Moving into Chicago Fire season 6 episode 17 on Thursday night, much of the focus is going to be all about Otis and understandably so. This is a character who was recently put into a devastating position and he wants to get back to doing some of what he does best as soon as possible — working on the truck and going back out into the field. While he may at times be the show’s comic relief, simultaneously Otis is showing within this story some of his bravery and tenacity. He knows that what he went through was more or less a freak accident.
Moving forward now into tonight’s episode, Otis now has to face another important question: What is he going to between now and when he recovers? He’s undergoing physical therapy and there’s a hope that if he continues his recovery at the pace that he’s on, he can get back to work. Is he being overly ambitious? Probably so, given that this is not the sort of injury post people recover from quickly (unless you have Wolverine super healing powers). The problem here is pretty clear: Trying to find a way to actually rely this message to him.
In the sneak peek that CarterMatt has for you below, you can argue that Boden does do this in the way in which he knows how: Telling Otis that even though he’s not going to be getting his old job back anytime soon, he can move him over to desk duty and that is something that he can take on in the near future.
The reaction from Otis to this news is understandably mixed. He seems happy about the idea of being around Firehouse 51 again, but he could also see at the same time the idea of him not being able to be out in the field as giving up or settling. He doesn’t want to do that, and he also doesn’t want Boden to start to have the perception that he is the sort of guy who wants to spend the rest of his career working in the bullpen.
Ultimately, we imagine that all of this struggle for Otis is made so much worse by the fact that the guy taking his place in Cordova seems to be a complete egocentric heel who wants nothing more than to have his job for good.
As much as we hate that all of this is happening to Otis, we’re thrilled for Yuri Sardarov to have this sort of material on a show like this that is often so much based on physicality. It’s a real comeback story and it’s fun to see him within the underdog position. Many of the characters in Firehouse 51 are fighting against something, but very rarely are they in a battle against themselves.
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