Chicago Fire s07e13 Episode Script

The Plunge

I love my Truck boys, but what I need these days is quality female time.
I think I'm going to stay with Severide for a while.
He'd never admit it but he needs someone looking after him.
I will be having drinks with the good doc at The Aviary.
I had a great time with you last night, but I'm not really looking for anything serious.
What's he doing here? You didn't invite him? I'm not giving up so easy.
It's not right out there, I need a radiator and a coffee, stat.
Ah, come on.
It's not that bad.
My first year on the job, there was this big ice storm that was so cold, the rigs didn't even start.
So you're saying there's still time for me to get out of here and take a job down in Miami - or Bermuda? - No, don't joke! I already lost one partner at the Caribbean.
I'm not about to lose another one.
What's that? I keep getting these calls from a blocked number.
Three times a day, no messages.
Telemarketers found you.
Where'd you visit? Oh, I can't remember how many.
I must've toured, you know, half a dozen campuses in two days.
State schools, private schools, liberal arts whatsits.
Anyway, Lee Henry has a few notions about where he wants to go but I ain't buying.
I found out that his first pick is ranked as a grade A party school.
Yeah, well, college is supposed to be fun.
I know my kid's idea of fun and there is no way that I am taking out a second mortgage so that he could major in beer pong.
Wait, wait, wait.
That was an option? Well, I went to the wrong school.
Hey, can I get in on that? Fun night? Oh yeah, um, I went out dancing with a couple of academy buddies, it got real dumb in the best possible way.
Okay, everybody, registrations for the Polar Plunge is now open.
- Who's in with me? - Awesome! I've been wanting to do that for years, I always end up on shift.
Yeah, well, this year we are all clear and they have a special section for city services.
I was gonna sign us all up as a group.
Count me in.
I should already be in the system under the Bucktown Winter Walrus Club.
Hey, what's all this? Oh, it's a big charity event.
Basically, you jump into Lake Michigan.
In February.
You're joking.
For why? I just said, for charity.
For crazy, you mean.
Oh, what do you say, Foster? Do you wanna jump in with the rest of us? Seriously, I love you folks, truly.
It's a hard no.
You guys are loco.
Engine 51, Ambo 61.
Structure fire, 99 North Racine.
Main to 51, Engine 111 is on the scene.
Position yourself to cover Charlie side with a defensive line on your arrival.
Copy that! We're only a few blocks away! Ambo 61 is right behind us.
Would you look at that? What's this joker think he's doing? So he's trying to cut through traffic by riding our wake.
I'm gonna give him a blast of the horn.
Not budging.
All right, I gotta call CPD, give this guy a ticket.
You know, people got this notion that Whoa! All right, Ritter! - Yeah? - Stretch a hose and get ready to douse this engine on my signal, but hold off until I get a good look.
Yes, Lieutenant.
Hey, can you hear me? All right, Engine 51 to Main, we're at Wabash and Harrison.
Just got involved in a collision.
A guy, uh, clipped us from behind, swerved into a parked car.
Uh, looks like the driver is pinned in, we only got manual tools.
So we're gonna need a truck company to help with the extrication.
- Copy that, 51.
- Please Am I gonna die? Hold on, son.
Don't try to talk, we got you.
We just need some time.
Lieutenant, we got a leak! Should I spray it with the fog line? No, no, no, no, no.
It's only gonna spread the problem.
51 to Main, where's that truck company? Truck 68 is en route from quarters.
ETA is five minutes.
All right, to hell with it.
We'll work with what we got.
What, you're going in there? This could light up at any second.
Just stay back, all right? You keep that fog line trained on me.
If this thing flashes, you blast me right in the chops.
Yes, sir.
All right, listen.
Easy, easy.
Stay with me, you hear? All right, we need you to be focused on staying alive.
I can get you back home to your folks, okay? Please am I gonna die? - We're here! - Stay clear! We got a fuel leak.
I almost got him.
Come on.
Let's get you out.
Let's go.
Hey, I need a hand-off! Copy that, Lieutenant.
Okay.
He's got trauma to his head and his neck, no collar.
Be careful with him! Got him.
Watch his head.
I've got him.
Herrmann! All right, go now! - Got it? - Yeah! All right.
I feel crepitus.
He has subcutaneous emphysema, we got to intubate.
I'm already on it.
Oh, I know, I know.
Just relax.
Hey, is he all right? Well, he's semiconscious and has a gag reflex, it's causing him to resist the intubation.
Come on, buddy, be strong, all right? Help the medics do their job.
It's it's not working.
