Tonight on NBC Chicago Fire returns with an all-new Wednesday, November 16, 2022, season 11 episode 8 called, “A Beautiful Life” and we have your Chicago Fire recap below. In tonight’s Chicago Fire season 11 episode 8 as per the NBC synopsis, “Det. Pryma asks for Severide’s help on a case involving explosives. Gallo and Carver clash after Gallo improvise on a call. Violet encourages Brett to start dating again.”
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In tonight’s Chicago Fire episode, all units at the station were called out to a fire on a city bus. There were people trapped on the bus. Those people needed to be rescued and the fire needed to be doused before it could explode. It was Kidd’s people that went into the bus. They got everyone out there. Gallo pulled off an incredible move to help get an unconscious man out and everyone thought he did great. It was just Carver who disagreed. Carver took Gallo to the task later. He waited until everyone was safe and they were able to douse the fire, but Carver still took Gallo to task for not following his order on the bus. He said Gallo wanted to act as the hero instead of doing the job. And Gallo reminded him that the only people he has to listen to are the lieutenants or the chiefs.
Carver may feel like he has more experience. But Gallo has been with that truck a lot longer than the other guy and he wasn’t going anywhere. He was especially not going to apologize when he saved a man’s life. Gallo also reminded Carver that he’s done nothing but welcome him. He’s even tried to befriend him. He doesn’t have to keep doing that and this latest blowup just gives him a reason not to. Gallo chose from then on to keep the relationship with Carver purely professional. He wasn’t the guy’s friend and even Kidd noticed their frosty behavior with each other. She asked Mouch about it. Mouch didn’t notice anything was wrong.
Then again Mouch also thought his best friend Hermann was being dramatic when he said he was going to make people care about the stop sign. There was a stop sign right in front of the firehouse. Most of the drivers in that neighborhood ignored the stop sign. They just drive right through it and so Hermann said he was going to do about it. He became obsessed with the idea of doing something about it. Mouch dismissed the mutterings. He even dismissed it when Hermann shouted “scarecrow” in an epiphany. The only part that Mouch noticed was when Hermann asked to borrow his motorcycle.
Hermann borrowed the motorcycle. He put a scarecrow dressed as a cop on it. He then left that scarecrow by the stop sign and so that led to kids parking in the middle of the road to get a picture with the scarecrow. The kids today just didn’t care about the rules of the road. Hermann wasn’t going to make them care. He tried to talk to Mouch’s wife about more police presence and Mouch said the police already drive by as much as they could. He also said there wasn’t much that could be done with only one person making a complaint. Hermann asked him why he wasn’t making a complaint with him. And Mouch said this wasn’t his fight.
The thing between Gallo and Carver also wasn’t his fight. Kidd ended up going to Gallo personally to find out what was wrong and Gallo used that time with his lieutenant to complain about Carver. He wondered out loud why Carver gets such a pass. He was allowed to be in a drunk tank. Chief Boden even recommended him. Carver was basically added to the team without any input from the others and so Gallo said Carver could do whatever he wants because he’s Carver. Kidd took a minute to think about that. She tried to address it with her husband. She asked him if being understanding to Carver was putting her team at risk. And Severide basically told her to ignore Gallo.
Severide said the beef between the two men shouldn’t concern her until it affects their work. Kidd chose to take his advice. She focused on the job. She and her team later got called to a scene. They were told someone was trapped on the roof. She sent Gallo. Gallo came across a man and he wasn’t trapped. He was a jumper. Gallo called for backup. He also tried to talk this man down. The guy still jumped right in front of Gallo and Gallo was having a hard time living with what he saw. Kidd didn’t know what to do with him. Gallo saw the resident shrink. He got word from his bosses that there was nothing he could do to change someone’s suicidal ideations.
But it didn’t matter to Gallo. He was still struggling because he was blaming himself for what happened. This time Kidd didn’t go back to her husband for advice. She tried to deal with the problem on her own and her husband as it happens was busy with his own project. Severide was asked by his friend Detective Pryma to help with something. Pryma wanted Severide to view some explosions some beat cops came across. Those explosions were in fact caused by military munitions. The two men were dealing with it when Carver made peace with Gallo. Carver had overheard Gallo try to talk the jumper down. He realized he was wrong to dismiss Gallo.
Gallo wasn’t in it for the kicks. He truly wants to help people. Carver came to realize that and that’s why he invited Gallo out for drinks after work. They went bar hopping together. They matched up all of their differences and now there was no more tension.
Brett meanwhile went on a date. She ran into the guy that Chief Hawkins was trying to set her up with before he passed and the guy was a great fit for her. He was handsome. He was scared of clowns. He owns a bar. He volunteers at the children’s hospital and so he was a great guy. Brett took a chance on him and she went on a date with him.
Severide meanwhile learned that Pryma wanted to get him invested in the case because Pryma wanted to make a deal with the dirty cop that sold out Severide and Kidd. Pryma couldn’t make that deal until the victims signed off on it. Which was why he needed Severide’s help. Severide also realized that and he kicked Pryma out of his apartment because he was never going to sign off a deal that would allow Kavanaugh to walk away scot-free.