Tonight on NBC Chicago Fire returns with an all new Tuesday, April 4, season 5 episode 18 called, “Take a Knee” and we have your Chicago Fire weekly recap below. On tonight’s Chicago Fire episode as per the NBC synopsis, “Casey discovers a new crack house on the block that’s harboring a female junkie; Dawson and Brett are assigned a new trainee for the shift and Severide’s father unexpectedly visits.”
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Chicago Fire begins tonight with Anna (Charlotte Sullivan) and Lt. Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) at his home discussing a little trip to a cabin, they joke about how many women he has taken up there when he gets a call from CPD’s Sgt. Trudy Platt (Amy Morton).
Severide arrives at the precinct and picks up his father, Benny (Treat Williams) who was drunk and got into a fight with three other people, they are not pressing charges but Trudy tells him next time she will not call his son.
On the way to the firehouse, Gabi Dawson (Monica Raymund) tells husband, Lt. Matt Casey (Jesse Spencer) that she has a trainee today. They notice a house with several people around it, Matt commenting on it being a new crack house in the neighborhood.
At the firehouse, Gabi and Sylvie Brett (Kara Killmer) are introduced to Harris Thornton, their trainee for the day. Chief Wallace Boden (Eamonn Walker) orders the trainee to only observe, nothing hands on nor to give out any medical advice.
Severide walks in with his father, who immediately takes Randall “Mouch” McHolland’s (Christian Stolte) spot on the couch to sleep for a while. The alarms go off, everyone is called to a freezer where the man has been stuck inside of for at least a few hours, all they can see is his fingers.
Severide and Matt send out the orders to their crews, as Gabi takes the Harris to get more blankets and fluids. Joe Cruz (Joe Minoso) wants to attempt another way to save the man and his fingers; Severide agrees to try it.
They are able to open the freezer and he has a pulse; Brett says she will deal with his fingers on route; Harris seems a little dazed but Severide pats Cruz on the back for giving a great option.
On the way back, Matt tells Brian “Otis” Zvonecek (Yuri Sardarov) to turn the corner and they check out the new neighbors. In front of the house, is a locked car with a toddler inside, Matt breaks the window but the mother comes running out, saying she was only gone 5 minutes, and speeds off, but not before Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) gets a picture of her license plate.
Matt informs Boden about the incident, who says he will give the plate number to CPD and they can check it out. Benny jokes in the older days they had different ways of dealing with crack houses, they all laugh it off.
Cindy Herrmann (Robyn Coffin) comes to see her husband, Christopher Herrmann (David Eigenberg), telling him that their son was suspended for not pleading allegiance to the flag today and chose to “take a knee” instead; Herrmann is furious and tells her to drop him off at the firehouse after she gets him from school. He storms off as others laugh.
Gabi tells the trainee Harris that after every successful run, they get junk food and the second rule is to take the job seriously when you have to only, otherwise he won’t last a year. Harris shares how unsupportive his family is and he wants to be a paramedic because of a bicycle accident he had when he was 12. The alarms go off again for the EMTs.
They arrive in a restaurant, where three teens are laying on the floor vomiting and in terrible stomach pain. Brett asks where the employees are and Gabi calls out to see if anyone else is there. Harris crawls behind the counter and finds another person, saying the oven cleaner could have caused cyanide poisoning.
Harris thinks he is having a heart attack and begins chest compressions, he stops when he thinks he killed him. Gabi rushes over and says he has a pulse, but when Brett comes back there, Gabi is mad saying Harris broke the man’s rib and harshly asks him which part of “Observe Only!” did he not understand?
When they are done the run, she calls him a stupid kid, but admits to Brett she would have done the same thing. Dt. Alvin Olinsky (Elias Koteas) comes to speak to Matt about the drug house and the woman and her vehicle.
Cindy brings Lee Henry to his father, saying they raised the prices on the vending machines and he is free to express his opinion and he also has the right, as an America, to not pledge the allegiance if he doesn’t want to to.
Herrmann shouts that, “He is a HERRMANN before he is an American, which means he tells him what his rights are! Herrmanns do not defile the sacred things, he holds most dear in his heart; like love of country, love of freedom, and love of all the things in history books which tell them that this is the greatest country on earth!!” All the firefighters are do not know where to go as Herrmann goes on a rant to his son.
Benny informs his son that Beth kicked him out several months ago. He keeps telling Severide that he is just like him, willing to stub his toe for a woman. He denies being like his father, and Benny insists they go for dinner so he can meet her.
Matt shares the crack house story with Gabi, saying he couldn’t get the image of the kid in the car seat; she tells him he had to do what he did. Boden tells them the good news is he has the address and if he wants to pursue it, to do it off shift; the bad news is Chief Hatcher (Sam Porretta) is there to see Gabi and Brett about their last call.
Hatcher wants to know if Harris overstepped and performed the CPR on a patient, breaking his rib, because if he did, he will be dismissed from the training program. Gabi takes the fall, saying she ordered him to do it, Brett jumps in saying they both ordered it because they had multiple victims and it was Harris that figured out it was cyanide poisoning; Chief Boden stands behind them.
Harris is willing to admit his mistake, Brett and Gabi said one more mark on their file doesn’t matter, he is just starting. Gabi says rule number 3 is to save lives first and to worry about consequences later. They part ways.
Herrmann, Mouch and Boden are walking out of the firehouse when Herrmann says they are meeting with school authorities to discuss numbnuts’ protest. Herrmann asks him what he is going to say? Boden advises him to listen more than he speaks, as the Vice Principal probably just wants to be heard; Mouch tells him to bring donuts.
