“Chicago Fire” Season 4 Episode 1 “Let it Burn” aired last Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 10:00 PM on NBC. In the season premiere, Lieutenant Matthew “Matt” Casey (Jesse Spencer) dealt with the aftermath of Katya’s (Izabella Miko) death, and realized that he still loved Firefighter Gabriela “Gabby” Dawson (Monica Raymund), who told him some wonderful news that boded well for their future together. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) was given a harsh reality check by the higher ups, and Firehouse 51 welcomed their new candidate. Also, Paramedic Sylvie Brett (Kara Kilmer) and Paramedic in Charge Jessica “Chili” Chilton (Madison Burge) took a call that shook them emotionally, and the entire house dealt with a fire, as a house serving as drug den, affecting the entire house, including Chief Wallace Boden (Eammon Walker). Read on to learn more about the premiere episode of the season.
The episode picked up from where it left off in the season finale, with Firefighter Gabriela “Gabby” Dawson (Monica Raymund) discovering a bleeding Katya (Izabella Miko) on the floor. She tried to revive her, but failing that, called her brother, Detective Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda), stating that Liuetenant Matthew “Matt” Casey (Jesse Spencer) was in trouble, as he was nowhere to be found.
It turned out, as the audience and viewers also discovered during the flashbacks that Casey kept on having throughout the episode, that Katya had gone to Casey, as she had taken note of everything in the human trafficking ring of Jack Nesbitt (Eric Mabius) in a notebook that she had hidden at the strip club.
After Casey told her that he had been working with the Chicago police, Nebsitt and his Bulgarian friend came in, and demanded to see the notebook. Katya then got shot, and Casey was brought to the club at gun point, where shots were fired, which prompted Sergeant Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) and Antonio to go in, only to find the Bulgarian dead, and Casey punching Nesbitt on the face.
Later, Casey got even more upset after learning that Nesbitt was untouchable as he had been working with the FBI the entire time.
Meanwhile, Lieutenant Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) was stripped of his rank and his squad was placed under Captain Dallas Patterson’s (Brian White) leadership as the Department was concerned about the high turn over rate of the men in his squad.
Later, Chief Wallace Boden (Eamonn Walker) told him that they were willing to reassess him if he took a mandatory leadership seminar for troubled managers, where he met law firm employee Jamie Killian (Rachel Nichols).
Meanwhile, Paramedic Sylvie Brett (Kara Kilmer) and Paramedic in Charge Jessica “Chili” Chilton (Madison Burge) responded to a call where a young pregnant woman had been hit by a stray bullet in a gang shooting. She was giving birth at that very minute.
They managed to save the woman’s, Alicia Morales’ (Regina Saldivar) baby boy, but wasn’t able to save her at all, which shook the two women to the core.
Later that night, after asking Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) to help them out, the pair managed to see Alicia’s baby boy along with the other babies born that day.
However, thankfully, Dr. Will Hastead (Nick Gehlfuss) managed to get them into the hospital so that they could see how Alicia’s baby was doing.
While all this happened, their new candidate, Jimmy Borelli (Steven R. McQueen) had been late, and was dropped off at their doorstep by his older prankster brother, all wrapped up in plastic, and smelling like beer. Because of this, Boden fired him, but after apologizing to him, he decided to give him a second chance.
The team also responded to a fire at an alleged crack den, where the neighbours, who wanted to get rid of it, deliberately blockaded the street with their cars which Casey and Patterson rammed into to clear a path for the trucks.
They weren’t able to save the person who got stuck inside the house, but Gabby and Firefighter Brian “Otis” Zvonecek (Yuri Sardarov) managed to save the den’s stubborn and old next door neighbour just at the right time. However, Gabby gave him her mask, and ordered a new turn out coat as hers was literally toast, which, after seeing it, made Casey realize that he still loved Gabby.
Later that night, he sought her out, and told her that he would never let go of her again. He then became ecstatic as Gabby broke the news that she was pregnant.
Meanwhile, Firefighter Joe Cruz (Joe Minoso), after learning that Severide was thinking of quitting, told him that he was going to quit as well, if Severide quit.
Later, Patterson and Boden discovered that the neighbors who had caused the blockade earlier that day complained to the Fire Department that their response was slow, something, that apparently, alarmed the Fire Department itself.
What did you think of the season premiere? Do you think Severide will really leave? Will Casey and Gabby get back together for good? Let us know what you think in the comments below!