Chicago Fire season 1, episode 3 rewatch: Professional Courtesy

Chicago Fire season 1 promo art. Photo Credit: Courtesy of NBC.
Chicago Fire season 1 promo art. Photo Credit: Courtesy of NBC. /

Look back at where Chicago Fire began this summer. Read our retrospective on the third episode as we rewatch Chicago Fire season 1, episode 3.

Over the One Chicago summer break, we’re looking back at where it all began by rewatching the first seasons of our shows—and today we’re revisiting Chicago Fire season 1, episode 3.

If you want to rewatch this episode along with us, you can find Chicago Fire season 1 on iTunes and DVD.

“Professional Courtesy” is the show’s third episode, but its place in history is because of its main guest stars. This is the first appearance of future Chicago PD star Jason Beghe as Hank Voight, but he’s not here to help.

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Voight is the antagonist in “Professional Courtesy” (and the next several episodes) when his son Justin runs afoul of Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer).

Fun fact: Justin is played by a different actor in this episode. Joe Sinopoli is credited as Justin Voight, not Josh Segarra, who had the role on Chicago PD. No disrespect in Sinopoli, but Segarra is much better, in part because he’d have much more to work with.

This is also the first appearance for Jon Seda as Antonio Dawson, and since there’s no Intelligence Unit yet, he’s still working in Vice. It’s unintentionally funny to watch Antonio’s reaction when he hears Voight’s name, knowing now that he’s going to end up working for this guy.

One of the quirky things about the One Chicago franchise was how quickly it became a franchise. It usually takes TV networks a little while to order a spin-off, but Chicago PD was picked up literally a week after Chicago Fire season 1 ended! And the characters who’d lead that spinoff were here in the third episode of Chicago Fire, ever.

Aside from this being a pivotal episode in the One Chicago universe because it introduces Antonio and Voight, “Professional Courtesy” encapsulates Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) in a nutshell. We start to see his shoulder problems worsen, making him seriously fear for his career.

And then we see him hook up with Nikki (Meghann Fahy), in a supply closet, before finding out that she’s engaged. Severide’s a genius at work, not so smart in his personal life, and his scenes in this episode demonstrate that often frustrating dichotomy. At least Nikki’s father just told him the truth, and didn’t menace the crap out of him like Voight spent this episode doing to Casey.

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There’s also a heartwarming moment at the end of the episode, when Firehouse 51 takes the money they’d raised for a new firehouse TV, and put it toward building a ramp for the young boy who’s now disabled after the accident caused by Justin Voight.

While the guest cast overshadows everything else when we watch this episode again, just because now we know how important they are to the entire franchise, “Professional Courtesy” is a typical Chicago Fire episode that has all the aspects we’ve come to expect from the show.

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