No one’s life is perfect. That’s the theme of this episode that includes everything from a mom in prison for murder to a fireman struggling with his decision to let a man die.
Chicago Fire starring Lauren German and Monica Raymund airs on NBC Wednesdays at 10:00 pm ET.
There’s Got to be a Morning After
You know how they say love and work don’t mix? This episode has all kinds of examples of that. It’s the next morning and Gabriella Dawson (Monica Raymund) wakes up to find Peter Mills (Charlie Barnett) cooking breakfast. She’s both pleased and embarrassed and tells him she can’t believe how much wine they drank the night before. He tells her he understands and won’t tell anyone at work. “This is our thing,” he says to reassure her.
Later Shay (Lauren German) returns to the station to applause and is presented with a football helmet for “added protection.” It’s a call and the squad reports to a local grain elevator. The security guard says there’s an abandoned trailer on the lot, it’s padlocked and it “smells funky.” The squad cuts off the lock and discovers a number of dead people and several near death. They appear to be people who have been smuggled across the Mexican border.
Casey is Surrounded by Murderers
Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) is looking for Cruz, who was supposed to tell him what he decided to reveal about that death in a recent apartment fire. Cruz is at home and his brother proudly tells him he has registered for college classes. Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) reluctantly tells Battalion Chief Wallace Boden (Eamonn Walker) about his injured shoulder and is pulled from duty until an examination from a department doctor is finished. Cruz shows up and says he’s fine to work and doesn’t tell Casey anything else. Casey stops Dawson and asks to speak with her, but just as he does, a flower delivery from an unknown admirer arrives. Dawson confronts Mills over the flowers and he denies sending them. One of the squad finds the card for the flowers on the drive and it turns out they’re form someone Dawson and Mills helped during a recent run.
Madrid Can be Beautiful Even if Your Shoulder Hurts a Bit
Women love it when they can comfort you. It apparently also helps if you’re a hunk. Severide is at the doctor’s office and his girlfriend Rene (Sarah Shahi) shows up to give him support. He’ll need it because he finds out that the injury is worse than he thought. At best it’s a year off duty and the doctor tells him she’s never seen someone with this injury go back to full duty. Boden tells the squad the news about Severide and tells them it’s a reminder that injuries are serious and shouldn’t be hidden. He warns them that Severide’s hiding of his injury could have cost someone their lives.
Love Hurts, Especially When Your Boss Gets Involved
It’s beginning to look more and more like a love triangle at the firehouse. Chief Boden asks to see Mills in his office and reminds him he’s still on probation. He offers him a piece of advice and it’s to put his personal life on hold until he’s a full-fledged fireman. It’s pretty clear he suspects Mills and Dawson have a relationship. Mills pushes back and when he does Boden tells him directly that he does not need a reputation as someone more concerned with sleeping with coworkers than doing his job.
Casey talks to Dawson and apologizes for his distant behavior. He reveals the story of his mother’s upcoming parole and she tells him she thought he was acting that way because of his ex-fianc'ee. Severide asks Casey out for a drink and tells him that he won’t be returning to the squad after surgery. He’s decided to move to Madrid with Rene and get his rehab done there.