Will Kelly Severide return to active duty and will Shay’s relationship with Clarice go to the next level? Those are just some of the questions tackled in this show that is as much about personal lives as saving them.
Chicago Fire starring Taylor Kinney and Lauren German airs on NBC Wednesdays at 10:00 pm ET.
Does Anyone in This Fire House Have a Normal Romantic Relationship?
The last episode ended with Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) headed to a surgery which could repair his shoulder in four weeks instead of a year. Or it could leave him partially paralyzed. A month has passed and after several examinations, he’s cleared for full duty, beginning the next open shift.
At the station Paramedic Leslie Shay (Lauren German) is trying to tell Dawson (Monica Raymund) about Clarisse and what it’s like living with her again. She thinks Dawson’s reaction is because she doesn’t like Clarisse, but Dawson suddenly blurts out that she’s been sleeping with Peter Mills (Charlie Barnett). She tells Shay he wants her to meet his mom, but she’s not ready yet.
It’s time for an emergency call; this one at the scene of a car wreck. They have to cut the people out of the car and one of the passengers is a drug-using hooker who goes into cardiac arrest.
The next day Casey waits outside the prison as his mother is released. Severide returns to the fire house and meets the man who has been covering for him -which is awkward, because at one point he was engaged to the guy’s sister.
Buying a Bar That Just Caught on Fire. Sounds Like a Plan
The squad gets a warning that a batch of tainted heroin has killed more than a dozen people and that overdoses may not respond to traditional treatment. Then it’s another call, this one to a large structure fire. The kitchen of a corner bar is in flames and they rescue a man from the back. The man jokingly asks Hermann (David Eigenberg) if he’d like to buy a bar and you can tell he’s actually considering it.
Back at the firehouse Chief Wallace Boden (Wamonn Walker) tells Otis his transfer has come through and gives him a chance to reconsider. He declines and he’s off to a new station for the next shift. Herrmann tries to convince some of the squad to go in with him and buy the bar. They laugh it off and he walks off in disgust.
Casey’s mom unexpectedly shows up at the firehouse and he gives her a tour. When she meets Dawson she mentions her being with Casey at the parole hearing, which is stunning news to boytoy Peter Mills.
Living With Your Mom is Never Fun, Especially When She’s Just Out of Prison
Later Mills asks Dawson about dinner on Sunday with his mom and she won’t give him an answer. He asks if he’s getting in the way of Casey and she assures him they’re just friends. Yeah, we know how that’s going to work out.
Shay and Dawson respond to a call at a hotel and discover a woman on the floor from an overdose and a man handcuffed to the bed. They discover another girl dead of an overdose in the bathroom. Later, a state worker visits Casey and does a spot inspection. During the visit Casey discovers that his mom has made a date with someone who wrote her while she was in prison. Hermann has put together a prospectus and tries to convince someone, anyone, to go in on a bid for the bar. Otis signs on and so does Dawson, much to everyone’s surprise.
A Bit of Good News and a Lot of Bad News
Shay gets the call that Clarice’s water has broken and she’s headed to the hospital. So I suppose that’s going to make her a step-mom of sorts. Herrmann, Otis and Dawson make the deal to buy the place, but discover the owner has promised a cut to a silent partner. It’s the guy who boarded up the bar after the fire and he has a reputation for being connected to the mob. Back at the hospital Shay learns Clarice has had a boy. Clarice’s ex-fianc'ee (and the father) shows up and briefly holds the baby before leaving. Clarice and Shay are then served with papers, informing them the father is suing for full custody. Outside the hospital Dawson is headed to see the baby and runs into her brother, who is a cop on the narcotics squad. He’s frazzled and complains he can’t make progress against this new crew out of New York. He says goodbye, walks across the parking lot and is hit multiple times in a drive-by shooting.