05x14 - Purgatory

What'd you wanna talk about?

I got a job offer.

Battalion Chief in Springfield.

We wanna make Springfield the best fire department in the world.

Isn't that where Anna lives?

Maybe this is the chance I've been looking for.

You missed a crazy call. Boden saved Anderson's ass.

Chief, that pipe is not secure.

We got her.

Stop lifting!

No respect for the chain of command.

You don't wanna make an enemy out of me, Chief.

Firehouse 51, next shift, officers will remain in place, but as for the rest of you, here are your new assignments.


[indistinct TV chatter]

[light buzzing]

[exhales sharply]


[exhales sharply]

[overlapping chatter]


[gasps] Oh, thank God, a familiar face.

[scoffs] Hey.

[both sigh]

This house seems dark.

Yeah, House 27 was where I started before 51.



Get outta here.

You, with me.

We got problems.


It's like some bizarro 51.

Where the hell are we?

This Springfield move, are you serious about it?

[footsteps approaching]

Hey, Chief... we gotta fix this.

Hello. Welcome to House 51.

For those of you who don't know me, I am Chief Wallace Boden.

These fine people are: FPM Gabriela Dawson, Squad Lieutenant Kelly Severide, Truck Lieutenant Matt Casey.

[alarm blares]

Truck 81, Squad 3, Ambulance 61, vertical rescue...

Here we go...

500 North Dearborn.

And everybody... listen to your lieutenants.

Let's go.

[dramatic music]

♪ ♪

Squad 3, you have a change of address.

Cruz, is that you?

Hey, Severide.

Yeah, me and Capp are working the call center.

What? You're kidding.

Wish I was.

Uh, change of address is 300 North Dearborn, Marina City.

Okay. Uh, don't work too hard, man.

Take care of yourself, brother.

[sirens blaring]

He got hit by a car. He landed right there.

I've never seen anything like it.


Help! Help!


Herrmann, get the aerial rai...

I mean, you, what's your name?


Milligan, get the aerial raised.


Let's go. Up the ramp. We get him from above.

Hey, this way! Behind me.

Help! Help!

[fabric rips]

Help! Help!


Ooh, boy. [grunts]

Help me! Ohh!

Think he's gonna fall? He looks like he's gonna fall.

What do you think? Is he gonna fall?

Take a breath, Chout.

Gotta be ready for anything, Dawson. You know that.

Gotta be locked and loaded and ready Steady Eddie.

Ah! Help!

[breathing heavily]

Help me!

Hey, hold on! We're coming!


You want me to rope up and swing down?

Zip, zip, I got him.

No, I'll go.

Just check and make sure the anchor point is secure.

You got it, boss.

Hey, Appleby!

Check the anchor point!

Right, right.

Milligan, let's go!

All right.

Go ahead.

Ohh! Ohh! [breathing heavily]

Oh, my God. Oh, God.

I got you, I got you.


Got him, Severide.

Ah! Yes!

Just lay back. We got you.

Way closer than it should have been.

Yeah, tell me about it.

How's the new partner?

Uh, well, he's either called me "you," "girl," or a general grunt that sounds like, "meh."


That's it.

How... how did you work here?

Most houses reflect their chief.

So you get one like Boden, you're set.

Here they have Captain Tipton.

[sighs] He's... he's just one of these guys who thinks breaking people down is the way to build them up.


Scratch that.

He skips the building part.

He's just an a-hole.

Look at me when I'm talking to you.

Look at me when I'm talking to you.

I-I am.

This garbage ends today, okay?

You weren't thinking, right?

I asked you five times, five freaking times, for that saw blade to be changed out and what did you do?

I-I didn't know that...

You're nothing more than political correctness in action.

You know, why don't you do us all a favor and quit before you get me or someone else on your truck killed.


It's good to see you again, Brian.

Ah, you too Wilcox, Fortenberry.

Not much has happened since you left.

We got a new soup pot.

40 quarts.

40 quarts. [whistles]


How about 51?

Anything happen there the last few years?

[exhales] Uh, yeah, actually, a lot.

Um... did you guys hear about the helicopter crash on Webster Street?

Yeah. That was you?

First on scene.

This rotor ripped right through a lawn, crashed through a fence, and it landed on top of this woman.

No way.

Hey, if I'm lying I'm dying.

So Herrmann and I, we rush over and she's still breathing.

It's like some early Christmas miracle.

Now, I-I'm peeing my pants, obviously, but Herrmann's calm as a cucumber.

He says to me...

[mimics Herrmann] "Go get the tool bag."

