Chicago Fire (2012–…): Season 6, Episode 6 - Down Is Better - full transcript

Kidd is surprised to discover she is being transferred out of the firehouse; Severide and Casey are suspicious and investigate; Otis and Herrmann discuss taking over a rundown bar; Dawson's...

- Happy pay day, everyone.
- You forgot someone.

There wasn't a check
in the package for you.

Maybe she took it.

- She would never do that.
- She is either messing

with me or she's incompetent.

I'm gonna really hate to think

that you would mess with
any of my friends here

just to make yourself look better.

So what happens if I
don't pay rent this month?

You can stay as long as you want.

You're a good friend.

Dad, what's going on?

I've been imposing on
you for way too long.

I've got three great job leads.

I'm on the move to the
next chapter of life

of Ramón Dawsona.

Well, the job's going great, you know.

They're not the most friendly bunch,

but, they're warming
up to your pops.

That's good.

They're a little outdated in terms

of the way that they
use their workforce.

Long story short,

I'm requesting a
meeting with Jake, okay?

'Cause I want to pitch some of my ideas

for running a smoother workplace.

Jake's the division supervisor, young...

How long's this company been going?

35 years.

And you been there... like a month?

Yeah. A little more. Why?

Well, maybe it'd be a
better idea if you settle in,

keep your nose down, get
a year under your belt

before you start
cracking eggshells, Dad.

Yeah, sure.

Does Matt still have his
connections at City Hall?

I mean, I'm assuming he does.

Dave, who is the big boss, okay?

I happen to overhear him talking

about some rezoning issues
that he was having...

Forget it.

Matt's done with
politics now and forever.

Okay. Okay, well...

- It's just I was thinking...
- Not a good idea.

And the next morning...

And that is why I will
never eat another Cronut.

Hey, check it out.

That's a shame.

I always wanted to go in there.

Yeah, that's why they're
going out of business.

We could use some more stock at Molly's.

I got to tell Herrmann.

I'm telling you.

Look, you want to set the right tone.

So you put on Sade "Diamond life."

I usually don't pay
attention to the music.

I know, I'm trying to
help you up your game.

My game needs no upping.

You know what?

Why don't you just pay
attention to yourself.

Still gonna buy you the album

so you'll have it on your iTunes.

Truck 81.

Ambulance 61, Engine 51

845 Dearborn Avenue, Restaurant Fire.

- What do we got?
- It was a grease fire,

but it spread so fast...

Everyone's out of the floor level but...

- Otis. Raise the aerial.
- Copy.

Line up. Stay calm.

Line up over here. Nice and easy.

One at a time. Come on.

Let's line up, guys.

- Okay, let's go!
- Let's go!

One at a time, one at a
time. Stay calm, good job.

Hey, listen, one at a time. Let's go.

Whoa, whoa, whoa! You good?

- Yeah.
- Step this way, come on.

- Come on.
- On this side.

- You're all right.
- Let's move on.

Let's go!

Stay calm, stay calm.

- Get in line.
- My God, please!

Hang on. Let's go!

No! My baby!

Ma'am, you got to get
back from the fire.

Help me! I can't get it out.

- It's too hot!
- Kidd!

Help me! My God!
Please help. Please!

I can't.

- Help. Come on.
- No! No!

Ma'am, come on. We
got to get out of here.

No! I'm not leaving my baby!

- We got her.
- Josefina! Josefina!

Ma'am, she's got your
baby. Let us do our jobs.

All right.

Shh. It's going to be okay.

Hey! Kidd!

Let's go.

Come on.


You're all right.

- Got it.
- There we go.



Turn around. There you go.

Turn around. You've got it.

Nice and easy.

Go down slowly, sir.

Yeah, good.

Just wait.

I got you.

I know. I know.

She's safe and sound.

My God.

Let's have ambo check her out

just to make sure
everything's okay, all right?

- Thank you.
- Shh, shh.

- It's okay.
- Thank you so much.

Yeah. Yeah.


- It's okay, baby.
- Yeah.


- Fire's out.
- Yep.

All right, 81, let's pack her up.

Man. Hey.

What do you think of these?

I heard they have some now
where they change colors

when you set your beer on them.


Special paper.

Hey. Herrmann.

What do you think of these?

They're fine. So, listen.

There's this bar over by where

Cruz and Brett and I live...

Yeah, it's called Mac's Bar.

No, MACapostropheS.

It's not important. What is important...

It is that they are
going out of business.

