After-Take: CHICAGO FIRE “Taste of Panama City”
Name of the Episode: Taste of Panama City
Beware – the follow contains spoilers!!!
Coming off the season premiere, this episode wastes no time before diving into the story. At first, Matt and Gabby are hesitant to tell anyone about their pregnancy news. However, after telling Chief Boden that Gabby wants to transfer to the Arson department, and the Chief drawing the conclusion she is unhappy, the happy couple tells Boden and the rest of the firehouse they are indeed expecting.
Severide continues to work at the firehouse and attends his management skill class; the only reason he keeps attending is for beautiful lawyer, Jamie. Matt is still unhappy that Jack Nesbitt is not being handled by local police. Sergeant Voight cannot make any arrests because of Jack’s supposed informant status with the FBI. Jack claims to not be involved with the sex trafficking, but Matt does not believe him. Katya told Matt she hid her notebook of details about the organization. She wanted to free the girls and put the men responsible in jail for their actions.
Firehouse 51 is again under the microscope for a negligence call involving a house fire that lead to the death of the homeowner [Amrie note: UGH so sick of these guys getting called under the microscope!!!]. The neighbors were unhappy the eyesore of the house was not being handled by the city; so, they made sure the firefighters could not get through to the fire site. After seeing the man burnt on the gurney, none of the neighbors will come forward with any testimonies to validate the firemen’s stories.
Chili and Sylvie are each fighting their own issues from their last medical run, after losing a mother to a gunshot wound, but saving her baby, Sylvie has grown attached to the boy and Chili fears losing another patient. As paramedics they know part of the job is doing their duty and letting go.
Gabby recounts the details about her visit to the site of the house fire to Matt. In the moment he realizes where the notebook could be hidden. So Matt races back to the strip club where Jack worked with the girls, and finds Katya’s notebook hidden behind a sheet rock front wall. Matt left the club and realized he was being followed. He pulled off the road and Jack emerges from the car with a gun. Jack walks to the truck and pulls out the notebook, but without warning the FBI and Chicago PD force drive onto the scene. Jack insists Matt was interfering with a federal investigation. Jack was still arrested and charged for human trafficking and obstruction of justice.
The episode wraps up with Molly’s having a disagreement with a Portland couple because of the noise from the bar at night. Herrmann tried to make nice so the issue could be resolved quickly. When things did not go as planned and the couple decides to still follow through with their lawsuit, he decided to host karaoke night; the battle continues.
On next week’s episode, the serial arsonist is making himself known around the city. The firehouse must race against the clock to make sure no one is injured in these attacks.
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