Chicago Fire (2012–…): Season 5, Episode 18 - Take a Knee - full transcript

Casey discovers a new crack house on the block that is harboring a female junkie and goes to extreme measures to remedy the situation. Dawson and Brett get assigned a new trainee for the shift and the newbie gets the two in trouble when he surprises them during a harrowing call. Meanwhile, Severide gets an unexpected visit from his father, Benny, and Herrmann deals with family issues when his son Lee Henry gets into trouble at school.

- Hey. You okay?
- I love Chicago,

being with you.

I guess I just miss my people.

I wish I could help.

Kelly, you barely know this woman.

Lately I've been staring
in the mirror a lot,

and the person looking back
looks more and more like Benny.

I don't want that future.

So, tell me about this little project.

The damper's stuck.

So, indoor camping ain't happening?


Not unless I bring home
a couple respirators.

That's so romantic.

Hey, there's these log cabin
rentals out in Galena.

It's about two hours away.

Lots of hiking if the weather's good.

Logs on the fire if not.

No respirators needed.

How many girls have you taken there?

A whole lot.

None! You think I'd reuse
some old game on you?

- Yeah, okay.
- Stop it.

For now I'm gonna choose to believe you.


Hey, Trudy. Yeah. What's up?

What did he do?

He got into a "you should see
the other guy" situation

with three off-duty cops on Rush Street.

- You should see the other guys.
- They're not pressing charges.

- So, he's free to go?
- To be your problem, yeah.

Benny, next time
I'm not calling your son.

Thanks, Trudy.

I'm sorry I threw up
in the holding cell.

Hi, Kelly.

We got a trainee today.

Someone must have screwed up
the paperwork

to let you loose on an
impressionable young mind.

I'm sure they're
hoping Brett makes up for me.

And I'll handle the Dawson
put-downs, thank you very much.

Hey, hey, hey, hey. I'm driving.

- Yeah?
- Yeah.

How's this while you're driving?

- Whoa.
- What?

Is that a crack house?
In this neighborhood?

I doubt they're selling
Girl Scout Cookies.

Gabriela Dawson, Sylvie Brett.
This is...

Harris Thornton.

Your trainee for the day.

Great to have you with us, Harris.

We'll take good care of him, Chief.

Yeah, that's what I'm afraid of.

So, you are to observe only.
That means you don't

touch anyone, you don't
hand out medical advice.

You just stand to the side.

You let these very capable
ladies tell you what to do.

Thank you, Chief Boden.

So, where you from?

Good lord.

- Wallace.
- Benny.

What's the occasion?

Just a harmless Chicago weekend.


- Good to see you, Benny.
- Okay.

Morning, fellas.

- Hey, Benny!
- Benny!

Hey, man. It's been a while.

- Just picked him up from jail.
- I was defending the honor

of a very, very nice young woman.

- I thought you were married.
- Was.

Yeah, what he said.
I hope you guys don't mind

if I hang out at 51 for a little while.

I'm... I just want
to catch a couple of Zs.

That's fine.

Truck 81, Squad 3, Ambulance 61.

Person trapped. 67 South Hoyne.

Vonn, the cleaning guy,
he comes in before we open

and gets everything situated,
but he didn't answer

when I called out to him today.

The hinges on this thing are
always swinging the door shut.

You're supposed to be able
to open it from the inside,

but the latch has been acting up.

- How long has he been in there?
- Not sure. Couple of hours.

Hermann, Otis, get the jaws.

Hey, Tony and Capp, - Yeah?

Get behind the building,
check the compressor

or the condenser, see if we can
get quicker access.

Hey, Vonn, can you hear us?

Make a noise or wiggle
your fingers if you can.

Well, if he's alive,

he probably has hypothermia
or frostbite.

I'll get blankets and warm fluids.

Okay, let's move.

Casey, I think these hinges
might be a weak point.

I say we cut them,
pry it open from here.

- Yeah.
- What about his fingers?

We push this side out,
they're gonna snap off.

I'd rather save his life
than save his fingers.

No access back here, Lieutenant.

Hey, Capp, check the roof.

The condenser and the evaporator...

it's got to be up there somewhere.

- Copy.
- All right, let's do it.

