08x04 - Infection, Part I

Welcome to the Windy City, where the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers meet in the next chapter of a rivalry that goes back almost a century.

Soldier Field is always such a special place to visit, where probably the only thing Chicagoans are more passionate about than football is, of course, food.

Tailgaters arrive long in advance to get their sausages on the grill.

All right, let's talk about this matchup today.

The Bearwere shaky in the season opener but now are beginning to look like the team we thought they'd be.

Their offense has been balanced and efficient, and their defense has been stout.


They are legitimate playoff contenders.


I'm hungry.


It's been it's been too long.

I know, I know, you will.

Just hold on, it's almost done.


What's up with the TV, Kev?

Hmm, listen, the input should We're missing pre-game.

I know we're missing the pre-game.

It's gonna be on soon.

Did you bring the right cable?

Did I bring of course I brought the right cable.

If we just be quiet, I don't need any help.

But we're missing pre-game.

- Burgess.

- It's not on.

Number 44.

- That's me.

- Two dozen sweet corn tamales.

Thanks, Mama Garcia.

Detective, hey, I didn't recognize you in your gear.

- I'm undercover.

- Oh.

You tell Hank Voight to come have lunch at the Hacienda, huh?

- I will.

Thank you.

- You are welcome.

Okay, what would you like?

Two dozen sweet corn tamales from Garcia's.

- What?

- Ooh, yes.

- Thank you.

- These are so good.

Hey, wait till we eat the sausage.

Mm-hmm, mm-hmm.

Yeah, yeah, right, yep, do what Kelly said.


You gonna get that working before we gotta go in?

Jay, if you don't leave me alone, okay?

If I hear another damn word about this pre-game.


What's wrong with him?

Get away from me!


- Help!

- Hey, back up, back up!


Chicago firefighters coming through.

Back up!

Ma'am, move back.

- Make way, make way.

- Back up.

Sir, can you hear me?

BRT BRT - W-what's he saying?

- BRT!


BRT He's seizing.

He's scratching his leg.

Sir, I'm gonna look at your leg.




What is that?

I have no idea.

- Nat, what is it?

- Guy from the tailgate.

Seizures, severe lesion on his legs.

Odd presentation, I could use a second pair of eyes.

All right, let's take you to Baghdad, I'll alert I'm here, let's take a look.

You know this guy?

No, he was just walking toward the stadium.

No one claimed him.

He kept saying "BRT.

" BRT?

His initials?

It's getting worse.

Do we know anything about John Doe?

No, sorry.

Well, he didn't have a wallet on him.

And his phone is locked.

All he said was "BRT.

" He has a severely infected leg, so we're running a culture to see if we can pinpoint the pathogen.

And although seizure isn't normally a symptom, the visual presentation and the speed with which the infection's spreading indicates this bug is causing necrotizing fasciitis.

More popularly known as flesh-eating bacteria.

Don't worry, it's not contagious, and only about four in a million people get it every year.

How do you get nec Necrotizing fasciitis, it enters through a break in the skin and just destroys the tissue under the epidermis.

It would really help us treat this guy if we knew who he was.

I can't open a case file without a crime, but I'll see if I can run prints and check traffic cam footage.

Maybe make out some kind of an ID.

We appreciate it.

- Okay, see you guys.

- Thanks.

Hey, how was your game?

What game?

Which leads me to next shift.


We will not be seeing any of you because we'll be picking up drunks all day.

Over-under on vomit in the back of the ambo is three buckets worth.

- Give me the over.

- Put me down for 20.

That's a hard thing to measure.

Okay, enough.

Reason why I mentioned it is because Firehouse 51 has drawn parade duty that day.

All of us?

All of us, and we'll be assisting with crowd control.

As long as we don't have to do any And marching.



Chie If there are any grievances, you can all take it up with my new assistant.

Didn't think so.


- What's up, Detective?

- Hey.

I'm still trying to identify our John Doe from Soldier Field.

I just want to make sure I'm not missing something.

- He's not talking?

- He's still in a coma.

Do you guys remember anything from the tailgate?

I was the last guy getting over to him.

I just started running when I saw him.

He collapsed before I got there.

Did anybody say that they were his friends or No, I talked to people as the ambulance pulled up.

