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  1. Spend time with their kids/wives/girlfriends (or all three)? A week of backbreaking labor for a lousy $1,000 isn't a good deal, but if it's substantially more, then maybe. Yeah, he's lucky he still has teeth, to be honest. But I wonder how good he'd be on a vessel with a different skipper and deck crew? He's obviously skilled at sea, but was a horrible fit for Wild Bill's boat.
  2. They usually mix the boats up a bit more than they have recently. No Wizard and no Northwestern for a while now. I'm guessing maybe Edgar is running the NW for this part of the season and if that's the case it makes sense that they're not featured on the show, but Keith usually gets more screen time than he has. I almost said "Maybe there's no drama this year" but this is the Wizard we're talking about.
  3. That story is definitely manufactured and not particularly germane to the overall thrust of the show in my opinion, but I honestly don't mind it. Maybe it plants the seed of an idea for a few young women in real life to consider the fire service as a career. Now granted, probably not very many high school kids are watching this show with the same passion that kids in my generation tuned in Emergency! in the '70s. But that one, single TV show begat tens or perhaps hundreds of thousands of career firefighters and paramedics and was responsible for the explosion of paramedic services worldwide in the years that followed. If this silly bit of dramatic fluff can have even 1/100th of the effect that Johnny and Roy had then count me in as a fan. As a friend of mine on the job said of younger people in today's generation, what are the odds that you're even alive today because some kid watched the boys from the real Station 51 saving lives, hired on and saved your mom or dad in a crisis 25 years ago. So count me a fan of the storyline, regardless how silly it is.
  4. It's not unheard of that a cop decides that the fire service is more in line with his career goals and takes the test to hire on. One could speculate that maybe he knew his career in the police department was over (no promotion from patrolman would ever come through), and/or his supervisor could pull a few strings to get him into the Fire academy with a clean slate and perhaps a chance to make good for his misdeed. Again, these kinds of things really do happen (or at least did, before the current social attitudes). To be promoted within the fire service, in real life, is not trivial. Firefighter, apparatus officer, assistant battalion chief, BC, district chief, assistant deputy chief, deputy chief, fire chief could be a typical path in a paid department. Politics plays into it a lot, obviously but you don't become a white helmet without being able to take full command of the fireground and know what's going on at every stage of the attack. If you don't already know your own son is a liability on a scene then you haven't earned the rank. Dixon the Lesser would definitely not survive more than a few weeks in real life either. If you can't trust members of your company, or if your probie is flat-out useless then there's no conceivable way you're going to roll out of the bay doors with an assclown like that in the jumpseat beside you. Respect the chain of command, yes, but make damned sure that the officer on the apparatus is well aware of this probie's limitations. Now that Bishop knows it's up to her to follow this through.
  5. What the actual crap has happened to this show? Ye Flippin' Ghods, just rename it to High School Firehouse and have done with it. I liked it in the first season. They at least got the firefighting somewhat right despite some over-the-top drama. Now this show is written for people with the IQ of a small soap dish. The building is a one story bowling alley with fire showing near one wall. All of a sudden the whole thing is becoming a raging inferno and the roof collapses? There's so much wrong there that my head is spinning. A commercial structure like that with public access would almost certainly be protected by sprinklers. If they failed (yes, it happens), then a hose line or three upon arrival would have gotten it in short order. Walter's crush injury probably would have been fatal, but if that fire was as bad as portrayed why wouldn't there have been a heavy rescue company for the pin job (sorry, bad pun), and a couple of 2-1/2s working on suppression? Such horseshit. Of course, in real life that would have gone to 2 or 3 alarms if the fire started spreading. But here's the thing. Bowling alleys, the lanes themselves, are almost all made of an artificial surface that is NOT flammable. If they were old lanes then the oiled hardwood would take flame, but wouldn't go up so fast that an inch-and-3/4 or a 2-1/2 wouldn't get it out in seconds. Why are kids over the age of about 7 or 8 on TV shows always portrayed as helpless waifs incapable of independent thought and self preservation? I'm sure that by the time a child is 8,9, or 10 years old they've been repeatedly taught what an emergency exit sign is and what to do those frequent school fire drills. We had 5 or 6 a year when I was in my first elementary school around ages 6 or 7, and we had one or two kids trained to lead the others out (surprise surprise, I was one of them) if there wasn't an adult in the room for whatever reason, and where to assemble. So the roof collapsed right over top of where they were. Do a quick assessment of the damage and how stable the rubble is. Drop a ladder down if it's not too bad, or position a half dozen members strategically to pick the kids up and pass them along. Breaching the wall the way they did was utterly ridiculous. I don't mind the occasional character crossover on the One Chicago shows, but this show assumes that the viewer knows every plot on the other show. I don't care about any of those characters since I have never watched Grey's and don't plan to. Dixon's downfall will be well deserved. And can you imagine what a reputable news organization would do in this woke age when they find out that the head of the fire service was once a copper whose actions allowed a family to die. Bishop's captains bars need to go away. End game is obviously Andy's captaincy. Hell, with her skills and instincts she should be putting in for battalion chief; she sees the big picture probably better than most.
