After the leave of Peter Mills last week, Firehouse 51’s newest paramedic, Jessica “Chili” Chilton joins the team. The station attempts to repress any thoughts of Mills, especially Brett, who struggles to connect with her new partner. In either case, Chili proves her worth in the field, remaining calm and collected – even during a call that finds her and Brett rescuing a stabbing victim after a robbery. Chili’s real mystery emerges later when she receives a package at 51 full of her personal invention: Chilleeze, a self-chilling champagne bottle. I’m sorry what? The whole firehouse thinks it’s a little silly, except for Herrmann who naturally loves the idea and wants to offer the item at Molly’s.
A different kind of offer lands for Casey when Nesbitt asks him to bid on a franchise-level expansion at Stilettos. Casey hesitates based on Nesbitt’s nebulous past and seeks out Rice, who worked with Nesbitt, for advice. Rice responds with an inconclusive story involving Nesbitt, some missing money and the IRS. Later, Casey returns to Stilettos to continue his original contract job and ends up eating lunch with Katya, one of the dancers and Nesbitt’s confidante. She encourages him to make a bid and their chemistry leaves him more than inclined, but when Casey accidentally interrupts Nesbitt during a meeting, Nesbitt’s curt reaction incites Casey to reject the franchise offer. Much to Nesbitt and Katya’s chagrin, Casey storms out of the club, determined to end his relationship with Stilettos altogether. Nice job Casey, did yourself one.
Back at 51, Otis fills in Cruz regarding an unnerving observation he made during the intense call from earlier: he clocked Rice running back to the fire truck on account of faulty equipment, not the first time Rice ducked out of a rescue. A curious Cruz checks Rice’s equipment in secret and discovers it works just fine. He relays this to a few choice members of the squad and Herrmann warns that the accusation is too serious to jump to conclusions, suggesting that they keep their eyes open and their mouths shut. But Severide corners Cruz and Otis before they even implement their strategy. The lieutenant calls Otis “out of line” and demands the rumors and allegations against Rice stop now.
An urgent call sends the squad out to a raging apartment fire that appears to be caused by an overloaded electrical outlet. The team manages to save two victims from separate floors – Billy, mostly unscathed, and Victoria, severely burned and in critical condition. Herrmann blames Billy’s outlet for the fire and Billy pleads with Dawson to believe he turned it off like he always does. Later, Antonio from P.D. approaches Dawson at the station with new information on Victoria: Chicago Med found evidence of rape.
Dawson doesn’t have much time to consider because Billy confronts her at 51, terrified by a recent line of questioning from detectives. Dawson feels inclined to believe in Billy’s innocence and Severide, who overhears their conversation, agrees. The two firefighters return to the apartment to check for any clue that could exonerate Billy and, sure enough, a thorough search leads Severide to an interesting discovery of burnt rubber that appears to have leaked from the ceiling above Billy’s room. They found evidence from the room above proving that this was arson. Somebody torched the apartment. When a nosy neighbor mentions he saw a man in scrubs that walked into the complex, they let their friends at P.D. take the reins.
Meanwhile, Dawson receives a voice mail from an emotional Billy. Concerned about his well-being, she enlists Antonio to help track Billy’s call, and they find him dangerously close to jumping off a bridge, prepared to leap to his death, overwrought with guilt over his perceived role in the fire. Dawson convinces Boden to allow her to talk Billy down and, as they both teeter on the edge, Dawson explains that police removed him from the list of suspects. This calms Billy and allows for a safe and secure rescue. Dawson’s risky save produces compliments from the squad.
As P.D. launches their investigation into the arson. They get help from Sergeant Benson of Special Victim’s Unit. Turns out she received an alert that crosschecked rape and arson based on an open case from 10 years back. When Voight fills her in on the details over video chat, Benson flies up to Chicago and meets with Voight and Boden in person. She studies the victim and, based on the details, it triggers memories of that open case – the victim’s green fingernail polish, hair color, height. Benson knows it’s the same killer. And now it’s up to Chicago P.D. and SVU to hunt him down.
The Crossover event continues tonight at 9/8c on NBC.
Chicago PD: Tracy Spiridakos Teases Fire/PD Crossover, ‘Upzek’’s’ Future, and Relationship with Halstead
Chicago PD and Chicago Fire are teaming up for yet another exciting crossover!
On Wednesday, Feb. 20th, Intelligence and Firehouse 51 will work together after a string of robberies lead to a building fire.
However, Tracy Spiridakos, who plays Hailey Upton, revealed that the situation might get more personal when Voight suspects a firefighter may be involved.
‘Chicago Fire,’ ‘Chicago P.D’ and ‘Chicago Med’ Renewed, ‘Chicago Justice’ On the Fence
NBC said yes to Chicago, specifically three major Chicago shows.
Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D and Chicago Med will all be returning for the 2017-18 season.
No decision has been made about the fourth and most recent addition to the franchise, Chicago Justice.
It isn’t surprising considering that out of the shows, Justice seems to have the lowest draw, starting out slow when it premiered in March during a three-show crossover.
Also not yet renewed is Wolf’s Law & Order: SVU, despite being the second-highest-rated drama on the network with over 10 million viewers weekly.
P.D is another top performer while Med’s ratings are solid, even after a move to Thursday night.
If Justice and SVU get the boot, Wolf won’t be too concerned as he’s adding yet another drama this year – Law & Order: True Crime — The Menendez Murders.
Dick Wolf. Unstoppable.
Chicago Fire – Deathtrap (5×15)
Welcome to part one of the #OneChicago 3 hour, 4 show crossover event. There was a lot of Chicago on television tonight!
Things kicked off with Dick Wolf’s first series, Chicago Fire. The firefighters were responding to a fire at a warehouse in the city with multiple teens inside. Despite their best efforts, Chief Bowden had to pull his men from the fire because it was too big of a risk.
That’s when Olinsky from Chicago PD’s Intelligence Unit ran up frantically exclaiming that his daughter Lexi was inside. Last we saw Lexi, Olinsky called her into the precinct not to ask her to move back in, but to tell her he loved her after dealing with a case where parents lost their young girl. Now he was being faced with that same fate.
Bowden did his friend the favor and went back inside to try to find Lexi. When they brought her to Med, Halstead declared more than 60% of her body had been burned. Her chances of making it were slim but he promised to do everything in his power to save her life.
As the death toll kept rising – we left off at 38 – Bowden and his team were determined to find out the cause of the fire. That’s when they brought in Intelligence and a special unit, who found that it wasn’t an accident, it was actually caused by a lightbulb and some cat litter. Seriously – something so simple you can find online killed so many innocent children.
They initially looked at the owner of the warehouse – a man who claimed to offer kids with little to no money a safe place to stay. When he was further questioned, he shot himself in the bathroom stall at the fire house. Not the best way to end a horrible day.
At that point, the investigation is turned over to Intelligence and knowing that Lexi was a victim propels them to work even harder to find the suspect.
It’s a devastating blow and the whole city comes together to get some justice…. the perfect lead in to Chicago Justice’s very first episode. (But that’s for later.)
Other Important Moments
- Severide calls Anna to tell her misses her after a brutal night. She shows up at the firehouse to tell him she accepted a job as a pediatric at Med and he couldn’t be happier. Looks like we’ll be seeing a lot more of her in future episodes.
- Mouch is injured in the fire when a balcony falls on him when he’s trying to save the victims. His heroism shines through as he tells the staff at Med to let him be and focus efforts on those who need help. He then helps a woman cope with the trauma of the fire and knowing she may have hurt someone in order to save herself. Deep.
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