No one knew him.

He went to the game alone?

Well, maybe his friends were in the stadium.

You know, he had a ticket on him, but it was a third-party purchase through the NFL app.

Can you identify him with fingerprints or dental records or He's not in our system, and he wouldn't be unless he had a criminal history.

- And nothing on his phone?

- We borrowed it.

But we haven't gotten past the password.


- Sorry.

We saw what we saw.

- Yeah.

Thanks, guys.

How come you never cook breakfast for me?

I, uh, I only know how to cook for two dozen people.

Have you seen me eat pancakes?

Now I want to?

- Hello.

- Hey.

What, uh, what brings you by?

So my office is getting a group together to go to the Oktoberfest hullabaloo downtown.

Yeah, I heard about that.

Yeah, I was checking to see if you wanted to go with us.

Reason I heard about it is because 51 has to work it.

- Ah.

- Hey, Chloe.


Hey, Sylvie.

You know, otherwise, I would love to go with you.

You know, I love spending time with you.

I would spend all of my time with you, if it wasn't for I get it.

It's okay.

I just mean, it's like, we're always working during the good stuff, and maybe I should just put in for furlough.

Hey, that's what I'll do.

I'll put in for furlough.

Because because you deserve someone who can Joe, why are you acting weird?

Weird, what what weird?

Who's weird?

I'm not acting weird.


Uh, I-I gotta get to work before Schneiderman arrives.

He's been watching me like a hawk.

I get it, I mean, of course he wants to watch you.

I mean, I love to watch you.

Who wouldn't?



Good-bye, Joe.

- What was that?

- Hmm?

You've been dating her for a year, and suddenly, you're acting like you're asking her to the seventh grade dance.

What, n-no, I wasn't.



Ambulance 61, person in distress, 905 West Ogden.



Did you call for an ambulance?

- I called for the police.

- Okay, what's up?

This is the Pullman house.

Real nice couple.

Always give me a $20 gift card at Christmas.


Anyways, I had to wedge some magazines through that slot a few days ago.

These haven't been touched, and there's a bad smell coming from inside.






Oh, wow.

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

Don't touch them.

Uh, dispatch, we need a HAZMAT unit to 2543 West Ogden Avenue.

Happy Halloween, Chicago.

If we didn't find them on dry land, I'd say those people were attacked by a shark.

It's the same thing that guy had at Soldier Field, necrotizing fasciitis.

Your brother said the chances of infection in this bacteria are four in one million, per year.

And that it's not contagious.

Now we've got three cases in the same city, in the same week?

So I was able to identify the first patient, from Soldier Field.

His name's Stuart Anderson, he's a student at Central Chicago University, and he was in the Peace Corps.

Well, could he have traveled somewhere and contracted it?

He spent last summer in Botswana, but the doctors that we spoke to said it would be unlikely for the bacteria to be dormant in his system this long before erupting.

Maybe some new strain.

I'm just a copper, that's above my pay grade.

When I was in med school, we had a unit on bacterial infections.

The only thing that stopped me from wearing those HAZMAT suits all day was, these things weren't contagious.

If this thing is spread on contact or Even worse, airborne this entire city is gonna drop like flies.


Ah, Casey.


What's up, Chief?

Sixty-one are on their way back.

Foster and Brett, they caught a call that was similar to your Soldier Field victim.

- Another infection?

- They called in HAZMAT.

Two bodies.

Husband and wife.



You guys all right?

I told 'em.

It was gruesome.

They were dead before we arrived.

Did you come into contact with any of the bodies?

No, Chief, we followed HAZMAT protocol.

- Good.



Mayor's rep is on his way up here.

He wants an update on our parade plans.

Think I need to check something.

Um, will you get me your incident report as soon as possible?

Need to make sure headquarters is aware of this.

Yes, Chief.

- I don't know how you do it.

- What?

Just not freak out in these situations, 'cause I'm a little freaked out.

Well, we all deal with stress in different ways.

Do you have that medicated antibacterial soap that you guys use after chemical fires?

- It's in my locker.

- I have some too.

I-I don't care that we didn't touch anybody.

I'm gonna scrub my arms up to my shoulders.