Hey... hey, wait, wait, wait.

What if we put two Halligans
above and below his fingers

to preserve the gap,
and then we pop the door

on the hinge side, comes this way?

Yeah. Yeah, good idea.

- Tell us when.
- Okay. Ready?

And... now!

There's a pulse!

Let's get him on the stretcher.

- I'll deal with his fingers en route.
- One, two, three.



Hey. Let's move.


Otis, take a left here.

What's up, Lieutenant?

I want to check out the new neighbors.

That's the house.

Whoa, whoa, hold up.

See that?

- What you got?
- Get inside.

There's a kid in here.

I'm popping the window.

Hey, there, big fella.

Nothing to be afraid of.

My window!

You leave your kid in the car?

I was in there for less than
five minutes trying to...

you know what, I don't need
to explain myself to you guys.

Forget it.

- Wow.
- Yeah.

Hey. Got the license plate.

It's okay, Lieutenant.
What can I do you for?

Well, there's a crack house

that's popped up over on Southwood.

On our way back,
we saw a car parked there

with a toddler in the back.

I punched the window,
but this woman exited

and drove off
before we could do anything.

Okay. What are you not telling me?

Well, the woman looked normal. A mom.

The kid appeared scared,
but healthy and well-dressed.

The car was a new BMW,
and we got the license plate,

but she didn't look like a user.

- Users come in all shapes and sizes.
- No... I know.

You know, back in the day, we used to

handle drug houses in
a whole 'nother way:

Light a match, keep the hoses dry.


Look, I'll tell you what:
I'll make a call over to CPD

and get an address for your SUV.

Or that.

All right. Thanks, Chief. Appreciate it.

Yeah, you're welcome.

Honey, what's up?

Your son is getting suspended.

I'm sorry. Come again?

Lee Henry wouldn't say the pledge
of allegiance at school today.

- What?
- What I said.

Apparently he decided
to take a knee instead.

I got a call from the vice principal,

and they said to come pick him up.

Please drop him off here

after you go get him.

What is this world coming to?

- What... what was that about?
- America, the not-so-beautiful.

Hey, Brett,
how's the freezer victim?

Conscious! Yeah, they're
working on his hand.

They think they have a chance
of saving it.

Nice, Joe!

Every successful run

ends with junk food... come on.


Take this job
seriously when you have to,

and that's it,
otherwise you won't last a year.

I thought I was gonna
toss my breakfast back there.

Every new paramedic's
worst nightmare.

- Is it?
- Of course it is.

My mom and dad... they told me
I wasn't cut out for this.

They told me I wouldn't last a week.


"Supportive" isn't a word you'll hear
at the Thornton house.

So, why are you here?

I was in a bicycle accident
when I was 12.

These paramedics showed up, and...

I'm not sure if I'd be able to
walk if it wasn't for them.

I said to myself,
"This is what I'm gonna do."

Well, you're gonna be a good one.
I can already tell.

Ambulance 61.
Man down from unknown causes.

It's that kind of day.

Thank you.

61 to main, we're gonna need
two more ambulances.

Copy, 61.

Where are the employees?

Hello? Anyone here?

You check behind the counter.

God, what are we dealing with here?

I got another one!

And a can of oven cleaner.

If he sprayed the oven
and didn't wipe it up,

couldn't that cause cyanide poisoning?

I'll get the Cyanokit.

He's having a heart attack!

What are you doing, Harris?

- He's not responding!
- I said, "What are you doing?"

- Chest compressions.
- Harris, no. Stop!

14, 15, 16...


- I think I cracked a rib.
- Get back.

Pulse is okay.


Yeah. Back here. Bring the kit.

- These two.
- Got 'em.

You take this one, I'll take her.

He cracked a rib doing compressions.

What part of "observe only"
did you not understand?

- Stupid kid.
- What would you have done?

The exact same thing.


Alvin. Thanks for coming.

Your chief called over.
Something about a drug house?

Yeah. Right around the corner
on Southwood. Can't miss it.

You see any weapons around or
anybody shooting up in public?

Nope, but a lot of junkies
coming and going.

All right. Just trying
to get the feel for the urgency.

- It's urgent.
- All right.

I'll talk to Narcotics,
see if they can look into it.

