Tonight’s episode is called Two Families and it’s an apt name since nearly everything in the episode is a contrast between these firefighters’ two families. There are the people we’re related to and the strangers who slowly become part of us.
An Overdose of Drugs
The episode begins with the squad responding to a fire at a preschool. They discover the janitor passed out in the basement and the room is filled with fumes from the meth he’s been cooking. Battalion Chief Wallace Boden (Eamonn Walker) tells the squad that everyone on the scene needs to get a drug test that day in order to see if anyone was exposed to the meth. That test would reveal that Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) has been taking painkillers. Boden spots the same kid on a bike he’s seen at several other fires which makes him a bit suspicious. He invites him to come down to the fire station for a tour.
Someone Stepped on the Anthill Today
The kid shows up at the station and introduces himself as Ernie. But before much can happen, the squad gets a call and nearly everyone leaves. There are multiple people shot and laying on the sidewalk. When the squad gets out to help, someone begins shooting at them. They can see someone firing from a nearby window and as a result, are pinned down and unable to reach a wounded man. The firemen move their truck to shield the man and paramedics Gabriela Dawson (Monica Raymund) and Leslie Shay (Lauren German) move their ambulance behind it so they can get him to the hospital. The squad discovers another teen wounded nearby and it turns out to be Joe Cruz’s (Joe Minoso) brother Leon.
A Few Unexpected Interruptions
The drug tests begin and Severide tries to make himself scarce. Shay’s ex-girlfriend Clarice shows up and Dawson worries Shay will get her heart broken again. This is a valid concern considering Clarice is currently pregnant and married to a man. She leaves and it’s dinner time. Chief Boden prepares to slice the turkey and tells everyone he needs a name for it. Every year they name the turkey after an ex-wife or someone like that. Cruz suggests “Leon” and when someone asks him why, he asks “After today?” But before they can eat, another alarm sounds. It’s a garage fire started by someone frying a turkey. But before they can put out the fire, it ignites a nearby snowmobile and the house erupts in flames.
We’re Going to Need More of Everything
Chief Boden asks Ernie what he carries in his backpack and the question freaks him out. Severide is finally forced to do his drug test and when he’s in the bathroom, Shay comes in, hands him a container of someone else’s urine and leaves without saying a word. They have reheated dinner, but just as they sit down to eat, it’s another alarm call. At least 10 vehicles have been involved in a highway accident and the wounded are scattered everywhere. The accident has sent one woman trapped in a car into labor and they struggle to free her. Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) kneels inside the car to help her and Dawson gives him advice over the radio. When the baby is born, it isn’t breathing and Casey has to give it CPR. Finally the baby starts breathing and the rest of the squad applauds. They’re finally able to eat dinner and the episode ends with a collage of quick scenes. Casey discovers his wife doesn’t want to have kids, Chief Boden’s ex-wife won’t put their son on the phone and Clarice shows up at Shay’s door and tells her she doesn’t love her husband.