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Not to read too much into a small moment, but Stella (Miranda Rae Mayo) and Severide (Taylor Kinney) shared a look in this week's Chicago Fire, and I'm already drafting up their wedding vows. Sure, they're still broken up, but that sweet exchange might just be their first step towards reconciliation.
It all went down in Wednesday's episode, titled "Move a Wall," which also saw Casey (Jesse Spencer) be a real jerk. To be fair, he's still reeling from a close call that found him staring down the barrel of a loaded gun. Thankfully, the weapon jammed twice and his life was spared. However, the incident also left Truck 81's captain a little shaken up. Judging by his irritable attitude this week, he's still working through that trauma.
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Firehouse 51 responded to a routine call that took a wrong turn when Herrmann (David Eigenberg) ordered firefighter candidate Ritter (Daniel Kyri) to run a hose across the street. A passing car yanked Ritter to the ground, injuring him in the process, and an uncharacteristically harsh Casey reprimanded Herrman in front of the entire squad. Casey's unpleasant attitude raised concerns with the crew, namely Boden (Eamonn Walker), who sat him down for a "come to Jesus" moment. Casey assured the chief that he was "fine," which is code for "I'm not ready to talk about my feelings right now," and left in a huff. In the end, Casey owned up to his actions and apologized to Herrmann because he's a standup guy just going through a tough time. Hang in there, cap.
Meanwhile, Stella came through for the firehouse this week. During that same call with Herrmann and Casey, she noticed signs of possible child endangerment. However, Casey shut her down at the scene before she could go back for a second look and the evidence was destroyed in the fire. Still, Stella persisted -- with huge support from Severide -- and even called in Chicago P.D.'s Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) to help investigate. Following her gut proved to be the right move and she helped bring down an abusive foster dad who'd kept two young children hidden inside of a wall. Her efforts earned major props from Boden, who gave her a heartwarming shout-out in front of the whole crew.
Plus, her heroic actions prompted that look from Severide while the pair hung out at Molly's. You know the one I'm talking about. It's at the end of every rom-com, just before the hapless duo you watched stumble around each other for 90 minutes finally goes in for that dramatic, anticipated, and undeniably romantic kiss. Severide might not have gone in for the lip lock, but that gaze -- and Stella's half smile -- felt every bit as satisfying, as did his sweet remark that there's "no one like you."
Seriously, it's time for them to kiss and make up already.
Chicago Fire airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on NBC.