Chicago Fire (2012–…): Season 8, Episode 13 - A Chicago Welcome - full transcript

The surprising arrival of a new fire truck brings both joy and chaos to members of Firehouse 51. Boden and Severide are asked to make peace with an old foe for the greater good. Brett ...

- Cancer is an epidemic.

One in three firefighters
will be diagnosed.

- These are new operational

that will keep us safe.

Assistant Deputy
Commissioner Gorsch.

- Grissom installed Gorsch here
to harass Boden,

try to get him to snap.

- I will retreat and wait
for another opportunity.

- Close the door
when you leave.

- I need to find a place
to live.

I knew I could
never replace Otis.

- I would've loved
to have you there.

- This is gonna be awesome.

- That was a dangerous night.

- Fun as hell too.

- Let's do it again.
- Absolutely.

- How was everyone's weekend?

- Dynamite.

- I can confirm that Foster's
weekend was very good.

- Hey guys, look!

- Oh, what's this?

- Great, right?

- Look how shiny it is!

- Look at her.

- You got a new rig?
- News to me.

- Big comfy seats in here.

- Tell 'em!
Tell 'em about the heater.

- The heat is like a little
touch of sunshine in the dash.

- Is there an angel playing
a golden harp nearby?

Because somebody
answered my prayers!

- I thought I'd be buried
before the old 81.

How'd you manage an upgrade,

- I have no idea.

- Oh, my God, this is great!

- Oh!
- I know!

- Uh, what about 51?

When--when do we get
an upgrade?

I mean,
it's just--you know...

nah, nah,
I'm not gonna say anything.

Okay, I'm gonna say it,
all right?

Engine 51 is the afterthought
of this firehouse.

- The legroom in this cab
is exquisite.

- Afterthought!

- Engine 51, Squad 3,
Truck 81,

Ambulance 61, House Fire,
81 South Washtenaw.

- Hey, what's going on?

- I called 911 as soon
as I saw the smoke.

- You know how many live here?

- Older couple just moved in,
man and woman.

I haven't met them yet.

I've only seen 'em
a couple of times.

Probably in their 70s.

- Squad 3,
clear out the bottom floor.

Truck 81,
you got the upstairs.

Herrmann, I want two lines
in there after them.

Let's go, let's go, let's go!

- Kidd, me.

Mouch, Gallo, behind.

- All right, hey,
Ritter, Cokey, Clarence,

drop two lines!

Let's drown this thing!

- Hey, Tony, Capp,
around back.

Cruz, by my side.
We'll take the middle.

- Primary starts.
Let's go!

Fire department, call out!

Fire department!

Call out!

- Fire department, call out!

- Gail, I'm coming!

- Hey--wait!


- Gail?

- Kidd, get the husband.
I'll get the wife.

- Come on, we've got
to get you out of here.

- No!
- Hey, hey!

He'll get to your wife!

- She's all I have!
- I understand that!

But you can't stay here!
He'll get to her, I promise!

Come on!
Come on!

Let's go!
Stay low!

Stay low!

- Captain, we got her!

- Go!

- Let's go!

- Knock it down, Herrmann.
- Copy that!

- Shallow breaths,
weak pulse.

We gotta get her to Med.

- Gail!

- We're taking her straight
to the trauma unit.

You stay with Ambulance 97
let them treat you on the way!

- Gail.

- Is that who I thought it was?

- Jerry Gorsch.

- I thought he got booted
to Siberia.

- Yeah--found his way back.

I'd love to know why.

- Chief, fire's under control.

- All right, 51,
let's get ready for overhaul.

- Copy that.

You know how when you
go waterskiing

on a summer morning

and the boat just glides across
the perfectly still lake,

barely making a ripple?

That's what the suspension
is like on the new 81.

- You've never been waterskiing
a day in your life.

- And the
temperature control system,

it's like the micro-environment
is in the Goldilocks zone.

Not too hot,
not too cold.

- You through?

- Well, I just assumed that
you would like to hear about

some of the features
in the new--

- I wouldn't.

- Well but we're brothers here.
- Uh-huh.

