Fireproof: Part 4
While Caleb bonds with a man friend…Catherine is bonding with a man friend, too!
I know the movie wants us to think that Doctor What’s-His-Name is a slimeball (spoiler alert: he is one), but here he just so happens to be doing one of the many, many things that Caleb hasn’t done: he listens to Catherine. He lets her talk about her feelings and doesn’t judge her. He commends her for helping her parents. (This is an especially noteworthy compliment, as it’s an issue Catherine is very sensitive about—remember when Caleb first screamed a list of insults in her face? The one she objected to was “selfish.”)
The boys (of course Albany, Georgia doesn’t have any female firefighters. Don’t be ridiculous.) head out to a house fire. Long story short, it’s pretty bad, and a little girl is trapped inside, natch.
For all his talk (even in the truck on the way to this very fire) about sticking with your partner, Caleb…crawls into the house on his own, looking for the kid. Everyone else sticks at the front of the house and are separated from Caleb when some of the roof caves.
So, Caleb is trapped in a back bedroom with the kid, but without his partner. Because he left his partner.
Oh, and for reasons best known to himself, Caleb deliberately set down his walkie-talkie before heading into the house. So he has no way of letting anyone know exactly where her is.
And, and, he can’t break a window because they’re all barred.
Now, I am about as far from being an expert on firefighting as it is possible to be, but is it really advisable for Caleb to take off his oxygen mask and his firefighting jacket, and put them on the unconscious kid? Doesn’t Caleb need them more at this moment? I mean, I keep thinking about being on an airplane—secure your own oxygen mask before assisting others. Because if Caleb is injured or collapses from smoke inhalation, they’re both screwed. Isn’t it better, instead of wasting time fumbling with the gear, to get them both out as quickly as possible so the kid can get medical attention?
But it’s probably okay, because Caleb prays!
Caleb: God, get me out of here. Get us out of here.
God: Sure thing, Caleb. Just radio your crew, and…oh. Right. You left your walkie-talkie outside like a dumbass, Caleb.
Anyway, Caleb uses his fire axe to break through the floor. (And expends a lot of energy doing so, necessitating some heavy breathing. Gee, sure would be nice to have an oxygen mask about now, eh, Caleb? It’s one of those basement-less houses that sits on cinderblocks, so Caleb crawls out, dragging the kid, and makes it away Just In Time.
(btw, you can see a lot of the fire scenes in the trailer)
Phew. I was worried there.
In the hospital, Catherine checks in on Caleb just as the nurse (I can only assume she’s a nurse, because she’s a she) is dressing Caleb’s partial thickness burn on his arm.
I can only assume he wouldn’t have gotten that had he kept his jacket on, but I digress.
The nurse then tells Catherine that Caleb only has first-degree burns, and this movie should have found a medical advisor, because partial thickness burns are second-degree burns, not first-degree burns, so Caleb has both first- and second-degree burns.
The doctor in attendance is Flirty Doctor What’s-His-Face, who reacts with some surprise to hearing that Caleb is Catherine’s husband. Which, okay, if he is surprised that this particular guy is Catherine’s husband, but he shouldn’t be surprised that Catherine has a husband (separated-in-all-but-name though they are) because Catherine was wearing her wedding ring until three weeks ago.
Catherine: Well, let me get out of your way.
Nurse: Oh, no, you’re not in our way; you can stay.
Catherine: No, it’s alright. I’ll let you do your jobs. *walks away*
Let me say right now—I will never get tired of seeing Catherine blow off Caleb. (Especially since I know it won’t last much longer. Sad face.)
Caleb and Flirty Doctor have a moment when the nurse heads off to get more gauze. Caleb put his wedding ring back on his burned and swollen hand. (Gee, sure would have been nice if you had been wearing some protective gear inside that burning house, eh, Caleb?) Flirty Doctor advises that he should keep the ring off until the hand has a chance to heal.
Caleb: My hand’s gonna have to heal with this on my finger.
People are so silly when they purposely go through pain to prove a point. I mean, Jesus, Caleb, put the ring on a chain and wear it or something. I can only hope that God would understand.
An aside: I know that the whole wedding ring bit is supposed to be the proof that Caleb is officially a Changed Man, but to me, a better demonstration of changedness would have been for Caleb to check on the condition of the little girl he saved. But that’s just me.
Caleb’s changedness doesn’t extend to his mom, of course.
Caleb: *on the phone* Mom, it’ll be fine. It’s gonna heal up in a couple of weeks. … Yes, I’ve got it wrapped up right now. Can I speak with Dad, please? Okay, Mom, I got it. Now, would you please hand the phone to Dad? Thank you. *to John* Dad, would you please ask Mom to cut me some slack?
Young man, I will slap that smart mouth of yours right now, you keep disrespecting your mother like that!
Sadly, John says nothing like that. Instead, he just lets Caleb brag on how he’s received so many requests for interviews.
Caleb: Seems I’m a hero with everybody in the world except my wife.
Sorry it’s a short one this time, guys. Been a long week at work and I need to catch some sleep.
Next time: Caleb confronts his porn addiction!