Chicago Fire 3×21, “We Called Her Jellybean”

Guys, I cannot rewatch the crossover.

I’ve tried. I’ve fired up the DVR, I’ve pulled up the episodes on my computer, but I just can’t do it. It’s too painful.

Where the previous two crossovers went for action, last week’s went for emotion- and I’m not talking overwhelming happiness, skittles and unicorns. I’m talking gut-wrenching sadness, anger and a severe case of the creeps.

It. Was. Brutal.

Thankfully, the crossover started slow and gradually picked up speed. While Chicago Fire merely served as the springboard for what may be the most intense three hours of television I have ever seen, it was still an action-packed ride. I have a ton to talk about, so let’s get right down to business!

Forget the tissues- bring the popcorn…

The madness begins when 51 is called to a house fire they believe started with an overloaded power cord. It’s not until Antonio rolls up and adorably kisses his sister on the cheek tells Gabby that the victim was sexually assaulted that things get real.

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The Arson Twins- AKA Dawson and Severide- investigate and discover that the fire was intentionally set. As in, the victim was sexually assaulted and then left to burn alive. Wonderful, right?

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I don’t know what it is about these two together, but I love it so much.

Anyways, our favorite wonder-duo meet a neighbor outside who says that he spotted someone in scrubs with an arm sling right before the fire. They take him to District 21, where his description earns us a glimpse into Voight and Benson’s late night Skype-sessions.

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I still ship these two so hard. #shameless

Benson tells Voight that this is all too similar to a case she worked with Stabler back in 2004, causing her to utter one of our new favorite phrases:

“I’m on the next flight to Chicago.”

It just got SO REAL for you, Mr. Serial Killer!!!

Ben-son funk you up… Benson funk you up!

Dawson makes sure to clear the initial suspect’s name, but he is still convinced that he caused the fire and goes MIA. They track his phone to find him about to jump from a bridge. This isn’t entirely relevant to the crossover, but it is relevant to Dawsey- meaning that it’s actually MORE important than the serial rapist/arsonist who is about to wreak havoc on the poor city.

“Gina, he’s about to attack-”

I’m going to ignore the fact that a few months ago, Casey would have TORN INTO Gabby for unhooking herself, and just enjoy the concern in his voice.

I’m also going to revel in how he ran RIGHT TO HER when she finally convinced the suspect not to jump:

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Notice where Dawson is, then notice where Casey is. Mmmmmhmm! You can back off, Cruz, Dawson ain’t goin’ nowhere!

Dawsey, so hot right now.

The episode ends with the Justice League reunion we never knew we needed:

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I mean. All that’s missing are some capes and superhero masks. Elsewhere…

So many motherduckers, duckin’ with my… sh-

I didn’t want to entertain the “Rice is ducking” storyline because frankly- its ridiculous and Otis kind of sucks this season- but unfortunately, I have too many opinions about it to stay silent.

I realize how harsh that sounds about Otis, but we have spent THREE YEARS rebuilding the bond this house had before Darden’s death. Otis is threatening to undo three seasons of work by doing nothing more than acting like a seventh grade girl.

Before you take in Angry Severide, take the requisite break here to appreciate those amazing blue eyes. They really are something else.

Anyways, I’m on Team Severide, here. I mean, I’m always on Team Severide, but hear me out!

Otis and Cruz immediately leap right to the worst conclusion- that Rice is a “ducker.” No benefit of the doubt, no talking to him first (Cruz does talk to him, but it’s suspicious), nothing. This house is supposed to be a FAMILY. Family doesn’t point fingers and walk away like that. They help each other out.

And can we please take a minute to look at Rice’s circumstances? He’s a widower with a 4 1/2 year old son. Frankly, if he is ducking, he probably doesn’t realize he’s doing it. I realize I’m defending a guy who could potentially be putting the entire house in danger (and yes- I KNOW he is a fictional character. This is a judgment-free zone, peeps), but I trust Severide’s judgment and Otis annoys me to no end. I’m defending Scott until I have a reason not to.

Meanwhile, in da strip club…

MOM!!!!!! Casey is being an idiot again!!!

After agreeing to work construction on a deal to franchise Stilletos- because Chicago Strip Club is rumored to be the 4th spinoff (KIDDING)-Casey smartly backs out when he catches Nesbitt in the middle of a shady business deal. Nesbitt essentially tells Matt that he can play with the strippers, but has to stay the f*ck away from the office.

OH MY GOD, Jack, you can’t just ask somebody why they’re white talk back to Matt Casey!

I found this moment uncomfortable not because of the content, but because YOU JUST DON’T DISRESPECT CASEY LIKE THAT. It’s just like- the rules of feminism!

I’m sorry, I quote Mean Girls when I get mad. Casey handles it a lot smoother than I would. Less rage and movie quotes, and more to the point:

Also, don’t think for a second that I’m ignoring the moment of awkwardness with Katya when Casey says that he “liked” the “uh- leg thing.”

He’s so damn awkward with any woman that is not Dawson that I both love it and feel bad for him. I’d like to think the strip club crap is over with because Casey doesn’t always make the best decisions, but I know it’s not. I’d also like to think he will come out of this unscathed, but I know he won’t. You know how Dawson is gonna Dawson? Yea, Casey is gonna Casey, too.

Other Stuff-

The new medic’s name is Chili. No- not the one from TLC. She’s trying really hard to be nice and get everyone to like her, but it’s just not happening. It’s nothing personal, Chili. We just miss Mills. A lot. We also didn’t like your character on Friday Night Lights, but that’s another discussion for another time. We’ll come around eventually. Maybe. I made Roman the same promise on PD. It didn’t go very well.

I also want to quickly touch on that Severide/April hookup from last week and say three things:

(a) that was hot;
(b) I LOVE these two together, and;
(c) I think she might be endgame for him.

I. DIE. That is all.

Discussion Topic of the Ep-

I’m going to start something new here where I end each recap with a discussion point. I want you guys to sound off on Twitter so we can talk about it to our heart’s content! I’m mainly doing this because I have a burning question in my head re: PD that I plan to discuss in that recap, but here we go:

Nesbitt is disgustingly shady and the way he treated Matt in this episode raises about a million red flags. Derek Haas has hinted that what goes down with the strip club in the finale will effect Dawsey “dramatically.” What do we think might happen to Matt?

What did you think of last week’s Chicago Fire? Sound off in the comments or tweet me @GinaWatchesTV and let me know! See you guys next time!

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