He's going to vomit.
We need to push etomidate and sedate him now.
We don't have that in our Regional system.
Seriously? Okay, we improvise.
20 milligrams of versed, that'll be enough to relax the muscle and get the tube in, right? It's outside of our protocol.
We'll need telemetry approval from a physician.
Here, I'll call.
How long is he gonna take? I'm good to go now.
Your call.
No, you're right.
You should go for it.
All right, let's see if the tube's in.
I'm in.
All right.
Thanks.
- Lieutenant.
- Yeah.
Got a little ding on the bumper, nothing major.
All right, I'll call it in when we get back to quarters.
Guys, let's clean this mess up! - Come on, let's go.
- Got it.
Psst, yo.
Ready for this? Friend of mine over at 48 snuck us some VIP passes to the rescue equipment expo tomorrow.
Get a first look at some of the new technical rescue stuff.
Figure we'd check it out then swing by Molly's to catch the Blackhawks.
Or Stay with me here, we do none of that and have a night out instead.
When was the last time you and I hit the town on a Friday night? Get back in the game.
Sold.
You going somewhere? Yeah, outside.
No hat, no jacket.
Look, if I'm doing this plunge, I'm going all out and I start prepping today.
You make it sound like a challenge.
No, no not at all.
Look, if you guys are too chicken to handle the elements, I promise I will not think less of you.
Huh, I see you, Kidd.
I see you.
Wait, is this something we're all doing? Is is there a vote? Guys! We're grabbing lunch outside for some reason.
Great, good stuff.
I'll meet you out there.
You okay? Uh, yeah, yeah.
It's just a load of paperwork from the last call, you know? Figures, teenager smashes his car into our backside, we pull him out, and I'm the one that's got to explain it.
No good deed, am I right? Sure.
What if you got, like, a wetsuit or something? Help keep you warm.
Brett, I don't even like going in the water in the summertime.
Way I see it, if the Lord meant for me to use that lake to swim, he wouldn't have invented the booze cruise.
Damn, I could've sworn I left my charger in here.
- Where's everybody going? - Lunch.
Okay.
I'm gonna see what that's all about.
Enjoy, I'm gonna check my car real quick.
See you in a bit.
Hey guys, what's going on? Oh! Oh, God.
Sorry, I didn't mean to startle you.
- What are you doing here? - I'm just checking in.
It's been about a week, I've given you some space.
I thought I'd just swing by and see how you feel about giving things another shot.
Maybe, uh, dinner tomorrow night? You asked me already.
I know and I know that you weren't really into it at the time but I just like I said, I don't give up so easy.
Wait, have you been calling me, like, from an unlisted number? I don't think so.
Anyway, look, there is this fantastic Italian spot.
It's on East Grand, it's got a great wine list.
It's old school Chicago.
Yeah, Jim, I I'm just not feeling it, okay? Nothing's changed and just so you're aware, I don't find any of this romantic or cute.
So please, asking nicely, back it up.
Oh, oh, yeah.
Heard loud and clear.
Sorry to get in your space.
But just for what it's worth.
I think you're making a huge mistake.
But that's your prerogative, right? All right, a little bit more and we'll be all good.
Where'd you find this thing? Oh, it's, uh, in storage, it's an old hazmat recon pool.
It's perfect, right? Oh, might've been a little more perfect in July or August, but hey.
Okay, that should be good.
Who wants to go in first? I just had lunch, should wait at least an hour.
Come on, you guys, if we can't deal with this how are we gonna handle Lake Michigan? Guys, get this.
I've been texting with my cousin from Krasnoyarsk.
It turns out he's a professional ice swimmer! That is 100% something you just made up.
No, no, it's true.
I swear to God.
Anyway, I told him what we were doing and his advice, first and foremost, was to focus on breathing techniques.
Apparently, most people don't know this but the heart is the body's most important source of heat, and so, if we were to learn how to breathe and activate the heat in our hearts Should I reign this in? Not until you take a turn.
Listen, I was thinking about tomorrow night.
Thought we could hit some of our old stomping grounds.
Joe's on Weed Street, the Red Ivy.
Sports bars? Why? What were you thinking? Something else.
Like what? You'll see.
Oh.
Hey, Herrmann.
Just got a call from headquarters wanting a debrief on the accident.
You got the incident report there? Yep, proofing it now.
Should I be concerned? - No, not at all.
- All right.
The victim's family is in contact with the department, they're appreciative of all our efforts.
This is just good housekeeping.
Yeah.
Thanks.
Wasn't anything I could do.
