Chicago Fire Recap: Just Drive the Truck
“Chicago Fire” Season 3 Episode 3 “Just Drive the Truck” aired last Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, at 10:00 p.m. on NBC. In this episode, Peter Mills (Charlie Barnett) discovered that he still had some side effects from the explosion at the warehouse that could put his job in jeopardy. Firehouse 51 and Firehouse 105 also dealt with the after effects of a serious accident, after the two trucks collided on their way to a fire, placing one of Firehouse 51’s own in trouble with the police. Read on to learn more about this episode.
Chief Boden (Eamonn Walker) called Lieutenant Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) up as he had an idea on how they could put Gabriella Dawson (Monica Raymund) on the fire truck. He told Casey that he was willing to look the other way regarding their relationship, as long as they could separate their personal stuff from their professional lives and would only be prohibited if they were married.
Meanwhile, Joe Cruz (Joe Minoso), Otis (Yuri Sardarov) and Mouch (Christian Stolte) were looking for a food truck in order to start their food truck idea for Molly’s 2. However, the initial cost was a bit pricey — $ 75,000. However, their meeting was interrupted as they got a call as a fire was happening.
On the way, they noticed that Truck 66, Lieutenant Tommy Welch’s (Kenny Johnson) truck, was also on the way to the scene. The Truck 81 boys were tempted to beat them to the scene so that they would not have to take orders from Welch, but Casey told them to keep calm and told Joe to just drive. However, out of nowhere, Truck 66 collided with them.
Lieutenant Kelley Severide (Taylor Kinney) of Squad 3 and Ambulance 61 with Gabriella Dawson and Sylvie Brett (Kara Kilmer) were also dispatched to the scene. When they got there, Gabby was relieved to see that her fiancée, Casey, was alive and well. In Truck 81, nobody was seriously injured, except for Mouch, whose eye was bleeding.
Over at Truck 81, one had a broken arm and another had a broken leg. Welch was relatively unhurt, but it was not the same for the driver, Jason Molina, whose legs were crushed and had a very faint pulse. Welch and the Truck 66 boys kept on telling Joe that it was his fault that the accident happened, but Cruz and the other from Truck 81 continued to help. However, all of a sudden, Peter Mills (Charlie Barnett), who was on the roof of 81 suddenly felt faint and fell on the street, to be relieved by Rick Newhouse (Edwin Hodge). The entire team was able to take Molina out, and he was driven to the hospital.
Meanwhile, the police pulled Joe aside so that he could take a breathalyzer test. Casey also told the chiefs who were gathered around the scene that there was definitely “bad blood” between the two houses, but he reassured them that it wasn’t on their end. After they questioned Joe, they discovered that Joe wasn’t sure about whether he had run a red light or not, but Casey stood by Joe as he knew that Joe was a good firefighter and was good at this job.
At the hospital, Mouch learned that he had a corneal abrasion from the debris from the crash, but he would be able to have his vision restored soon. After the team got patched up to avoid any other untoward incidents, Boden told his men to go back to the firehouse. Meanwhile, Severide confronted Mills about his dizzy spell and insisted that he should see a doctor before their next shift. Back at the firehouse, Boden ordered the entire truck to go home and rest.
Before Casey left for home, he stopped to tell Gabby that Boden was willing to overlook their relationship; but if she was willing, she could be the candidate on Truck 81 under him. Excited over the prospect of finally becoming a firefighter, she said yes, and the two decided to talk more about it when they were home, as she had to respond to a call.
In the bathroom, Boden confronted Peter about the fact that he was trying to reach out to his father’s family. However, to his surprise, Boden thought that it was a good idea, as his father, a good friend of Boden’s, had wanted to patch things up with them a long time ago, but it had never happened, and he had died regretting that he hadn’t.
As they left the fire house, Casey and Joe were called over by Chief Boden and Chief Tyburg, who showed them security camera footage of Joe running a red light as he had broken his controlled stop. He reasoned that every truck did break that rule so that they could get to fire scenes on time, and Casey continued to stand by Joe. However, Tyburg advised Joe to get a criminal lawyer because if Molina did not wake up, he would be facing manslaughter charges. The group then left for the hospital, where they decided to take turns watching over Molina’s progress.
