Chicago Fire (2012–…): Season 7, Episode 4 - This Isn't Charity - full transcript

A series of explosions hit Chicago; Herrmann adjusts to his new duties; Kidd is visited by an old friend.

What's your story?

If we're gonna be partners,
I need to know.

I was a surgical resident.

I cheated on my boards

and got kicked out.

Good to see you, man.

Good to see you, Ritter.

Hey, maybe you noticed

I'm not with Engine 37 anymore.

You'll get a permanent
assignment soon enough.

I have a suggestion
for your Engine Lieutenant.

I won't let Jerry Gorsch call the shots.

You need to make
the best choice for the house.

I am proud to announce

Christopher Herrmann will be taking over

as the next Lieutenant on Engine 51.

Those bugles look good on you...


They feel good.


What do you got going on today?

You plan on just hanging out around here?

Unless we get a call.

Well, yeah, but no plans to...

go to headquarters, the supply people,

giving expert testimony,

you know, nothing like that?

What's up?

One of my best friends
from high school is in town.

- Yeah?
- Yes.

And I really want you to meet him.

I mean, he's basically like
my twin brother.

He's... he's the best.
You're gonna love him.

Let me know when he gets here.

I will.

Empty every length of 2 1/2
out of the hose bed

and flake it off down the apron.

Hey, Herrmann.

Maybe you forgot,

but we dropped the lines last shift.

And then they were used on two calls.

Drop 'em again.

You're a real ball-buster, Lieutenant.

It's standard procedure

to inspect the hose beds every shift.

They know that.

He's just testing the new guy

to see what he can get away with.

Maybe they don't like taking orders

from someone coming off truck.

Nobody likes taking orders, period.

My youngest decided that
he wanted to go to school today

dressed as Spider-Man.

I told him to change

and he threw a tantrum.


And I didn't have time to argue,

so he went to school
dressed as Spider-Man.

Engine 51, Truck 81.

All right, let's break it and go.

Mouch. Otis.

Primary search on one.

Kidd, with me.

All right, it looks like a one-roomer.

Let's get a quick hit on it.

Grab the crosslay.

Let's go.


Fire department, call out!

Fire department, call out!

Clear the doorway.

Heads up, Captain,

- we'll knock it down for you!
- Go!

Fire department! Call out!

We got one!

Sir, can you hear me?

Truck 81 has an adult male,

bringing him out the A-side.

Is he breathing?

I don't know. Let's turn him over.

On three. One, two, three.

I got a pulse. Let's get him in.

What the hell happened to him?

Those weren't thermal burns.

Okay. Let's get ready for overhaul.

Looks like something exploded in here.

Don't smell any gas.

Should we get the monitor just in case?

This wasn't gas.

The appliances are all still intact.

This looks like the blast point.

V-pattern, upward and outward.

Curtains caught fire
and then it spread from there.

Guy's hands were missing,

which means that he could have
been holding whatever exploded.

Could be a homemade pipe bomb.

Yeah, these are charred on the inside.

This was the bomb casing.

Well, it looks like he tried
to put the fire out.

This is from the extinguisher.

But, uh, where's the canister?

That's not from a fire extinguisher.

That's from a grenade.

81 to Main requesting Bomb Squad

and police response at 982 North Alfred.

Bomb Squad?

A grenade exploded.

For all we know, there's more inside.

Nobody goes back in.

You got it, Captain.

Whoa, whoa, whoa.
What are you doing, Barnes?

Re-bedding the supply line.

What? No.

Reconnect to the hydrant first

and fill up the booster tank.

We can fill up at 51.

What if we get another call
on the way back, huh?


Missed you at the picnic.

Yeah, sorry about that.

Who's this, huh?

Oh, this is Tuesday.

I adopted her a few weeks ago.

You know why Dalmatians are
firefighter dogs, don't you?

Yeah, they were bred to run with horses.

That's right. And now,

they get to be lazy

and ride in trucks
and eat treats all day,

don't you? Yeah, you do.

Tuesday. Off.

She knows "sit" and "stay."

But that's about it.

Eh, she's young. She'll learn.

You bring her to work with you then?

Puppies are 24/7.

Uh, nah.

