Chicago Fire “All-Out Mystery” Review: Partners and Steps Forward

Chicago Fire “All-Out Mystery” Spoilers Ahead

CHICAGO FIRE "All-Out Mystery" Episode 1106 -- Pictured: (l-r) Joe Minoso as Joe Cruz, Patrick Clear as Gene, Alberto Rosende as Blake Gallo --
(Photo by: Adrian S Burrows Sr/NBC)

Chicago Fire Season 11, Episode 6, “All-Out Mystery,” is a fantastic hour that touches base with the show’s heart while bringing an intriguing case centerfold. It’s the first time since “Completely Shattered” that the show feels like the comforting piece of the puzzle we’ve grown to love while simultaneously leading out of the holiday special of “Haunted House.

At its core, this series has always been about families. Whether that means romantic relationships or platonic ones, the show’s always made it clear that the people we choose to love and bring into our circle are ones worth protecting. It’s a series about knowing what to do when people are in need of others and how there’s a light hidden deep beyond the embers.

Where Past and Present Lead

Cruz, Chloe, and Javi in Chicago Fire Season 11 Episode 6 "All-Out Mystery"

The Cruz family storyline became an instant tearjerker and favorite since Javi joined the picture in “Keep You Safe.” And Chicago Fire’s “All-Out Mystery” it’s no exception. Frankly, it’s made it an even stronger arc. This storyline is the first time the show’s made me cry happy tears this season, and I’ll take that as a big win. Though we don’t yet have an affirmative “yes” on the adoption, knowing it’s coming is going to make the rest of the season more worthwhile.

Still, what makes this episode so special has everything to do with Cruz and Javi’s journey and how finding each other has made both of them feel complete. Cruz gave Javi a home, and Javi expanded their family with more light. Cruz and Chloe now get to do everything twice because of Javi and Otis, bringing much more wonder and heart into their relationship.

I started choking up when Chloe revealed that they could officially file the paperwork, lost it when Cruz asked Hermann to write his character application, and straight up bawled my eyes out when Javi asked if he could call Cruz “dad.” This arc has been one of the more heartwarming narratives in Chicago Fire, which adds layers to the story’s overarching theme while effortlessly improving character development.

Celebratory Partnership

CHICAGO FIRE "All-Out Mystery" Episode 1106 -- Pictured: (l-r) Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide, Miranda Rae Mayo as Stella Kidd
(Photo by: Adrian S Burrows Sr/NBC)

There are few things better than Stella and Severide working together on a case that would’ve otherwise gone to Seagar. No offense to Seagar, but Stella is the best partner—in every way. Watching them work together and later celebrate their victories is a blast. It allows them to be their playful, most authentic selves.

At the very least, Chicago Fire’s “All-Out Mystery” reminds viewers (and hopefully other writers) that couples can still be riveting long after marriage. We don’t need to throw curveballs their way—we could let them be. We could have them work together, evolve, and celebrate their accomplishments with makeout sessions. Madam Secretary has always been a shining example of this on TV, and hopefully, Chicago Fire will follow in its footsteps with Stellaride because they’re one of the best parts that still shine a light on romance.

There are a lot of uncertainties attached to the series still, but right now, this episode is a good one. Should the series go in better directions, we could return from the heartbreak we experienced. Though, really, it’s tough. It’s really tough.

Further Thoughts

  • I legitimately started bawling into my pasta when Javi asked if he could start calling Cruz “dad.”
  • Honesty is the best policy, indeed, but ratting out Gallo was kind of unnecessary, Brett, especially because we still don’t trust Carver. Gallo was also wrong to snoop.
  • Ritter telling Gallo: “I have never in my life finished your sentences,” cracked me up.
  • Still can’t say I care about or really trust Carver, but eh.
  • An episode that begins and or ends with Stellaride making out is always a good episode.

Now streaming on Peacock: What are your thoughts on Chicago Fire‘s “All-Out Mystery?” Let us know in the comments below.


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