  6. Peter's Evil Overlord List item number 4: Shooting is not too good for my enemies. Live it, love it, and learn it, writers! Like others, I couldn't get through this one without giving the fast-forward button a serious workout. I wasn't sure they'd actually end that miserable asshole this season but I'm glad they did. And for all the Sophie Hate on this forum, I actually like how she handled things at the very end. And it wasn't until the comments here that I realized that Gerald Forbes was Pippin! I knew I recognized his face from something, but the penny didn't drop until I read this forum. No second breakfast for him now.
  7. Regarding Davidson, I'm calling serious shenanigans on this entire plot. He's got a chase boat with him for filming exterior shots, and his Southern Wind onboard crew is in constant contact with it and the skipper. The chase boat's captain is probably in good with the old-school fleet and would almost certainly drop a dime to Sig if that were real. If I were a betting man I'd say the entire thing is scripted by Disco, and none of the "victimized" crews were out dollar one in catch or operating revenue. And besides, now that this has aired (and was in the editing suites for months, and crews talked amongst themselves at the bar/etc), if all that crap had been for real, don't you think by now that Davidson would have had the ever living crap beaten out of him (or worse), by guys who may have lost tens of thousands of dollars needed to support their various habits feed their families? No way. They needed a villain and they got the new tough-looking guy to play the role, and the others to play along for the sake of the show. Also, wasn't Davidson wearing a Trident Seafood cap, without the logo being blurred out? No way the bosses at Trident would stand for that, and later on, Casey would probably have had his balls for bookends for bringing the company into disrepute. Josh may be a twerp and a camera whore, but I'd follow Casey to the ends of the Bering Sea if he was my skipper.
  8. OK, now this makes sense. From previous years I'd always assumed the King crab grounds were close-in; well within the 200 mile limit. I knew Opies went further up north. I'm curious where the international waters boundaries lie, and if there are any agreements on how much can be harvested from there and returned for processing in a U.S. factory. If a boat as a quota of X, is that for crab (or whatever) caught anywhere, US or international waters, but brought to an Alaska cannery, or is that only for crab caught under Alaska's jurisdiction?
  9. Maybe I'm slow, but I just don't understand the whole Russia-vs-U.S. and the high-price thing. It makes no sense to me. Russia can't legally fish in U.S. waters, nor can American vessels fish in Russian waters as far as I know. So what's the storyline going on here? Doesn't Alaska set a statewide quota of however many pounds/tons of each species can be harvested each season? Won't that number alone determine the price? Low quota = high prices, etc?