I've been staying home with her,

you know, while I look for a new job.

I quit the CFD.

That's why I didn't go to the picnic.

Are you sure that's what you want?

I mean, maybe if you keep floating,

you'll find the right fit somewhere.

I'm sure.

But I really appreciate

all the advice you gave me.

And for believing in me.

So I brought you a present to say thanks.

My uncle gave this to me

when I joined the department.

But now...

Oh, I can't accept this.

I don't want the reminder

and I don't want to throw it away.

I want you to have it.

See you around, Mouch.

Hey, come on.

Leave it. Come on.

Hey, Chief, uh...

I don't want to jinx a no-hitter,

but I haven't seen Gorsch around lately.

What gives?

Said he'd be gone all week.

Didn't feel the need to say why.

Maybe he's backing off?

No, too much to hope for.


How's things going on the engine?

Hell of a first call as a new Lieutenant.

Eh, the fire was contained.

We knocked it out pretty quick, so...

So far so good.

That's great.

'Cause I ruffled a few feathers

passing over Gorsch's
brother-in-law, so...

We need a smooth transition.

Thank you.


You any good at those?


I'm looking for Stella Kidd.

You must be Tyler.


Kelly Severide.


The boyfriend.


You're one lucky dude, man.

I think Kidd's in the kitchen

grabbing something to eat.

Follow me.

Oh, you made it!

Yeah. It's good to see you.

Oh, you too.

God, oh, and you two met!

- Yeah.
- I missed it.

Ah, well.

Everyone, this is Tyler.

This is my best friend from high school.

- Hey, Ty.
- Hey.

So you're the ones keeping Stella
Kidd in line these days, huh?

No way, that's a full-time job.

Don't I know it. She is trouble

with a capital T.

Hey, come on, now.

I got a reputation
to maintain, all right?

No. You guys want to see some photos?

You don't have to ask twice.

All right, good. I came prepared.


This is us freshman year.



And this is at my parents' lake house.

Jeez. We look like babies.



I got a good one.

This is Stella's prom photo.

Oh. I thought I looked so badass.

I dyed my hair green once
for St. Paddy's day.

When I had hair.

Yeah, every guy in the school wanted

to take Stella to the prom, including me.

But she crushed my soul

and went with Russell Collins.

Okay, shut up.

You were dating Gina Gomez
and you were whipped.

Ambulance 61, person injured.
1723 North Lincoln Avenue.

Wait, you don't gotta go, do you?

No, that's just for ambo.

But you can go ahead
and give me that phone...

Oh, no, no, no.

'Cause this trip down memory
lane is officially done.

Right this way. She fell off the bars

and landed on her shoulder.

What's her name?

Erika. Tough kid.

She's pretty mad at herself.

She rarely makes mistakes.

Oh, thank God. What took you so long?

Hi. We heard you took
a pretty nasty fall.

My stupid hand slipped.

Is it just your shoulder that hurts?

I heard something snap.

But that doesn't mean anything, right?

Maybe it's just dislocated?

Are you her mom?

Yes. She has regionals this weekend.

She has to compete.

She's ranked second right now.

Okay, well, let's see
if that's even possible.

Excuse me.

- Amanda.
- Fine.

Let the paramedics do their work.

Ouch. It hurts.

We just need to take a quick look.

How bad is it?

Don't worry, Erika.

You are in good hands.

You are gonna be back
on those bars in no time.

You were really sweet with her.

Do you have a younger sister?

Dr. Larraby.


I'm on my way to see a patient.

Erika Curtis?

We just brought her in
with a fractured clavicle.

She's a gymnast.

- Okay?
- I examined her

in the ambulance on the way over.

She has the muscle mass
of someone twice her age.

And, considering
the severity of the break,

appears to have low bone-density.

It's all signs of someone who's taking

performance-enhancing drugs.

She's how old?


I know what I saw.

Any substances she's using
would show up in a blood test.

We're not testing
a 12-year-old girl for PEDs

when she was brought in
with a clavicle fracture.

You can attribute that test
to something else.

Anemia, thyroid function,
whatever you want.

And risk a lawsuit based
on the hunch of a paramedic?