So, uh, I run for the truck at a dead sprint.

Hey, remember when I asked you out?

[chuckling] That was a kick in the pants.

Yeah, I try to push that from my mind.

I hear you.

Hey, still, I was wondering if you'd...

I'm married now.

Oh, wow. Look at that.

Who's the lucky guy?

Matt Casey.


Perks of being a lieutenant. I get it.

[laughing] I'm just kidding.

He's the best.

Just go fill up the ambo for us.

On it.

Hey, guys.

That's good.


Hey. How's it going?

Not good. You guys?

They got us up at Firehouse 90.

Nothing but a bunch of mopes and hang-dogs.

I think it might be purgatory.

Just a bunch of guys who are dead and don't even know it.

Hey, then what are we?

I got both eyes open is all I'm saying.

Well, at least you're not riding with Chout for 24 hours.

It's like sunshine overload.

Lieutenant, you gotta do something.

This is not how I wanted my career to end.

Yeah, we're working on it.


Now I understand the CFD has needs and concerns that don't match mine, but the strength of the Chicago Fire Department since I have been a member, has been its reliance on its battalion chiefs to bridge the gap between the houses and headquarters.

That's true.

First and foremost, I want what's best for the citizens of Chicago.

My team at 51 saves lives.

Plain and simple.

My long-time lieutenants, they did that very thing this morning.

That is why I put 'em together...

Sorry I'm late.

I just found out about this little gathering.


My understanding is there's some question about my authority as Deputy District Chief.

We're just...

And unless I'm mistaken, that authority damn well gives me the power to reassign firefighters inside my district.

Now, if the Fire Commissioner wants to change the way the CFD has done things for the last 150 years, I'm sure we'd all be happy to hear about that.

Until then, I'd prefer it if we did not show favoritism to one particular battalion chief.

[dramatic music]

♪ ♪

I tried the end-around... but he was ready for it.

Put headquarters in an untenable position.

Where does that leave us?

You're not gonna wanna hear it, but I believe these assignments... are permanent.

So, you better start getting to know your men.

This is insane, Chief. This morning a guy almost died because we were so damn slow getting to him.

Then you shore up their weaknesses.

You make sure it doesn't happen again, Lieutenant.

Chief, these...

Do your job!


[door closes]

Victim's in cardiac arrest.

Let's get that second ladder up there now.

Hey, uh...

Michaels, Wisner, that's you. [claps]

Lieutenant, I'm a little cold.

Mind if I go in and get some soup?


It's freezing out here.

Gotta warm up or not gonna be any good to anyone.

Trust me.

Hundley's been floating longer than I have.

Thinks it gives him some kind of seniority.

You're a floater?

Oh, yeah. All of us are.

Never been able to find a permanent house.

Till now.

Yeah, okay.

You're kidding me.

[cell phone vibrates]

Oh, look out!

Damn it. Sorry, Lieutenant.

Kelly, it's Dennis Mack from Springfield Fire Department.

I haven't heard back from you.

Wanted to know if you'd given my offer any thought.

No pressure, but I would like to get an answer in the next couple of days.

So this high school girl, right, she's trapped in the warehouse, this 2,000-gallon jug is pierced by a forklift.

It's leaking toxic acid all over the place.

All I can think is, "I gotta figure out a way out of here or we're both dead."

Well, what'd you do?

Well, acid is spilling towards these little metal filings out the front door, we can't go that way. The room next door is toxic, can't go that way.

I got about a foot of concrete on the back wall.

Now, I'm using a chair leg to chip at it, but this is gonna take too long.

Oh, my God, this is amazing, Brian.

Suddenly, my eyes, they level on a fire extinguisher in the corner.

[knocks on door]



I talked to a crony in personnel... and Chief Jackson down at headquarters.

They both said the same thing.

They'd love to help, they respect you, there's nothing they can do.

Anderson's got more bugles on his collar.

You know, I keep going through this thing in my mind, and I do not know how it escalated so fast.


He's an angry bull and you just happened to be the red cape of the day.

But doesn't that bull usually get... you know, after the fight?

What do you want me to say?

I called everybody I thought could help.


I appreciate it, Tom.

You want my advice?


Lay low for awhile.

Six months... a year.

Let Anderson find another target, and when he's distracted, take another shot at getting your crew back.

Thanks, Tom.

[brush scratching]

I've had boots that are smarter than you are, Chapman, and definitely more useful.

Hey, you wanna serve in my firehouse, I got some good advice, why don't you quit? Reapply as a janitor.