That's a shame.

But what I thought is
maybe I could stop by

and see what I could
scrounge up, you know,

glassware, taps...

cocktail napkins.

Never know, might be
able to get some steals.

- Bad idea.
- Well, what do you mean?

You're the one that's always going on

about the cost of overhead.

Yeah, but we ain't no vultures.

You profit on someone
else's pain?

Bad luck.

We literally bought a burned out bar.

Yeah, and it took us three
years to turn a profit.

Think about it.

I don't understand you sometimes.

- Most of the time.
- That's it.

There but for the
grace of God go I, boys.



Where are the yellow forms
for the incident reports?

Um, they should be on your desk.

- They're not.
- Um...

Are these what you're looking for?

Those are they. Thank you, Hope.

No sweat. Need anything else?

- Coffee?
- No, that's it.

I could have sworn...

He won't get out of his own way.

I tell him, "Pop, you're new there."

"You got to keep your
head down for a year."

You do your work, don't make waves,

show up early, leave late,

"and they're gonna love you."

Yeah, because Dawsons never make waves.

I'm gonna ignore that.

Well, maybe they'll be impressed

- your dad took some initiative.
- No, uhuh.

I know the ending to that story,

and it involves collecting your things

and being escorted to the parking lot.

- Come on.
- I've seen it.

Well, it's good you're there for him.

I'm the only one he's got.

Antonio's not talking to him.

My mom deletes his text
messages without reading them.

Like, I mean, it's just...

It's just so frustrating,

and he's alone and he's my dad,

but I don't know...

I don't know what I'm supposed to do.

Sometimes all you can do is

help people pick up the
pieces when they fall down.

Captain Casey's
got that look in his eye.

Casey's cooking.
What's the occasion?

Celebrating a job well
done today on Truck 81.

That's some real
leadership there, fellas.

Hey, I am a man of the people.


envelope for you.




What is it, Kidd?

I just got transferred to the
Office of Public Relations.

I'm firefighter.

I'm not a desk jockey. I just...

What do I know about public relations?

I can barely keep up
with my own relations.

Yeah, I can attest to that.

Not in the mood.

Mouch, what can we do
from a union pointofview?

Unfortunately, there's
not much the union can do.

Stella will have to fill
out a grievance form,

then wait for a committee review,

and hope they rule in her favor, but...

that could take months or years.

Well, you're a Captain now.

Don't you have a say
in personnel decisions?

I mean, you would think so.

Can I put in a special request?

Above my pay grade.

Not above mine.

Look, I was caught flatfooted here too.

I put in a call to the
Office of Public Relations

and not only is the
transfer happening...

It's happening next shift.

So I put in a call to Chief Huffhines

who oversees the department.

He hasn't gotten back to me yet,

but I want to talk it over with him.

And I want to assure him that I think

the services of Stella
Kidd are best served

with Halligan in her hand.

Thank you, Chief.

You should have seen her today.

One woman wrecking crew.

I believe it.

In the meantime,

let's not let this be a distraction,

but when that bell goes off...

all business all day.

- Of course, Chief.
- Absolutely, Chief.



I can't believe this.

No warning?

It stinks on ice.

- What does that mean?
- Extra stinky, like fish.

They can really just
transfer anyone at any time?

Everybody needs to take
a breath, all right?

Boden's really passionate about
keeping his house together.

Herrmann's right. He'll find a way.

Can't sleep?


You know...

Don't be angry for what
I'm about to say, but...

this transfer

could very well be a
blessing in disguise.

How do you figure?


Working in PR means

you're the public face of the CFD.

So you could...

speak up for issues that
are important to you.

You know, women's issues,

city employee issues,

things the general public
never knew about us.

I never thought about that.

Just looking at it from a...

different angle.

I'm a firefighter, Mouch.

When we were on that roof today...

All I could think about was getting

that mom and that baby to safety.

Nothing was gonna stop me.

You could have put
1,000 pounds on my back,

you could have turned the
fire up a million degrees

and I still would made that save.

What made you want
to pick up a Halligan?

I mean, in the beginning?

I climbed into a car I shouldn't have.

And the only reason I climbed out

was 'cause of the CFD rescue squad.

So I made a decision in the hospital.

I said, "I'm gonna lift
people out of bad places too."

So that's what I do.

You know what...

Enough about this. Give me that flicker.

Hey, where's Stella?

She ducked out early.

She didn't want to make
a scene of it, you know.

Her words.

Hey. So...