What's going to happen when

they see it on their bill?

Look, I can barely get the tests
I need approved as it is.


I hope you don't think
I was getting on your case

just for kicks, all right?

All these standard procedures
that we're supposed to follow,

they were created
for a reason, all right?



I don't need you to like me.

But I need you to do what I say.

We need to be a team.


No problem.

Okay, good.

We're good, then.

Hey, you...

Why don't you ever come into Molly's?

You should stop by.

I usually play darts down the street.

Yeah, we got a dart board.

But listen, I tell you what.

Why don't you and the guys
come over when shift's done

and I'll give you 10% off

all your drinks.

Yeah, sure.

All right. Great.

Oh, and just to be clear,

that's 10% off

all domestic beers and well drinks only.


We were all out of jalapenos

so I had to use banana peppers.

I cannot vouch for the taste.

It is completely untested.

- I'll make a sandwich.
- Smart move.

So you show up to put out a fire

and find some guy who blew himself up...

- Mm-hmm.
- With a grenade. Is that normal?

Uh, there is no normal

in the CFD.

Stella Kidd.

Who would have thought

the girl doing gravity bongs

on our senior trip to Vegas

would become a bona fide hero?

And look damn good doing it too.

Oh, my God. Well, enough about me.

How about you?

Are you still scouting for Baylor?

Oh, yeah. Yeah.

Yeah, I'm checking out
a sophomore running back

at Phillips this afternoon,

which reminds me. I gotta head out.

Already? Oh, come on.

Hey, I'm in town for the weekend.
Why don't we just

grab dinner one night?

Yes, hell yes. Okay.

Because we have tons more to catch up on.


And I just...

I want you and Kelly

to hang out some, you know?

Just, like, get to know
each other better.

Yeah, that'd be cool. Um...

We'll figure something out.

Hey. What do you think of Kidd's friend?

I think you should go clean
the driver's side compartment.

What's the deal with you and that doctor?

The deal is he's a prick.

He's not wrong, though.
Hospitals get sued all the time.

He can't just make up a reason
to test her blood.

I gave him a reason.

We went to residency
together in Lakeshore

and I got better reviews.

He doesn't want me to be right.

Gymnasts peak at what, 14?

Did you notice how worried her mother was

when she was going into
regionals in second place?

As if that wasn't good enough.

She could have been in shock.

Or maybe she wants
her daughter to win so badly

that she's giving her steroids.

Truck 81, Ambulance 61,

explosion, Union Park.

You know what happened here?

Couple of teenagers threw
something that exploded

and then took off.

What exploded?

Whatever it was, my ears
are still ringing.

Lady over here got hit by something.

- Brett, Foster.
- Yep.

Guys, back up.

Give us some room, folks.

- Back up.
- Give us some room.

Okay, where does it hurt?

Do you have any other injuries?

Just my leg. Something hit it.

- Keep pressure on it.
- Mm-hmm.

Said whatever exploded
went off around here.


Come check this out.

Another grenade?

Two grenades in the same area on
the same day is not a coincidence.

What do you think's going on?

It could be anything

from terrorism to teenagers
pulling YouTube pranks.

Well, it doesn't seem like
the woman in the park

was targeted, just unlucky.

She got hit with some shrapnel.

And for all we know, this morning

could have been a suicide.

The victim was holding onto the grenade.

Maybe he wanted to go out with a bang.

But we can't ask him.
He's still in critical.

In the meantime, we sent fragments
from both scenes to the lab.

We'll see if the grenades
are the same type.

We might be able to ID them, get lucky.

But it's a long shot.

Yeah, did you get a chance
to talk to anybody

who got a good look at those teens?

All we know is they were Caucasian males,

around 15, 16 years old.

Well, the city's covered in cameras.
We'll see what we can find.

Yeah, we'll get the story
out to the media, too.

Maybe we'll get somebody on the tip line.

Appreciate the info, Chief.

- Here if you need us.
- All right.

All right, we're done here.

So let's just gather up some
supplies and then head back...

Mrs. Curtis?

Oh, no.

Just trying to get
these forms filled out.

How's Erika doing?

They say she'll be in surgery
another few hours.

