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  1. I disagree. He carries a badge and a service weapon. His character has to be without question. He got soused in public and IIRC destroyed private property (threw a beer bottle at a television if memory serves). While demotion is a bit harsh if he's an otherwise-good detective, you need to send a clear message. I think the guy voluntarily checking himself in to rehab plus loss of the year's vacation days and modified duty for a while would probably have been more just.
  2. I've got a feeling that the murder trial was there to set up Erin's run for D.A. later this season. But yeah, she was out-lawyered in this one. Why wouldn't Erin have gotten a co-counsel from her office to get her on the stand to explain the decision to investigate and charge the mother? If Erin really wanted to bury her boss she should have come out with "you are my superior, and the elected District Attorney for the people of New York County and you're either lying here on the stand or you lied to me in my office. And did you or did you not order me to drop the investigation into a homicide
  3. With the One Chicago franchise, it happens so often that it just makes sense to go with the flow and see the character as just another copper or firefighter. Before Station 19 become a steaming unwatchable mess, that's how I had to approach characters that were obviously crossovers from Gray's Anatomy or whatever that show's called.
  4. This is difficult on a show like CF. You have to have a respected/loved (or at least feared) authority figure, and you just can't do it in a FD-themed show. Most houses don't have a Battalion or Division chief stationed in them and they run just fine, with each shift having an officer on each piece of apparatus. But how does that fit into a narrative of a prime-time show? You have the LTs, but for the sake of storytelling there needs to be a Boden-esque character In Charge Of Everything. One thing with Fire, for the most part it's generally a light drama, being in the 9pm timeslot. It's n
  5. Deadline is reporting that S33 will premiere on January 5th 2022, and that it's currently in post-production with all travel complete.
  6. I'd be fine with this whole thing if it actually resulted in one or more of the major players actually going down. I love Voight despite (even because of?) his flaws, but he's well beyond his sell-by date. How many times can you rehash the same plot before the audience checks out? Now should be the time to him pay the piper for real, and either he goes out in cuffs or eats his gun as the feds bust down the door. Dramatically it would work, but...then what? Nobody currently on the show, except possibly LaRoyce Hawkins, has the talent and gravitas to pull off being chief of Intelligence, bu
  7. Gallo should have been suspended the instant they got back to quarters. Full stop. Pelham wouldn't have needed to go to Boden since he's his immediate superior. Take the rig out of service, call the crew dispatcher and get a replacement truckee in ASAP, but Gallo goes home immediately. But that said, Pelham failed officer-101 on the alarm call by not doing a 360° sizeup himself. That's his job when he's the officer. Investigate the building and check for signs of fire externally, and if nothing's showing then authorize a cautious entry. What if there'd been the faintest whiff of smoke on
  8. This show hasn't had so much as a casual one-night-stand with real police work for years. Find out everything to know about the person you're looking for. Dump her phone, check for known aliases, trace financials. If you don't get any hits on anything after a specific date that's a clue that either she's met with foul play or has otherwise changed her identity. When was the last time her phone pinged off a tower, and where was that tower located (cell records are good within a few feet in many places now)? Who was she calling, or better still, texting? Pull a phone and you get *all* text messa
  9. When it comes to screen time I'll take Anna 10 times out of 10 over Felony Barbie. I really like the character, but there's just not much they can do with her on the show beyond as a C.I. She's got a record and has done time so no way she ever gets into any type of law enforcement; as a C.I. she's only useful until she isn't, so my guess is she either ends up dead next week, or at best, into some kind of witness protection arrangement or she goes back to being a DEA asset and is never heard from again. Which is too bad, because she brings a bit gravitas that I found refreshing. I've said
  10. I didn't dislike this episode. It was OK for the most part, but the church bomber looked like he put on 100 pounds and 15 years since last week's fleeting glimpse of him fleeing the crime scene. I'm guessing this story will be continued. And yes, a pallet-load of ammonium nitrate would have done more than gut a car. Being a lawn care nut, though, I would imagine that most of the fertilizer he'd have been able to get would have been less-volatile ammonium sulfate, but I get the plot point. And the crispy-critter behind the wheel was grossly undersized for the actor (IRL the remains would h
  11. Bet they won't do that again, wherever they work next, that is. Tech mumbo-jumbo to follow--skip if you don't care: 9-1-1 incoming lines and switches are hardened by the telco. They can't be affected by malware, although a strategically-placed backhoe can cause utter mayhem until it's repaired. Dispatchers are trained up the wazoo on what happens if (when!) CAD goes down, and in many older parts of the country that happens more often than you'd think. But again, it's a great big nothingburger since everybody qualified on the floor knows what to do when it happens. Likewise, radio sys
  12. I think this episode wins the weekly Samuel F.B. Morse award for telegraphing a plot so perfectly. Let's see, we've got a beloved veteran cop on the verge of retirement who we've never ever heard of before (and never will again)...how else could this story go. Invariably either the way Ortiz wanted it to end, the way it did end. Or door number three, he turns out to be clean in the end and ends up getting shot and killed by a Bad Guy (who in turn is put down by Our Heroes).
