Chicago Fire 11×19 “Take A Shot at The King” lets Wallace Boden do just that, take a shot at the King, just as it gives Gallo back something he thought he’d lost forever — a piece of home. It’s an emotional episode, in very different ways, and Eamonn Walker and Alberto Rosende both bring their A+ game to an episode that requires very different things from them.
It’s not a win, sadly. At least not for Boden. But it’s not a loss either, and right now, that’s better than nothing. Because Boden is still there to fight another day, and he’s got everyone at Firehouse 51 on his side. There will always be people like Don Ramsey, but as long as there are people like Wallace Boden, perhaps we can even out the score. Perhaps we can still make a difference.
Then there’s Gallo, who spends Chicago Fire 11×19 “Take A Shot at The King” showing the size of his heart — the thing that made us fall in love with him in the first place. Yes, sometimes he thinks before he speaks and at heart, he is sometimes an immature little boy, but he is more good intentions and a good heart than anything else. Plus, he loves. Deeply. Wholeheartedly.
The final scene, his willingness to be there for his aunt …they’re all part of what, hopefully, is a new beginning for Gallo. Not one that shows him being kinder, that part has always been him, but perhaps one that allows him to be more open about the hurts he has tried to hide for so long. When we bury our pain deep down, sometimes we also bury the good. The things that make us …well, us. The stuff that shaped us.
We deserve to see that Gallo. But more importantly, he deserves to be that Gallo. And hey, if he can find that Gallo, then perhaps …he might find what other relationships he is supposed to have. What fits and what doesn’t, what works and what doesn’t work. There’s a whole new world out there when you allow the real you to surface.
Chicago Fire 11×19 “Take A Shot at The King” is a very good episode of this show, and a clear showcase that yes, in the short term, there’s certainly life in this show without Casey or Severide. In the long term, though, that’s a much dicier proposition.
Things I think I think:
- I’m going to be really honest, I really dig the Carver and Gallo friendship, and if this show is just making me care so they can… throw some drama their way, well …Imma be real mad.
- No, no. Say no, Sylvie. You are going to regret it.
- FAMILY, HE SAID.
- Man, I said I wasn’t going to get attached, and here I am.
- Just because you’re not looking at Stella with love eyes anymore, Carver.
- Dr. Charles!
- Has there ever been a more awkward relationship than Sylvie and Dylan? Even Dylan knows he’s a plot device.
- They sure took their sweet time with this Ritter storyline.
- Such a sweet moment between Ritter and Herrmann. We don’t get nearly enough of that.
- The show has gone back and forth with Violet and Gallo, but I really do enjoy their friendship when we’re allowed that.
- A firehouse that works together, stays together.
- Of course a man like Don Ramsey isn’t a one-time (or two-time) villain.
- Aww, that ending. The opposite vibes from the ending of the last episode.
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Chicago Fire airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on NBC.