He's also got me
checking into a license plate.

Yeah. There was a car out front,
looked completely out of place.

All right. Listen, I got to go.

I'll text the registration
address as soon as I get it.

- Copy that. Thanks, man.
- Okay.

You help me understand this, Lee Henry.

They raised the prices
on the vending machines,

and I'm free to express
my First Amendment rights

however I want, just like pro athletes.

Pro athletes?

The whole point of America is
that I have the right to protest

and not say the pledge of allegiance
if I don't want to.

You are a Hermann
before you are an American,

which means I tell you
what your rights are!

Hermanns do not defile the sacred things

which I hold most dear in my heart,

like love of country, love of freedom,

and love of all the things
in history books

which tell us that this is
the greatest country on Earth!

Yeah, Beth booted me out
about six months ago.

I thought about trying
to "aw shucks" my way

back into her good graces, but then...

then I just thought, "Why bother?"

- Because you're married?
- Yeah, well, I gave it a shot.

Didn't work out. No shame in that.


Speaking of things not working out,
I had you all set up in Springfield,

and then I get a call
you turned it down.

- That's right.
- They were gonna give you

your own battalion.

My loyalty is to Chicago.

What's her name?


You're just like me,

stubbing your toe for a woman.

That's not like you.

But yes, there's a woman.

- Aha! I knew it.
- Not like you.

The hell you aren't.
I got to meet this girl

who's got my son's head spinning.

- Dinner. Friday night.
- I don't know.

I do know. We're gonna do this.

Steaks on me.
She's not a vegetarian, is she?

- She's not. No.
- Okay, good.

Then it's done.

How old was the kid?

Bigger than Louie.

And the mom was using?

I don't know why else she'd be there.

And she was more worried
about getting out of there

than her broken window.

I just can't get the image
of that kid out of my head.

Then you have to do something
about it, baby.


Got some good news,
and I got some bad news.

Good news is I got the address for you.

Toddler incident.


That's just where the car is registered.

She drives all the way here for drugs?

Look, if you're gonna check
her out, do it off shift.

Understood. What's the bad news?

Chief Hatcher is here
to talk to you and Brett.

Something you want to tell me
about your last call?

It's my understanding that
our trainee Harris Thornton here

attempted CPR on a poison victim
and cracked his rib.

Is that accurate?

Because if it is, I have no choice

but to dismiss you
from our training program.


He's out of the CFD. That's our rules.

It was my order, sir.

What do you mean, "my order"?

I told Harris to start CPR.
We had multiple victims

suffering from cyanide poisoning

when the cook went into cardiac arrest.

- So, you saw this?
- I did.

You knew you were supposed
to observe only, correct?

That's true, but it was both
our call to have him assist.

Dawson and me, both.

We, like she said, had multiple victims
and not enough hands.

Was he not supposed to take our order?

On top of that, our trainee is the one

who realized it was cyanide poisoning.

There was a can of oven cleaner
sitting on the counter,

which he found and identified.

We didn't know
what we were dealing with,

and Harris figured it out, sir... Chief.

If they say it's true, it's true.

I want an incident case report.

- Yes, Chief.
- You got it.

I appreciate you both
standing up for me,

but if I'm liable
for the broken rib, then...

No way.

We've spent years in the union.

I mean, we might get another
ding on our magical files,

but you've got your whole future
ahead of you.

Yeah. You were just trying
to do the right thing.

Save lives first...

worry about consequences later.

Okay. Thank you. Both of you.

I promise to live up
to your expectations.

Just live up to yours.

Yeah, we still have you
for one more shift, right?


See you Thursday.

- Really?
- Yeah.

What's your plan with Lee Henry?

Well, Cindy and I...
we got a meeting scheduled

with the vice principal,
and we're gonna,

you know, discuss numbnuts' protest.

- What are you gonna say?
- I don't know.

It's a family matter,
and I'm gonna take care of it.

That's good. Yeah.

- That's good.
- What?

Sometimes you let your
emotions get the best of you.

Maybe this time you listen
more than you speak.

Vice principal probably
just wants to be heard.

That's good advice, friend.


- What?
- My advice is bring donuts.

That's your advice for everything.

Yeah. Because it works.

