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Chicago Fire: It Ain't Easy

After he's injured in a terrible fire at an auto machine shop, Jose Vargas is forced to go on disability and leave his life as a firefighter behind - a task he finds incredibly difficult. Chief Boden tries to help a suspected teenage firebug. Also, Severide receives an enticing invitation from Renee, a woman who he saved from a car crash incident involving live electrical wires. Meanwhile, Cruz tries to save his younger brother Leon from the gang he is involved with.

Source: NBC

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x9
Airdate: Wednesday December 12th, 2012

Alternate Airdates:

AU (Seven) Mar 07, 2013

  • Currently 8.8/10
8.8/10 (6 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Christian Stolte
As Firefighter Randy "Mouch" McHolland
Cody Sullivan
As Ernie
Jeff Lima
As Leon
Joe Minoso
As Firefighter Joe Cruz
Mo Gallini
As Jose Vargas
Ron Dean
As James Whoritsky
Sarah Shahi
As Renee Royce
Yuri Sardarov
As Firefighter Brian "Otis" Zvonecek

Co-Guest Stars
Brett Snow
As Truck Firefighter
Darrell W. Cox
As Uncle Ray
DuShon Brown
As Connie
Katherine Cunningham
As Corrine
Matthew W. Allen
As Assistant Deputy Chief
Randy Flagler
As Capp
Rich Wilkie
As Engine Firefighter
William Smillie
As Hadley
Cindy Jackson
As Firefighter
Jonathan Kitt
As Security Guard
Jose Garcia
As Flaco
Laura Fisher (1)
As Business Woman
Sean Bolger
As Maintenance Man
Tom McElroy
As Dr. Tenney

Anne Lockhart
As Dispatcher
Main Cast
Jesse Spencer
As Lieutenant Matthew Casey
Taylor Kinney
As Lieutenant Kelly Severide
Monica Raymund
As Paramedic Gabriela Dawson
Lauren German
As Paramedic Leslie Shay
Charlie Barnett (2)
As Firefighter Peter Mills
David Eigenberg
As Firefighter Christopher Herrmann
Eamonn Walker
As Battalion Chief Wallace Boden


The episode begins with Karen leaving in the morning after spending the night with Severide. She sees Shay at the breakfast table and bids her goodbye before leaving. “She is not 100 percent lesbian” Severide tells Shay with a smirk. Shay isn’t too happy that he and Karen have slept together. Later Boden and team arrive at a scene. It’s a factory that has caught fire. Boden mobilizes his team. At a distance Otis sees Ernie the kid who Boden had invited to the station during Thanksgiving dinner. Boden also sees him and is visibly unhappy. Inside the factory there are propane tanks, which the team ensures are removed before they catch fire. ..

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Other Episode Crew

CreatorDerek Haas  |  Michael Brandt
Executive ProducerJoe Chappelle  |  Matt Olmstead  |  Dick Wolf  |  Michael Brandt  |  Derek Haas  |  Danielle Gelber  |  Peter Jankowski
Co-Executive ProducerMarc Dube  |  Thania St. John  |  Arthur W. Forney  |  Andrea Newman
Supervising ProducerBryan Oh
ProducerTim Deluca  |  Hilly Hicks, Jr.  |  John L. Roman
Co-ProducerCarla Corwin
Production DesignerCraig Jackson
EditorMichael Schweitzer
CastingJonathan Strauss  |  Jennifer Rudnicke  |  Mickie Paskal
Unit Production ManagerCarla Corwin
First Assistant DirectorNormann Pokorny
Second Assistant DirectorEllie Smith
MusicAtli Örvarsson
Music EditorChris Newlin
Music SupervisorStacy Wallen-McCarthy
Costume DesignerSusan Kaufmann
Key GripMike Lewis
Set DesignerDave Krummel  |  Jessie Haddad
Set DecoratorDesi Wolff
Location ManagerSam Tischler
Transportation CoordinatorBilly Hogan
Property MasterBill D'Ambra
Construction CoordinatorTyler Osman
Script SupervisorDru Ann Carlson
Production CoordinatorEric Matsumoto
Script CoordinatorKathleen Foshee
Assistant EditorJohn Reyes Nguyen
Post Production SupervisorLeigh Cousins
Re-Recording MixerPeter Reale  |  Todd Morrissey
LeadmanTony Barracca
GafferAnthony J. Lullo
Director of PhotographyLisa Wiegand
StuntsKevin Sorenson  |  Dan Maldanado  |  Mike Fierro  |  Mark Harper  |  Jim Fierro  |  Tobiasz Daszkiewicz  |  Tom Lowell (1)  |  Chris Nolte
Stunt CoordinatorRick LeFevour
Art DirectorChris Cleek
Assistant Production CoordinatorJeremy Peacock
Sound MixerBlair Scheller
Executive Story EditorMichael Gilvary
Costume SupervisorGretchen Gain
Boom OperatorAdam Mohundro
Key Makeup ArtistDebra Dee
Visual Effects SupervisorScott Rader
Production AccountantSusan Hayes
"A" Camera OperatorReza Tabrizi
Sound SupervisorJeffrey Kaplan
Casting AssociateJosh Breit  |  Jamie Stires  |  Pamella Pearl
Key HairstylistMary Buono
Original CastingLynn Kressel
Assistant To The Executive ProducerAdrian Bassuk  |  Kristel Crews  |  Perri Eppie  |  Miranda Iredia  |  Kim Rome  |  Kristin Carey (2)  |  Daniele Bernstein  |  Lydia Mayberry Friedman
Special Effects CoordinatorJohn Milinac
Dolly GripMark Purkart
Key CostumerVanessa King (1)
Technical AdvisorRoy Dean (1)  |  Michele Martinez  |  Steve Chikerotis
Best Boy GripKory Salajka
"B" Camera OperatorWill Eichler
Craft ServicesShane Thomas
Background CastingJoan Philo
1st Assistant AccountantJason Richert
Assistant PropertyAaron Holden Jr.
Best Boy ElectricDonna McClain
2nd Second Assistant DirectorStefan Rand
1st Ac A CameraLuis Fowler
1st Ac B CameraDean A. Simmon
Warning: Chicago Fire season 1 episode 9 guide may contain spoilers
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