This might be totally
not the time, but...

I was looking through the
files on Mrs. Donovan's desk,

and it turns out that the money
allotted for the Spring Picnic

was never used,

which means that we have $900

in the petty cash fund.

I overheard you guys
talking the other day

about needing a new
outside barbecue grill.

I thought maybe...

I could use that money to get one.

You were wrong.

It was exactly the right time

for us to here this kind of news so...

Thanks, Hope.

We appreciate your energy around here.

Means a lot.

I'll make it happen.

Breakfast to go?

Yeah, Colopsky on third shift
always brings in Firecakes.



Now that I've been here a little while

and I'm not so intimidated by Connie,

I was thinking...

maybe we should hang out again sometime.

Like tonight.

I got plans tonight, but thanks.

Another time then.

Another time.

- You all ready?
- No.

Thanks for telling me.

I appreciate it.

I will. I'll take care of it.

Thanks, Chuck.

That was Chuck Davis from the 55th Ward.

He got a call from your father,

throwing my name around,

asking for a zoning favor.

II told him not to
bother you with that stuff.

Well, he didn't. He went around me.

I'm gonna give him an earful.

I'm trying to figure out

if there's any way to keep Stella at 51,

and then I'm dealing with phone calls

from pissedoff alderman.

I hear you.

I will take care of it.



I noticed your sign out front.

I'm a fellow bar owner.

I was just, curious to
see what you had for sale.

Just gonna come in and pick
the meat off my carcass,

isn't that about it?

- No sir. I just...
- Dad, please.

I'm sorry, sir. Come in,
look around all you want.

Are you sure?

- I don't want to...
- Don't worry about him.

He's um... didn't
want to face the music,

but here we are.

30 years he put this bar together,

and it only took one bad
loan to bring it all down.

It's a shame, really.

You're... his daughter?

Yes, Lily.

Hi. Brian.

Did I hear you own a bar too?


- Molly's bar.
- Yeah, um...

Twinkle lights on the ceiling

- I love that place.
- You've been?

- I have.
- Cool.

I kept telling Dad,

"Hey, come check out Molly's,"

but he wouldn't hear of it.

He's jealous.


if you can find a home
for anything here...

let me know.

Dad, call me back as soon as possible.

Herrmann, we need a
big ol' stage for music.

- Hey.
- What, right?


Is she not working tonight?

She clocked out and bottoms up.

- How many has she had?
- Two.

You talking about the
two that I poured her,

or the two that you poured her?

Look, the problem... the problem with

some of the people... Some of the people.

- Hey.
- That come in.

Hey, that's enough. Come on, that's it.

- Come on.
- We don't have to...

- We don't have to go.
- No. We're gonna go.

Kelly, okay, all right.

Bye! I'm...

- Bye.
- I'm sorry.

Stop. You don't have to.

- Come on.
- Okay. Okay.

All right, all right. Here we go.

- Here we go.
- I got it.

- You got it?
- You got it.

- You got it.
- Okay, whatever.

Not like this.



No judging.

I've had a few benders in my day.

And the problem is you always end up

like that in the morning.

How did I get back

to the apartment last night?

I brought you.

Wow, I...

I do not remember anything past Molly's.

You want some eggs?

I mean, will it make
my head stop throbbing?

It won't hurt.


Chief Huffhines...

- Just the man we came to see.
- Wallace.

I don't know if you
know Captain Matt Casey.

You got looks in your eyes

like you want something.

That obvious?

Like my wife when she wants
me to empty the cat litter.

Well, it's actually

about the position you're filling

in Public Relations office...


Something I've been
angling for since last year.

We need fresh blood in the department.

So much of what the city
does is stuck in 1974.

- I understand that...
- Which is why I said,

"We need a woman firefighter
front and center."

My understanding is that Montague...

She's the real deal.

Excuse me, did you say Montague?

Do you mean Stella Kidd?

Well, I saw a list of names.

I wasn't sure who it was.

I'm just glad it's happening.

I was under the impression
you asked for Stella Kidd

- personally.
- I did not.

But I stopped trying to
figure out the, you know,

machinations of the CFD a long time ago.

Gentlemen, if you'll excuse me,

my son has a basketball
tournament in Bloomington.

Is there anything else?

- Good to see you, Dave.
- Wallace.




- Matt Casey.
- No, I'm Manfredi.

No, I'm introducing
myself. I'm Matt Casey.

- Captain.
- Right.

Got it.

Welcome to 51, Manfredi.