I'm gonna raid the candy cabinet.


Different ways.

- Brett.

- What?

You gotta see this.

What's up with him?

He's been like this for a week.

What's going on, Cruz?




Okay, look, but this does not leave the room.

I'm gonna ask Chloe to marry me.



Oh, that's so great!


Yeah, you know, I just figured, I'm not getting any younger.

- Mm.

- Life's too short.

She's amazing.

When are you gonna pop the question?

Tomorrow night, after shift.

I got big plans.

Oh, I cannot wait to hear all about it!

You're so right for each other, Joe.

Thank you, guys, I really appreciate it.

Even with two busted engagements, I can't help it.

I'm a romantic.

I mean, just, you know, when they're so good together.

Well, Trudy was afraid she'd always be a spinster too.

I was at the pump over there, and this woman just pulled up and cut her engine, but she didn't get out.

She just sat there.

She looked, I don't know, sick.

It's like that dude was saying, she just parked there and didn't move.

She's dead.

Is this that thing they were talking about on the news?

Some kind of outbreak?

Do I need to get shots or something?

I didn't touch her.

I don't know, let me have someone look at you.

Forget it.

I'm not going near there.

Aw, man, barely a pulse.

Same bacterial infection as the mother.


- Don't touch her.

- Yeah.




Hey, she's alive!

She's alive over here!


Hold on, okay?

Hold on.


Jay, we got the test results for the mother and the baby.

Both had the same infection.

The culture indicates a strain of staphylococcus, which is the same as the first patient, but it's not a strain that we're familiar with.

It's not in our database.

And where are the patients?

The baby passed away at 1:35, the mother two hours later.

But these are cases four and five.

I mean, the odds of five cases of necrotizing fasciitis in one week, in the same city, are astronomical.

I've called the CDC.

If this is an outbreak of a new and virulent strain of staph, we're going to be playing catch-up.

I thought it wasn't contagious.

The victims must have had some break in the skin to allow the bacteria in.

The thing is, we don't know where they could have been exposed.

- Maybe a gym, nail salon.

- All right.

I'll get the rest of Intelligence up to speed.

That's a good idea.

- Thanks, Jay.

- Thanks.


Hey, Ritter, you're on lunch, and no more pimento cheese.

Beggars can't be choosers.

Evidence of a rare flesh-eating bacteria right here in Chicago.

There are now five confirmed cases within the city in the last 48 hours.

Yeah, we were getting ready for the Bears-Packers when this dude just started screaming his head off.

I heard the same thing, guy yelling "help" at the top of his lungs.

Then a bunch of first responders ran over there.

Is this patient zero in some sort of horrifying new disease?

Don't go away, when we come back, we're talking to the medical experts who will tell us what we need to do to keep our families safe.

That's terrifying.

The news wants you scared.

It's how they boost their ratings.

Uh, yeah, well, okay, it's working.

This kind of talk stirs up the city.

Yeah, well, I'm gonna call Cindy 'cause she watches "The Walking Dead" like it's a documentary.

She sees this, she's gonna lose her mind.

I saw what this infection does to skin up close, Chief.

Flesh-eating is an understatement.

If anything, people aren't scared enough.

- Chief Boden?

- Yeah.

John Sorenstein, with the mayor's office.

Ah, yes.

Regarding the parade.

We're expecting a bigger than usual turnout.

There's a wine and spirits convention at McCormick Place the same time that the Cowboys are in town.

- Okay.

- You throw the word "Oktoberfest" into the mix and Things get rowdy.


Uh, the reason I wanted to stop by today is to see how many vehicles we have lining the parade route.

Studies show that people who see red and blue flashing lights are less inclined to misbehave.

Well, uh, we're gonna have our engine truck, squad rig, ambulance, and my battalion chief SUV down there.

Is that everything?

Well, if the city want to pay more overtime, I can call on neighboring houses and make sure they're represented.

Would you?

That'd be great.

We just want to counter some of the negative press the city's receiving, throw a great parade.


- Excuse me.

Hi, John Sorenstein.


No, Carol, I already told you that.


- Okay.

Squad 3, Truck 51, Ambulance 61.

- You're gonna have to do it.

- Structure fire.

- Gotta go.

