Chicago Fire Spoilers

Chicago Fire EPs Preview Episode 100's 'Dawsey' Twist and Severide's Crisis

For its 100th episode, Chicago Fire is giving viewers a gift: a surprise ending that doesn’t leave one of Firehouse 51’s finest in danger. But that’s not to say Tuesday’s special installment (NBC, 10/9c), which also doubles as the fall finale, won’t pack a punch.

“It’s not a life-and-death cliffhanger, but it’s the equivalent of one,” executive producer Michael Brandt says.

Chicago Fire RecapBefore the “OMG!” finish, Dawson and Casey get some unexpected but very happy news. “She’s been fast-tracked for permanency placement, and so the question of adopting [Louie] becomes the driving force of the episode,” EP Derek Haas previews.

But with the good comes the bad, because after the paramedic and her firefighter beau “solidify some things,” the couple is hit with “a twist with regards to Louie… that is a major cliffhanger and a major hurdle that they’re going to have to get over,” Brandt teases.

Meanwhile, eternal bachelor Severide is going through “a bit of an identity crisis in terms of what he’s doing with his life,” Haas describes. After 99 episodes as an untethered guy who “sort of floated through women,” while working in “a profession where he drops victims off at the hospital… and then never hears what happens to them,” the rescue squad lieutenant will — get ready to gasp! — have a moment of self-reflection.

“He’s thinking to himself, ‘What am I doing? Why am I doing this? Am I going to turn into my father?’ who’s on his fifth marriage,” Haas previews.

Chicago Fire SpoilersAnd what would the series’ 100th outing be without a dramatic call? For the milestone rescue, the EPs crafted a complex challenge for longtime director Joe Chappelle.

“We thought, ‘What can we do in the fourth and fifth act that has all three units handling a different part of an accident, with multiple victims,” Haas says, “so that everyone’s working at once, all separately but in sync, and the camera can go back and forth between them?’ … Also, that day we shot on Michigan Avenue, which we try not to do too much because it’s so disruptive to Chicago, but we figured the 100th episode is one where you can pull it off.”

Fans should also keep their ears open for a special message during a speech that Herrmann makes at the 100th anniversary of Molly’s Bar, which is “what Brandt and I wanted to say to our cast, our crew, our staff and our viewers [about what] these 100 episodes have meant to us,” Haas shares.

Fire fans, what are you most looking forward to seeing in the 100th episode?

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19 Comments
  1. Nancy says:

    Looking forward to all of it! Can’t wait! Love this show.

  2. Edward says:

    Everyone seems to forget Severide was married in a few episodes….

  3. Cassie says:

    So many shows come and go so quickly these days, it’s such a milestone to reach 100 episodes. Congratulations to everyone involved.

  4. Chloe says:

    I’m sorry but I don’t give a hoot about Louie. The kid has no personality.

  5. wrstlgirl says:

    Hopefully Dawson and Casey will just get married so we don’t have multiple episodes of wedding drama. Not sure I could sit through that, ugh.

    • Kel says:

      OMG couldn’t agree more! If it took her 10 hours just to get ready for her parents anniversary party imagine how long it would take her to get ready for her wedding! Ugh. Cannot stand what they have done to her character. Was never really a fan but this season has made her unbearable!

    • fiberlicious says:

      They can’t get married if they want to stay in the same firehouse.

      • Nancy says:

        They just can’t be on the same truck. She’s a paramedic now so they can get married.

        • wrstlgirl says:

          Yep, yet another reason why the whole firefighter season was a waste of time. That’s when I really started to dislike Dawson. I think they need to warm that character a bit. She’s so bitchy all the time, I don’t like it, lmao!!

  6. I’m meh on the whole Louie situation. He’s cute but I hated the storyline where Gabby got obsessed with fostering him. I’m hoping Chicago Fire can resolve this story and let Dawsey positively move on in some way.

  7. fiberlicious says:

    psssssssssssssst…Severide’s a lieutenant, not a captain.

  8. Robert Brooks says:

    Two questions: No marriage license required for Gabby and Matt?
    Is Louie the unhappiest looking kid on TV?

  9. Sally says:

    That kid Louie needs to be replaced. He is terrible. He looks terrified in every single scene and he has zero expression. Who hired him?