The way he was riding our wake, you know, there wasn't a half a car length between us.
Hey, you saved the boy's life.
Yeah.
Bonehead kids.
Been keeping us in business since time began, right? Yeah.
Hey, there you are.
What are you doing heading out in here? I was just trying to rest.
Well, you are missing out.
Cruz set up the kiddie pool filled with cold water, they're timing each other and no one's lasted five seconds.
It's worth checking out.
Yeah, I can imagine, um I think I'm just gonna read.
Are you okay? You should consider coming to the plunge, even if you don't go in.
I know you like your space, I totally respect that.
I do, but being a part of 51, it goes beyond what we do on the calls.
We show up for each other, on and off shift.
That might sound like something people just say but not here.
Not in Boden's firehouse.
Main to Ambo 61.
P.
I.
C.
Brett.
Got a call from Lakeshore, non-emergency, asking you to check in.
Copy that.
Ambo 61? Yes.
I'm Sylvie Brett, this is Emily Foster.
Dr.
Alan Buchner, I'm the representative for the EMS Medical Consortium here at Lakeshore.
Can we talk for a moment? Of course, uh, what is this about? Please.
I want you both to know that I've invited you here as a courtesy.
You have a right to know that an anonymous complaint has been filed against you.
Uh, hold on.
What what kind of complaint? Apparently there's a pattern of concern about the state of care your patients are receiving prior to their arrival in our Emergency Department.
Due respect, Doctor, I've been delivering patients here for years.
Foster trained as a medical resident in this hospital.
We are more than qualified Be that as it may, the complaints I've received are serious enough to warrant professional oversight of your run sheets moving forward, as well as a comprehensive review of your calls for the past five months.
In other words, since I arrived at Ambo 61.
Am I right? I understand your concern.
It's never easy to face a charge like this, but the fact is that all CFD paramedics operate on a license granted by the EMS Consortium of the State of Illinois.
If we feel there's cause, we will revoke it.
I think you're making a mistake.
Those were his exact words, there is no doubt in my mind Dr.
Shaw is the one doing this to us.
Why didn't you notify me? And what was I supposed to say, Chief? I mean, yeah, it was upsetting, but I thought it was over with.
That he'd got it out of his system.
I never expected for him to go this far.
So what are our options? Can we appeal to the CFD? It's not a department matter.
We don't have jurisdiction over medical licensing.
Shaw knew that, no doubt.
That's why he went the route he went because he's got pull.
I'll bet the EMS board doesn't even know they're being played by him.
Oh, they will.
I'll see to it.
I may not have any authority over your licensing but I'm not about to let you be the target of harassment.
Hang tight.
I'll take care of it.
Thank you, Chief.
We appreciate it.
I owe you an apology.
Why? Because you don't deserve to get caught up in my drama.
Neither do you.
Foster, trust me, I would never hold you responsible for the actions of some jerk.
Besides, it comes with the territory of being Paramedic in Charge.
We're in it together.
What goes for you, goes for me.
Full stop.
Not every PIC would see it like that.
Means a lot.
I got your back, we all do.
Guys! What's with the steam? What? Are we training or are we training? Okay, all right, we can do that.
Wait, you're both going all cold? - Oh yeah, all cold, baby.
- Oh yeah! Oh, this is not right! Thanks.
When you said it was a nightclub in Canaryville, I thought you were joking.
Nah, it's just for the weekend.
It's a pop up.
A what? Hey! Wrong way.
What's up, man? What's up, my man? It's been a minute.
Yeah, I know.
Uh, good friend, Matt, fellow firefighter.
- Cool, I got you.
- All right, thanks.
What's up? Right? Yeah.
I'll grab us a table.
Okay.
You look lost.
Me? I I I'm not really much of a club guy.
It's an adjustment.
Well, let's help you adjust.
Going for a classic or one of our specialty drinks? - Such as? - Chili hibiscus la paloma.
Trust me on this, I won't steer you wrong Hit me.
Thank you.
So describe this training, what exactly are you doing? Oh, training is not really the right word.
It's more like, uh, physical conditioning.
Helping our bodies to adapt to the elements so that we're prepared for whatever we're facing on the day of the plunge.
- Like Navy SEALs.
- Like Navy SEALs.
Ah, okay.
Well, that's commitment.
I'll give you that, Cruz.
Well, I hate to burst your bubble, but none of what you're doing is actually gonna help.
What? Yeah, Cruz, the body can't adapt its ability to regulate temperature.
It does not work like that.
Then why are we freezing our butts off taking cold showers? - Uh-oh.
- Yeah.
