This week's milestone episode, delivered emotional, humor, let along fear (to me) and the moment we've all been waiting for.
It's no doubt that "One Hundred" gave us a whole lot of meaning of what this series stands for in the past five seasons. Why we tune in every Tuesday to see what these characters are facing both in their personal life and work life, which happens to emerge at times.
Let's start with the humorist storyline in the episode, Molly's Bar is turning 100 years old and as we know from previous episodes the place isn't really booming with a lot of people. So to get people to come, Otis gets the idea of throwing a huge bash.
The idea went from great to shutting the whole thing down when the newspaper wrote a story that Molly's was the place where a blood bath murders happen. Of course, it freaks Herrmann out to the core. But on the day of the event, a surprising outcome shocks not only Herrmann but everyone.
Of course, this episode dives into Matt and Dawson, the "it" couple of the series. After keeping Louie for nearly 90 days, it was time to adopt him, but Dawson will have to sign as a single parent. Casey feels that Louie shouldn't call Matt by his name, that he could call him dad.
Well, he tries to figure a way, but nothing didn't stick so he tells Dawson that it was fine by him to sign those papers and that he'll be Louie's dad in any way. The most emotional moments came near the end when as Herrmann was given his speech at Molly's, the two looked at each other and headed out to get married. It was just the three until everyone from 51 came to be witnesses. It not only was beautiful but tissue worthy too.
But, this is Chicago Fire, most happy moments must have something to knock it down. When Casey, Dawson, and Louie get home, this stranger, who has been watching Casey from the home to the firehouse, turns out to be Louie's biological father and he wants him back.... UH OH!!
Also, Severide is suffering from an identity crisis, as he questions what's the meaning of life. Things haven't been great in the relationship department, after trying to figure out the name of the lady he had a one night stand. The other was when he didn't seem to worry about getting almost hit with a fireball. Casey offers him a weekend away of men fishing, which sounds a great idea, but with what Casey and Dawson's wedding, that might be pulled away.
Anyway, after Boden saw Severide's neck, he orders him to go to Med, where Jeff Clark treated his neck but also asked if he could donate bone marrow. After turning him down twice, he went back and offered to do it, hoping to feel something good in him again.
This was a very exciting episode. The writing was strong along with the characters. I can't stress this enough that David Eigenberg's Herrmann, is literally the solid rock of the whole series. He not only brings in the humor but also speaks from the heart. That speech that he gives to family and friends was remarkable (Cheers to Derek Hass and Michael Brandt).
Also give Joe Chappelle come credit in capturing one of the most difficult camera shots during the last rescue call with those wide straight line camera angles of the accidents. Not only was it breathtaking but made had me on the edge of my seat with overwhelming thoughts of that scene.
It's remarkable how a show can still make it in this market to 100 episodes. It's truly something really special, as a fan. It's also amazing on when the show got started I remember reading reviews, some positive and some negative. But there was one review that criticized how Jesse Spencer's performance as a Chicagoan voice wasn't believable enough. That stuck in my head and coming to this episode; it just made me laughing.
Chicago Fire really sticks to what television is about, watching believable characters in one of the most stressful and dangerous jobs. The show started out when they losing a member of their family, and we seen a lot of come and go. But looking back the one that really still holds deep and gets me emotional was the death of Leslie Shay, a character that I truly loved. I still can't watch those episodes, even though I tried. I believe that was the beginning of when characters on shows got killed off, just like that.
100 episodes, to the cast and crew at Chicago Fire, here's to 100 more (which would be around in four years in Season 9, if I'm counting currently). And do you know the best part, we'll go through with this next year for Chicago PD's 100th episode.
You can catch Chicago Fire when they return in a crossover event with Chicago PD, Tuesday, Jan. 3rd at 9/8c on NBC.