Will this be the week that Sevaride’s drug habit catches up with him? And can Dawson survive another week without doing something that will jeopardize her job?
Given the News In New York City This Week, This Storyline is a Bit Too Close to the Truth
An alarm goes off and it turns out there is a fire at the entrance to a Subway tunnel. The driver tells them he thinks he hit someone in the tunnel and they search the tracks. They find one teen trapped under the subway car. When they pull him out his legs are mangled and he tells them his sister was also in the tunnel. Cruz (Charlie Barnett) finds her in the tunnel, mutilated by the train.
Back at the firehouse, Battalion Chief Wallace Boden (Eamonn Walker) tells his men that there is no shame in asking to see a counselor. Cruz doesn’t say anything but it’s obvious that the events in the subway tunnel have affected him deeply. Leslie’s (Lauren German’s) ex-girlfriend Clarice brings by lunch and there’s another call. A kid is sick, unconscious and they’re not sure what is wrong. The child has had a seizure and pretty quickly they begin to suspect the mom had something to do with the illness. Cruz continues to struggle with his emotions and when he takes out the trash behind the firehouse he breaks down and cries.
Unlucky In Love and Desperate to Find Some More Drugs
Raymund and Dawson make some calls and discover the girl has been in the hospital a few times in the past. There’s another call and they arrive to find a tree trimmer hanging unconscious in a tree. They race to fasten lines to the man before the limb breaks. As the limb creaks Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) holds onto him and further injures him arm. The paramedics realize the man is a diabetic and treat him.
Chief Boden tries to console Cruz and tells him he needs to speak to someone, that everyone has had to do it at some point. Clarice’s husband shows up at the firehouse and he’s looking for her. Lauren tells him Clarice has been staying with her but that they’re just friends. As for Cruz, his mom tells him he needs to quit his job as a firefighter. Severide calls his friend Anna looking for more drugs and she hangs up on him. Everyone’s life seems to be falling apart.
The Collision Between Passion and Employment
Leslie and Gabriella are back at the hospital and they’re now convinced the mom is poisoning her daughter. Cruz’s mom shows up at the fire house and speaks with Chief Boden. She asks him to remove Cruz from the squad.
The Chief sees Sevaride in the bathroom and asks about his shoulder. Sevaride tries to brush it off but the Chief tells him that if he sees it’s still hurting him, he’ll order an X-ray. Dawson finds out that child protective services won’t investigate the mom and decides to confront her at home. Not a good idea, considering Dawson is just off a suspension. The meeting doesn’t go well and the mom threatens to call her lawyer. Chief Boden confronts Dawson and German about the visit. He tells her that if she makes one more move she’ll be looking for another job.
A Few Goodbyes and Reminders of What Really Matters
Lauren tells Clarice she has to go home, that she doesn’t get to come back pregnant and married and ask for another chance. As
she leaves Clarice rubs her pregnant belly and says, “It should have been ours.”
Back at the firehouse it’s another call and it’s at the home of the girl they’ve been worried about. The mother has taken an overdose, presumably because of the guilt. They work on the mom and as they leave they tell the girl her mom is going to be okay. The Chief goes to the hospital and warns Dawson that the police may want to speak with her. As they wait to hear if the mom will survive, the father comes out with the daughter and she tells them her mom made her drink the poison.
Casey calls Cruz and tells him that he knows he’s been going through some stuff but to stop by the fire house before he decides anything. Casey takes him to a house where a teen lives that he had saved several years ago in a fire. Her arms are covered with burns, but she doesn’t mind. “I’m alive,” she says and Cruz smiles for the first time since the subway call.