It's just they have to put a metal plate

on her collarbone.

It's really a routine
procedure these days.

There's not much to worry about.

Yeah, they have really great
doctors here, too,

so we should really get going.

I just have a few questions
for you about Erika.

- Okay.
- Do you know what PEDs are?

- Foster...
- Performance-enhancing drugs?

They build muscle fast and increase

the blood's oxygen-carrying capacity

for optimal performance,

but they also have devastating

long-term side effects,

especially on a 12-year-old girl.

What exactly are you saying?

That my daughter is doping?

Erika would never do that.

She is a hard worker. She practices twice

- every day.
- Excuse me.

What are you doing, Emily?

Um, we were just asking about Erika.

So glad to hear that
the surgery's going well.

You cannot just go accusing
someone like that.

That's not how this works.

I wanted to see her reaction.

Okay, you are not a doctor
anymore, Foster.

You're a medic.

Once we hand over the patient,
we have to step aside.

What if I can't?

Police are on the lookout
for two teenagers

who were spotted fleeing
the park before the explosion.

You can't see a thing in that photo.

Can't they, uh, zoom and enhance?

Sure, if you want it to get blurrier.

I used to say the streets
of Chicago were a war zone

but this is ridiculous.

CPD says they were MK-2 hand grenades

which haven't been used since Vietnam.

How do a couple teenagers in Chicago

get ahold of one of those?

Hey, what's going on in here?


Just taking a bathroom break.


You guys finish scrubbing down

those nozzles already?

Yes, sir. They're good to go.

Who did this, huh?

What are you looking at me for?

Anyone could have stolen those
out your locker.

Okay, I get it.

Hazing the new guy, huh? All right.

Gluing my bugles in the urinal?


I guess this means that it's my turn

to prank you then, huh?

Go grab your toothbrushes.

Meet me out on the floor.

I think those nozzles need
a second scrub-down.

Come on, Herrmann.

Where's your sense of humor?

Lieutenant Herrmann.

Show me some damn respect.

I am so glad you got to meet Tyler.

I wish he could have
hung out longer, though.

You two barely got to talk.

Maybe next time.

Well, uh, when he was leaving,

he mentioned inviting me
and some of our old friends

to his lake house for the weekend.

We used to go up there
in high school, rage,

no parental supervision.
It was just crazy fun.

- Good memories.
- Huh.

What... what is "huh"?

Do you not want me to go? What is this?

What is this with you and Tyler?

You didn't even try to get to know him.

He's in love with you.

We're friends.

I mean...

you maybe.

But he's got his eye on more.

If you want to go, go.

But I'm right about this.

Hey, I'm just about to
start restocking the ambo...

Uh-huh, I'll be out in one minute.

"Anabolic Steroids in Sports."

Look, I get it.

You don't think I know
what I'm talking about,

or maybe you don't trust me
because I told you

I cheated on the boards.

But that had nothing to do
with my instincts.

I was a damn good doctor.

I don't doubt it.

But that's not this job.

I just want to help that little girl.

Yeah, well, let me know.

Yep, anything you need.

Hey, Chief, uh, you got a sec?



What's on your mind, Lieutenant?

Oh, it's not a big deal. It's, a...


personnel issue.

Sit down.

Go on.

I'm not here to rat
anybody out or anything.

I'm just hoping for some advice.

I wanted to do a good job,

make you feel like you made

the right decision promoting me, so

I got some books on leadership.

And they all say,

"Emotional stability
is an important trait

for an effective leader."

But, uh,

to be honest, Chief, um...

I'm about to lose it on this guy.


Okay, here's my advice.

Forget what the damn books say.

Go with your gut.

I promoted you because I trust
you to make the right call.

So go do what you gotta do.

Excuse me, sir?

Yes? Can I help you, ma'am?

I didn't know where else to go.

Maybe you'll know what to do with these?


Whoa, careful.

Don't want to drop these.

They're heavier than they look.

Where'd you get them?

They were my late husband's.

I saw on the news

- that a grenade exploded.
- Uh-huh.

Figured I should turn them in.

What's going on?


Cruz, clear everyone off the floor.

Yeah, no problem.


I'll keep an eye on these
till the Bomb Squad gets here.