- I mean,
one rig's joy should be

a source of pride and pleasure
to all his fellow firefighters.

- Well, we're brothers,
all right.

- Yeah.
- Yeah.

Cain and Abel.

- They seem on edge.

- Look, I learned last year,

every now and then,
the volcanoes around here,

they do a little rumbling.

- Okay,
how do we cool them off?

- Ooh, we don't.

No, we stay, far, far away

and try not to get destroyed
when the lava erupts.

- Copy that.

- What ya looking at?

- Looking for wedding bands.

- Slim pickings?
- Too many choices, actually.

There's everything from a guy
playing a ukulele

to, like, a full orchestra.

- Ukulele for sure.

- I wanna have, like,
a classic jazz band,

but Chloe wants to have,
like, a '90s party band.

Maybe we should
just have no band.

- Or ukulele guy.

Anyway, I wanted to let
you know

that I'm having
a little party tomorrow night,

so be ready for that.

- Really?
- Mm-hmm.

- Good news?

- Just very happy with
my roommate choice right now.

- Chief, Lieutenant.

- Why were you
at my fire scene today?

- I wanted to see how your men
were enjoying the new truck.

81 was overdue for an upgrade.

I apologize
it took me this long

to push it through
the department.

- Uh-huh.
What's the catch?

- It's a peace offering, guys.

I saw a need and I filled it,
which is my job.

And I'm here because
I have a different need

I would also like to fill.
- There it is.

- Trust me, this is something
you'll both get behind.

- Yeah.
- No, no, no, hear me out.

I heard you've started

the Cancer Support Network's
plan for best practices

in CFD firehouses.

- That's right.

- Well, this is an issue
near and dear to my heart.

In fact, I have
a multimillion dollar order in

for a second set
of turnout gear

for each firefighter
on the CFD.

While one set is cleaned
after each fire,

you have fresh gear ready
for the next call.

- Those are my recommendations.
Less exposure to carcinogens.

- Exactly.

It makes sense, and it's
something this department

can do right now
to protect its firefighters.

I lost a cousin to cancer.
John Ogden.

He, uh, worked out
of Cleveland FD for 28 years.

He was--he was pretty much the
reason I chose this profession.

So when I saw that you were
spearheading this effort,

I thought to myself,
"Jerry, it's high time

"you put aside your differences
and work with Chief Boden

toward a common goal."

- Well, I will say,
this is a surprise,

but encouraging.

- There is a problem.

Commissioner Grissom has put
a spending freeze in place.

And there are two people
in the entire department

that Grissom will listen to
more than anyone else--

- Mm.

- I know I have
no standing here,

but I would appreciate it

if you would reach out directly
to the Commissioner

and advocate
for this purchase order.

I happen to think
this plan is important,

and it's the right thing
to do.

Thank you for your time.

- You realize he's just
looking to get a medal

pinned to his chest,
right, Chief?

- If he's securing firefighters
a second set of turnout gear,

I will pin it on him myself.

- Hey, I was wondering,
did you hear anything about

that couple from the house fire
this morning

after you dropped them off?

- Um, the wife went into

I saw the husband
getting bandaged,

but we were out of there
before I heard any updates.

- He had a lot of grit.

He tried to beat back
the flames with a coffee table

attached to his arm.

- You know, 61 needs gas.

I could run by Med on the way,
find out what I can.

- Actually...

I think 81 needs a fill up too.

- Mr. Larson?

I'm Sylvie Brett,
this is Matt Casey

the Chicago Fire Department.

- Oh, were you...

- We were.

- Oh,
thank you for rescuing us.

I tried to get to Gail.

- I saw it.
It was brave.

- Oh, yeah.

And useless.

- A neighbor said
you just moved here?

- We did,
lived in Montana.

- Can we call someone for you?

- Oh, no, we outlived all
our friends and family there.

Gail spent time in Chicago
when she was young.

She loved it.

Her students--
she was a schoolteacher.

Every gift they ever gave her
was Chicago-related.

It was her thing.

After she retired, we just
looked at each other one day

and said, "Why not?"