True that.

Christopher, Cindy, come on in.

We got you pastries from Dinkel's.

- Thank you.
- It was nothing.

On our way here.

We appreciate you calling us down here.

It gives us the opportunity
to fully apologize

on behalf of Lee Henry.

Well, you should be apologizing

to everyone in the school.

We have no tolerance for hate speech.

Hate speech? I mean, he was just upset

about the vending machines.

Okay, yeah. No. Yes.

He understands the
seriousness of his actions, so...

- Good.
- Yeah.

Because let me tell you what I see.

See, parents these days are
real quick to point fingers

everywhere else except at themselves.

Now, I assure you

Lee Henry learned this
inflammatory behavior

by being exposed to it

either directly or indirectly at home.

Excuse me?

Hey, no, no, Cindy.
He's calling us failures

when our son was just exercising
his constitutional rights.

In fact, that's the whole point
of America,

is that our son has the right

to not say the pledge of allegiance
if he doesn't want to.

Mr. Hermann, will you just...
I suggest you just...

No. You know what I suggest?

That you remember that this is America!

And the Hermann family has something

called the First Amendment,

which protects us from bullies like you

coming in here, "Hate speech"!

I don't know how long
he's gonna be in town,

but I think we have
to reschedule our cabin getaway.

- Yeah. No worries.
- Because...

he wants to take us out to dinner.


- That's great.
- Yeah?

Yes. My God,
I want to meet the old block

who created this chip.

- Well, prepare to be disappointed.
- Why?

I don't know. Benny and me...

we don't have that much in common.

In fact, every choice I've made
has been based

on doing the opposite
of what he would do.

- Except for fire fighting.
- That one I can't explain.

I'll take an egg sandwich
on an egg bagel

and a coffee, please.

That sounds good. I'll have that, too.

- Pick up on your left.
- Thank you. Keep it.

So, 8:00 p.m.? Friday night?

Well, I... I have to work Friday,

so as soon as I get off shift.

You know, I might be ten or so late.

By all means,
take as much time as you can.

Five minutes before dessert.
That's fine with me.

No. Forget that.
I'm ordering a bone-in ribeye,

and I'm gonna learn
all about Kelly Severide.

That's what I'm afraid of.

- Hello, there.
- Hello.

Say, do you know the Sullivans
across the street?

Know of them. My mother always said,

"Be friendly with your neighbors,
but don't be friends with them."

Well, are they...

is there anything weird going on there?

Besides the fact that
the police have been over there

three times in the last year?


What's this all about, anyway?

Just a concerned citizen.
Thanks for your help.

- Yes?
- Hi.

My name's Matt Casey. I'm a firefighter.

I work on the other side of town.

Yeah, what is it?

Well, I was, um, wondering if
I could have a word with your...

My God. Is she dead?

Our daughter Chelsea.
She's 18 years old.

Which makes her an adult.

And she's there, in that house.

Probably using. She has before.

It's my fault. I kicked her out.

- I didn't mean what I said.
- I know you didn't.

It's taken everything I have
not to go down to that house

with a gun in my hand.

Why didn't you call the police?

We did. Last year.

They arrested Chelsea for dealing.

She was a minor then,
so she got probation.

Now she'd get jail time.
Serious jail time.

We tried to explain to the
court that she's the victim,

but she was in possession of enough...

We don't know what to do.

I know that I shouldn't have gone there.

Not with Nolan in the car.

But it just came over me that I...

I had to try something.

You know, it overwhelmed me.

This man...
this Rijo or Rojo or something...

it's like he has a spell over her.

I mean, the other day,
she wouldn't even see me,

and he told me that he would
kill me if I ever came back.

We've lost our child, Mr. Casey.

We had her in our arms, and then...

something snatched her away.

I know the feeling, Mr. Sullivan.

I know that she'll listen to me

if I can just see her.

Let me, um...
let me talk to some people,

see if there's another route
we can take.

Just please don't call the police.

- If she goes to jail...
- I understand. Just give me a day.

Nah, it was just as I expected.

Hey. Lee Henry still alive?

Or do we need to send a search party out

to the woods behind your house?

Lee Henry is actually
a really smart kid.

He's stupid as hell, but he's smart.

