud 9 with Upstead! They just… they have this connection that I love and I can’t stop staring when they’re on screen, you know? It’s like the perfect match and I love them. And I love that Chicago P.D is showing them like this, outside of work just doing everyday things together like any normal couple.
I didn’t have it all with me that this show did it because normally Chicago P.D. doesn’t give these scenes the importance they have and that’s more of a to-the-nitty-gritty kind of thing but I’m glad they show these little Upstead moments. They are couple working together, share a life together so sometimes we need this, the relaxation of being at home.
As for the less happy times that are to come, the show is really laying the groundwork for anguish although in a way I’m calm because I know perfectly well that they are going to overcome this. What will happen? The way I see it, the show has three options: Jay be mad at Hailey, he be mad at Voight, or be mad at both.
I agree with my partner Lizzie that the last episode of the show laid the groundwork for Jay to blame Voight for everything that is happening now and not Hailey, I think Jay’s anger with her will go down the path of trust. He’s going to feel like Hailey didn’t trust him with this and he somehow betrayed that trust, so he’s going to rethink everything they’re going through right now.
Trust is something that is lost very quickly and I think when this blows up, it’s going to be about Hailey re-gaining Jay’s trust and him understanding how she felt deadlocked because she was manipulated by Voight.
So as I mentioned, there are some twists coming but I’m totally calm about this because sooner or later they will resolve everything and this will help them grow as a couple.
As for Burzek, yes, I always miss a scene or nod to this couple but I think the show is doing very well so far balancing plots so we can’t ask for more.
Lizzie: I’ll start by saying I didn’t really miss Burzek this episode – I’m okay with the show doing more character focused hours, as long as they don’t forget about the team dynamics, and they’ve done that much better this year, so I’ll give them a pass on the rest.
As for Upstead, I don’t think these are Cloud-9 kind of scenes, as they’re meant to be very foreboding, but it’s still very good to see them spending time together. They’re engaged, we of course want to see them spending some of their down time together, confiding in each other, and just …doing things outside of work. It doesn’t have to be big things, or big declarations, we already know these two are soulmates and meant for each other. Now we just want a bit of domesticity.
As for what Knox said, I was very clear in my review — this is heading for a Jay/Voight confrontation, not a Jay/Hailey one. Now, I believe Jay will feel his trust in Hailey shaken a little bit, but I’m not even sure that’ll be because of what happened, I instead think he might, once he finds out everything, decide that she doesn’t really mean the engagement, or that she was too emotionally compromised to make a decision. But turn on Hailey like he turned on Knox? Blame her instead of Voight? Hell no. If anything, the person that’s looking very much like Knox after this episode is Voight, not Hailey. And we’ve already seen how Jay will react to that.
So yes, some angst might be coming our way. But I don’t think it’s the silly kind of angst, not the kind that doesn’t make sense. And hopefully it’s the kind that’s leading to Jay and Hailey being stronger together, and some consequences for Hank Voight.
Logan: Again, I didn’t come into this episode expecting any Burzek so I didn’t really miss it. The writing of the show has conditioned me that way.
As for Upstead, the optimistic side of me wants to believe that Jay will throw Hailey’s words from this episode back at her (“You don’t have to tell me. You can and I’ll love you all the same.”) and that will be the end of it. We’ll have an endlessly supportive Upstead and all will be well. But the pessimistic side of me worries the dishonesty will hurt Jay more than any of us anticipate, especially given his honesty in this episode. I’m hoping for the best but preparing for the worst. I think they can work through it, but the question is: will the show let them work through it? Right now my answer is undecided.
In Chicago Med the things get a bit out of control. After exploring Stevie’s story a bit, do you think Will may be what she needs in her life in the near future? Vanessa and Marcel. Marcel and Vanessa. Is the show really getting there or is it just frolicking? Do we really want them to get there?
Raquel: Right now we are at such an initial point with these two that I don’t dare to give a concrete answer to this question. I think that being a couple is about complementing each other, being on the same page and needing each other; of course, Stevie and Will are not there right now but it’s normal, they need to develop individually, find their place first in order to start get there and hope it doesn’t happen soon and the show take its time for this. Slow burn is the key here.
As for Vanessa and Marcel, I think the show is playing with us here. Or so I want to believe. Because I agree with my partners that this is the last thing the show needs right now and I’m relying on Chicago Med to make the right decisions in this moment, so I’m hoping this is just play around and not something that’s actually going to happen.
Lizzie: I almost feel like I can’t answer any Will and Stevie questions, because the show is just developing them separately, as they should. Later, we can decide if we ship it. Now, we’re working on liking them both, and the show is doing a real good job of that.
And as for Vanessa and Crockett – I cannot think of anything I want less. And I get the feeling the show doesn’t really want us to root for them? Or at least, that’s what I want to believe. Because that’s the kind of mess I do not want and the show doesn’t need right now. Grey’s Anatomy might have pretended the power imbalance in a relationship like this is cute, but it ain’t.
Logan: I think right now Will isn’t what anyone needs. If anything Stevie is what Will needs, but I’d prefer to see him need her as a friend right now. Will needs someone to put him in his place, as much as I love him, and Stevie seems like the kind of friend that has no qualms about telling you when you’re being an ass. I love that about her.
I think Vanessa and Marcel is a fake out. I think that promo was cut through Maggie’s eyes and next episode will be Maggie seeing something that isn’t there. Maybe the show is laying the early stages of ground work for them. I could see that, but I sincerely doubt they’ll be happening next week.