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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 (FOX8) Mar 07, 2013

Guest Stars
Christian StolteChristian Stolte
As Firefighter Randy "Mouch" McHolland
Cody SullivanCody Sullivan
As Ernie
Jeff LimaJeff Lima
As Leon
Joe MinosoJoe Minoso
As Firefighter Joe Cruz
Mo GalliniMo Gallini
As Jose Vargas
Ron DeanRon Dean
As James Whoritsky
Sarah ShahiSarah Shahi
As Renee Royce
Yuri SardarovYuri Sardarov
As Firefighter Brian "Otis" Zvonecek

Co-Guest Stars
Brett SnowBrett Snow
As Firefighter Brett Snow
Darrell W. CoxDarrell W. Cox
As Uncle Ray
DuShon BrownDuShon Brown
As Connie
Katherine CunninghamKatherine Cunningham
As Corrine
Matthew W. AllenMatthew W. Allen
As Assistant Deputy Chief
Randy FlaglerRandy Flagler
As Capp
Rich WilkieRich Wilkie
As Firefighter
William SmillieWilliam Smillie
As Hadley
Cindy JacksonCindy Jackson
As Firefighter
Jonathan KittJonathan Kitt
As Security Guard
Jose GarciaJose Garcia
As Flaco
Laura Fisher (1)Laura Fisher (1)
As Business Woman
Sean BolgerSean Bolger
As Maintenance Man
Tom McElroyTom McElroy
As Dr. Tenney

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


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

CreatorMichael Brandt  |  Derek Haas
Executive ProducerJoe Chappelle  |  Matt Olmstead  |  Dick Wolf  |  Michael Brandt  |  Derek Haas  |  Danielle Gelber  |  Peter Jankowski
Co-Executive ProducerMarc Dube  |  Arthur W. Forney  |  Andrea Newman  |  Thania St. John
Supervising ProducerBryan Oh
ProducerHilly Hicks, Jr.  |  Tim Deluca  |  John L. Roman
Co-ProducerCarla Corwin
Production DesignerCraig Jackson
EditorMichael Schweitzer
CastingLynn Kressel  |  Jonathan Strauss  |  Jennifer Rudnicke  |  Mickie Paskal
MusicAtli Örvarsson
Director of PhotographyLisa Wiegand
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