Stella Kidd is a Firefighter on Truck 81. She is introduced to the series in the 15th episode of season 4. As a result of the closure of her former Firehouse, she joins Firehouse 51 replacing Jimmy, since he was a candidate and she was already a professional firefighter, thus has more seniority.
Season 4 Edit
Her first appearance was Bad For the Soul. When Kidd first arrives at the house Gabby acts as they have problems, just kidding around as it is revealed they are good old friends. When asked she said that the only thing she heard about house 51 was that they all live together. She tells the House that she is recently divorced and is enjoying the single life. Kidd says she goes out whenever she wants, eats at nice restaurants and whenever she’s lonely she sleeps with her ex, something that apparently he is alright with.
Kidd quickly proves to be a worthy firefighter and a great asset to the House.
While writing her name on her new locker, Kidd asks Gabby whose locker it was before hers as it smells like cologne. Gabby tells her that it used to belong to one of Severide’s old friends, Scott Rice, which didn’t end well. When Gabby says Severide’s name Kidd acts suspiciously shy and "blushy", but they are interrupted by Severide, cutting the conversation in half. Severide then apologizes for "the most embarrassing night of his carreer" since he didn’t know she was married and showed up with a six-pack at her back door. Her husband went crazy and actually wanted to press charges against Severide. The awkward situation is put behind them and everything seems ok.
Grant shows up at the firehouse looking for Stella. Saying he misses her and feels so lonely it’s like he is going to die. She then goes to the Turn-Out Gear room with him to administer him a B-12 shot.
On 4×17, Hermann is looking for entertainment for his daughter’s Annabelle 8th Birthday party as the guy he contracted is double-booked. Kidd tells him she knows a guy, her ex-husband is trying to start over and just needs a chance, he will also do it for free. Hermann accepts the offer. Grant takes the gig with one condition, Kidd has to give him another chance. The reason why Grant’s band previously broke up was because the drummer got caught sleeping with the bass player’s fiancée. Kidd says she still cares for him but he has to show her that he is growing up and changing in order for her to pursue a relationship with him, again. However, when the party time comes he never shows up leaving Stella with the only choice of coming up with a last minute entertainment plan, Molly’s Jr. Later on, Stella meets Grant at his place, where he is playing music. Stella gives him the house key and tells him that it’s over as he missed the party after she backed him up to people she didn’t want to disappoint. Grant tells her the band is getting back together.
Mouch invites Stella for his wedding, she will stay at a table with Trudy’s friends and Severide. She tells Severide to bring his "A-game". His answer is that that’s all his got, to which Kidd asks if breaking and entering it’s his "A-game". That’s when the House realizes there’s an awkward story between the two.
During the after wedding party at Molly’s the guys are all together and ask for the real story. Stella tells them that one night after a tactical training course at the academy Severide showed up with a six-pack, after using the key under the matt to get into the house. She convinced Grant to not call the police. The following day Severide tells her he owes her a big favor.
Hermann and Kidd get on a discussion about who’s the best manager. Stella states that she ran the best pub in Milwaukee for 2 and a half years. Gabby then proposes they settle things by doing the "Bar Olympics": 2 contestants, 10 events, winner takes all. Kidd wins. However, instead of the money she wants to help them manage Molly’s. One of the changes she introduces to the bar are the artisanal ice cubes, the giant perfectly clear ice cubes, that require a special machine to make them, so they can charge more per drink and sell more cocktails than beer. She finally convinces them to buy the machine. However, later on the House is called to a fire at Molly’s that apparently started because of said machine. Stella feels awful about what happened so she decides to fix the damage herself. Stella and Severide flirt throughout the season. He shows up at Molly’s to help her, as it is clear she can’t do it alone. Kidd tells Severide she doesn’t understand why when she was married he broke into her house with flowers and champagne but when she is finally single he keeps a distance. The two kiss and start a romance. When she was leaving the house and getting into her car, Kidd notices a paper on her car. It’s an invitation from Grant for his band’s show. Later on Grant shows up at the Firehouse to give her her favorite sandwich and tell her about the gig the band got. Telling Kidd she is the inspiration and the reason why everything is happening.
Stella shares with Severide that Grant is using again and that she is worried about him. During the last episode Grant shows up at Molly’s, Stella and Severide walk in together causing Grant to fight with Kidd once again. A while later, Grant texts Kidd. She tries to call him back and realizes he is on something. Worried that something might have happened to him, she locates his phone. The team leaves the House to find an overdosing Grant. At the hospital Stella tells him that he needs help to get clean. Grant insists she is all he needs. Nonetheless Stella is done and Grant shouts at her to leave. Kidd leaves, worried. Dr Charles calms her down telling her that rock bottom always looks ugly but they will do their part to help him. However, some time after, Dr. Charles realizes Grant is missing from his hospital bed.
In the season finale, Stella and Severide are last seen getting into bed together. As that happens Grant is shown sitting at an armchair with a knife in his hand, in the dark. This is the cliffhanger for next season.
Season 7 Edit
Responding to a fire at an apartment complex, Stella was left severely injured. She and Hermann tried extinguishing part of the fire to help Severide and a child out, who were both waiting inside a room and running out of time. Stella ran out of oxygen but didn‘t tell Hermann, and as a result, ran out of air and collapsed. Sylvie tried helping her breathe and she was sent to Chicago Med, where she deteriorated. Connor told them that to save her they would have to remove a piece of her lung, though Severide disagreed as she would no longer be a firefighter, and asked them to find another way. With some help, Connor was persuaded and tried a different surgery, which saved her life without the lung removal. She recovered quickly and was back to work soon.
Kelly Severide – Colleauge Best Friend Love Interest & Boyfriend
What reasons does Stella have to stay with Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire?
