Chicago Fire Spoilers: Is Brett Doomed For Heartbreak After The Latest Family Development?

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Spoilers ahead for the March 4 episode of Chicago Fire on NBC, called "The Tendency of a Drowning Victim."

Chicago Fire's Brett reunited with her biological mother in the big Fire/P.D. crossover, and meeting Julie went well enough that it seemed like risking her heart paid off. In "The Tendency of a Drowning Victim," Brett and Julie (who is pregnant with Brett's half-sister) spent some time together, and Julie dropped the bombshell that she and her husband Scott are probably moving to Chicago. Julie didn't want to seem like they were barging into Brett's life, but Brett assured her birth mom that she's happy about the move. Can this possibly end well, or is Brett doomed for heartbreak?

There are three obvious ways Brett's relationship with her birth mom can go, the way I see it, and only one of them is happy. Let's start with that one!

Julie and Scott relocating to Chicago could actually be great news for Brett. Although she loves her adoptive parents, she doesn't have family in the immediate Chicago area, and having Julie and her future baby sister around might help. According to Julie, Scott felt bad for his rude treatment of Brett when they briefly met, so maybe even Scott could be good for Brett to have around. Maybe Julie and Scott moving to Chicago will be the best thing to happen for Brett in a long time!

Or maybe Brett is in for heartbreak. There are two ways I can see Brett taking an emotional blow with Julie back in her life. While I hope I'm wrong, this is One Chicago we're talking about. How often does the best-case scenario actually happen?

One of the heartbreaking ways this could go down, to me, is simply that Julie turns on Brett and isn't what she seemed. After all, they haven't actually known each other for that long, and Brett is taking Julie at her word on a lot. Admittedly, nothing about Julie has really been sketchy to warrant setting off alarm bells, although I did have my suspicions about Scott after the crossover.

We (and Brett) just don't know much of anything for sure beyond that she gave Brett up for adoption after giving birth as a teen, wanted to make contact with her adult daughter, and now wants to spend time with her. I don't want to think the worst of a character who could be so good for Brett, but she almost seems too good.

The other heartbreaking way this story could unfold is more likely, in my book. Julie is in her mid-40s and went into false labor in "The Tendency of a Drowning Victim," with Brett noting that her age makes this a high-risk pregnancy.

Since pregnancy never really goes well in One Chicago (see: Fire's Dawson, Med's April, and P.D.'s Burgess), could Julie's pregnancy result in something tragic? Seeing another heartbreaking twist in One Chicago so soon after what was so brutally done on P.D. to Burgess might be a bit much, but the false labor in this episode leads me to believe we should keep an eye out for warning signs about Julie's health.

If Julie betrays Brett or suffers a tragedy due to her high-risk pregnancy just after Brett opened up to her birth mom, Brett could be in for some heartbreak.

The good news is that Brett has a good friend in Casey, who will almost certainly be happy to help her no matter how the story with her birth mom goes. They may become more than friends eventually, but friendship is apparently the important thing for now. And Brett could probably use all the friends she can get with her birth mom back in the picture, for good or bad.

Find out what happens for Brett with her birth mom with new episodes of Chicago Fire on NBC Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET, between new episodes of Med at 8 p.m. ET and P.D. at 10 p.m. ET. All three series were recently renewed for several more seasons, so Brett's story with her mom may not end any time too soon!

Laura Hurley
Senior Content Producer

Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel, but will sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation.