Chicago Fire season 8, episode 5 recap: Buckle Up

CHICAGO FIRE-- "Buckle Up" Episode 804 -- Pictured: Alberto Rosende as Blake Gallo -- (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE-- "Buckle Up" Episode 804 -- Pictured: Alberto Rosende as Blake Gallo -- (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC) /
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CHICAGO FIRE– “Buckle Up” Episode 804 — Pictured: (l-r) Joe Minoso as Joe Cruz, Taylor Kinney as Lt. Kelly Severide — (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC) /

Chicago Fire dealt with two creepily similar car accidents in Buckle Up. Find out what happened in our Chicago Fire season 8, episode 5 recap.

This week’s Chicago Fire was another one where Firehouse 51’s best turned into private investigators.

Wednesday’s episode “Buckle Up” saw the firehouse respond to two car accidents in a short span, and it became clear very quickly that the two incidents were related. Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) dug into the scenes and uncovered another criminal conspiracy.

Meanwhile, the rest of Firehouse 51 learned about Joe Cruz’s (Joe Minoso) breakup, leading one of them to go above and beyond to try to reunite Cruz with his ex-girlfriend.

Click through this slideshow to find out what happened in the latest Chicago Fire episode for each of your favorite characters, starting with:

The mystery driver

Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) is on her way to the leadership conference, and seems to have calmed down about it since the last time it came up. Kind of. Maybe.

Back at Firehouse 51, Cruz hasn’t told anyone about Chloe dumping him, and he’s still not going to. When asked if he proposed, he tells Mouch (Christian Stolte) that he hasn’t done it yet. But with that scoop in mind, plus his own birthday to promote, Mouch has started a firehouse newsletter.

As the whole crew knows he just wants cake, they’re called to the scene of a multi-car accident where a young woman is trapped in her vehicle. This is why you don’t put your feet up on the dashboard! Mouch forcibly recruits a truck driver nearby to help with the rescue. Because there is nothing weird about the truck driver who just happens to be standing near the accident scene doing nothing.

Although the rescue is a success, the truck driver expects to be compensated. Yeah, that’s not gonna happen. And then there’s this: the driver of another vehicle involved tells Blake Gallo (guest star Alberto Rosende) that the car in front of her slammed on the brakes, causing the crash, and then took off. So who is he and where is he now?

Meanwhile, Stella meets another female firefighter, Justina Ortiz, at the conference. She thinks they’ll be friendly because they’re both girls, but Justina coldly tells her that the conference was supposed to be “officers only.” So much for teamwork.