Hey! Enough.

She's a candidate, she's new at this, and she would be much better served with carrots instead of sticks.

We all would.

Oh, yeah?

You ladies, you really stick together, don't you?

You know what? I'm glad that your back in my house.

'Cause I'm gonna make your life a living hell as long as you're under this roof.

Oh, and... [grunts]

You are gonna clean the rest of the grout, and when you're done with that, you're gonna clean the shower, and when you're done with that, you're gonna empty the grease trap in the kitchen!


If any of you help her, you'll be on hose duty for the rest of the week.

Are we clear?

Welcome back.

[whispers] Stella...

[whispers] No.


So how's your partner?

Uh, well, I just close my eyes and I whisper to myself, "It's all gonna be okay.

It's all gonna be okay."

[all chuckle]


Well, I got Chout.



It's like a unicorn mixed with a rainbow mixed with a dolphin drunk on Red Bull and Mountain Dew.


It's kind of adorable, actually.

Missy. Hey.

Oh, so glad you stopped by.

Molly's is the best.

It's our favorite hangout.


This is Dawson.

both: Hey.

Uh, you know Brett.

Hey, sweetie.

This is Missy. Um...

Hi. you want something to drink?

Uh, yeah. Um... an IPA.

Yeah. Otis!

Will you get this girl an IPA?

We're out.

Get her any beer!

When Patterson was here, my dad dug up some dirt on him.

Told me...

"Do whatever it takes to survive on the job."

But you didn't use it.

No, but what's happening here is way worse than that was.

Maybe I should call Benny and see what he can find on Chief Anderson.

I don't wanna argue against it...


Well, Boden is the original "go high when they go low" man.

No way is he gonna sink in the mud.

No matter what you bring him.

This is bad for business.

What're you gonna do?

I'm gonna cheer everybody up.

Hey, listen up, everybody.

Hey, listen up. All right.

I know it's looking bad for 51, but just remember that story of that rabbit and that turtle.

Slow and steady wins that race.

Let's keep our chins up, our heads down, and Le... let's ride this puppy out, okay?

And most importantly, everybody, drink up.

[blows raspberry]

I thought it was a very insp...

[grunts] All right, okay.

So there's this crazy pool party going on, hosted by Travis Brenner, you know, the Instagram king... uh, anyway, uh, so I scale the pole and I get this moron down before he gets turned to a crispy critter...


And this Brenner guy's like, "Brian, we should party sometime."

I thought that was a Squad call?

N... uh, no, it was, uh... it was Truck and Squad.

You sure? I saw it on the news.

Yeah, well, the news, uh... can't show everything.

Geez, Culotta, let him finish his story.

[clears throat]

Go ahead, Brian.

Uh, yeah, you know what? I'm actually starving.

I think I'm gonna get some more of that spaghetti out of that 40-quart pot.

Cool. [chuckles]

Just burned out.


No signs of life in any of 'em.

No, there's nothing in there. It's stupid as the day is long.

I Te...

[thumping rhythmically]

Ah, yes!


Aw, come on!

Double me up.

I wanna watch this.

You ca...


No, no, no, no, no, no, no...


Not your fight right now.

Come on, come on, come on.


This is horrible, Chief.

They put us in a house with a bunch of stiffs who don't respect the job.

And that is an understatement.

The bunk room is so disgustingly dirty...

I don't think they've cleaned their truck in years.

It stinks to high heaven.

And, worst of all, they could give a flip if they catch a fire, and I'm not going out in a firehouse like that.

We can still do this job better than anybody.

You gotta get up and do something, Chief.

Come on. I mean, you can't call somebody?

Do something?

I mean, we're in dark times over here.

This can't stand.

Aw, just get used to it!

What? You think I didn't try?

You think I just sat here at my desk and did nothing?

We... we didn't mean... we...

I went to headquarters.

Their hands are tied.

Chief Anderson can damn well reassign firefighters.

He outranks me!


These assignments are permanent.

Well, bully for you!

You get to keep this nice, comfortable office with all your fine decorations.

Mouch and me, we're the guys that get put out to pasture.

You were supposed to look out for us!


You didn't do enough!

Okay, that's... that's enough. Let's just cool it for a bit.

Pull the blinds. Pull the blinds.


I'm hiding from Chout.

I mean, there's only so much pep one can take before noon.

I just need, like, five minutes of alone time to get my head in the game and...

[alarm blares]

No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.

Ambulance 61, kitchen accident...


[knocks on door]


That's us, Dawson. Up and at 'em! Let's go.