So we packed up Dusty
and all our belongings

and moved here.

That was one month ago.

- Dusty?
- Oh, it's our cat.

- My experience
as a firefighter,

we never find cats
in burning houses.

They always find a way out.

- Oh, that's good.

That's good.

- Have you heard an update
on your wife?

- No, no, no.
She was in surgery.

The nurse told me
she would notify me

as soon as Gail's out.

- Maybe I can check on that
for you.

- Would you?
Thank you.

Thank you.

- Man, I feel bad for him.

- It's not much of
a Chicago welcome.



- He says he doesn't have
any family to notify,

no personal contacts in Chicago
to be with him.

- He and his wife just moved
here a month ago.

- I've talked to the nurses.

No one's come to visit,
not even a concerned neighbor.

- So sad for him
to be here all alone.

- Yeah.

You know,
I'll talk to Dr. Charles now,

make sure he visits.

- Thank you.
- Mm-hmm.

- Hey, just the man
I was looking for!

- Yeah?

- So Foster, my new roommate,

is throwing a balls-to-the-wall
rager tomorrow night

to break in her new digs
so to speak,

and I was wondering...

should I dress up like going
out to the club full-on

or do I go kind of super cas,

you know,
like it's my place too,

so who needs to show off?

- What?

- Well, technically,
it's my apartment too.

So I'm like a host and...

hey, maybe you should come.

We can hang out, kind of...

- What are you doing?

- What do you mean?


- Kelly, this is
Deputy Chief Don Freeman

from over at Firehouse 17.

- Kelly Severide.
- Chief Freeman was the one

who introduced us
to the Cancer Support Network.

- Ah.
- I called Don to see

if he had insight
into Gorsch's plan

for additional bunker gear.

- And I'm happy to say
it's legitimate.

I talked to a rep from
LION fire gear, our supplier,

and they spoke with Jerry
about second sets

of bunker gear for everybody.

- And that's great news.

- No.

If you're good, I'm good.

- All I know is whatever
you guys can do

to put that purchase order
through, I say do it.

It'll add years to lives.

- Okay.
Thank you, Don.

- You bet.

- Let's call
Commissioner Grissom.

- What are you big plans
for off shift?

- I think I'm going to run by
the Larson's house

and see
if I can find Dusty.

- The cat?
- Yeah.

- I'll tell you what,
I got the morning free.

I'll follow you there.

- Dusty!

You here, kitty-kitty?


The lady at the counter
said no cat can resist these.


- You said cats
make it out alive, right?

- Right.

- Dusty!

- You guys wanna hear
something funny?

When I'm coaching, right,
everyone's calling me a moron.

Now I get a microphone
in front of me,

everyone call me an expert.

- Coach, how are the Bears
gonna be next year?

- You know what?
They're gonna be good.

They got a great defense,

and I think they got
some talent on offense.

- How do you know
Coach Wannstedt?

- Everyone knows Coach.

- Uh, Herrmann, please.
- You got it.

- And Randy says I get that
"friends and family" discount.

- Oh, did he now, huh?

Uh, you got a second?

Uh, yeah, so uh, I've been
thinking a lot about

how you like new stuff,
you know?

New ownership position here
at the bar,

uh, new truck over
at the firehouse.

- I wouldn't say

that's an all-encompassing

- So I made up a new schedule
and it turns out that, uh,

you have a lot
of new responsibilities.

- Hey, this is, like,
five nights a week!

- What is that?

- I just bought it.

- Yeah, I'm pretty sure
Kim Jong-il

wore that same tracksuit.

- Mmm-mm, this is fly,
all right?

I was told this is fly.

- Oh, Joe.
- What?

I--I got Foster's
fiesta thing tonight,

and everybody there
is gonna be super hip.

- Look,
I don't know what that is,

but you cannot wear that.

- Really?

- I mean, you look like
you're about to toss

an electronic store.

- Oh, God.
The party's at my place.

How am I supposed to change
into something else?

- I'd say slip in undetected,

but there's no hope of that
with what you're wearing.

- Hey, what's going on?

- We're trying
to figure that out.

