Chicago Fire season 6 by character: Otis

CHICAGO FIRE -- "The Strongest Among Us" Episode 620 -- Pictured: Yuri Sardarov as Otis -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "The Strongest Among Us" Episode 620 -- Pictured: Yuri Sardarov as Otis -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC) /

How was Chicago Fire season 6 for your favorite character? In this retrospective profile, we look at how Chicago Fire treated Otis this season.

As we continue to look back on Chicago Fire season 6, we’re breaking down the season for each of the show’s characters.

Did your favorite character have a good season or a bad season? What were their strong points and were there any weaknesses? Was the character affected by the show’s writing, or vice versa? Where could they go from here?

Check out our detailed character breakdown, and let us know your thoughts on how this season was for each character in the comments.

In this profile, we’re looking at Chicago Fire‘s comic relief and favorite driver, Brian “Otis” Zvonecek, as played by Yuri Sardarov.

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Otis had two major plot points this season. One was his new romantic relationship with Lily (recurring guest star Ariane Rinehart), whom he met when he visited what would become Molly’s North.

The other was the fact that Chicago Fire shot Otis in its first two-hour event, and had him sidelined from active duty for several episodes, though he did get himself cleared to return to full action before the end of the season.

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Otis is primarily known as Chicago Fire‘s walking sense of humor, so it was interesting and different to see the show give him a very serious storyline this season. Not to mention that we were pretty scared the series was just going to kill him off entirely (but thankfully it didn’t).

It really meant something to see Otis dealing with an injury that unfolded over multiple episodes, especially given that the show served up so many cliffhangers that had no real aftereffects. The idea of Otis having to work his way back, and what that did to his self-worth, was a different type of story to tell.

It was also an incredibly moving one, and Yuri Sardarov did some amazing work in that plotline, not only with Otis in the hospital but after he came back and moved into an administrative role at the firehouse. He was able to bust a pair of scam artists, as you can see below, and also was how we found out that Chief Grissom was gaming the system at the end of the season.

Maybe he didn’t have the biggest plotline of the season, but he quietly had one of the best.


With Otis medically cleared to resume his normal duties at Firehouse 51, it sounds like it’ll be back to business as usual for him in Chicago Fire season 7. After all, one of the things we learned in all of this season was how much it means for him to be on the job, and how big a part of his identity it is. But we hope the show doesn’t forget about all he went through either.

The extra perspective he got from his desk job was really interesting, and maybe the show can find ways to work that into next season as well. Especially with the unfortunate loss of DuShon Monique Brown, there’s a big hole outside Boden’s office and while it can’t ever be filled, somebody will presumably have to step in. It’d be nice to see that other side of Otis still be useful, as well. (Hey, Grissom still needs to be put in his place…)

And maybe, now that he’s got his own life in order, he can take the time to knock some sense into his BFF Joe Cruz (Joe Minoso) about Cruz’s recent poor life choices. Cruz needs some help, and no one is better for that than Otis.

Next: The best Chicago Fire season 6 episodes, ranked

What did you think of Chicago Fire season 6 as it relates to Otis? Let us know how you’d evaluate his season in the comments.

Chicago Fire returns to NBC on Sept. 26.