[exaggerated sigh]

[sniffs] Oh, smells good in here.

I requested you pull around back.

There a kitchen accident, sir?

This is the lunch rush.

I don't want you coming through here scaring away customers.

Okay, kitchen's this way, right?

Just a little alarm problem, folks.

Nothing to worry about. You, refill their water glasses.

Okay, so who needed a paramedic?

It's Carlos. Over here.

[dramatic music]

♪ ♪

Whoa. Crazy.

Someone get a freezer bag. Fill it with ice.

Chout, gather up the fingers.

How you doing, Carlos?

I'm okay.

♪ ♪

You do this to yourself?

Slicing bacon.

Took my eye off for a second.

Well, I can't promise you're gonna play piano any time soon, but I have seen the surgeons work miracles at Med.

How long is this gonna take?

Hey, back off, man. I'm serious.

We have guests waiting on their meals.

Hey, Chout, hand me the roll again, would you?

Okay, Carlos.

You gonna be able to walk?


Can you please take him out the back?

[exhales sharply]

Little problem, folks, but nothing to worry about.

They are cleaning up the blood right now.

Enjoy your lunch.

[clears throat]

I hope it's okay that I'm sitting with you.

There aren't too many people here who like to talk.

Well, don't get used to it.

I'm just trying to help.

[sighs] I'm sorry.

I mean, I'm not... I'm not gonna be here much longer 'cause I'm putting in my notice next shift.

Uh, no.

No, you... you can't let him win.

Well, he did.

No, Missy, listen.

I did two years under Tipton, and I hated every last shift, but I made it through.

The one thing I can say about working at 27 is it made me stronger, and now I'm at 51, and it's...

No, you're not.

Well... well, technically...

They transferred you right back here.

Okay, but what Stella means is...


Thank you, both, for trying. Really.

The other night, today, but...

[sighs] I'm done.

[clears throat]

Hey, uh, so, I was chatting with some of my old buddies, and you, sir, were right. That was a squad call.

Guess I just heard it so many times I started thinking it happened to me, you know?

No, I don't.

Oh. Uh, well... it was a mistake, and, uh, mea culpa.

Uh, but... talking about that call jogged my memory about this, uh, other call, this train derailment.

Uh, uh, a car that was full of flammable, uh, liquid...


It's a good story.

Hey, Chief, hear me out.

[door closes]

Casey says you're not gonna go for this, but I got a call into Benny.

He knows Chief Anderson from way back and I'm just gonna see if there's anything on this guy that we can dig up.

These are drastic times, Chief.



Do what you gotta do.

[alarm blares]

Squad 3, Truck 81, Ambo 61, Truck 89, Truck 68, Truck 72, Truck 93, hotel fire... Hotel fire?

8118 North Ontario.

Let's go.

[sirens blaring]

[dramatic music]

♪ ♪

The fire started in the kitchen.

There's a conference in the ballroom, about 50 trapped inside.

What about guests?

We're 60% occupied, but the fire hasn't reached past the mezzanine.

Okay, everybody, listen up.

Engine 77, feed the sprinkler system.

Engine 51, fire attack.

Get two lines on that fire.

Trucks And Squad, search and rescue.

64, fire floor. 81, floor above.

75, top to bottom.

Squad 3, get to the mezzanine from the northeast stairwell.

There are people in that ballroom.

You got it, Chief.

All right, guys, you heard him. Let's move.

Hey, Lieutenant, Truck 64 here to assist.

Let's go.

What about us, Chief?

Captain Tipton, get to the fifth floor and work your way down.

On it.

♪ ♪

Sprinkler system ain't working.


[people coughing]

Every truck company with me.

Northwest corner and work your way up.

Copy that. All truck companies with 81 to the northwest corner.

Engine 67, stand by.

[all coughing]

This is a cluster...

Just shut up and get to work.

♪ ♪

Okay, we go two by two.

Watson and me, left. Chapman and Kidd, right.

Mule kicks or Halligans to knock the doors in, and we search the rooms for any victims.

Uh, Captain, we have master key from security.


Works on all the doors.

What would be the fun in that?

Okay, here we go. Mask up.

[door crashing]

Fire department, call out!

♪ ♪

Hey, Severide!

Heard the box alarm on our way out.

Couldn't stay away.

Boden sent us right in.

Where do you need us?

Yeah, about time.

All right, everybody behind me.

♪ ♪

Fire department, call out!

Fire Department, call out!


All right, mask up!

All right, let's go!

Ballroom door, now!