I met with Dr.
Buchner, it did not go well.
Dr.
Buchner been reviewing your run sheets.
There was a concern about the car accident from last shift, the teenager.
What about it? When we brought him in, he was in as good a condition as anyone could've hoped for considering the circumstance.
No one is disputing that.
Their concern involves your decision to use a medication beyond the parameters of its intended use.
- The versed.
- That's my understanding.
They're saying it requires prior approval.
A any doctor worth their salt would've would've given a green light without a second thought.
Well, apparently, one of their physicians on staff disagrees.
Shaw.
He didn't say, but Look, without evidence of harassment, it is your word against his.
I know exactly who they're going to trust.
Turn it off.
Huh? Dad! What'd you do to your car? The back bumper? - What? - There's a dent! That happened, like, two months ago.
I was backing out of a garage And you weren't paying attention.
Were you futzing with the radio? Talking on the phone to your friends? No, Dad, I swear I was Gimme the keys! You lost your driving privileges.
Your mother can take you to school for the rest of the year.
- That's nuts.
- Go get your keys! What happened? Do you know what he did to his car? Yes, two months ago.
He barely Yeah, how does it make a difference when it happened? Christopher, lower your voice.
You can't keep coddling him, Cindy.
He is gonna be out there in the world soon, he's gonna be getting in God-knows-what kind of trouble 'cause he figures that somebody will always be there to bail him out, but I swear, one day he's gonna screw up in a way that he can't take back and if you keep making excuses for him, that's on you.
You good? Uh, not completely broken but certainly in need of repair.
One for the record books.
It's good to find my limits.
Had a blast, of course, but obviously we can't keep carrying on the way we used to when we were fresh out of the academy, right? Hey Kelly, mind grabbing me a glass too? Yeah, sure.
Sorry, you were saying? Can I help you? Nah, just checking him.
I was at the scene of the accident.
You're a firefighter.
I'm sorry, my wife and I haven't had a chance to follow up with the insurance.
I'm not here about that, no.
You don't have anything to apologize about.
I'm just here to stop by, I guess, because I got a son too.
Noah's age.
Doctors say there's a good chance he'll recover, but no idea how long it'll take to get back on track or how it's gonna impact his life.
Yeah.
You can't control any of that.
But now you're here.
He's safe and he's surrounded by the best care he can get.
Hospitals can be a maze, there's good people here and I know a lot of them.
So this is my card, my personal number.
All right, if you need any help advice, anything, night or day, you give me a call, okay? Hey.
So these are all of our run sheets since you arrived at 51.
I've got October through December, you take the last two months.
What am I supposed to do with these? Just comb through, look for anything that might send up a flag so we can anticipate what's coming.
What about the issue from last shift, the versed? I just want to make sure it's not the tip of the iceberg.
Smart.
What are those sticks they hit themselves with? That's a banny venik, it's a broom made from birch leaves.
It secretes an aromatic oil, it's really good for the skin.
What is this we're into now? Otis is trying to get us to go to a Russian Bath House.
A banya.
They have one in University Village.
My cousin says he does it before every ice swim.
Just a solid hour alternating hot and cold.
Ugh, it's like I can smell the sweat coming through the screen.
Well, but I thought Dr.
Rhodes said that there's no way to condition a body for the Polar Plunge.
Who are you going to trust, a surgeon or a professional Siberian ice swimmer? Is this a serious question? Brett.
Hey, what was that? Um, I'm not sure.
Morning, everyone.
- Hey.
- Hello, Cin.
- Hey.
- Is Christopher around? He was supposed to bring these college brochures with him to look at, but he left them at home.
Uh, uh, he called in late.
I I think he took a detour.
Uh, yeah, he swung by Chicago Med to visit that teenager.
Which teenager? The kid he pulled out of that car crash last shift.
Boy's still in intensive care.
Right.
I see.
Hey Emily, uh, this is Jim.
Hear you're having some trouble with the EMS Consortium.
Oh, that's gotta be a pain, but I think I can help.
If you want me to jump in and fight for you, I wouldn't be opposed.
Anyway, call me.
We can grab a cup of coffee, talk it through.
Take care.
Gross.
What am I supposed to do with this? Can we turn this over to the board? And say what? That he offered to put in a good word? They're not gonna hear what we hear.
You let me get into this again with Dr.
Buchner.
No, I'm tired of this.
Tired of of letting him set the terms and I'm tired of dragging other people into my business.
Okay, I understand, but stop for a moment, take a breath.
Whatever your next move, you have to consider the unintended effects.