- After you two went to bat
with the commissioner,

I got an email that the
purchase order was approved.

- Well, that's good news,

- It is, except I called
my contact at LION

and they didn't get the order.

- Well, isn't that gonna take
a minute to process?

- I asked the same thing.

- Gorsch told him
they were rejected.

That doesn't add up.


- Gentlemen, what brings you
to headquarters?

- We endorsed your plan
for new turnout gear

with the commissioner.

- I know, and I'm grateful.

- Except that LION says
that you rejected their bid.

If this is
some kind of bait and switch...

- This is a misunderstanding.

- Enlighten us.

- I rejected LION
because I found a company

that makes excellent apparel
at 2/3rds the cost.

- Okay.

- Wallace, I know
we've had our differences,

and I understand I was
responsible for a lot of that,

but firefighters
will have new gear,

not next year, not when this
spending freeze is over--now.

And that's because of you.

- Deputy Commissioner?

You're wanted
in the conference room.

- Thanks, Mark.

Sorry for the misunderstanding,

but I want you to know
you did right by the CFD.

Dobson is a solid company
out of Winston-Salem.

They're gonna jump
on this order.

- Can I get your input
on something?

- Of course.

- It's sensitive, I guess.

Well, I don't know
if I told you I was adopted.

- I think I remember
something like that.


- I'm not shy about it.

It's just it's not something
I think about a lot

until yesterday.

This guy reached out to me.

An intermediary,
I guess you'd call it

- Okay.

- He said my birth mother
is seeking contact.

- Huh.

- It's just my parents
are my parents,

and that's not gonna change.

If--if I wanted to know
who my biological mother was,

I would've tried to make that
happen a long time ago.

I'm an adult.
I'm not some teenager.

It just seems--
it seems very intrusive.

I just...

I hadn't thought about it,

and now that I am thinking
about it,

I want to do it
on my timetable.

You know, she doesn't
get to set the agenda.

She gave up that right
a long time ago.

Anyway, what do you think?

- All I know is I've been
impressed by your ability

to see the good in people.


If anyone can handle
this kind of bomb

dropped in her lap, it's you.

- You're Postmates?

- What?

- Liquor delivery?

- No, no, I actually--

- Emily, there's some weirdo
creeping out in your hallway!

- No, wait--

- What's going on, Joe?

- Oh, um, she just didn't know
I lived here.

- I mean,
what are you doing here?

- Oh, I just--I thought
that I would just try...

- I told you
I was having friends over.

- Right, yeah,
and I would--I...

Oh, you--you were
telling me that

because you wanted me to...

- Thanks, Joe!
I--I really appreciate it!

- But still, I think--

- Watch the door.

Sorry, it's totally illegal
to slip Dusty in here.

- Oh!

Bless you.

You have no idea
what this means to me.

- I'm so glad we found him.

- Oh, Gail would be so happy
to know you're safe.

I'm getting out soon.

They said they'd discharge me
in the morning.

- Do you have a place to stay?

- The insurance
has a hotel for me.

It's like a Quality Inn
or something

until I can figure out what
we are gonna do, hmm?

- I--I could try to...

- No, no, no.

It's fine.
It's fine.

Also, um...

a doctor recommended
the Foran funeral home?

- I--I know it.
It's on Archer.

It's nice.

- I think...

I'll make
arrangements for Gail there.

I won't need much.

If this had been ten years ago
in Great Falls,

oh, the place would be
filled to the rafters.



- Oh, you look like hell.
- Must've been some party.

- It was not.

- It makes no sense
that you make the schedule

with no input from me.

- Well,
it makes perfect sense.

I do it, I've done it,
and I'm gonna keep on doing it.

- Okay, so is this a monarchy
or a democracy?

- It's a whatever-I-say-it-is.

- You know what?

I think I'm gonna spend
the shift in the comfort

of my roomy new chair
in the back of Truck 81.

It's like I'll have my own
soundproof chamber

where I don't have to listen
to your hot air.

- Yeah, good!

Me and my hot air
will be fine by ourselves!

- What's that all about?

