After-Take: CHICAGO FIRE “When Tortoises Fly”
Name of the Episode: When Tortoises Fly
Beware – the follow contains spoilers!!!
Donna sees Serena come back for her items at the condo, and goes to confront her about the accusations against Wallace. There was a man in the driver seat, but Serena keeps insisting that her story is true. Meanwhile the firehouse continues to rally around their chief; but when Chili shows up late for shift, Sylvie is upset with her. As soon as Chili shows up, they’re called to a car accident where the driver is pinned in his seat after running into a parked RV. They manage to pull him out before the front end explodes from the gas leak. But the fire spreads to the RV and Herrmann goes to investigate and sees movement inside, possibly a child. Herrmann pulls out a tortoise instead, and nobody wants to care for him in the meantime. The tortoise ends up in the firehouse because animal control is over capacity.
Chief Boden reprimands Chili for being late for shift, but comes down on her hard because he is already fired up about his situation already. More problems come for Boden as his reliability as a witness for the Roger Maddox arson may be discredited if he doesn’t clear up the assault charges. He now believes Maddox is the person behind the scheme; but now Serena has gone missing and Detective Wheeler is more convinced Chief Boden has something to do with it.
Sylvie seems to know a lot about tortoise care, while everyone else is content simply watching it. Patterson goes to Cruz and sets stricter rules on Frankie’s visits to the firehouse. Even though he assured Cruz that Frankie is welcome, he’s changing his mind to remain on good terms with Chief Riddle. Meanwhile Kelly goes to see Jamie to find out information about Maddox’s arson case. He wants to find out if Maddox is paying off Serena; when Jamie refuses to help, Kelly calls her out on her hypocrisy towards ethics.
The man who was pinned in the car earlier, Austin, comes by the firehouse to give Sylvie flowers. He does it right before Otis got a chance to ask out Sylvie for a second date following the gala.
Mouch and Herrmann are able to get the wallet from the RV and they hope to find the owner so they can stop looking after the tortoise. Chili is distancing herself from Jimmy emotionally. He cares about her even though they’re keeping their relationship casual. Donna is having a hard time with the looks she is getting and all the harm that is coming her way. Seeing her cry in the kitchen, Boden storms into Maddox’s office and demands the harassment stop.
Gabby calls Antonio to look into the case, but from his point of view, it looks like Boden would be the main suspect for Serena’s disappearance. Everyone’s lead at the firehouse seems to come to a dead end. Same cannot be said for the RV owner; the owner looks to be a John Doe Sylvie and Chili picked up napping in a cornfield due to diabetic needs.
Patterson goes to Boden to say he went to bat for him with Riddle and if necessary he could act as Chief if Boden needed to take time off. Boden sees Patterson playing both sides, and warns him that a side will need to be taken eventually.
At the end of the episode, the wife and son of the RV owner come to pick up the tortoise. The house gathers at Molly’s to drown their sorrows; Sylvie decides to call Austin just as Otis wanted to try for the second time to ask her out. Detective Wheeler comes into the bar and places Chief Boden under arrest. The charges are not stated and in next week’s episode, the storyline focuses on a combustible charge in a residential area. Stay tuned for the exciting stories Firehouse 51 has in the coming weeks!