Sure am glad to be here.

We got a chowderhead
replacement for Kidd.

He asked me where the bathroom was,

and then he just stayed right there.

All right. What's this?

Something I worked on all weekend.

Now I know what a shrewd
businessman you are, Herrmann,

which is why I really
wanted to take the time

put together a proper
strategic proposal.

Is this about that bar closing?

- 'Cause I already told you...
- It is. It is about that bar.

But instead of closing...

what if we partner with it?

I know, I know,

but just look at this
chart on page three.

Go ahead, look at it.
Go ahead, go ahead.

Now, we can drive lower
cost from our suppliers

on beer, wine, spirits, and supplies.

We can amortize those
costs over two locations

so that the entities combine
to create higher margins.

Now, the cost outlay,
it's gonna be minimal

because Mac's bar just
need a couple touchups.

It doesn't need a full overhaul.

Not to mention,

the money that we can save
by splitfocus marketing.

I call it "Molly's North."

We'll think about it.

That's all I ask.

Hey, it's not a done
deal yet, but...

- I think I got them.
- My...

Brian, thanks...



Tell your dad not to

sell anything until I close it.

- Okay?
- Okay.

- Okay. Okay.
- All right.


I'm on probation at work.

They're saying that my attitude

is a red flag for them.

I... I don't even know what that means.

Look. Yeah...


If... if Matt couldn't help me before

I sure could use his help right now...

- Are you kidding me?
- No, no, I... I...

- I didn't.
- I told you

that Matt was out of
politics and you still go

to some alderman and
throw his name around?

- No, sweetheart...
- No, Pop, no.

You don't listen.

You walk yourself into these problem.

You don't care whose name you use

or who says, "No."

It's all a fair game as long as

Ramon Dawson is gets what he wants.

- No, I...
- No, I'm not playing around.

You only think about
yourself and I'm sick of it.


I understand.

You're right.

I, um...

I'm sorry.


Are you Stella Kidd?

That's me, yeah.


Let me show you where
you'll be hanging your hat.

Main thing to know is
they monitor Internet use.

I found that out the hard way.

Let's see, we have morning
meetings Monday, Wednesday,

and Friday to touch
base on talking points,

key messages, that type of thing.

This is you.


And I should warn you,
today's there's a...

You the new girl?

- Stella, yeah, that's me.
- Great.

Come with me.

Chief Huffhines, what's your name again?

- Stella Kidd.
- Kidd, like "kid?"

Well, yeah, two Ds.

Yeah, you're here to talk
about how good the CFD

is with minorities,
women, that sort of thing.

Yeah, about that...

Now, don't lay it on too thick,

but sell it, you know what I mean?

Is that how you're gonna wear your hair?

- What?
- Down is better.

Yeah, great.

Here we go.

Gentlemen, ladies...

Thanks for allowing us the opportunity

to set the record straight

with regards to
personnel here at the CFD.

This is Stella Kidd,

a distinguished firefighter
with many years of service

under her belt.

She is eager to talk to you today

about the achievements we've made

with regards to minorities and gender

under Fire Commissioner Jankowski.

We never stopped for ice
cream on my last truck.

We did get slushies once.

I like cola and cherry mix.


Hey, what's that?


Whoa, that's a Weber Grill.

We were a little under
with the petty cash fund

but this was the best
one so I just went for it.

It's my gift to 51 for
making me feel so welcome.

Forget it.

We'll all chip in,
that's how we do things.

I'll go get the tool box.

The lid goes on top.

So, Manfredi.


Where were you before 51?

Let's see...

Right before I was at 33.

Then before that

74, 59, 12, 41.

Wow, all over.

I just go where the
transfer paper tells me.

I'll bet.

I got this cop friend over at CPD.

He's got this uncle...

bumps him to the best districts.

Totally hooks him up.

Just signs the transfer
forms and phisssh.

Kyle is set up. High living.

I don't have an uncle like that.

Otis, radio me if we get a call.

Herrmann and I gonna run an errand.

- All right, yeah.
- You got it, Cap.


Is that Christopher
Herrmann I see before me?

Hey, Demetra.

- How are you?
- Wonderful.

Do you know that it was.

Christopher's wonderful wife Cindy

that helped me get this job?

We went to Notre Dame together.

I had heard that, yeah.

Cindy's always bragging about you.

What can I do for you?

Well, we had a
firefighter transferred

to Public Relations out of Firehouse 51.

