Tonight on NBC Chicago Fire returns with an all-new Wednesday, October 9, 2019, season 8 premiere episode 3 called, “Badlands,” and we have your Chicago Fire recap below. On tonight’s Chicago Fire season 8 episode 3 as per the NBC synopsis, “Brett and Foster question the suspicious circumstances surrounding a brutal attack at a juvenile detention center, which leaves them searching for the truth.
A convoluted new technology installed inside Firehouse 51 tests everybody’s patience. Kidd gets chosen to represent the district at a leadership conference.”
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Chicago Fire begins tonight with Sylvie Brett (Kara Killmer) walks into Firehouse 51 as Christopher Herrmann (David Eigenberg) doesn’t want to hear what people are trying to teach him about the new tech for the firehouse. Brett doesn’t think she is getting a warm welcome as Randall “Mouch” McHolland (Christian Stolte) is snoring on the couch and Joe Cruz (Joe Minoso) is reading the paper; but suddenly everyone pops out of different spots yelling, “Surprise” and Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) is holding her cake, everyone thrilled to have her back. She spots Blake Gallo (Alberto Rosende), questioning Matt Casey (Jesse Spencer) on taking a long time to fill the slot. Chief Wallace Boden (Eamonn Walker) says the jury is still out on the new guy.
Emily Foster (Annie Ilonzeh) learns it was kind of a roller coaster leaving Kyle Sheffield (Teddy Sears) and her life there behind but she warns Brett that ever since the factory fire and Otis’ death, things have been different. She doesn’t like the new tech that calls them out to a detention center. Guard Houghton tells them someone jumped the gun in calling 911 because the nurses have everything under control. He orders them to leave or he will have them removed but they see him coughing up blood and brush past him.
The nurses admit they are the ones who called for Isaac, suctioning his lungs so he can breathe. Emily goes to get the stretcher as Brett puts on his neck brace, the guard keeps a close eye on her; causing her to wonder what is really going on. They are able to tell Isaac that they are taking him to Chicago Med, he says his mom used to work there and they have great apple pie in the cafeteria. He keeps telling them that he is sorry and won’t say anything. He can’t take it anymore. Guard wells is going to travel with the inmate, Brett tries to refuse as she needs to know what Isaac is talking about but Houghton says it is department protocol.
Boden tries to learn the new technology for the firehouse; the S.M.A.R.T. station, but he is simply trying to accommodate them, taking notes as it is frustrating. Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) approaches Boden, saying it is hard to find natural born smoke eaters for the CFD. Meanwhile, Stella introduces Gallo to Cruz, who tells him he can have any locker he wants, but Otis’ is off-limits. He didn’t realize until Stella tells him, she advises him to always refill the coffee, never take Mouch’s spot, always replace his tools and never take anything personally.
Matt is not a fan of the new system, saying it is the diesel exhaust that makes it a firehouse to him. She admits that her father was a firefighter in San Jose. In the meanwhile, Brett tells Boden about their call to the detention center and what transpired. Boden tells them they have his full support but they have to be careful because they are putting a target on Isaac’s back because he just got a fax from the facility saying his injuries were from an unprovoked attack from other inmates. Emily has one more load of laundry, but Sylvie wants to go to Isaac’s mother’s house to let her know what they suspect. What she does with the information is up to her; Emily is cautious but agrees to go.
Boden attempts to watch the training videos for the SMART system when Stella comes in with some requests for supplies. She is showing good initiative, but he asks her about the Springfield conference and if she would represent their district; she feels Severide or Casey would be a better choice. He feels that she shows great potential and it would mean a great deal to him. She agrees. She goes to sit with Kelly, saying she doesn’t have any leadership skills to share, but he disagrees when she says maybe Chief chose her because she is a woman. Kelly laughs, telling her to breathe as she is overworking herself.
Sylvie and Emily arrive at Ms. Davis’ house, who immediately knows it is about Isaac, with reason to believe this is an abuse situation, from one of the officers. She doesn’t want to file a complaint but she reminds them when her son was found with a gun on him, he knew he wasn’t going to summer camp. He made his mistakes and is on his own. She has 3 other kids to raise and excuses herself. They have to leave after she closes her door and they receive a call.
They are outside the Chicago Tribune, where there is a small fair going on, a ride has broken and a young girl is trapped. She is told not to move but the ladder won’t reach her and suddenly the door opens and she is hanging.
Gallo has another way of getting to the girl, Boden impressed with Gallo’s quick thinking. He encourages her to come out on the ladder where he is able to grab her as she slips. The ground crew is able to rescue the carnival worker who is trapped and Boden is quietly observant.
Back at the firehouse, Cruz wants to know how Gallo joined the CFD, he explains how when he was 12 years old, his house was on fire and he hid in the closet, like a dumbass. He was rescued by the biggest guy he has ever seen and he thought it was the incredible hulk and from that day on he spent every day on with the Lieutenant and his fire crew while all the other kids were playing on the streets he was practicing to become a firefighter. He feels like he is the luckiest punk in Chicago. Boden hears the story and goes to see Matt, who isn’t there to second guess his call but he needs to discourage this young man’s heroics as he needs to know this is a dangerous job and he isn’t bulletproof.