- Well, according to Mouch,

Herrmann's a little jelly
about our new rig.

- How is it?

- Oh, I am not gonna lie
to you.

It's pretty great.

- I heard it was a gift
from Gorsch.

- Oh, don't tell me that means
we gotta give it back

out of principle or something.

Hey, Ritter,
Severide's looking for you.

He's in his quarters.

- What's this?

- Oh, we just have to watch
Dusty for a few days

while the victim from the house
fire last shift gets settled.

- Well, look.

Tuesday and Dusty
get along great.

- Anarchy around here!

- Hey, Kidd said
you wanted to see me?

- Yeah,
you're a tech-whiz, right?

- Oh, well, I don't know
abut tech-whiz,

and most guys my age--
- Yeah, perfect.

I need you to look into
a company called

Dobson First Responder
Equipment and Apparel

out of Winston-Salem.

- Okay.

What am I looking for?

- A connection.

- What you making?

Why are you Mr. Sulky?

- I don't know, roommate.

Maybe because I had
to spend last night

for a place to sleep.

- What?
No, no, no.

That's on you.

I told you that
I was having people over.

- I thought you were telling me
because you were inviting me

to my own house party.

- Oh.

- You know what?

Maybe Brett and I should've
stuck with Nick Porter.

At least he knows what
it's like to be a room dog!

Excuse me!

- What was that about?

- Truck 81, Ambulance 61,
Battalion 25,

man down from unknown causes.
27 West Canal Street.

- That's by the river.

What is this?

- Hey guys, over here.

- I can't hold them
much longer!

- Help is coming!

- Okay, Squad, rope up and get
to that child down there.

Truck 81 and Engine 51,

treat each citizens
as a separate rope rescue.

Work from the bottom,
get to the top.

Okay, let's go,
let's go, let's go!

- Tie off on that high hook.
- Okay.

- Don't worry--
we're coming to get you.

Now you hold on!

- Try to keep still.

I got you.

- Set on red!

- Okay, tell me when.

- Cruz, when you're ready,
down on red.

- Down on red.
- Copy that.

- Down on yellow.
- Down on yellow.

- Copy that, Captain.
Down on yellow.

- All right, hang on.
I got you.

- Go.
Hold on yellow.

- All right, I got you.

- All right, we're in line!

- Up on red.
- Copy that.

Up on red.

- Up on yellow.
- Up on yellow.

- Copy.
Up on yellow.

- Hang on, hang on.
I got you.

I got you.
Okay, easy.

- I got you.

- Down on red.

- Copy, down on red.

- Ready on blue.
- Up on blue.

- Hold.


- Hold on yellow!

- Hold on.
I got you.

- Okay...
up on yellow.

- Copy, Chief.

You got him?

Good job.

- Oh, my God!
Oh, my God, Aaron!

I fell asleep on the couch.
I didn't know the door--

- He's okay.

It's just a few scratches
and a big old scare.

- Oh, thank you.

Thank you.
Thank you so much.

- Thank these folks, ma'am.

Wasn't just us.

And these folks.

They're the reason
your son is safe.

- Chicago shows up
for each other.

It's how we do it.

- That's right.

- Come on.

Let's get Aaron to Med,
just as a precaution.

- All right--I like what
you did on that rope.

- Whoo!

- Hey, buddy, great work.

- Hey, man.

I just wanna say I'm sorry.

No, I mean it.

I'm sorry I was carrying on
about the new rig.

- I mean, truth is I've been
a touch jealous

ever since you made lieutenant.

You and me,

we were always on
the same trajectory, you know?

And then you got promoted
and you got your own rig,

and you go
to officer meetings and...

I don't know.

I overdid it jabbing you
about the new rig,

and I'm--I'm sorry I did that.

- I had no idea
you felt this way.

Why didn't you just
say something?

I mean...
- Um...

- Put that out of your mind.

I'm not kidding about
being an afterthought

since I made lieutenant.

I'm an officer, and they can't
give me officer's quarters?

I mean, I'm bunking in
the noisy area

next to the bathrooms.

I mean, does anybody
ever ask my opinion

about where we park the rigs?

