Chicago Fire recap: Who set fire to the hair salon?

CHICAGO FIRE -- "Try Like Hell" Episode 720 -- Pictured: Eamonn Walker as Battalion Chief Wallace Boden -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "Try Like Hell" Episode 720 -- Pictured: Eamonn Walker as Battalion Chief Wallace Boden -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC) /

Firehouse 51 deals with a salon fire that could be arson. Meanwhile, there’s something up with a missing nozzle from Engine 27. Here’s everything that happened in Chicago Fire Season 7, Episode 20.

When Firehouse 51 is called to a salon fire, they get more than they bargained for. Meanwhile, Herrmann, Mouch, Otis, and Cruz find themselves in the middle of a war with Engine 27 about a missing nozzle. What could possibly go wrong in Chicago Fire Season 7, Episode 20?

What happened to the nozzle?

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It doesn’t take long for the B-plot to pick up. It’s all about the nozzle, which Engine 27 is sure Herrmann and his crew stole. Naturally, Herrmann and his guys say they haven’t stolen it. They borrowed it, sure, but they replaced it.

When Boden is invoiced $1000 (seriously, $1000?) for the nozzle, he’s pulled into the argument. He immediately believes his guys and makes sure the chief at the other firehouse is put straight.

And after Boden sticks it to the chief, the guys naturally find the nozzle after all behind a storage locker. Now they need to get it back to Engine 27 without anyone finding out. Kidd helps to set up a perfect plan to return the nozzle except she doesn’t account for Mouch’s cold. They’re caught by one of the floaters.

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That floater decides to leverage this opportunity. He wants to be part of Firehouse 51 and it doesn’t take long for everyone to break to Boden. Rather than bringing on the floater full time, Boden decides to apologize to the other chief. Problem solved?

Well, sort of. The punishment for the guys and Kidd is to clean up Engine 27. The good news is the floater now has a permanent home at Engine 27.

Was the salon fire arson?

Firehouse 51 is called out to a salon fire. The explosion you see is some of the salon products exploding. They don’t put Casey and Mouch at risk (thanks to Mouch spotting them). That wasn’t the big storyline.

It’s all about what caused the fire. The arson team is sure that it was arson and the owner started it. The business was going under, so naturally the owner loos even more suspicious. Severide is sure that it wasn’t the owner though. He comforted her when she found out about the fire and she realized that her dog hadn’t been found.

Severide decides to work with the arson captain, helping to get more information from the owner, including the security footage that shut out a half-hour before the fire started. They’re WiFi cameras and if you have them, you know shutting out like that wouldn’t usually be strange, but the timing is.

While looking at the former salon, a guy who rents an apartment above comes to ask who he can sue. His power went out for about five minutes before the fire, and it’s clear that someone had to have cut the power to start the fire. When Severide, Boden, and the arson captain find out the breaker out back was tampered with, they also find the salon owner’s murdered dog. This better not be the salon owner’s doing!

The only thing I’ll say is thank you for not making it the salon owner.

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Has the arsonist attacked before?

While thinking about the case, Severide gets a sense of deja vu. Apart from the dog, so much of the case feels like it’s happened before in an old case, so he decides to go through the old records. He’s still sure that it’s not the salon owner — and after finding the dog, I think ever Chicago Fire fan out there hoped it wouldn’t be the owner too.

When he heads back to the arson HQ to go through their records, he finds out about the timing device. Suddenly, pieces of his minds connect together. He heads to Benny’s cabin, which he still needs to clear out, and finds everything he was looking for about the past fire. Everything, except the dog, matches. This is a guy Benny was chasing for 15 years.

That’s where we leave the episode. We’ll get to jump into this in the next episode of Chicago Fire.

What’s going on between Brett and Casey?

Kyle shows up at the firehouse. Brett can’t help but note to Casey that Kyle hasn’t been around as much as he used to be. The breakup has to be the reason. The two continue to bond over their experiences with relationships, but it’s clear Casey is thinking something more.

While on a call at her spin class, Brett realizes that there’s a woman who would be perfect for Casey. The best way to set them up is through game night at Brett’s. The woman may be right for Casey but he isn’t right for her. She realizes that Brett and Casey are meant for each other and tells Brett that.

Casey isn’t the one getting that message. When he goes to see Kyle to get him back at the house, Kyle starts to think about his relationship with Brett again.

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What did you think of Chicago Fire Season 7, Episode 20? Did you enjoy so much focus on the arson investigation? What do you think of Casey and Brett? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Chicago Fire airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on NBC.