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Season 1 episodes (24)
For the firefighters, rescue squad and paramedics of Chicago Firehouse 51, no occupation is more stressful or dangerous, yet so rewarding and exhilarating.
2 Mon Amour
Severide is hiding a serious shoulder injury sustained in the fire that killed Andy Darden, and grapples with his guilt as he fights to rescue a construction worker trapped in a building collapse. Adding to the burden, Darden's wife Heather turns on Severide at the annual firefighters' barbecue, blaming him for her husband's death. A call is made to an accident site at Hancock Tower, where two teenagers are pinned in a vehicle trapped beneath the falling debris of a broken window washer's cart. Meanwhile, Casey and Hallie work to figure out their future together.
3 Professional Courtesy
When the drunk driver who hits a car and paralyzes a 16-year-old boy turns out to be the son of a dirty cop, Lieutenant Casey must decide whether or not to turn him in. Facing pressure and subsequent threats from the powerful and well-connected Detective Voight, Casey decides to tell the truth, inviting a stand-off. Additionally, Severide, who's fighting off the advances of the Chief's new assistant, learns he has a fractured vertebra in his neck that may never heal if he doesn't get treated, but ignores the doctor's advice so he can continue working. Meanwhile, Mills is torn between helping his mother at her restaurant and devoting himself full-time to the fire department, like his father did.
4 One Minute
Chief Boden (Eamonn Walker) is accused of leaving a homeless man to die in a warehouse fire after ordering his men to evacuate the scene, creating negative press and bad feeling within the department. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Severide (Taylor Kinney) helps an elderly woman facing some neighborhood problems. Detective Voight (guest star Jason Beghe) ramps up his intimidation tactics aimed at Casey (Jesse Spencer) in an attempt to discourage him from testifying against his son. Shay (Lauren German) is forced to revisit her heartbreak over her ex-girlfriend Clarice (guest star Shiri Appleby), when she finds herself face-to-face with the ex and her husband during a call. Hermann's (David Eigenberg) temper flares during a rescue call at a Halloween block party. Monica Raymund, Charlie Barnett and Teri Reeves also star.
5 Hanging On
Casey confronts Detective Voight about his harassing tactics, vowing never to back down, and ends up paying the price for his decision. Dawson faces disciplinary action for her on-the-job conduct. Meanwhile, Severide finds his arm failing him during a rescue at a construction accident, and reaches out to Anna, an old flame and pharmaceutical rep, hoping she might be able to help alleviate his injury problems.
6 Rear View Mirror
Facing suspension, Dawson gets a hand from the same girl she saved through the procedures that landed her in front of the disciplinary board. Lieutenant Casey finds his fuse shortening as Detective Voight stops at nothing to get him to retract his statement. However, when Casey lays his life on the line during an apartment fire, he may have unknowingly caught the break he was needing.
7 Two Families
Everyone in the firehouse is ordered to take a drug test after a call to a daycare center exposes them to a makeshift meth lab, and Severide stalls, not wanting his injury, or the painkillers he takes, to be discovered. Meanwhile, Truck and Squad find themselves pinned down by gunfire while trying to help the victim of a gang shooting, and a deep-fried turkey fire grows from small to explosive when a garage catches fire. Elsewhere, Dawson saves a bleeding man and Casey delivers a baby on the scene of a massive car pileup on the freeway.
8 Leaving the Station
At the site of a train accident, Peter Mills (Charlie Barnett) becomes deeply upset when he observes the dead body of a young victim. Unable to shake his emotional distress about the event, he questions his future as a firefighter. Dawson (Monica Raymund) and Shay (Lauren German) save a 6-year-old girl whose mother (guest star Kat McDonnell) is abusing her -- but their confrontation leads the woman to resort to dire actions. Meanwhile, Severide (Taylor Kinney) aggravates his injury while rescuing a heart attack victim and Shay sends Clarice (guest star Sheri Appleby), her married, pregnant ex-girlfriend, back home to her husband. Jesse Spencer, David Eigenberg and Eamonn Walker also star.
9 It Ain't Easy
After he's injured in a terrible fire at an auto machine shop, Jose Vargas is forced to go on disability and leave his life as a firefighter behind - a task he finds incredibly difficult. Chief Boden tries to help a suspected teenage firebug. Also, Severide receives an enticing invitation from Renee, a woman who he saved from a car crash incident involving live electrical wires. Meanwhile, Cruz tries to save his younger brother Leon from the gang he is involved with.