[overlapping indistinct shouting]

[banging on door]

[overlapping shouting continues]

Fire department, can you unlock the door?

The door's jammed!

Squad 3, report.

Ballroom door is jammed, Oh Chief.

Capp, Cruz, use your irons.

Severide, Truck here to help.

Engine 51, how's that kitchen fire?

I need a hose line in the mezzanine so I can cover Squad 3.

Negative, Chief, there's still too much fire down here.

[muffled indistinct shouting]

Engine 51 needs assist in the kitchen.

Truck, go help 51! I'll be right behind you.

Squad, follow them!

Capp, switch sides!

Hey, that lock must be fortified.

How about the hinge side?

Yeah, let's do it.


Cruz, take a break.

[muffled shouting continues]

Fifth floor all clear, Captain.

Fifth floor clear, Chief Boden.

Okay, all floors above the mezzanine are clear.

I want all truck companies out of there now.

You heard him. Let's go.

Move, move, move!

[muffled screaming continues]

Hey, Chief, we're having a tough time getting through these doors.

Looks like they're fortified steel.

[dramatic music]

♪ ♪

Where's he going?

Nothing like some good door breaking to get the old blood flowing, huh?

Get down!


You okay, Captain?

Yeah, yeah.


Hey, we gotta go now!

Come on.

Go, go!

[muffled screaming continues]



Severide! Casey!

Hydraulic ram.

Thanks, Chief.

♪ ♪


[all coughing]

Hey, this way! This way!

Down the hall! This way!

Come on, Come on! Let's go.

[coughing, gagging]


Ah, can't move!

Can't breathe!

Okay, calm down, I got you.



I'm getting you out of here.


[coughing, screams]

I got you.

[water splashing]

Exit's clear, Chief!

Nice one, Otis!

[both grunt] Come on!

[coughing violently]

Thank you.

Fire's out, Chief. Fire's out.


Well, you heard Otis.

Fire's out.

Get to work.

[uplifting music]

♪ ♪


Oh, my God.

I told you that this is gonna make you stronger.

You just...


Okay, listen.

You did good in there, and even if he doesn't say anything, he knows you saved his ass.

He'll never forget it.

No way am I quitting.

That feeling I got rescuing him... nothing he says or doesn't say is gonna stop me from chasing that gain.

Good for you.

That a girl.

I'll ride with you anytime.


[door opens]

[both laugh]

There she is!


You kidding me?!


Candidate saves the Captain!

Hey, Brett, nice work.

[overlapping chatter]

[knocks on door]

Chief Boden?


I'm the man you rescued from the hotel fire the other day, Dale Cerrutti.

Oh, I, uh...

I'm sorry to surprise you like this.

No, no, no, no. Come on in, please.

I'm glad to see that you're okay.

[sighs, clears throat] Just some, um, smoke inhalation.

Well, that's great.


Look, I don't know if you're aware of this, but I work in the mayor's office.

Actually, I'm deputy mayor.

I had no idea.

That conference was for the Better Chicago project.

Your firefighters rescued about 50 government leaders from all over Chicago.

Your men and women were remarkable.

Every one of 'em.

Thank you.

They'll take great pride in that.

Chief, I'm here because I'd like to talk to the mayor about a commendation for you.


Mr. Cerrutti... there is something that I would like... more than a medal.

Name it.

I don't know how you did it, but this is not over.

I did it by doing my job to the best of my ability.

I find that when I do that good things follow.

You got lucky.


Let me tell you something.

When I was at the academy, there was a pool hall on the corner of Jefferson and Taylor.

A few recruits and I would play nine-ball for a couple of bucks a game.

I would take a shot, cue ball would come right back to the center, and they would say, "You got lucky."

I kept taking their money, and they kept saying, "You got lucky, Wallace."

This went on for two solid weeks until, eventually, they stopped playing me.

Because maybe... it wasn't luck.

We're gonna see each other again, Wallace.

I can promise you that.

Oh, yeah.

I'll be ready.

We'll use the laundry room for the new equipment for now, and we are gonna have two elementary schools here for field trips, so I want the apparatus floor looking sharp.

That sounds like a Squad job, Chief.


It's a 51 job, Mouch.

Look, everyone, I just wanna say, um...

I'm very glad you're back.

And, uh... ah, dismissed. Get out.



Ah, what's for lunch?

Hot dogs!


Anna, hey.

Yeah, yeah, it's... it's been a tough couple days around here, and...

I got some clarity I needed.

I... I've decided that... Chicago is my home, and as much as I wanna be with you, I need to stay here.