Herrmann and Cindy meet with the VP, who says their apology on behalf of Lee Henry, should be given to the whole school, that they have a zero tolerance for hate speech. The VP says their son learned this behavior from being directly exposed to it, directly or indirectly, from them at home. Herrmann gets very angry, and begins his rant about American rights that protect them from bullies like the VP.
Severide tells Anna that his father wants to meet her, but warns her that she will be disappointed, she says she has to work late on Friday but she fully intends to learn everything about Kelly Severide; he says that is what he’s afraid of.
Matt approaches a neighbor, learning that the police have been to the woman’s house 3 times in the past year. Matt rings the bell and a husband answers the door holding the toddler, the woman rushes to the door asking if she is dead? Matt looks confused.
Matt sits with them as they explain their 18-year-old daughter, Chelsea is there in the house using drugs, as she has before. Her father says it is his fault because he kicked her out; when they called the CPD for help, Chelsea was arrested as a minor for dealing and the courts don’t want to hear that she is the victim.
The mother says the man has control over her daughter and he is the one influencing her. She says his name is Rico or Roho, and he threatened to kill her if she ever came back. The father says they had their daughter in their arms, but something snatched her away; they lost their child.
Matt admits he knows the feeling. The mother feels she will listen to her, if she could only see her, they beg for him not to call the police. Matt asks for them to give him a day.
The firefighters want to know what happened, joking that they will need to have to search the woods behind Herrmann’s place. Herrmann says Lee Henry is a really smart kid, he is stupid as hell, but he’s smart! Stella asks if Herrmann heard what he just said.
Matt learns from Olinsky that the CPD plan to raid the house in 2 days, everyone will be arrested. Matt asks him to call it off, but Olinsky says this was planned out before Matt even called. Matt explains about Chelsea, Olinsky promises to talk to his guy but Narcotics is all set up for that raid, and its hard to put something like that back in the bottle.
Harris shows up at what is supposed to be their shift, but he has paperwork showing he is not training with Gabi and Brett any more. He appreciates what they did, but he is going to be a paramedic no matter what; he thanks them saying he will never forget them.
Brett says she likes training, but Gabi tells her not to poke a sleeping bear, as there are teeth and claws and blood, says they need consider themselves lucky. Gabi runs into Matt in the hallway, he shares that police are going to raid the drug house. She learns its not great because there is a victim inside who could do serious jail time. He says he is going to talk to Boden, she mocks him saying he is going to go “Gabi Dawson” on this one.
In Boden’s office, Matt shares what he learned from Chelsea’s parents. He says he caught a glimpse of the guy who is holding her, and he is bad news. He suggests that they don’t need to “burn anything down”, like Benny suggested, but they are just going to “knock”.
The firetruck arrives, Matt and Herrmann say they smell smoke coming from inside the house. He kicks in the front door, ordering everyone out. The dangerous man asks them what they are doing there, holding a machete. He holds it to Chelsea’s throat as she whimpers.
He tells the firefighters that they are the ones who need to evacuate, there is no fire in there. Matt says actually the fire is in the walls and orders the guys to get it; Otis and Mouch begin spraying their fire extinguishers.
He releases Chelsea and lunges at Matt with the machete, Herrmann sprays his extinguisher in his face, as Matt uses the crowbar to disarm him; a physical fight ensues, but when the man runs Matt tells his guys to forget about him. Chelsea is leaning against the wall as Matt promises they can help her. She yells that they don’t know anything about her; but when her parents come in, she cries.
Her father admits he was wrong to throw her out. Stella tells her she has been where she is standing, the only difference is her parents weren’t alive to help her. Chelsea is surprised to learn her mom came there the other day.
She promises to hold her in her arms the entire time; Chelsea breaks down saying she just wants to be free. Both her parents hold her tightly telling her she is free. Boden says as soon as they are out of the place, CPD can come down.
When they return, Gabi learns Chelsea is in Chicago Med detoxing. Stella says her husband was amazing, Gabi says what else is new? Chief Hatcher returns and announces that Gabi and Brett are being forced to go through mandatory retraining next shift.
Gabi is furious, but then says if they are willing to pay her to sit in a warm classroom rather than chasing on the streets of Chicago, she’s happy to oblige. Herrmann asks Mouch and Boden for a favor, but won’t tell them what it is; Boden agrees and forces Mouch to agree too.
He brings them and his son, Lee Henry to a VFW breakfast to teach him a lesson about his rights. He introduces his son military friends, who have been injured during their active duty. Everyone stands and holds a hand over their hearts as they pledge allegiance to the flag; teaching Lee Henry why its so important to do it.
At the hospital, Chelsea and her parents meet with Dr. Sarah Reese (Rachel DiPillo). She shares with Matt and Stella that physically she is fine, mentally its going to be a long road, and recovery always has its hills and valleys; but she is optimistic as Chelsea is off to a rehab facility tomorrow. Stella says she is calling Gabi as drinks are on her; Matt says he is texting everyone else as drinks are on Stella.
Dinner with Benny is exactly like Severide expected. Benny brings along Trish (Abigail Mason) as his date. When Anna arrives, Severide perks up and is happy to share she is a nurse in pediatrics. Anna quietly observes what is happening, then quickly she gets up to leave; Severide chases after her.
Severide says he is not Benny, he has spent his whole life avoiding that. She suggests maybe it was a mistake her moving to Chicago, she feels they are wrong for each other and were idiots not to see it. She says her whole family says she was making the biggest mistake of her life and she is. She steps into a cab, says goodbye, leaving him standing in the middle of the street.