- Sure.



What happened?

There are people trapped in the basement.

- How many?

- I don't know.

Paramedics will get you oxygen.


This is the science building, there's about a billion dollars worth of research on the second floor.

- Are there people up there?

- I don't know.

Uh, folks are reportedly trapped in the basement Anything you can do to preserve the second floor.

Okay, Severide, find a safe way into the basement.

Start getting people out.

Casey, have truck evacuate the second floor.

Herrmann, drop two lines, cover 'em.

Squad 3 in the basement.

Let's go.

Eighty-one, we're leading engine.

All right, you heard him!

Jesse, Ritter, two lines, tie in to the stand pipe.

We're behind truck.

Let's go!

Capp, Cruz, Tony, downstairs!

Engine, with me!

Second floor.


Let's go.


Let's go, move to the exit.


Hey, come on, keep going, buddy, come on, let's go!


Help me.

Help me.


Hey, Lieutenant!

No go on the door.

Smash through the glass.

Get back!


- Get in there.


Chief, we're on the second floor.

Fire is cooking.


I tried to stop it, but the extinguisher ran out.

Chief, sprinklers aren't working up here.

Well, they did, but just for a moment, and then nothing!

We have research up here that is worth Yeah, a billion dollars, we heard.

Professor, you gotta clear out!

Get checked out by our paramedics.

Go, go, go!


Hey, this way!

Let's go!



- Head for the exits!

- Hurry!

Hit it, Lieutenant!


Hey, hey, give me the pipe!

Get behind me.

Check out the flame!

We don't know what research is going on up here.

Listen, if we don't knock it down now, we're gonna lose this wing!

We gotta treat it like a HAZMAT situation.

I don't know, Captain.


Engine 17, back up 51 on the second floor.

Truck 46, second floor rear.

See if there's any classrooms still occupied.

Ambo 77, 95, help 61 triage the victims.

Come on, let's go!

Bring me up to speed, Wallace.

We got Squad 3 in the basement trying to breach a reinforced laboratory with civilians trapped inside.

Truck 81 is on the second floor where the fire has spread.

51 is in support.

- Civilians upstairs?

- Unclear.

I'll direct new arrivals.

You continue to execute your fire plan.

You got it, Chief.

62, two lines into the snorkel.

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

Come on, sir, let's get you some oxygen.

- Come on, let's go.

- This way, this way.

Casey, what's your status?

Think we're in a HAZMAT situation, Chief.

Hey, there's people in here!


Okay, Herrmann, give us a lane.

All right, you heard him.

Let's knock it down.

Hey, get down!


Mouch, go.



This ain't workin'.


Cruz, Capp, Tony, help me get this thing out.

We can use that as a battering ram.






Come with me!

- My friends!

- They'll get 'em!

Come on!

Halfway there.

One more to go.

On the ram again!

All ready, one, two [CIVILIANS COUGHING]


Hey, if you can walk, now's the time to do it.

Come here.

Follow me.


My arm!

I got you, I got you.

Here you go.

Come on, let's go.


Come on, everybody moves.

Quick to move!


We're all clear, Chief.

Fire's out on the second floor.

Basement is under control too, Chief.

- Fire's knocked out.

- Chief.

We had a chemical fire on the second floor.

Blue and green flames.

Must mean some kind of copper sulfate or copper chloride.

- Casey!

- Damn.

There's a sign downstairs that said that the laboratory was paid for by BRT Health Industries.

What's this, now?

The victim at Soldier Field kept chanting those initials.


Maybe he was trying to lead us here.

Okay, I'm gonna let HAZMA do their overhaul.

I don't want anyone touching anybody or anything till we get the all-clear.

All right, you guys know the drill.

Setting up mobile decontamination tents by the truck.

Get in.

Scrub down.

Scrub your pants.

Your coats.

Your boots too.

Let's go.

You heard the man, everybody get scrubbed.

If anyone was in the building, we'd ask that you please walk to our mobile decontamination tents to get evaluated.

Thank you.


Hey, uh, you a teacher here, an administrator?

Uh, no, I'm a research fellow with the university.

Okay, so, what goes on here?

What goes on?

Yes, you got labs inside set up like Fort Knox.

