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CHICAGO FIRE Recap: A Firefighter (Temporarily) Leaves Chicago in ‘Trapped’

January 31, 2024 by  

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CHICAGO FIRE — “Trapped” Episode 12003 — Pictured: (l-r) Miranda Rae Mayo as Stella Kidd, Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide — (Photo by: Adrian S Burrows Sr/NBC)

[Warning: This post contains spoilers for the Wednesday, January 31 episode of CHICAGO FIRE.]

Severide’s (Taylor Kinney) on-screen return to CHICAGO FIRE was (at least temporarily) short-lived: The firefighter left Chicago to go tackle an ATF case in Arizona on the Wednesday, January 31 episode, “Trapped.”

After getting an overnight delivery of case files, Severide was cautious about getting sucked into the case and leaving again. (Severide has been back for about six months—after going to Alabama for “the best arson training investigation in the world” and then staying MIA until his wife brought him home—but viewers missed much of that due to the time jump between seasons.)

Hoping to sweeten the deal, Van Meter (Tom Hopper) came to talk to Severide. “Now’s a tricky time,” Severide tells him. Van Meter, however, won’t be deterred.

Eventually, Severide speaks with Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo), who is dismayed her husband has a new ATF file. The duo can’t agree on how to move forward, and he promises he gets where she’s coming from. Severide asks Kidd for a chance to show he can handle a case like this and come home to her.

“If you’re not okay with me going, I won’t go,” he says. “As simple as that.”

But a talk with Cruz (Joe Minoso), who was also hurt by how Severide left, prompts Kidd to reassess and give her permission. “I don’t ever want you to feel trapped,” she says. “So you have my blessing as long as you come back soon.”

However, she has a few conditions: He can’t leave her in the dark again and he has to talk to Cruz about it. (Severide makes good by talking to Cruz about his decision and asking his friend to step in for him in his absence.)

Later, Severide and Kidd say a sweet farewell outside their home. When she notes she needs to get their manager to fix the sink, Severide promises her he’ll fix it when he gets back.

“Okay, then I’ll wait,” Kidd says. (Update, 9:48 PM PT: A source confirms Kinney will be returning to FIRE.)

Pre-season, showrunner Andrea Newman warned that Kidd saw Severide’s draw to arson investigation “as a drug, basically; it’s like his addiction.”

“He kind of can’t stay away from it,” she previously told Give Me My Remote. “And there’s a lot of reasons for that—one of them being it’s in his blood, as his father was in OFI.”

“So this is their struggle,” she continued. “Can she stop him, does she want to stop him? How does it affect them? That’s all gonna be explored; what it does to their relationship and the little journey that they’re on together. They’re magnets to each other and they can’t stay away and yet this is the thing that sits between them.”

CHICAGO FIRE, Wednesdays, 9/8c, NBC


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