‘Chicago Fire’ Winter Finale Recap: ‘Short and Fat’

By Kitin Miranda | 2 years ago
‘Chicago Fire’ Winter Finale Recap: ‘Short and Fat’
CHICAGO FIRE — “Short & Fat” Episode 409 — Pictured: (l-r) Brian White as Dallas Patterson, Joe Minoso as Joe Cruz, Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey, Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide — NBC Official Website/Photo by Elizabeth Morris/Chicago Fire

“Chicago Fire” Season 4 Episode 9 “Short and Fat” aired last Tuesday, Dec, 8, 2015, at 10:00 p.m. on NBC. In the winter finale, Firehouse 51 comes under new leadership, and the whole house is scrutinized by the new chief. As the case against Chief Wallace Boden (Eamonn Walker) intensified, the house and Chicago PD’s Intelligence Unit redoubled their efforts to locate Serena Holmes (Ilfenesh Hadera).

The episode opened with Donna Robbins (Melissa Ponzio) bailing Chief Wallace Boden (Eamonn Walker) out of jail; while Chief Ray Riddle (Fredric Lehne) promoted Captain Dallas Patterson (Brian White) to Battalion Chief of Firehouse 51.


He then put Jimmy Borelli (Steven R. McQueen) and Jessica “Chili” Chilton (Dora Madison) on trash duty as they came in late, and told Joe Cruz (Joe Minoso) that Freddie Clemente (Ralph Rodriguez) couldn’t come by the firehouse anymore.

Later, after Christopher Herrmann (David Eigenberg) and Otis (Yuri Sardarov) discovered this, they decided to hire Freddie as the new busboy for Molly’s.

They were then called to help out in a car accident, where Truck 81 just cleared the streets as the victim refused to be treated. However, while there, a man taunted Gabriela “Gabby” Dawson (Monica Raymund), who shouted back at him.

Back at the firehouse, Lieutenant Matthew “Matt” Casey (Jesse Spencer) advised Jimmy to cool things off with Chili for the meantime; and Mouch (Christian Stolte), discovering that the new chief wouldn’t let Connie (DuShon Brown) make her dough Christmas ornaments in the bullpen, decided to let her do it in their rest area.

After Gabby’s incident that morning was shown on the news, and after discovering that one of her colleagues at the Office of Fire Investigations was getting hit by lawsuits, they turned to Assistant State’s Attorney Steve Kot (Chris Agos) for help. However, he told them that there was nothing he could do until Serena Holmes (Ilfenesh Hadera) was found.

Thankfully, Jamie Killian (Rachel Nichols), after being paid a visit by Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney), decided to help them out by suggesting that they check out an in near Lake Carlyle.


There, Officers Adam Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) and Officer Kevin Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins) found Serena and brought her in.

At the interrogation room, Boden confronted Serena who decided to tell everything to Detective Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda).

Afterward, the firehouse learned that Kot was going to use this to see if Roger Maddox (Mark Hengst) would agree to a plea deal, which he did.

Back at the firehouse, Chili, despite being told by Jimmy that he wanted to keep a low profile in the meantime, decided to surprise him in the shower. Unfortunately, they got caught by Patterson, who reprimanded the two.

After hearing the good news about Boden from Kot, Casey implied that all of them except for Patterson had believed in Boden, leading him to follow Casey into their rest area, where he discovered that Mouch and the others had been helping Connie behind his back. However, they were interrupted by a call where a truck full of liquid nitrogen was about to explode.

Thanks to the quick thinking and the good teamwork between Patterson, Cruz, Severide and Casey, they were able to get it to explode out of harm’s way.

Afterward, Patterson realized that he had been wrong about Firehouse 51, and supported Boden publicly on television.

Back at the firehouse, Patterson confronted Riddle and told him that he had asked to be transferred to a different station.

After the shift, despite the fact that Otis told Sylvie Brett (Kara Kilmer) that Austin Becker (Leigh Foster) had a record, she decided to go out on a date with him, where he admitted that the charge was due to the fact that he had been caught swimming in a pool that wasn’t his.

Later, at Molly’s, the entire crew welcomed Boden back, and he, in turn, reinstated Severide’s position as Squad 3’s Lieutenant.

While everyone celebrated, Otis asked Freddie to get some lowball glasses from the back and described it as short and fat.

However, when he repeated the description to Herrmann, he joked that the glasses were just like Freddie, which got him upset.

Herrmann then tried to pacify him, saying that it was just a joke and that he should get used to it, as firefighters are prone to do that kind of thing.

However, Freddie had had enough of Herrmann’s name calling and stabbed him with a knife.

He then ran out the back door, leaving Herrmann to bleed out on the floor of the storage room.

Do you think Herrmann will make it?  Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Photo Source: NBC Official Website/Photo by Elizabeth Morris/Chicago Fire

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Kitin Miranda enjoys writing, learning new things, telling stories, and doing theater. When she is not busy with her many projects, she can be found reading a good book, writing poetry or fiction, updating her blog, discovering new food places around her neighborhood, or watching American or Asian TV shows.