Chicago Fire season 8, episode 13 recap: A Chicago Welcome

CHICAGO FIRE -- "A Chicago Welcome" Episode 813 -- Pictured: (l-r) Eamonn Walker as Wallace Boden, Joe Minoso as Joe Cruz -- (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "A Chicago Welcome" Episode 813 -- Pictured: (l-r) Eamonn Walker as Wallace Boden, Joe Minoso as Joe Cruz -- (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC) /
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CHICAGO FIRE — “A Chicago Welcome” Episode 813 — Pictured: (l-r) Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey, Eamonn Walker as Wallace Boden — (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC) /

Chicago Fire featured the return of an old enemy in A Chicago Welcome. Find out what happened in our Chicago Fire season 8, episode 13 recap.

This week’s Chicago Fire featured another appearance from someone One Chicago fans probably didn’t need to see again, and that was just the start.

Wednesday’s episode “A Chicago Welcome” saw Assistant Deputy Commissioner Jerry Gorsch (guest star Steven Boyer) resurface. It seemed like he wanted to mend fences, but it wasn’t long until our heroes uncovered something more selfish about his return to Firehouse 51.

Meanwhile, Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) and Sylvie Brett (Kara Killmer) went above and beyond the call of duty to help a man who lost his wife in a house fire just a month after moving to Chicago (guest star David Selby, Dark Shadows).

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

Look who’s back

Emily Foster (Annie Ilonzeh) has now settled into living with Brett and Joe Cruz (Joe Minoso), and that includes her latest girlfriend having stayed over. Cruz has no problem telling this to the rest of Firehouse 51 as they arrive at work. But any jokes about her personal life are quickly replaced by childlike excitement about a new fire truck! Who doesn’t love a new fire truck?

It gets put to use immediately as Chicago Fire kicks us off with a house fire. Not just any house fire, but one that our old buddy Jerry Gorsch can lurk outside of. Because you’d never see him actually going into a fire.

Our heroes enter the house to find Tim Larson (David Selby) desperately trying to get to his unconscious wife Gail. Both are rushed to the hospital, but the dramatic music swell is a big clue to Chicago Fire fans that this is probably not going to end well. Casey also notices Gorsch’s arrival, making this moment even unhappier.

Back at the firehouse Christopher Herrmann (David Eigenberg) is still annoyed that there’s a new fire truck and not a new engine, especially because Mouch (Christian Stolte) won’t shut up about it. “We stay far, far away and try not to get destroyed when the lava erupts,” quips Darren Ritter (recurring guest star Daniel Kyri). Truer words have never been spoken.

Gorsch is waiting for Boden and Severide when they get back, telling them that he’s behind their whole idea of protecting the team from cancer because his cousin was a firefighter who died from cancer. But he needs them to convince Commissioner Grissom to lift his departmental spending freeze so that he can order new equipment to support their cause. So will the two of them ally with their old enemy?