10 Merry Christmas, Etc.
After putting out a kitchen fire in an upscale townhouse, Casey, Herrmann, Mouch, Cruz, Otis and Mills find themselves accused of stealing a $50,000 diamond necklace from the home, touching off an internal investigation. Cruz's brother Leon is caught in the middle of an escalating gang war, leaving Cruz to make a desperate choice to save him. Meanwhile, Dawson invites Casey to her cousin's fancy Christmas party, and a frustrated Shayhas reached her limit with Severide.
11 God Has Spoken
Eaten up by his guilt over Flaco's death in the fire, Cruz goes to Casey to confess. While Shay recovers from a head injury sustained in the ambulance crash, Severide asks Dawson for her help in dealing with his own injury. Casey is caught in the middle of a family conflict between his mother and sister. Elsewhere, Herrmann finds a business deal hard to stomach.
12 Under the Knife
Severide (Taylor Kinney) finally addresses Chief Boden (Eamonn Walker) about his injury and makes some important personal decisions about his future. Meanwhile, Casey (Jesse Spencer) struggles with family matters and Dawson (Monica Raymund) takes matters into her own hands when she discovers a young girl who is the sole survivor at the scene of a rescue call. Lauren German, Charlie Barnett and David Eigenberg also star. Sarah Shahi, Kathleen Quinlan and Nicole Forester guest star.
13 Warm and Dead
A troubled Chief Boden goes to the police when a man dies in a hardware store fire set by Ernie, the troubled teenage firebug he's been trying to help, and his Uncle Ray. Meanwhile, Severide decides on his future and reaches out to his father. Elsewhere, Otis finds camaraderie when he fills in for a few shifts at the slowest firehouse in the city, and makes a decision of his own, while Dawson and Shay find themselves in a bad predicament during a call to a tenement apartment.
14 A Little Taste
Severide (Taylor Kinney) finds that he shares a familiar past with Eric Whaley (guest star Shane McRae), the Lieutenant who was brought into the firehouse to help out. Dawson (Monica Raymund) lets Shay (Lauren German) in on her secret, while Casey (Jesse Spencer) deals with family issues. Meanwhile, a bad batch of heroin on the streets has Boden (Eamonn Walker) and the team scrambling, while Clarice (guest star Shiri Appleby) and Shay find they have a new problem to overcome. Charlie Barnett and David Eigenberg also star. Kathleen Quinlan and Jon Seda also guest star.
Dawson attempts to help her brother Antonio unravel the details of his drugs-and-gang investigation, and goes behind his back in turning to an unlikely source for assistance. Casey and his mother, Nancy struggle with their new relationship. Meanwhile, as a favor to Lieutenant Whaley (guest star Shane McRae), Severide visits someone important from his past, while Herrmann and Otis learn some hard truths about their "silent partner" in the bar.
The anguish that haunts Cruz over his previous actions boils over, as he puts himself and his fellow firefighters in jeopardy. Casey and his sister Christie try to solve their issues with their mother and each other. Meanwhile, Severide reaches out again to an important person from his past as a favor to Lieutenant Whaley and the squad gains new perspective after assisting the bomb squad on an extremely dangerous call.
17 Better To Lie
Old emotional wounds are opened when Lieutenant Severide's father Bennie comes to town and clashes with Chief Boden over the death of their former colleague. Mills helps a distraught driver who caused an accident and Shay makes a decision about her future with Clarice. Meanwhile, Herrmann, Otis and Dawson get to the bottom of a mystery about their bar.
With tensions still running high between Chief Boden (Eamonn Walker) and Bennie Severide (guest star Treat Williams), things boil over when Mills confronts Bennie about the fire that killed his father. Meanwhile, Severide (Taylor Kinney), Casey (Jesse Spencer) and Bennie uncover the truth behind two mysterious diner fires and Shay (Lauren German) takes a new direction with her plan to have a baby. Monica Raymund, Charlie Barnett and David Eigenberg also star. Chaon Cross guest stars.
19 A Coffin That Small
Tragedy strikes when a rescue attempt at a tenement building proves unsuccessful, leaving the men and women of firehouse 51 affected by the loss of the victim. Severide's (Taylor Kinney) decision to put Mills (Charlie Barnett) on the fast track to move from Truck to Squad doesn't sit well with some of the others and tension mounts between Severide and Casey (Jesse Spencer) over Heather Darden (guest star Chaon Cross). Shay (Lauren German), and Dawson (Monica Raymund) are forced to deal with a junkie's crazy behavior while on a call and Shea considers a different way to have a family. Meanwhile, the team draws the ire of local drug dealers who threaten the peace and safety of the neighborhood and firehouse.