Did... did he hear what he said?

- Matt.
- Alvin.

- Hey.
- Was just gonna call you.

I got some news for you.

I spoke to my buddy in Narcotics,

and they're aware
of the Southwood house.

In fact, they're raiding
the place in two days.

And everyone inside gets arrested?

That's the idea, yeah.

You got to call it off, Al.

It's not mine to call off, Matt.

The machinery's already in motion.

Isn't that why you called me
in the first place?

Yeah, there's a girl inside, okay?

She's a teenager.
She's just a kid who needs help.

A girl?

She doesn't deserve
to get caught up in all this.

Well, I'll talk to my guy,
but Narcotics is geared up

for a bust... it's hard to put
the genie back in the bottle.

Hey, Harris. We are on silverware
duty, which means you...

Actually, I just had to drop in

and fill out some paperwork.

- No. Don't tell me that...
- No, no.

I didn't get let go. They just...

don't want me training
with you two anymore.


I really appreciate what you did.

If I had been booted,
it would've proved my parents right.

But I'm gonna be a paramedic
no matter what.

Course you are.

Well, thank you.

I'll never forget you two.

I liked training.
We should call Hatcher and...

Brett? You know what happens
when you poke a sleeping bear?

There are teeth and claws and blood.

Trust me. Consider ourselves lucky.


What's up?

Police are gonna raid that drug house.


Or not great.

There's a victim inside
who will do serious jail time.

What can you do?

Talk to Boden.

You're gonna go Gabby Dawson
on this, aren't you?

And they feel they're out of options.

They go to the police, their
daughter ends up in the system.

Like it or not, she's an adult.


I don't like it, Chief.

I caught a glimpse of the guy
keeping her.

He's bad news.

Not to mention he looks double her age.

Girl's got no chance.

So, what do you suggest?

Benny got me thinking...

We're not gonna burn anything down.

We're just gonna...


Do you smell smoke?


Definitely coming from inside the house.


That's what I thought.

Fire department!
Everyone out of the house!

Fire department!

I need everyone to clear
this building immediately.

What the hell is this?

Fire evacuation.

Get out of here.

There ain't no damn fire in here.

I'm not asking. Get out of here.

Go to hell, man.


Y'all the ones who need to evacuate.

There ain't no fire in here,
so y'all need to get.

Actually, the fire's in the walls.

Guys? Get it.

On it, Lieutenant.

I was talking to you!

Forget him.

Let him run.


Chief, we're all clear here.

Chelsea, we're here to help.

You can't.

I promise you we can.

- Your parents...
- You don't know anything about me!

You're right, Chelsea. I don't.

But she does.



Yeah, baby, I'm here.

You threw me out.

We were wrong.

- I was wrong.
- You told me to leave!

Chelsea, hey, listen to me.

I have been where you're standing.


It's true. I have.

The only difference is my parents
weren't alive to help me.

But your mom came here the other day,

she was so desperate to rescue you.

You came here?

Yeah, baby. I came to get you.

Your mom and dad love you, Chelsea.

They want to help.

They need to help.

And I will hold you in my arms

the entire time if you'll let me, baby.

I promise.

I just want to be free.

- Shh, shh, shh, shh.
- I want... I want...

You're free, baby.

It's okay. It's okay.

Get some boards and seal off this place.

Red-X it. Let CPD know
it's officially condemned.

Copy that, Chief.

Hey. How'd it go?

She's at Med, detoxing.

Your husband was amazing.

Hey. So were you.

What else is new?

We know. We know. We're not
allowed to train anymore.

Yeah, I'd like to talk to you
about that, actually.

At a later date. Much later.

Actually, about that...

and it gives me great pleasure
to say this...

I just want to be clear.

Gabriela Dawson and Sylvie Brett,

you've been ordered
to mandatory re-training.

Next shift.

Report to the Fischer Classroom,
third floor of the academy.

8:00 a.m. sharp.

And bring a number-two pencil.

Re-training. Re-training?

Like every day
isn't re-training already?

I should be the teacher of that class.
Hell, I am the teacher.

Name one thing they're gonna say to me
that I haven't seen or done 100 times.

I can't.