I was just wondering if we
can see the transfer order?

Um, what was the firefighter's name?

Stella Kidd.

Give me one minute.

I see why you brought me along.

Go Irish.

- Here we go.
- Thanks.


Chief Mullins?

Is that that bythebook Chief

that gave you your promotion?


He spent time around 51.
He's seen Kidd in action.

Might be why he made the call.

Are you sure about this?

Because he didn't seem to keen

on having his decision
making questioned.

Captain Casey.


Can I help you with something?


Mind stepping in here please?

Of course.

Captain Casey has something

he would like to discuss with you.


Here's the transfer
order moving Stella Kidd

from Firehouse 51

to the Public Relations department.

It was signed by Chief Mullins.


Only this isn't his signature.

See how the "M" tilts to the right

and the "S" has a flourish.

That's not the way I sign my name.

This is.


Here's a list you wrote to Connie

about the supplies
and maintenance closet.

See the "M" and the "S".

I can see it.

I mean, I could see how...


Actually, yes, I should
have said something sooner,

but Connie...


I just didn't know who to come
to about something like this.

If you could just let me
explain before you judge me.

What happened is...

I saw the posting on the job board,

and I was actually trying to help.

Because Stella, I mean,

she's such a strong female firefighter,

and I saw that Public Relations
was looking for somebody

to be the face of firefighting...


I'm gonna save everyone
here a lot of time.

Empty your desk.

I went ahead and sped this up for you.

I'll take those.

I am so, so, so sorry, Sylvie.

I really thought that I
was doing the right thing.

I mean, women get a raw
deal in the fire department,

you know that.

And here I was trying
to do something about it,

trying to actually make a difference,

and they twisted everything that I did.

Sylvie. You know me.

You know that this was blown
completely out of proportion.

I mean, I really think

that Connie was trying to
sabotage me from the start

- if I'm being honest.
- How could you do this?

You almost ruined everything
that I have worked for

- here in Chicago.
- That's what I'm saying.

- They made it look like...
- These people

mean the world to me, Hope.

These friends that I've made,
these friendships I've earned,

they are the best, most
important relationships

I've ever had, and you attacked them.

- That's not at all what...
- Hope.

You had a chance to
have an incredible life

with incredible friends,
working at the best firehouse

in the city. That's a fact.

And you blew it.

So take your excuses, take
your lies, take your drama,

and take it all back to Fowlerton.


Hey, Mac, right?

We're the owners of
Molly's bar, and...

We'd like to make you a proposal.

- Hey.
- Hey.

We get to carpool again.

I mean, we live together.

We see each other all the time.

Yeah, but still, I like to
see you at the firehouse too.

- Right.
- No, serious.

You... bring a light to it.

And an odor.

I know.

Kid who makes fun of
girl on the playground

- actually really likes her.
- Mmhmm.

Thank you.

- Yeah.
- Have you been there?

- Yeah.
- It's good?

No, it's really good. We went last...

Hey, there she is!

- Hey!
- Welcome back, Kidd.

You guys were jostling each
other for my locker already.

- Admit it.
- Cruz was.

- I said that was tacky.
- What?

It has the best hinges.

God, you guys.

- What?
- Stop.

Because you got the biggest hinges!

Stop it!

Okay, before I begin...

Just want to say a big
welcome back to Stella Kidd

from her short stint of
smiling at the camera.

All right!

It's good to have you
firefighting again.

It's where you belong.

- Thank you, Chief.
- Okay, today's assignments.

- Chief.
- Yes, Sylvie?

I'd like to say a word if that's okay.

Of course.

I just want to say that for
my part in bringing my friend,

my former friend...

to Firehouse 51...

I am truly sorry.

This place is special to me,

and I would never knowingly
or willingly do anything

to jeopardize what it
is that we have here.

I love all of you,

and I feel terrible about what happened.

Ambulance 61,

- Man Down From Unknown Causes,
- Hey, that's us.

33 North Wabash, El Platform.

Get down on the ground!

Taser him! Taser him! Taser him!

Move along.

- Hey, hey, what happened?
- A guy starts screaming

at this woman for no reason,
brandishing a bigass knife.

Guy follows her, yelling at her,

spit flying out of his mouth.

Guy standing next to
me just went up to him

and said, "That's enough."

That's him right there.

Crazy dude just stabbed
him like it was nothing.

Paramedics! All clear!

Let's go!

Don't move, sir. Don't move.

We got you.

Ready? Okay, turn him.


My God.