You know, I've ideas,
but nobody ever asks, right?

- No.

- All right, look, um,
all of this is to say that...

You don't need to feel
this way.

We're still the same,
you and me.

- Yeah, okay.

And now I can see that I
overdid it too, you know?

I want you to forget about
the schedule at Molly's,

and we can go back to the way
we had it before.

- Okay, great.

- Chief?
- Yeah.

- Ever since Gorsch showed up,

you know I've questioned
his motives.

- Uh-oh.
- Yeah.

- Are you gonna throw
a wrench into my efforts

to better protect

- I'll just tell you
what I know.

What you do with that
information is up to you.

- Come on.

- Okay, uh...


- You wanted to see me, Laura?

I'm sorry.
What's happening here?

- You already know
City Comptroller Laura Martin.

- Of course.
- Well, she's been brought up

to speed
about a little malfeasance

in the Chicago Fire Department,

from you in particular.

- Well, I don't know what
you're talking about,

but I do know that I do not
like having my name impugned.

- How's your friend,
Lane Farrison?

You have the equipment
purchase order

Jerry Gorsch signed to Dobson?
- I do.

- Well, a couple of things
bothered me about that.

You said this company
was a lot cheaper

than our current supplier,
which didn't sit right with me.

One thing you don't go
cheap on, ever, is fire gear.

So I did some digging around,

and it turns out that Dobson's
bunker gear

has never been vetted
or tested by the NFPA.

In fact, they've never made
bunker gear.

- Well, it's still
in the rollout phase--

- And when you said
this company

was out of Winston-Salem,
that jogged a memory--

something you said once
about your hometown.

- Winston-Salem.

- Turns out your friend
Lane Farrison...

- Is the head of sales
at Dobson.

- I don't see why that's--

- This was off
Farrison's Instagram.

That's you, that's him,
at your high school reunion.

- Okay, but..

so I know the guy.

That's why he gave me
such a great deal.

I was using
a personal relationship

to help the city.

- By giving firefighters
untested gear?

I talked to CPD,
and they talked

to the Winston-Salem
Police Department.

Those guys interviewed
your buddy.

Guess how long it took him
to crack?

All of ten seconds.

- $200,000 in kickbacks,

- I can see that this
is a hostile environment.

So I'm going to extract myself,
and talk to my attorney.

- Tell him you're fired.

Thank you for bringing this
to the city's attention.

- And I know that this means
the purchase order

is gonna get tied up
in litigation...

- Oh, I'm going to get you your
equipment, Chief.

I've already talked
to the mayor about it.

Thank you for all that you do.

- Thank you, ma'am.

- Hey.

- No, no, stay in
that good mood you're in.

I screwed up, okay?

I wasn't clear about
the all-girls night,

and of course,
it is your house,

and you should've
been welcomed.

- Really?

- I just didn't think
that you wanted to come

to a singles party.

I mean,
you're getting married, dude.

- I know, and I'm excited
about it, seriously.

It's just...

I guess I'm panicking too,
if I'm being honest.

Nick Porter filled my head
with all this craziness,

and the wedding's
getting closer,

and I just...

I guess I wanted
to see a little bit

of what I'd be giving up.

Even if it was only
for one night,

and purely in
an observational capacity.

- Say no more.
I get it.

- You do?
- Yes.

And I'll throw a...

we'll throw another rager

that'll put that one
to shame.

Room dog?

But you cannot wear
that track suit ever again.

- Okay, all right.

How's the little boy
from the river call?

- Good as new.

Handling it better
than his mom actually.

- And how's Dusty?

- I wanna take him home
and keep him forever.

- I'm not sure Mr. Larson
would agree to that.

He seemed pretty attached.

- Um, speaking of, do you still
have any press contacts

from your alderman days?

- Sure.
What do you have in mind?

- Should we wait
a few more minutes?

- No.

This is fine.
- Okay.

Let me start with
a short passage from Psalms.

- Oh, you didn't have
to come.

- Chicago shows up
for each other.

- "The Lord is my shepherd,

"I shall not want.