Look, if they want to pay me
to sit in a warm classroom

instead of freezing my ass off
helping the citizens of Chicago,

then be my guest.

Hey, guys,

can I get you to do a favor for me?

What is it?

Who cares what it is. It's a favor.

- You in or you out?
- I'm in.

Thank you. Good.

I'm gonna need more information.

- No, you're not.
- Okay. I'm in.


So, now, listen, Lee Henry.

You definitely have
the constitutional right

not to say the pledge of allegiance.

You also have the right to be a jackass.

I'm kidding, all right? Sort of.

Hey! I don't know
if you remember my old friend

Eddie Wright, 1st Recon Battalion,

Marine Corps, served in Iraq

fighting for your constitutional rights.

Look at you now. I haven't seen you

since you were knee-high.

So, hey, Eddie, this is Chief Boden.

- Sir, nice to meet you.
- Mutual.

And fellow firefighter Randy McHolland.

- Sir, nice to meet you.
- My pleasure, Eddie.

I hope you guys are hungry.
I got us a table over here.

- Come on.
- All right. Thank you.

Get going.

Welcome. Enjoy yourself.

Yeah. Thank you.

- Thanks.
- You're welcome.

- Thank you for your service.
- Thank you.

- Thank you for having us.
- Thank you.

Thanks, everyone,
for coming down here today

and chipping in
on the pancake breakfast.

You know, that $5 is
the best deal in the city.

Now, if you wouldn't mind,
let's all stand

and remove our hats,

put a hand over our hearts.

I pledge allegiance to the flag

of the United States of America,

and to the republic for which it stands,

one nation, under God,


with liberty and justice for all.

Now let's eat!

Let's eat.

How about that?

How is she?

Physically, she's fine.

Mentally, it's going to be a long road,

and, recovery always has
its hills and valleys,

but I am optimistic.

She moves to the rehab facility

Okay. Thanks, doc.

Thank you.

I am texting Dawson right now
telling her to meet us at Top Golf,

because the first round
of games are on me.


I just said I was texting her.

Yeah. I'm texting everyone else,

since you're buying.

So, the four paramedics are
Hillary, John,

Max, and Crazy Joe.

Each one of them bets me that I
can't streak down a hallway,

jump five feet over a bunch of tacks

that they'd laid down on the floor,

grab the fire pole, slide down,

and do it all in my tighty-whities.

So, Crazy Joe... I say to him, "Listen",

there's no time like the
present... let's do this."

So I get to the end of the
hallway, off comes the shirt,

off come the pants, and...
there she is.

This must be the lucky lady.

- Hi.
- I'm Benny.

- Hi.
- Hi!

- You all right?
- Yeah.

Course she's all right.

This is the best steakhouse
in Chicago, isn't it?

Hey, George, do me a favor and
get this young lady a cocktail.

- No... just a water, please.
- Okay, in that case,

I'll have the cocktail,
and Trish will have another...

whatever these umbrella things are.

- Thanks.
- Thank you.

Anna, this is Trish,
and Trish this is Anna.

She's my son's main squeeze.
Or so I'm told.

- It's really nice to meet you.
- You too.

- How was your shift?
- It was fine.

Anna's a pediatric nurse at Chicago Med.

Is that, like, a foot doctor?

No. That's a podiatric.

She works with children.

Many in the oncology... cancer unit.

Great. That's cool.

And I work with the big children.

Yes. Big and old.

I cop to that.

Bone-in steak girl.
That's a good sign.

That looks good.

Actually, I, um...

- I have to go.
- What?

It was really nice to meet you.
Um, enjoy your dinner.

Excuse me.


Anna, hey, I'm sorry.
Look, I didn't know

- that he was gonna bring someone.
- Kelly...

And I know what you're thinking,
but I told you: Benny's not me.

I spent my whole life avoiding... that.

You know what? Maybe this was
just a really, like, bad idea.

Maybe me moving here
and rushing things...

maybe this was all just a really
terrible, terrible idea.

That's not what I'm saying.
This isn't something that...

I think we're wrong
for each other, Kelly,

and I think we've been idiots
not to see it.

What are you even talking about?

I told my family I was probably making
the biggest mistake of my life,

and it turns out that I was.


Good-bye, Kelly.

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