‘Chicago Fire’ season 5, episode 6 review: Dawson’s crisis; Boden reflects on 9/11 aftermath

Dawson -Tonight’s new episode of “Chicago Fire” certainly started things off on a fiery note, but not in the way you would expect. The fire we’re talking about was between Brett and Antonio! Okay, maybe that was corny, and like with Dawson when she asked Brett about it, we regret it immediately.

In moving on to more serious matters, tonight’s episode threw Dawson into the spotlight in a way that she certainly did not want, mostly because of how she accidentally hit a man while driving the ambulance. From here, she found herself at the center of lawsuit threats and all sorts of allegations that she was terrible at her job — and none of these were actually proved to be the case. Instead, this was merely a situation in which a man attempted to use her to try and take his own life, and when that didn’t happen, there were repercussions of that. (Then again, there probably would be in the event that he did pass away.) We’re just happy in the end that Dawson was cleared, given that she’s absolutely been through enough so far this year.

A different revelation – Last week, we saw Casey and Severide at odds in a rather substantial way over what Casey felt to be an arson case; however, Severide thought differently, and trusted the husband who claimed that he’d never do anything to hurt his wife or his home. It really didn’t matter who was right so long as there were answers, and we had that eventually: Neither was 100% correct. While it was in fact arson, there were no intentions for it to go down the way that it did. This doesn’t absolve the guy of what happened though, and he will promptly receive justice moving forward.

Herrmann won’t budge – After many years of doing what he could out in the field, Herrmann had a chance to become Lieutenant this week — but he wasn’t nearly as keen on playing the politics required for the role. While there were some sad moments in realizing that he’d have to make a most-unwelcome “statement” if he wanted  to ensure a future position, we also very much appreciated his rant after it was pretty darn clear that he wasn’t going to get it. Herrmann deserves a promotion, but we’re pretty darn thrilled he won’t change himself in order to get it.

Boden’s painful past following 9/11 – If you were looking for a tear-jerking moment tonight, we had that courtesy of Boden discussing what he went through on September 12, 2001, and how he was looking back at it after he was approached with an opportunity to pay further tribute to it in New York. Eamonn Walker’s performance was phenomenal here as he recounted to Casey and Severide what happened on that day, and the emotions and sights of it. He did not save anyone from death in his efforts, but his role proved to be invaluable nonetheless.

Overall – This episode proved to be a really powerful one, even if there were some moments of humor sprinkled in here as well. It taught us that not everything is as it seems, that it’s okay sometimes to not get your desired result, and that above all else, you just have to keep moving forward. Grade: B+.

Next week – We’re going to see a very different sort of story, as we’ll be seeing Dawson’s parents! Head over here to read some additional news and updates on that right now! Be sure to leave us your thoughts on this episode in the comment box below. We love hearing from you! (Photo: NBC.)

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