April Sexton (Yaya DaCosta) calls Emily saying the hospital is pressuring them to release Isaac, so they find Mr. Alonso, the attorney who represented Isaac. They tell him about the abuse he is receiving at the detention center, but he feels they have better odds proving God exists than forcible abuse against a correctional facility officer; they want to help their friend they should fill his commissary. They meet a social worker, Ryan Pace who says Isaac is no gang banger, who learns Isaac was in the hospital and they feel Officer Houghton is responsible.
He admits that Houghton has a reputation, he singles out inmates – basically Isaac, using them as an example to control the others. He meets but has to bail, he offers to asks around and check sealed records to see if anything checks out.
Matt and Severide are at Molly’s when he informs Matt that Stella is trying to read every firefighter manual in existence before she heads off to Springfield. Matt’s date arrives, the “SMART girl” who calls Matt her catnip after being stuck around nerdy tech guys all day. The two quickly end up at home, kissing and ripping each other’s clothes off. She asks about his scar from the bullet of the hostage crisis. She admits she googled him as she undresses, saying she knows everything there is to know about him, which he doesn’t seem to mind.
Sylvie comes to see Isaac, revealing she was in the ambulance with him. She makes him smile when she explains about her injuries and how she had a cast on recently too. He admits he didn’t get any of the famous apple pie, but he isn’t complaining. She says she will get someone to grab him a pie for tomorrow. She pushes him to tell her something about what is happening at County, but he feels she can’t help as she isn’t there in the badlands when they slam the door, no one is there but him. She questions what Badlands is, but he clams up. He asks her to stay a little longer and she agrees, clearly worried about him.
Matt confesses to Kelly that things went really fast with SMART girl, he saw a few reg flags but he blew right past them and now he thinks he needs to end things. Kelly advises him that when it doubt, do nothing as things seem to figure themselves out. They walk into the firehouse to a funny alarm sounding from the SMART system. Herrmann says the alarm has been going off for the past 6 hours; the firefighters are ready to smash it when Boden comes out and orders Casey to call the woman and get her over to the firehouse immediately; Kelly laughs at him.
Kelly finds Stella, wondering if everything is okay, but she admits she is just not like him. She didn’t spend her life being grilled for command and she was one of two women in her academy class and she was treated like it was a gift for her to be there so this is not something she thought of in her head before. He smiles, saying this is self-doubt and he has dealt with plenty of that before; but he has never doubted her, not once!
Brett arrives, revealing Isaac is back at the detention center when Ryan walks in with a report, saying Isaac was attacked by 4 boys who were disciplined after, but Houghton wasn’t there. He checks about Badlands which is the name of another wing. He looks it up, saying Isaac was moved to a new wing the day before he was attacked. He was supposed to be isolated as he was involved in a ganglike shooting. They realize Houghton engineered the transfer on Isaac. All 3 return to the center, where Houghton is in the room, even though it is supposed to be a private meeting.
Ryan produces records, but they bring in Isaac Davis, who denies that he made any allegations against Houghton, making the Warden question him. Sylvie pipes up demanding to know what kind of person he is trying to railroad at 15-year-old child. Isaac has been in the infirmary 18 times in the past 4 months; she has read each report, they are supposed to keep him safe but they are knowingly putting him at risk. He doesn’t see any misconduct and dismisses them. Sylvie pleads with Isaac, promising to stand with him. Houghton takes him out of the room making Isaac run back shouting, “tell them what you’d do to me. Tell them what you said you would do to me if I snitched!”
Sylvie follows them down the hall, as Isaac shouts to the other inmates to say something about them pitting against each other. Everyone starts talking, mentioning the Badlands. Sylvie and Emily promise to be the two paramedics that will testify against them if they don’t deal with the problems.
Boden tries pressing the buttons as told by techs. Casey says he texted the woman, but nothing back. Boden cannot take the noise anymore. Severide says he can’t hear the noise anymore but Boden has taken the main computer and smashes it on the parking lot, making the entire firehouse clap for him. SMART girl, Jessa picks up the broken computer and tells Matt to lose her number. Detective Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati) arrives to speak to Boden. Kelly smiles and tells Matt that the problem solved itself.
Burgess informs Brett and Foster that it took a lot of courage to go up against them in their own house but now inmates and parents are talking. Isaac has been moved to another facility picked by Ryan, the best shot he has at a fresh start. She is thrilled at what they did as she hated that place. Boden welcomes Sylvie back as she and Emily walk out arm in arm.
Stella walks out on the roof, where Severide is putting on scuba gear. He says her surprise date is teaching her the basics of scuba diving so she doesn’t have to say she never did it before. She teases him, asking if he wants to help her try on the gear. Meanwhile, at Molly’s, Ryan is not giving up on Isaac’s mom as he has seen families come back from this. He was hoping Sylvie would be a support system for Isaac and she agrees.
Gallo comes to Molly’s where Mouch tells him the first drink is on the house. His former Chief is looking in on Gallo, as Boden says he is finding his place in their house, he is just happy to see a happy ending for him. He explains that Boden is the one who pulled Gallo out of the housefire when he was 12 years old and he lost his entire family that day. He began hanging out at their firehouse after that, looking for a new family; and maybe he finally found one. He takes off to say hi to Gallo, who is joking around with Matt, Mouch, and Herrmann. Boden smiles when he realizes what is going on.