Chicago Fire Recap: Apologies Are Dangerous

By Kitin Miranda | 2 years ago
Chicago Fire Recap: Apologies Are Dangerous

“Chicago Fire” Season 3 Episode 4 “Apologies are Dangerous” aired last Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, at 10:00 p.m. on NBC. In this episode, Lieutenant Kelley Severide (Taylor Kinney) saw some action while going home on a train from another after hours of drinking spree. Gabriella Dawson (Monica Raymund) and Peter Mills (Charlie Barnett) saw experienced their first shifts at their new assignments as paramedic and candidate respectively. Paramedic Sylvie Brett (Kara Kilmer) received an unexpected visitor from her past, while Christopher Hermann (David Eigenberg) tried to figure out how he got Chief Hale annoyed so much that even Molly’s 2 was affected. Lieutenant Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) tried to reach out to Severide to help him get over the tragic loss of their friend and paramedic Leslie Shay (Lauren German). Read on to learn more about this episode.

At the beginning of the episode, Lieutenant Kelley Severide (Taylor Kinney) went out again on all night drinking spree. Because of this, his friend, the bartender, would not allow him to drive home, forcing him to ride the L train back home. However, while on the train, two armed local thugs came inside and started shooting around at the front of the train. When Severide went to check it out, he noticed that the conductor, a woman, was bleeding heavily. He then quickly knocked out the thug who had a gun to his head and gave her some first aid before radioing for help. However, as he radioed, the other thug started shooting at them, forcing the pair to abandon the train to walk to the nearest station. Once there, he sealed the wound using a plastic wrapper that he had on him, and told the conductor that his best friend, a paramedic, taught him how to do that. After he built a small fire to trip the alarm so that the police would know about their situation, the two thugs came to them. The other one told the one Severide had knocked out to kill him, but he couldn’t do it. Luckily, at that moment, the thugs were arrested by Officers Sean Roman (Brian Geraghty) and Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati) of the Chicago Police Department, leaving Severide with a bruise on his temple for all his pains.


Meanwhile, Gabriella Dawson (Monica Raymund) got ready for her first day as candidate, and removed her engagement ring, as she and her fiancé, Lieutenant Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer), had to play that down at work.

At the firehouse, Joe Cruz (Joe Minoso) was sulking over the fact he was suspended from driving the truck around. Otis (Yuri Sardarov) started out the pranks on the new candidate by trying to surprise her with a fake rubber snake in the truck’s compartment, which backfired. Joe, Otis and Christopher Herrmann (David Eigenberg) gave her some tough love, the way they treat all candidates, and told her to go to the kitchen to start cooking.  

At Chief Boden’s (Eamonn Walker) office, he officially welcomed Peter Mills (Charlie Barnett) as Sylvie Brett’s (Kara Kilmer) new partner, as he was now a paramedic. However, before he left the office, Peter asked if Severide mentioned his situation as he had said that he would try to help Peter out, only to learn that he hadn’t. 

During breakfast, Sylvie got a surprise visitor as her old fiancé, Harrison, came to her to apologize for calling off the wedding and asked her to come back home with him. However, before Sylvie could say another word, they received a call.

The entire house responded to an accident at a car junkyard, where a man was stuck in between two cars, as the forklift had malfunctioned. Casey told Herrmann that Gabby would report directly to him, and he told her to get some jacks. However, there was some delay, as the handles were missing, and Herrmann told her to open some car trunks in order to get anything that could serve as a handle. Peter, used to being on the rescue squad, tried to assess the situation before being called back by Sylvie. As soon as they were able, Severide slipped the board in, so that they could easily transfer him to the stretcher.

Back at the station, Mouch (Christian Stolte) passed by to inform them that he would be joining them again starting next shift. He was also there as the health inspector was coming soon to inspect their Molly’s 2 food truck. Then Herrmann stopped Gabby from apologizing to Casey as “Apologies are dangerous” in a business such as theirs.  Their conversation was cut short by Boden, who informed Herrmann that he had been passed over once again for the lieutenant position at another firehouse.