These... look old.

Could be unstable.

Shouldn't we evacuate?

Blast radius shrinks to a few feet

with a Kevlar vest around it. I got this.

Ma'am, right this way.

Yeah, thanks. See you soon.


So, uh,

police are on their way.

They're gonna have
some questions for you.

I figured they might.

Where'd your husband get the grenades?

I'm not sure.

He fought in Vietnam.

Collected all kinds of memorabilia.

After he passed, I decided to move.

I had a garage sale to

get rid of all the clutter.

I thought they were replicas.

I never would have sold any
if I thought they were real.

How many grenades did you sell?

Looked like three were missing.

That's right.

There was a bald man,

a young man who lived down the street,

and a boy I'd never seen before.

Did you get the boy's name?

Okay, everyone, settle down.


I'm sure you've heard by now
there is another grenade

in the neighborhood.

CPD is on the case,

but now 51 is going to help.

We're putting up fliers,
making phone calls,

and posting on social media
to warn people

the grenade is real.

But also to find the boy who has it.

Couldn't all this talk
of a grenade cause a panic?

A little panic is in order.

The boy is around 11 or 12 years old.

He arrived on foot alone,

which means he most likely
lives in the area.

Each unit will have a street to canvass

along with some schools and playgrounds.


Let's get a move on.

Time is of the essence.


I, uh, I thought about it a lot

and I'm not going to the lake
this weekend.

- No?
- No.

You know, I got to catch up
with Tyler today,

and, uh, you know, you and I
have been talking about

going to Buddy Guy's.

- You sure?
- Yeah.


That's 500, let's go.

All right.

All right, hey, 51!

Let's go find this kid.

And keep it serious, guys.

We got a Lieutenant
with no sense of humor.

What was that again, Barnes?

See what I mean?

Okay, you know what?

If being a firefighter
is such a big joke to you,

don't worry about coming out with us.

Oh, hey, relax.

I was just yanking your chain.

Oh yeah? You know what?

I already filled it out.

You know what they say, Barnes?

One bad apple can spoil the bunch.

I need you guys to work together

like a well-oiled machine.

So when we go out on a call at 3:00 am

and lives are at stake,

we don't make mistakes.

That is why we do drills.

And follow standard procedure, right?

And that is why I am transferring you

out of 51.

Go clean out your locker

and be gone by the time I get back.

Oh, come on.

Are you serious?

Let's roll out.


If you see anything, give us a call.

Thanks a lot.

Yeah, so if you happen to see
anything like that,

feel free to give that a call, okay?

Thank you so much for stopping, sir.

If you see anything, just please call
the number on the bottom, all right?

I know it sounds crazy, but it's true.

We're looking for
the little boy who bought it.

We think he lives in the area.

Please call the number on the
flier if you hear anything.

Hey, it's someone from the hospital.


Amanda, hi.

It's Erika's mom.

I hit every house on the block.

Nobody knows about any kid
with a grenade.

So we hit the next block.

And then the next.
He's around here somewhere.

- We have to find him and fast.
- Okay.

Hey, man.

Is this for real?


You know something about it?


Nobody's in trouble.

But whoever has that grenade
is in serious danger.

So if you know something, anything...

Kyle Buchanan has it.

Do you know where Kyle is?

Right now?

They're filming a movie in his backyard.

It's the last house down the alley.

You did good.

We have a positive ID
and location on the boy.

Heading there now.

Get me an address.

I'll call Bomb Squad and CPD
to meet us there.

Okay, you're advancing now. Ready?


Kyle, they've got you pinned down.

Throw the grenade!


Kyle, freeze! Freeze!

The grenade is real, Kyle.

But it won't go off unless
you release the handle.

So keep a tight hold on it.


You're doing great, Kyle.
Just take a deep breath.

Try to relax.

We'll do this slowly.


So we don't release the handle.

All right.


Run! Run!

Get down!


I just want to say...

I should have had your back.

My old partner was my best friend.

I always knew where she was coming from,

what she was thinking. I don't...

I don't really know you.


But you're my partner now.

And I should have had your back...

from the start.

Just so you know, I got yours.

Let's do this.