Mills (Charlie Barnett) finds himself the target of resentment from some colleagues when Severide (Taylor Kinney) supports his desire to join Squad. Tara (guest star Brooke Nevin), a paramedic candidate, joins Dawson (Monica Raymund) and Shay (Lauren German) on the job for a few shifts. Meanwhile, Shay comes to the aid of Cindy Herrmann (guest star Robyn Coffin), who suffers from pregnancy complications while her husband Christopher (David Eigenberg) is out of town. Elsewhere, Dawson and Casey (Jesse Spencer) draw closer as the grand opening of Molly's draws near, and Casey receives a surprise visit.
21 Retaliation Hit
Detective Voight (guest star Jason Beghe) returns, looking to collect on the favor that Dawson (Monica Raymund) owes him for helping her brother, Antonio (guest star Jon Seda). Casey (Jesse Spencer) falls back into old patterns in his personal life, while Dawson, Herrmann (David Eigenberg) and Otis (Yuri Sadarov) become the proud owners of a real neighborhood bar as Molly's prepares for its grand opening. Meanwhile, Severide's (Taylor Kinney) career is threatened.
22 Leaders Lead
A frustrated Severide (Taylor Kinney) turns to an unlikely ally to resolve his current dilemma. Casey (Jesse Spencer) begins to find satisfaction in his personal life, while Mills (Charlie Barnett) and Dawson (Monica Raymund) face personal challenges. Meanwhile, the squad is called to the scene of a harrowing apartment building collapse.
23 Let Her Go
Events force Lieutenant Casey (Jesse Spencer) to team up with the Intelligence Unit, now run by Voight (guest star Jason Beghe), who doesn't appear to have changed his crooked ways after his stint in prison. Shay's (Lauren German) excitement at the prospect of becoming a parent grows, while Mills (Charlie Barnett) and Dawson (Monica Raymund) face some personal challenges. Meanwhile, the house comes together to support the opening of Molly's.
24 A Hell Of A Ride
When a call comes in from the Cook County jail, the squad steps into a volatile predicament and are tasked with trying to defuse an escalating situation. Shay (Lauren German) remains hopeful about her baby dreams and Hermann's (David Eigenberg) wife Cindy (guest star Robyn Coffin) goes into labor with their fifth child. Meanwhile, Mills (Charlie Barnett) and Dawson (Monica Raymund) face key decisions in their personal lives. Taylor Kinney, Jesse Spencer and Eamonn Walker also star.
About this show
No job is more stressful, dangerous or exhilarating than those of the Firefighters, Rescue Squad and Paramedics of Chicago Firehouse 51. These are the courageous men and women who forge headfirst into danger when everyone else is running the other way. But the enormous responsibilities of the job also take a personal toll. With big reputations and hefty egos, the pressure to perform and make split-second decisions is bound to put squad members at odds. When a tragedy claims one of their own, there's plenty of guilt and blame to go around. When it's "go-time" though, they put their differences aside and everything on the line for each other. From renowned Emmy-winning producer Dick Wolf.
Ratings and reviews
October 8, 2014
After being a firefighter paramedic for 20 years... this show is a joke. It compares to rescue me, which I actually liked better. Its all about drama. And unless you have actually worked in a station for 24 hour shift this is just another soap opera... I watched the first season and laughed at the show. Ive been to a few Chicago Fire houses and those that would talk about it say its an embarrassment to the department as well as the fire service! Most of the comments I doubt are from firemen.. but buffs
185 people found this review helpful
A Google user
October 23, 2012
Real Firefighters: Thank u for the great job u all do. Yes, we know its fake. It is a show, not a documentary. For those of us that are older, it reminds me a bit about Emergency! back in the 70's, however it's nicely updated and not as corny. There are lighter moments with a bit of comedy, but then in a flash it becomes dramatic and tense. I really enjoyed the movie "Backdraft" and this is quite a bit similar. I hope it's able to survive and not get cancelled.
13 people found this review helpful
December 8, 2012
Since all shows are $2 no matter how good or bad, I'll rate with comments on the $2 worthiness. I'd watch more of this show on TV but I would not actively pay per episode. Liked the insight into the world of firefighters but the show lacked any special conflict that would pull me in to want to watch more. The guys are hot however.