Afterwards, Boden called Severide into his office, as he had learned about what had happened on the L Train the night before. However, Severide was warned to get out of his slump, as Leslie Shay (Lauren German) would not have wanted that. If he didn’t get out of it, then there would be no place for him at the firehouse.

During the health inspection, Joe and Mouch were told to resubmit their food truck because Molly’s 2 did not meet up to the new regulations that were just put into place.

Gabby did not heed Herrmann’s advice and apologized to Casey about the jacks. She was then told to “get it right next time,” and this caused him to order the entire truck to drill her on the tools.


That night, Sylvie reconnected with Harrison but told him that she was already starting a new life there and did not want to come back home. However, Harrison told her that she did not belong there.

Meanwhile, at Molly’s, Otis suggested to Herrmann that he apologize to Chief Hale, who was in charge of the city health inspectors, after he learned that Hale had a grudge against Herrmann, so that Joe, Mouch and Rick Newhouse’s (Edwin Hodge) money on Molly’s 2 would not go into waste. 

At the apartment, Casey told Gabby that he was worried that Severide was slipping away, and she suggested that he help him the way that he had gotten over the death of his ex-fiancée, Hallie.

At the hospital, Severide met up with Kendra, a friend of Shay’s who informed him that the train conductor he had helped had survived and had been discharged. She then offered her condolences and support, as she also misses Shay.

The next day, before work, Hermann tried to  see Chief Hale to apologize but ended up leaving a box of cigarettes for him as he was at a meeting. However, it only got returned to him where it was enjoyed by his truck mates, and Mouch, who was finally back. However, their newest plan to prank Gabby failed, as she was to smart to fall for it and because Otis accidentally revealed what it was.

They then had to respond to a structure fire, which was Gabby’s. She was instructed to attach the hose to a hydrant. so that they would have some water. However, she found that all the hydrants in that area had been vandalized. Thinking quickly, she attached the hose to the water main of a nearby building. Afterwards, she accompanied Herrmann inside the building to finish rescuing the people inside.

Sylvie and Peter attended to a girl who had come out of the building to warn them that there were 15 other girls inside. However, as she had sustained a lot of burns, she lost consciousness and died. Peter had to call her attention so that she could focus on the others who were coming in.

Back at the station, they were informed that the girls were part of a sweatshop operation and that they had saved 15, but lost one, much to the sadness of Sylvie. They then congratulated Gabby on her first fire, as she had made them proud. Herrmann then told her that she could put the truck to bed. However, when she turned on the ignition, they all got rained on with confetti, which she had to clean up by herself.

Outside, Casey talked to Severide and told him that he was there for him if he needed to talk, the same way that Severide had listened to Casey when Hallie died. He also reminded him that whether he liked it or not, they needed him, and he needed them as well.

Before Sylvie left, Peter told Sylvie that in Chicago, she would be encountering many scenes like the one they had witnessed and that she must not get attached. Because if she ever lost focus, a “rescue can become a recovery” very quickly. Afterwards, she went to Harrison for comfort. 

As Peter left, Severide apologized for not helping out Peter like he promised, but Peter assured him that he was fine where he was at the moment.  

Meanwhile, Herrmann followed Chief Hale home to apologize for whatever he did that made him so angry, as other people’s lives and money were at stake. Hale then revealed that he had bought so much energy water as Herrmann had pitched it to everyone during the Chicago Fire Department picnic and had told them that it was a “guaranteed nest egg,” but it had not sold at all.

As Severide left the station, he was greeted by the train conductor he had saved, who thanked him and wanted to meet the paramedic friend of his who had taught him the skills that had saved her life. After learning that she had died, she comforted him and told him that she could feel that she was there, with him, all the time.

And that’s all for recap of “Chicago Fire” Season 3 Episode 4 “Apologies Are Dangerous.” For more news and updates, including spoilers and recaps, on “Chicago Fire,” keep on following Movie News Guide (MNG).

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