At home, Gabby and Casey talked about the possibility of Gabby being the next candidate on Truck 81. Gabby had just realized that if she took the position, it would mean that they could not get married yet, at least not for another year, and then she would have to change shift or company.
The entire firehouse met at the hospital, where Joe, tired of all the bad looks he was getting from Welch and his boys, came over to say that he felt bad for Molina, and that he would do anything to help them out. Welch only retorted back at him and told him to get his eyes checked. Joe then told them that he did nothing wrong and that it was not his fault. Christopher Herrmann (David Eigenberg) broke the tension by informing Welch that they were all there for Molina and asked what they were planning on doing for Molina’s family. He then suggested that the two houses should combine forces and throw a fundraising party at Molly’s. In order to avoid any other untoward incident, Casey told Joe to go home and be the bigger man.
Outside the hospital, he Joe ran into Severide, who refused to go inside as he couldn’t handle “another line of duty death.”
Meanwhile, Peter got checked by the doctor. He was informed that he could not be cleared for squad duty or to be a firefighter, as he had benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, which was a direct result of the fact that his ears suffered trauma from the explosion when the warehouse exploded. This affected him deeply as he equated his own existence with being a firefighter.
Back at the firehouse, Casey informed them that Joe was suspended in the meantime of his driving privileges, and Otis would drive the truck.
Mouch came back to the firehouse with a patch on his eye, and his loving girlfriend, Sergeant Trudy Platt (Amy Morton) of the Chicago Police Department, came by with some brownies for him and took care of him.
Chief Boden informed Severide of what had happened to Peter and advised to reach out to him. Boden was also suspicious of Severide’s recent behavior, as there were moments in which he was unreachable and went on blackouts.
Meanwhile, while Herrmann planned the fundraiser for Molina, Newhouse showed up with a food truck for Mouch and Joe on the condition that he becomes a partner in Molly’s 2.
Peter gathered up the courage to go and meet his grandfather, Leonard, who apparently had stage four cancer. As the two reunited, his grandfather hugged him and told him that he was glad that they had met. Later on, Peter complained to Newhouse about his condition and the fact that he could not be a firefighter anymore. He reasoned that it was his life’s calling, as his father was a firefighter. However, Newhouse reminded him that it wasn’t the end of everything and that he should not try so hard to be like his father, if the circumstances do not permit it.
Joe swung by Molly’s in order to help prepare for the fundraiser that was happening that night. He then told Casey that he might not be there, as he could not take all the bad looks being thrown at him. He confided that he was beginning to doubt himself, and that he kept on replaying the scene in his head over and over again. But at the same time, he knew that he had done nothing wrong. Casey then told him never to doubt himself because he and the others at Firehouse 51 knew how good of a firefighter he was.
The fundraiser was a success, and there, Gabby broke the news that she was going to be the new candidate on Truck 81. She and Casey knew that they would be facing many tests as a couple during the time being, but both were confident that they could handle it.
The night became even better when Herrmann announced that Molina had just woken up and was talking to the doctors. They then rushed to the hospital, where they learned that Joe was off the hook because Molina had confessed that Welch had told him to beat Truck 81 no matter what and that was what caused the accident. The boys then came in and shook hands with Molina and gave his wife the money that they had raised to help them out while Molina recovered.
Outside, Casey informed Chief Tyburg that Gabby would be joining them on Truck 81 as their new candidate. Peter, realizing that they would be short one paramedic, asked Chief Boden if he could fill Gabby’s slot, as he did serve as a paramedic a little while back. He has training, thus allowing him to still stay at Firehouse 51.
And that was it for the recap on “Chicago Fire” Season 3 Episode 3 “Just Drive the Truck.” For more news and updates, including spoilers and recaps, on “Chicago Fire” and other television shows, keep following Movie News Guide (MNG).