Truck 81, Ambo 61, wellness check, 2930 S.
Trumbull Ave.
Show us the way.
I woke up and the roof was leaking.
I could hear the running water so I ran upstairs to see if everything was okay.
Been knocking for ages, but no answer.
Any chance your neighbor is out? I don't think so.
Quinton's car is right outside, works the graveyard shift.
Has a tendency to come home at the break of dawn and get his load on.
It's not my business, but it's hard not to notice.
Let's take it.
- Fire department.
- It's freezing in here.
And no surprise, all the windows are open.
Fire department, call out.
Here he is.
He must've passed out drunk and froze.
Not feeling a pulse.
With his core temperature that low, maybe he still has a chance, right? Depending on how long he's been in there.
Definitely.
All right, let's get him out then.
All right, let's get him up.
On three.
One, two, three.
- Ready? - Yup.
Grab his head.
Okay, I'll start compressions.
Hang on.
Come on! There's no rhythm.
Come on, come on.
He's not done.
Foster.
He's not done.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, - Foster.
11, 12, 13, 14, 15 We got him, he's coming around.
Hey sir, are you okay? You're okay, just breathe.
Breathe, it's okay.
Go get the stair chair.
Just breathe.
Breathe, breathe.
Damn, how long was he out before you got there? Well that's hard to say.
Anywhere from 30 minutes to a couple of hours? Well, congrats.
Not every day you bring a man back from the dead.
- How you feeling? - Glad we do what we do.
Hmm.
Hey, uh, stop for a sec.
I'll meet you back at the rig.
Foster? Give him hell.
Dr.
Shaw.
- If he - You don't see me? That's how we're gonna play this? Okay, excuse me, this is not the place for this.
Oh no, no, no.
I'm pretty sure it is because every woman in this department deserves to know exactly what kind of man they're working with.
- Should I call security? - That's not necessary.
You wanna throw your last chance away? Right here, in front of everyone? I'm sorry, is that a threat? Like the one you made when you came by my firehouse begging me to go on a second date? Maybe you can intimidate other women like that, bully them into staying silent and doing what you want them to do, but that is not me, not by a long-shot.
So come on, go ahead, come at me with all you got, won't matter.
I don't need you or some EMS board to tell me how good a paramedic I am.
I'll let you get back to work.
Looks like your boss wants to have a little chat.
Hey, how'd it go? The look on his face? I want to bottle that and keep it on a shelf at home.
You! Where the hell do you get off coming at me in front of the entire hospital? Do you even comprehend what you just did in there? - Hey, step back.
- I'm not talking to you! You have no idea the kind of pull that I have in this building.
When I'm done, you won't be able to administer so much as an aspirin anywhere in the state of Illinois.
Did you do this? Never hurts to have a little extra backup.
Oh, you got to be kidding me.
Morning.
I understand you have a problem with one of my paramedics.
- No, this is between me and - All of us.
See, when you come after one of my paramedics, You come after all of us.
Chief? I know you can handle yourself, Emily.
I'm just here to let everybody know that harassment of any paramedic will not be tolerated.
Not now, not ever.
So, you were saying? Let's go.
What's this? Um, I'm cleaning the car.
I'm I'm really sorry, Dad.
And I I got enough money saved up from summer work too.
So I think it's enough to get it fixed.
Come here.
I shouldn't have come down so hard on you the other night.
I want you to know that I trust you.
But I'm never gonna stop worrying about you, understand? Yes, sir.
Sweet.
Thanks, Dad.
Yeah.
The curfew still stands! I'm sorry.
I was way out of line.
I know.
I stopped by the firehouse.
They told me everything.
You ready for this? Any, uh, any last minute advice from your cousin? Yeah, one word: vodka.
I'm starting to think he might not know what he's talking about.
Foster was right, we're all nuts.
How long do we have to go in for? As long as you can handle it.
If you wanna have a go at my five minute record, you're welcome to try.
Okay, let's be clear, we are here for charity, we are here to have fun.
Don't want to see anybody pushing past their limits.
I expect to see every single one of you on duty next shift.
All that being said, let's show those lightweights over at 21st district what we can do! Oh! I can't believe it.
You're here! Family shows up, right? You all were there for me, I'm here with you.
Well, there's a spectator's section over there.
I think they have outdoor heaters set up.
Oh, no.
I'm I'm not here to spectate.
All right, are we gonna start this thing or what? - Yeah! - Whoo-hoo-hoo! Next up we have representatives from the Chicago Fire Department, Firehouse 51! Swimmers, take your positions! This is fine.
Ready, set, go!