What reasons does Stella have to stay with Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire?
Certainly, pragmatism is one of the strongest reasons that resonates with why Stella does what she does. Stella is practical. She understands that her situation is not going to immediately lend itself to her leaving Stanley and starting a new life with her newborn child. She understands fully that there has to be a sense of recognizing what is in order to function in daily life. For Stella, "it is what it is" might be.
Certainly, pragmatism is one of the strongest reasons that resonates with why Stella does what she does. Stella is practical. She understands that her situation is not going to immediately lend itself to her leaving Stanley and starting a new life with her newborn child. She understands fully that there has to be a sense of recognizing what is in order to function in daily life. For Stella, "it is what it is" might be an apt way of describing how she functions with Stanley. At the same time, I believe that Stella combines her pragmatism with a sense of the illusion that is so dominant in Blanche. Stella believes that she has a connection with Stanley that others will fail to grasp. It is one that "there are things that happen between a man and a woman in the dark—that sort of make everything else seem—unimportant." This is so important to understand in Stella’s conception of her marriage. She believes that these carnal expressions reflect a type of love between husband and wife. Whether she is right is not as important as the fact that this resonates with her, and is something that is important in terms of understanding how and why she stays with Stanley.
Gay marriage not in sight for House Husbands
MINOR SPOILER: Gyton Grantley has played ‘Kane Albert’ on Nine’s House Husbands for two seasons but this year becomes a single parent after his partner ‘Tom’ (Tim Campbell) heads for work overseas.
“Season Three starts 18 months later from the end of Season Two which is obvious in some places and not so obvious in others,” Grantley says.
“In that time ‘Tom’ has been overseas assisting Indonesian firefighters and while he’s there it’s revealed he has been offered a job to train firefighters in Dubai. ‘Tom’ tells ‘Kane’ that he never really wanted this life. It was kind of thrust upon him with the death of his sister to look after his niece.
“Whereas ‘Kane’ is a born parent and wanted nothing more than this. So ‘Tom’ decides to follow his dreams and leaves ‘Kane’ in a lurch.
“‘Kane’ is not a husband anymore –not that they were technically, anyway because our Australian government won’t let them,” he continues.
“He’s a House Life Partner.”
With minimal research, it was Campbell who became Grantley’s touchstone in portraying a gay man on television. But his character was written out, leaving ‘Kane’ to explore new storylines.
“Tim was really my go-to, my coach, the one who held my hand. I was very lucky to have him by my side for the last 2 seasons,” he explains.
“There might have been times when I over-compensated. I’d go to kiss Tim and he would say ‘No, we wouldn’t kiss here.’ There’s definitely no PDA, Public Displays of Affection, at school. But then again when you think about it, you don’t see mums and dads pashing off at school either.
“So to begin with I guess I was trying a little too hard to ‘show gay.’ So Tim was great in that respect.
“The main point I’d like to say about playing ‘Kane’ is that I’ve never really looked at him as a gay person. I’ve always just looked at him as the father of a child whom he loves and he’s trying to raise as best he can. He has a partner and a job and it just so happens his partner is a man as well.
“What they do once they turn the lights out is up to them, really. At the end of the day they’re just both 2 parents who love their child and are trying to bring them up.”
Now’Kane’ finds himself a single parent for the first time but, in keeping with the show’s family premise, remains a parent to foster son Finn (Ben Crundwell) and Stella (Edwina Royce). Yet given ‘Stella’ is also ‘Tom’s’ niece, wouldn’t she logically be spending time with her uncle?
In the land of television drama, not everything stacks up so neatly.
“‘Stella’ is ‘Tom’s’ niece but ‘Kane’ is also an adoptive father and still has legal guardianship of her as well,” Grantley explains.
“But what a lot of producers, and networks don’t consider is that audience members do care about this stuff. They really do. The nitty gritty details are what worry them the most. And that’s the stuff where (shows) go ‘Oh they sorted it out behind the scenes’ …but no, that’s what the audience want to know.”
Indeed, if ‘Kane’ is no longer a home ‘husband’ to a partner at work, it’s arguable that he has already jumped the shark.
But ‘Kane’ is yet to become, in the eyes of the law, a literal husband at all. Now that his life-partner has exited, the show may have lost any immediate opportunity to tackle the subject of same-sex marriage at a time when others, such as Modern Family, are putting it front and centre.
“At the end of the last season ‘Tom’ and ‘Kane’ applied for marriage, but that’s as far as it was taken,” Grantley concedes.
“It would be nice to deal with those issues but dealing with those issues would directly draw away from the heart and soul of the show.
“There are many aspects to the show which is why it is so loved by so many different types of people, but the main reason is the title, House Husbands, as 4 men banding together to help each other along.
“So gay marriage is probably not the first and foremost issue that the show or Channel Nine really want to explore.”
But Grantley defends that by showing similarities between heterosexual and homosexual parented families, House Husbands is doing its bit to show common ground and wider acceptance.
“The way I see it portrayed in the show it doesn’t seem any different to a heterosexual relationship or family,” he suggests.
“In a way it helps that argument. If two people love each other and have a shared goal of raising a family then there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be allowed to be together forever and express it through law. Cement that through law.
“So I guess in a subtle way the show is making that statement by putting a gay couple on Australian television it’s helping the cause to fight for equality and fight for the right to marry whoever you like.”
This season newly-single ‘Kane’ will venture into dating once more, meeting a character portrayed by Darren McMullen.
“I’ve been friend with Darren for years. We had a ball on set and he’s very, very good,” he says.
“I’m not ashamed to admit I was a bit dubious about how it all might go.
“I really love the show. It’s a joy to work on. We all get along famously.”
House Husbands airs 9pm Monday and Sunday on Nine.