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'Chicago Fire' Season 8 midseason finale: Could Dawsey get a second chance as Monica Raymund returns as Gabby Dawson?

Gabby is in Chicago for a fundraiser, and it seems like she wants Casey to go with her.

Monica Raymund's exit from 'Chicago Fire' in the Season 7 premiere episode of the show left many fans devastated. And so, when her return for the midseason finale of Season 8 was announced, fans of 'Chicago Fire' couldn't think about anything else.

Well, the wait is nearly over as the episode airs this Wednesday. And as Gabby Dawson returns to Chicago, her ex-husband, Matthew Casey is thrown for a loop — after all, he had never expected to see her again.

Gabby is in Chicago for a fundraiser, and it seems like she wants Casey to go with her. It's clear from the promo and sneak peek that there's a lot left in the air between them and perhaps, we could see the two may be having a second chance at making their relationship work.

If so, what does that mean for Casey and his subtly-hinted feelings for Sylvie Brett? Brett and Casey bonded over Gabby's absence, and perhaps with her back in town, the two might just bury those latent feelings deep down.

Firehouse 51 rejoice at Gabby's return, this week on 'Chicago Fire' (NBC)

Meanwhile, Severide is continuing on in his role at the Office of Fire Investigations (OFI). This time, he will be working with Lt Wendy Seger to investigate the case of a wrongly convicted arsonist. Severide's role in the OFI has been inspiring so far, but, we sense that there might be some danger looming in the future.

In last week's episode of 'Chicago Fire', we see that Stella Kidd has been struggling to manage both her career as a firefighter as well as the additional assignment of being an instructor — something Chief Boden directed her to. She's great at both, but she has been struggling to get enough rest. That is going to cost her in this week's episode, forcing her to finally reckon with her new lifestyle.

When Otis died in the season 8 premiere of the show in September, fans were devastated. But the show has not just forgotten him and the character has been remembered in different ways through each subsequent episode. 

In this week's episode, Joe Cruz will come across one of Otis's old toys and will be on a mission to fix it. Undoubtedly, Cruz is the one who is most affected by Otis's death at Firehouse 51, and viewers can possibly expect a tribute to the "CrOtis" friendship.

The Season 8 midseason finale of 'Chicago Fire' will air on NBC this Wednesday, November 20.