Last week’s episode ended with Dawson making it in the nick of time for her firefighter test. This week’s season finale picks up with her completing it. She and Casey walk into Firehouse 51, but no one seems to be there. She walks into a room and everyone is there to congratulate her on successfully passing the exam.
Chief Boden immediately calls Dawson and Casey into his office and informs them that when her next two shifts at Firehouse 51 are complete, she will be transferred over to the firehouse that they’d expected. Dawson is not allowed to stay at 51 because of her relationship with Lieutenant Casey, but the house that she is transferring to is loaded with sexist men who don’t believe that women should be firefighters. Needless to say, Casey is a bit disappointed that Dawson will be subjected to harsh treatment and requests that the Chief change her placement. He walks out of Chief Boden’s office and tells the guys that they’re going for a ride.
The Chief calls Herman aside and tells him that he’s getting married on Saturday and asks that Herman stand with him and help with finding a Church for the wedding.
Casey goes to visit the firehouse where Dawson will be placed so that he can speak to the Lieutenant and request that she be treated with respect. As he’s leaving, the Lieutenant asks if Dawson can cook and clean as well. Casey tells him that Dawson fought her way through the academy and that she’s not looking for a free ride and threatens the Lieutenant. They’re interrupted by Herman telling Casey that they have a call and have to go.
As the truck pulls up to the fire, Cruz tells the guys that it’s a boarding school. The entire building is engulfed in flames, and the director of the school isn’t sure how many children are unaccounted for because a lot of them had free time and weren’t on campus. The guys go into the building searching for people who are trapped. Boden instructs the men that they have one minute left in the building, but Severide and Mills go into one more room. They find a boy leaning out of the window with glass cutting into his stomach. As they’re walking out into the hallway, there’s an explosion. Boden is frantically calling over the radio for Severide or Mills to respond and gets nothing in return. As everyone is standing around anxiously waiting for a response from the two men, we see them push the door open and exit safely.
As they’re performing a secondary search the following morning, Mouch tells Cruz that he’d gone on several dates with women he met on a dating website, but he hasn’t had much luck since his last breakup. Herman spills the beans to Otis that Boden is getting married on Saturday even though it was supposed to be kept secret, and also tells him that the Church he’d promised Boden fell through and they won’t be able to have the wedding there. While inside the boarding school, one of the other firefighters finds a body under a bed and calls Severide over. When he sees the child, they see him move his hand. They rush him out of the building and over to the hospital, but Severide feels guilty for missing him after they swept the room the night prior. The boy is badly burned and Severide is visibly distraught.
Back at the firehouse, a woman delivers a junk motorcycle that Severide bought for a minimal amount of money. He throws his spare time into fixing the motorcycle so that he doesn’t have to think about his guilt. The guys convince Herman to confess to Boden about not being able to get the Church so that they have time to make other arrangements, but he feels bad and can’t confess. Shay walks in and tells Severide that she called the hospital to check up on the boy and found out what his name is. She asks if he wants to visit the boy and he says no and that he’s ok.
Dawson goes into Casey’s office and tells him that she’s going to miss so much about working her shifts at Firehouse 51, and they’re interrupted by a call. Two boys on skateboards are directing the trucks to three bodies with gunshot wounds. Casey sees someone with a gun in the alley, so the police chase after him. As that’s going on, one of the victims on the ground moves and attempts to pull a gun on Dawson. Casey alerts her and she punches the guy in the face, knocking him out. Oh yes, she will be just fine at the new firehouse!
Casey is on the phone telling someone that he owes them. He goes into the Chief’s office and informs him that another house has a spot open and asks if he’d approve the transfer for Dawson. The Chief tells him that he’ll approve so long as Dawson approves as well. Casey and Dawson are in the bathroom and, as he’s showering, his phone rings. He asks Dawson to answer it and take a message but when she answers, it’s about the engagement ring he’d ordered that she wasn’t supposed to know about just yet. Surprise ruined! Thanks jewelry store!
Severide is working on his motorcycle and decides to visit the boy in the hospital. He asks the nurse how he is and is told that they’re not hopeful. He finds out that the boy is only ten years old. He goes home and finds Devin in the apartment. Understandably upset with her for previously robbing him, Shay and Otis, he yells at her to crawl back to where she came from. Since he and Shay haven’t been on the same page lately because of the Devin situation, he seeks comfort from Erin, an officer at Chicago PD. She tells him that her first week in uniform, she witnessed a young boy stealing a candy bar from a 7-11. When the boy saw her, he froze, put the candy bar back and left the store. As she finished paying, she heart gunshots. When she left the store, she saw that the boy had been shot and killed. She felt guilty for not saying something to him, or arresting him when she first saw him stealing and that just because it wasn’t her fault doesn’t mean that it hurts any less.
The rest of the crew is back at Molly’s Bar and Dawson tells Shay that she received the phone call on Casey’s phone about the ring and discovers that Shay knew about it all along. Herman stands up on the bar and gives arguably the worst toast in history, but everyone toasts to Dawson nonetheless. Casey pulls Dawson aside and tells her that he has to talk to her. She’s expecting him to propose, but he shows her a transfer request to the other firehouse. She declines and tells him that they won’t break her, so he rips up the request.
Mills hands over a file with information about his father to one of the new guys at the firehouse. Apparently he wants to find out more about his father’s side of the family, which his mother has tried to keep private. Mouch tells Herman to have his wife look into ideas to save Boden’s wedding in an attempt to avoid butchering the whole event. Severide heads back to the hospital to check up on the boy and discovers that he took a turn for the better.
Herman picks up Boden to head to the Church, and finally decides to tell him that it fell through. Donna, Boden’s fiancée, calls him and tells him that she’s at the firehouse. He tells her that he’ll be right there and heads over with Herman, arguing the whole way. They arrive to find two fire trucks holding up a draped white fabric in a make shift wedding set-up. Herman asks him if he really thought that he’d let him get married without Firehouse 51. So, Boden was expecting a private little ceremony and was actually able to celebrate with those closest to him. Mills tells Boden that he was certified online the previous day and is able to marry them. As bagpipes play, he sees Donna walk down the aisle and they tie the knot! Go Boden! At the wedding reception, Mouch meets Trudy, the sergeant at Chicago PD and they hit it off. Casey decides to propose to Dawson and, just as she’s about to answer, they get a call and have to hit the pause button.
They arrive at the building, but there doesn’t seem to be a fire. Severide apologizes to Shay and they tell each other that they love one another. Everyone but Boden and Kenny enter the building to check everything out and the radios begin to cut out. Kenny decides to head in to check on them, and just as he steps inside, there’s a huge explosion throughout the building. Boden is thrown to the ground outside and is frantically calling for a response over the radio.
As season finales usually go, there’s always a cliffhanger. This one, however, takes the cake. We literally don’t know if anyone is alive except Boden. I mean, clearly, you can’t kill off the entire cast of a show, but now we have to wait to see what damage was caused and what actually went on inside of that building! The poor chief just celebrated his wedding to his beautiful bride and is now anxiously waiting for someone to help rescue the entire firehouse 51. It’s true…Real Never Waits.
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