  10. The same miniature grinder that they used to score the PVC could just as easily cut through a link at each end of the chain at the end of the pipe securing the guy to the apparatus. There's protesting and there's rioting. Wave your signs, chant your slogans, but interfere with public safety and that's the limit. I'd have had half the local precinct down there within 10 seconds flat to restore order and crack some skulls (and maybe throw that malcontent ringleader into Voight's "special cell" back at the 21st district). Firehouses close, it's a fact of life. And if 87 had been crazy-busy it wouldn't have been on the chopping block. EMS runs outnumber fire calls by an order of magnitude, and all you need to do is station ambulances strategically within a defined response area, and base them out of a larger house or a hospital. In my area, EMS is a hodgepodge of paid and volly, with the local volly squad (BLS) in their own dedicated quarters, but the paramedics (ALS) are paid and are based at two local EDs, but are pretty much always on the road responding over the air to emergencies to back up BLS. CFD is structured differently, obviously (both real-world and TV-land) but similar principles are involved. Get as much coverage in the area as you can. What will suck will be actual working fire response times, but there are fewer of them in real life, and the vast majority are after dark, meaning generally emptier streets and a quicker response than during the day. FDNY went through this a few years ago. They closed a few neighborhood houses, consolidating them with bigger nearby houses, and reduced staffing to 4-man crews, down from 5. For anybody interested, here's a NYTimes article from 2003 that covers the issues pretty well. Times Change, Officials Say, and So Firehouses Are Closing (April 2003)
  11. Just read that the D.A. is seeking the death penalty for Smith. My gut says this will be used as a bargaining chip to get him to plead to life without parole. I don't know if they'd have enough evidence to get a guilty verdict with a death penalty recommendation from a jury based on what was shown on the show, and what's in the news. I think both sides would be rolling the dice if this went to verdict, so threaten him with a hot shot and persuade him to accept LWOP, and put paid to everything.
  12. IfI that happens can someone please drop a helicopter on her? Thank you. That is all.
  13. I'd bet money on that. Yay stochiometric ratios. My understanding is anything around 9 to 16% is the ideal combustion ratio for NG. Mercaptan (the stinky stuff that's added to otherwise-odourless natural gas) in heavy enough concentration is unmistakable. Now a better plot device for this story would have been for the gas company to not realize that their mercaptan injection system wasn't working for a couple of days. That would explain why nobody noticed before it went boom. A few years back in NYC, in two separate incidents, someone illegally bypassed the Con-Ed meters, with the explosive results. A few deaths resulted. After the bigger of the two occurred in Harlem, gas leak reports soared for months, for every kind of odour imaginable. Everyone was on edge. In the second case, the people involved just got sent up for many years for manslaughter a few weeks back.
  14. Like most scripted network fare, the entire One Chicago franchise is a prime-time weekly soap opera, and is about as deep as the kitchen sink with regard to racial issues (both good and bad). Probably by diktat from network S&P to the showrunners to keep things palatable for middle America's commercial-watching pearl-clutching viewers. The audience for this show is overwhelmingly old (over-50 numbers are almost double the 18-49 tally) and they'll tune out if things break their brains. Atwater is so badly underused in this series and I agree, I'd like to see more about him, and perhaps they should have several more members of the squad that are better fits for the neighborhood they're policing. It would make their undercover work far more believable at the very least. On Med and Fire, virtually every victim, patient or family of-the-week is a corn fed midwestern white family with no discernible regional accent, and it's not much different in Fire's south-side neighborhood. PD is slightly better, but still ridiculous.
  15. Maybe if Truck 81 had done what truck companies are supposed to do during the initial attack and vent the damned roof, and Hermann gotten his men in with two charged lines about 2 minutes quicker she might not have died. Yes, they absolutely. They would all have needed to be checked out on the new rig before it went in service since it had newer features, undoubtedly the compartments would be laid out differently, maybe with newer gear, controls would be different, it would handle differently, etc. Handwaved for the sake of drama, I guess. I'm wondering if the apparatus maker donated the truck to production to showcase their latest and greatest. IIRC Ward LaFrance donated a rig to Emergency! for the 3rd season. Yeah, the fire was on the second floor. Heat rises, so the damage would all be upstairs and into the attic, and the roof would have been basically destroyed. If they'd managed to get water on it before the top floor was compromised then it's quite likely the ground floor would still be reasonably fine, but there'd have been significant water damage down there and sure as hell there'd be no electricity. Because someone died in that fire there's no way they'd have been allowed in until the building was released by OFI and CPD. They could just as easily have waited around the back with a can of store-bought cat food and hoped Dusty would have come back. Glad the kitty was OK. So few cats on TV as it is. I saw the bunker gear scam the instant Gorsch proposed it. Much too easy. But I wouldn't bet money on this being the last time we see that little troglodyte. Misty-eyed at the end, but I was thinking they'd have figured out a way to have some of his wife's former students and their friends from out west come in for the funeral.
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