You got all kinds of chemicals.

I need to know what the hell my people were exposed to.

Ah, well, we, um we conduct biological research.

You know, it's primarily microbiology but also cell biology.

That's diseases, right?


Oh, yes, all of the above.

Of course.


Um, when the medics check you out, you make sure you go by that decontamination tent.



It's Chief Wallace Boden.

I need to talk to Sergeant Hank Voight right now.



Scary stuff.

Like, I keep looking at my skin for discoloration, but I don't even know what I'm looking for.

This Hey, I'm not worried.

Oh, well, I'm glad to see one of us isn't terrified by this thing.

It's not how I'm gonna go.


You know that for certain?

All right, how are you gonna go?

An old man, in bed, with our kids and grandkids and you surrounding me.

When did you get so good at knowing what to say?



Boden wants to see us.


So your chief says you think this fire has something to do with the bacterial outbreak?

Well, the first guy to get it was a student here.

Me and Casey were on the scene at the tailgate when he collapsed.

He kept saying "BRT," right?

The laboratory burning in the basement was paid for by something called BRT Health Industries.

And the sprinkler system's down.

My gut tells me that this fire was deliberately set.

Somebody covering his tracks.

If it is deliberately set, we'll find a timing device.

The Office of Fire Investigation are on their way.


Can I help you?

Do you work here?

Yes, I'm a paramedic.

Did you respond to the fire at CCU?

Yeah, I was one of the Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you.

Oh, oh.

My daughter was in a classroom on the second floor.

- How is she?

- Safe, unharmed, grateful.

Her friend Kristi said that if you hadn't responded when you did the fire destroyed that whole side of the building.

Well, here's who you should be thanking.

These are the firefighters who went in.


You saved my daughter's life.

Ah, we're all just doing our job.

Team effort.

Il, you make the city proud.

Can I ask, uh some reporters have been calling students, uh, asking questions, saying that there may be a connection between this fire and that flesh-eating bacteria?

I can tell you, as of now, it's rumor.

There's no proof of any connection.

And all the kids that were in that building, they went through HAZMAT protocol, just to be safe.

Well, it's just so scary out there, all those rumors.

Thank you again, very much.

For everything.


Hey, I didn't know you were coming by.

I got your email.


Oh, yeah?

Great, right?

Why'd you make a reservation at the most expensive restaurant in Chicago?

I, um, I just thought that you deserved a special occasion.

A night out, you know?

I'm having second thoughts.

- About dinner?

- About us.

Uh, I-I don't unders It's just I've thought about it a lot, and it's just we rushed into this.

Into everything.

I-I just think we need to take some time and think about it.



I'm sorry.


This makes no sense.

I'm really I'm really sorry, Joe.


Chloe, just just give me five minutes, okay?

We can talk about this.

I'm sorry.

What's all this?

Stuart Anderson's personal effects.

Patient zero from Soldier Field.

We gotta find anything that's gonna help us connect him to the other victims.

Well, I got another box for you.

What's that?

Is that soot on there?

Yeah, don't touch it.

This stuff was in the HAZMA fire at the university lab.

OFI released it to us.

Great, glove up.

Is it contagious?

I don't know, but we gotta go through it.


Guy keeps his PIN number in his checkbook.

I thought grad students were supposed to be smart.

You know what?

I wonder if he's like Burgess and uses the same password for everything.

Yeah, yeah, yeah.

You still have his phone?

- Yeah, right here.

- Okay.

- All right.

- Okay.



- Dr.


- Yep.

What's the matter?

The infection has spread.

- You ready?

- Yeah.



- Oh, my God.

We're in.

- Okay.

Go through contacts, recent exchanges.


Anderson, can you hear me?

It's too late.

It's too late.

Hey, Mr.

Anderson, do you understand what I'm saying?

He's getting tachycardic.

Y-you can't stop it.


Oh, come on.

His pressure's spiked.

All right, give me .

5 of Ativan.


What the hell?


All right, he's starting to seize, so get that Ativan now.


What do we got?

You're not gonna believe this, Stuart Anderson just went from victim to suspect.

So, we were able to pull his internet history.

This dirtbag, he's been sending threatening messages anonymously on the university server.

All right, threatening who?

