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5 Moments of Goodness Chicago Fire Season 1 Finale “A Hell Of A Ride” 

Photo Credit: NBC
Photo Credit: NBC

Honestly, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect in the season finale of Chicago Fire (especially after the very disappointing finale of another show that aired at the same time last night, cough, cough).  The obvious thought is that there would be some massive accident, and one of our beloved characters would be seriously hurt.  After all, it is a fire and rescue series.  But, the writers surpassed any of my wildest dreams.  That ending was a humdinger, one that I bet the viewers are still talking about.

Here’s my top 5 moments from last night’s season one finale:

 Mills and Dawson Split

Well, it’s about freaking time that these two are finally honest with each other.  Ever since Mills (Charlie Barnett) and Dawson (Monica Raymund) hooked up, it was cute for a while but in the end, they just looked “awkward”.  We all knew the whole time that they were together, Dawson was pining for Casey (Jesse Spencer) and was only in the relationship because the man she really wanted was with someone else.

So, I was actually glad last week when Mills dumped Dawson over keeping the information about his father from him.  And, I was so afraid tonight that they would get back together after Dawson formally apologized.  Fortunately, that didn’t happen, and she told Mills the raw truth, even if it meant the end of their relationship for good:

      I know what you need to hear, and I can’t give you that – Dawson to Mills

Yay, for honesty for once!

Dawson and Casey Moment

I knew Casey was hurting after Hallie’s death, but damn, I don’t think any of us had any idea how bad it was.  After all, at work, Casey appeared completely normal.  The main storyline in the finale involved a fire at a maximum-security prison.  The fire ended up leading to a hostage situation, and Casey was a rock.  He kept a level head, thought quickly, and ultimately led his team to safety.

But at the end of episode, that’s when the façade came in and we see the broken man Casey has become.  His house is a wreck, he’s been living on fast food – obviously, he’s suffering from some major depression and desperately needs some help.

But, Dawson shows up and is there for him.  They only share a hug, but we all know that some really good things are heading for these two characters next season.

Mouch Gets A Girlfriend

When Mouch first mentioned he had met a Japanese woman on the Internet, the first thing that popped into my mind was an Asian prostitute.  After all, the internet is filled with scams to get lonely men to pay big money for a pretty Asian girl only to kind out she’s a sleazy prostitute.

So, it’s no real surprise that Otis (Yuri Sardarov) thought the same thing when Mouch (Christian Stolte) announced his Internet lady was coming to visit him.  The guy was just so, so cute waiting there anxiously with a dozen roses.  To our surprise, the lady that arrived wasn’t some teenage hooker, but what appeared to be a nice woman.  That’s two points for Mouch – so happy the guy finally found somebody because he deserves it.

It’s A Boy For Herrmann

While the team is locked down at the prison, Hermann’s (David Eigenberg) wife, Cindy, goes into labor, and initially, it doesn’t look good.  The baby goes into distress and they have to do an emergency C section, while Herrmann is racing to the hospital to be at his wife’s side.

When he gets there, the poor guy is freaking out because he thinks his newborn baby is dead.  But, when the baby finally emerges from Cindy’s arms, the proudest Daddy face appears on Herrmann’s face.  Even with 4 other children running and screaming around the hospital room, Herrmann just holds his new son in his arms, completely oblivious to everything else in the world.  Very, very touching moment.

WTF, Who Is Pregnant?!

Most of the finale is centered on women who are either trying to have a baby or who are actually having a baby.  Herrmann is the proud Papa of a new baby boy, and Shay (Lauren German) is desperately trying to get pregnant, only to find out that the first try did not take.

But, who shows up pregnant at the very end of the finale blew my mind away.  We all probably remember Renee Royce (Sarah Shahi).  She was the hot lawyer that had a very brief, but very intense, fling with Severide (Taylor Kinney) in the middle of the season.  She ended up taking a new job in Spain, and honestly, I never thought we would hear from her again (this is especially true since the actress has been made a series regular on the hit CBS drama Person of Interest).

Well, Renee is back!  And, yes she is very pregnant, presumably with Severide’s baby.  With Shay trying to get pregnant and her and Severide being so close, this should make for a very bumpy ride in Season 2.

Chicago Fire returns this Fall for Season 2 on NBC.

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