Um, sorry to interrupt.

Uh, we were here earlier for Erika?

Uh, yeah.

How's she doing?

It was a pretty bad break,

but the surgeons put a plate in
to help it heal properly.

Good to hear.

Yeah, I've been training Erika
since she was seven.

She's a natural.

It's a shame about her injury.

She was on her way
to first place at regionals.

You must be so disappointed.

Did you know she was on
performance-enhancing drugs?


- Not Erika.
- I'm afraid so.

Her blood showed traces of
oxymethalone and oxandrolone.

Wow, are...

Are you sure? That's...

Wow, I had no idea.


'Cause it would have required
daily injections

from someone who knew how to
administer the correct dosage.

Not to mention tracking the
stuff down and paying for it.

And you trained Erika
almost every day, right?

I give her B12 injections.
Perfectly legal.

So when the cops search your office,

that's what they'll find?

You called the cops?

Okay, you two can get out of my gym now.

Go. Out.

Here, guys.

This is outrageous.

I haven't done anything wrong.

You have nothing to worry about, then.

How oblivious could I be?

This man was drugging my daughter.

She'll be okay.

Erika's strong. She'll recover quickly.

You tried to tell me,
but I wouldn't listen.

It's not easy to believe
that a coach would

do something like this to a kid.

Thank you for not giving up.

It's because of you
the doctor ran a blood test.

No, that was all my partner.

They used to work together.

He knows how smart she is.

What's gonna happen to my coach?

Well, he's in trouble.

Those weren't just B12 shots
he was giving you.

I know.

Did you know that stuff
is hurting your body?

It makes me stronger.

I need it to win.

Yeah, I used to think that
winning was everything too.

And if I wasn't the best,

or the top of my class, I was nothing.

And trust me when I say
thinking like that...

it's a fast train
right into a brick wall.

Or a hospital bed.

I've been here too.

But you,

you got talent, girl.

And let that lift you up

and make you feel good and then

you can have fun.

I bet if you do that,

you'll go as far as you want.

Huh. Well, look at that.

Barnes finally did what I asked.

But now I'm a man down.

Gorsch will probably have

a relative to recommend.

What if I can help with that?

Hey, Kelly.

What's up?

I'm just looking for Stella.
Is she around?

No. Left a while ago.

Thought you were heading
to your buddy's party.

Yeah, I am.

Just wanted to check in
with her before I left.

You know, funny thing is,

at first she was supposed to join me.

Seemed real excited about it too, then...

out of the blue she just cancels.

Maybe she changed her mind.


You know, I'd hate to think
somebody changed it for her.

Now, just so you know, Kelly,

I might be leaving Chicago,

but I'll never be out of her life.

Nina, would you like me

to get you a clean glass?

Oh, I doubt there's
a clean one back there.

The three-sink method most bars use

can actually leave the glass dirtier

than it was before being washed.

Oh, no, that's okay.

The alcohol kills the germs.

Oh, a common misconception.

Even 80-proof vodka

isn't enough to kill off

disease-causing bacteria.

Okay, there is Zac Harmon

tonight at 9:30,

or we could wait till tomorrow

and see Lurrie King at 10:00.

Your call.


You're just gonna not offer an opinion?

At all?

Either's fine with me, that's all.

Okay. Lurrie King.

Great. Do you want another beer?

Yes please.

- Herrmann!
- Yep.



Mouch has a lot of good things
to say about you.

Any of it true?

I think Mouch is a really good guy,

but I told him already,

I turned in my resignation.


I trust Mouch's opinion

as much as I trust my own.

So if he says that you got what it takes,

then I believe it.

You said that?

Well, sure.

Hey, Ritter.

This isn't charity.

I'm looking out for my friend here.

He needs someone he can count on.

Come on, kid.

What do you say?


All right!

Hey, let's get a beer over here

for my buddy Ritter.

Hey, on the house.

That's the last time
you'll ever hear those words.


I don't get it.

Why are you doing all this for me

after I froze up in that stairwell?

Because you got back up.

And getting back up,

that's the hard part.

Take it from someone who's been there.


I'm gonna do you proud, Mouch.

You damn well better.

Welcome to 51, Ritter.