Professors in the science building.

He's been saying that there's gonna be some sort of apocalyptic event in Chicago.

"Four horsemen" -type stuff.

All right, so this is Anderson, and these are the four other infection victims.

How they're connected yet, we don't know.


Wasn't even nine months old.

All right, Upton, Burgess, want you to get over to Med, check on this patient zero.

If he's even remotely able to talk, I want to know where he's been the last 30 days.

What was he planning?

Was he gonna just take out the whole damn stadium?

Just didn't know how sick he was?

All right, Atwater, you and Rojas, I want you at CCU talking to students, teachers, administrators anybody who had access to that lab.

How do they know Stuart Anderson?

'Cause my experience, these sons of bitches like to leave little breadcrumbs about their plans.

Listen, until we get some answers, this is the only case, you understand?

So let's move.


Goodwin, we're looking for an update on Stuart Anderson, hoping to talk to him if he's out of the coma.

Turns out, he's a suspect now.

He might be deliberately spreading this stuff.

Stuart Anderson died 30 minutes ago.

The one guy who has all the answers, and we didn't get to ask him a single question.

Maybe it's a good thing.

The disease died with him.

No way, Haley.

We already know this guy rigged a lab fire to start after he was in a coma.

So this apocalyptic event that he was ranting about in his emails, think it's already in motion?

Yeah, we have to assume the worst.

Okay, then we need to figure out what he was targeting and how he planned to spread the bacteria.

And we have to do it fast.

- Severide.

- It was arson.


Yeah, the fire was set in the basement laboratory using an accelerant and a timing device, traveled up the ventilation system to the first floor, and worked its way into the upstairs research center.

That seems more accidental than deliberate.

He wanted the lab to burn, not necessarily the whole building.

This is unbelievable.

Who are you?

Director of Bio-Sciences, Bruno Geller.

Officer Atwater, she's Officer Rojas.

So the university is doing research on whatever it is.

- Flesh-eating - Necrotizing fasciitis.

Actually, it can be caused by 30 different bacteria, but yes, we work to develop antibiotics for all of them.

What's the connection to BRT Health Industries?

I'm sorry?

Their name keeps coming up.

They're our largest donor and partner.

How does that work?

What kind of partner?

Every major science university has corporate partners.

We concentrate on theoretical contributions to science.

They focus on profit-driven applied research.

It's mutually beneficial.


We're gonna need a contact at BRT.

And we're also gonna need a list of anybody who's worked in that lab over the past six months, especially anybody who's worked with the lab assistant Stuart Anderson.

Right let me walk you to the administration building.

Thank you.

Thank you for your time.

If you think of anything else, call this number day or night.

- What's up, Jay?

- Hey.

You're interviewing lab workers from the CCU fire, right?

Yeah, two down, but nothing's jumped out at me yet.

All right, there's a name at 63 West Quincy, apartment 2C.

Veronica Song.

Now, I checked the logs, and she worked in the lab at the same time as patient zero, Stuart Anderson.

The last two weeks, their schedules match exactly.

Now, check this, she was supposed to be in the lab during the fire.

She didn't show up to work that day.

- That's interesting.

- Yeah, I know, she's 19 she doesn't fit the type, but I just think we should move her up the interview list.

- Yeah, I'm on it.

- Okay.


Veronica Song?

Chicago PD, open up, please.


Chicago PD.




Can I come in and ask you some questions?

Can can I can I can I get you Whoa, whoa, whoa.

50-21 Henry, roll an ambo to 63 West Quincy, apartment 2C.



Mimi, talk to me.

This is the 19-year-old with severe bacterial infection.

She's breathing on her own, but she's unresponsive.

All right, take her to T4.

- Hold on, hold on.

- Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa.

- Crockett.

- Yeah.


How is it spreading like this?

We need to get her into surgery.

All right, let's go to hybrid OR.


Uh, I was Jay had me check up on her.

She's a lab assistant who was working with Stuart Anderson, the original patient.

She collapsed on me.

Is that her blood on you?

Did you get any on your mouth or your eyes?

Do you have any cuts or on your skin, anywhere?

I don't know.

I don't think so.

All right, stay right there.

Don't touch your mouth, eyes don't touch anything.