  13. I'm dyin' (of laughter) here with that call center plot. OMFG. I get the drama they were trying to portray, but sweet baby Jeebus they couldn't have screwed this up more if they tried. As DJ said, they'd need 40 or 50 call takers and a phone switching network as big as the firehouse in the basement at the very least, reference for every intersection in the city on file, remote lines to the towers and a lot of other shit besides. Phone banks at the FAO (fire alarm office) would still work, since they're all hardwired. CAD goes down regularly in a lot of places and it's no big deal since it
  14. Depends on the fire, depends on the cat(s). Nothing will survive a flashover, and with modern construction and building materials, going from ignition to flashover can be 2 minutes or less if you're unlucky or someone gives it some oxygen. Our house is sealed up pretty tight so there's nowhere for them to go if things go bad fast. But we thankfully have working smoke and CO detectors all over, and plenty of extinguishers, so there's that.
  15. If a couple of guys want to get into it and settle their differences with their fists, out of sight and out of mind--and it's fully consensual--I really don't have an issue with it. Although it's best if someone is there to stop things if the aggressor goes apeshit and tries to kill the other guy.
  16. Yeah, I'd bet his lawyer is going to play the mental defect card at trial. Something wasn't right between that boy's ears. But with that said, if I were in the State's Attorney's office I'd be seeking the death penalty for this guy, to be honest. If he actually did what's he's accused of doing he's a textbook case for the bonus round. Or at the very least, agree to take the needle off the table if he spares the families the anguish of a trial and pleads out to a LWOP sentence.
  17. Yeah, Halstead can just go away, and preferably take Choi with him. As for the Vas-Com, maybe I'm just an idiot but what's the big deal here? In the context of the show the thing appears to be a piece of medical hardware with high-tech features that wouldn't be out of place in a modern hospital. If it had a known flaw that was being covered up then it would be a good plot point, but by all accounts it's just something that's supposedly being pushed heavily by the company behind it. And what health care company in the US of A doesn't go out of their way to promote their whiz-bang mac
  18. It's ironic that these pretend firefighters suffer greater rates of injuries than their real-life counterparts who have proper training, muscle memory, they drill constantly, and they don't repeat the same physically-risky stunts for 10 hours a day straight until it looks perfect on a director's screen.
  19. Good ghods, that was Donna! I knew I recognized her when I saw her, but the penny didn't drop. The Med cameras weren't as kind to her as the Suits cameras, sadly.
  20. Just to add to what I wrote earlier, they found the cat's remains under a couple of relatively unburned wooden pews. If that was the point of origin the fire would have burned up from there and out. Maybe they really do need Severide to head up Chicago OFI, since whoever determined that was the POI hasn't the first clue about fire dynamics. Fire burns up, not down, so how did the basement become a raging inferno? Now granted, I haven't been in a catholic church in a very long time; if I were to cross the threshold of one either it or I would spontaneously combust. But with that said, I've
  21. She's a med-mal lawyer. She's a (recuperating) plot device.
  22. With that music-montage of them running calls I was getting a Mother, Juggs, and Speed vibe. The cat arson thing....I just fucking can't. Any sort of animal cruelty portrayed as entertainment is a hard safeword for me. I'm a cat dad, including our dear sweet little pain-in-the-arse all black kittie Pixel. That storyline seriously didn't belong in an otherwise good show. Nitpicking, but that was a roaring conflagration they had going--there probably wouldn't even have been a skeleton left if he was the origin of that. And with that fire both in the rafters and through the floor and into th
  23. I'd be good with that. Looked like it was going to Nikki for one forgotten episode only three or so years ago. Yeah, I can just see the dilemma: Collar a serial killer or go for dinner. Guess the bad guys all take Sunday afternoon off. Show me one household who has even one public safety family member always make Sunday Dinner, every week. It ain't happening. If you're lucky, you've got a good boss and cow-orkers who love you, you might be able to switch shifts and get Christmas or a kid's birthday off once in a while. Maybe. An entire family of cops, firemen, or EMS? BWAAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
  24. That actual house on Harbor View Terrace in Brooklyn, where the show's exteriors are filmed is valued at $2.66 Million on Zillow, and even smaller houses on the same street are valued at or selling for over $3m. Would today's NYPD commissioner be able to afford to buy a similar property with the current salary, unless he had a previous career on Wall Street or was married to someone who did? As for the ridealong, since when do NYPD RMP sector cars have no divider between the front and back seats, and look that clean! Once again, the writers failed detectiving-101. Obvious to even a 5
  25. IRL, dispatchers make that triage call every single day. Basically following the ABCs is a good rule. Airway, Breathing, Circulation. Air goes in and out, and blood goes round and round. Any deviation is a problem, and calls for a lights-and-sirens response. But with that said, bariatric lift assist calls are as important to the incapacitated patient as a high ankle sprain is to a young jogger or a deep finger lac to a chef. None are likely going to kill you outright, but they absolutely require intervention. And the reality is you never know if that simple lift assist might turn into a cardia
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