Chicago Fire season 9, episode 2 recap: That Kind of Heat

"That Kind Of Heat" Episode 902 -- Pictured: (l-r) -- (Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC)
"That Kind Of Heat" Episode 902 -- Pictured: (l-r) -- (Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC) /
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“That Kind Of Heat” Episode 902 — Pictured: Daniel Kyri as Darren Ritter — (Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC) /

Chicago Fire season 9, episode 2 recap.

This week’s Chicago Fire picked up where the season 9 premiere left off, with Ambulance 61’s fate hanging in the balance.

Wednesday’s episode “That Kind of Heat” saw Sylvie Brett (Kara Killmer) and new partner Gianna Mackey (Adriyan Rae) continuing to deal with the man who threatened them after his brother died at the hospital. Meanwhile, Darren Ritter (Daniel Kyri) had an action-hero moment.

Here’s what happened in the latest Chicago Fire episode for each of your favorite characters, starting with:

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Brett and Casey

Picking up where the season premiere left off, this Chicago Fire installment has Brett and Gianna struggling to get out of their wrecked ambulance while the rest of the team rushes to their aid.  Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) is so desperate to get to Brett that he jumps out of the truck while it’s still moving.

Brett helps Gianna get out, then rushes to save the man who ran them off the road. With Casey’s help, she’s able to get him out—after the guy wrecks his femoral artery—and into another ambulance. The show never mentions him again so presumably he makes it to the hospital and gets arrested?

Since they no longer have a ride, Brett and Gianna are given the day off. Casey comes to check on Brett, who tells him that “It’s always been you” while Chicago Fire‘s music swells romantically. He leaves and she rushes to Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo), convinced she’s confessed her love for him. The two continue to act weird around each other all episode.

Brett arrives at Molly’s later on, and upon hearing Blake Gallo (Alberto Rosende) rave about how Casey couldn’t wait to get to her,  she gets a sappy look on her face and leaves as quickly as she got there. That’s the last straw for Casey, who shows up at her apartment thinking he somehow messed up. Instead, Brett’s kissing him, and they’re on the verge of hooking up on her couch.

However, she needs to know if he’s over Gabriela Dawson (Monica Raymund). She asks him if he’d leave with Dawson if she came back to Chicago (again). Casey says he hasn’t spoken to Dawson in “a long time,” but when Brett presses the issue, admits he doesn’t know what he’d do. Casey ends up leaving while an emotional Brett stays on the couch.


Comparing her reaction after the ambulance crash to Brett’s, Gianna is doubting that she belongs at Firehouse 51. She deals with Joe Cruz (Joe Minoso) being overprotective, but then confides in him when he finds her running in the bleachers—it’s revealed later that Brett asked him to check up on her partner.

“I don’t know if 51 is the place for me,” she admits, which is a pretty quick change of heart from how enthusiastic she was last week. She doesn’t think she’s cut out for a busy firehouse. “Some people are made for that kind of heat,” Mackey says. “Maybe I’m just not one of them.” Cruz reminds Gianna that he promised her brother he’d take care of her, and says that she belongs at 51.

So Gianna shows up for work the next day and says that she’s committed. There’s a small but great scene where Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney), applying the Leslie Shay memorial decal to the replacement ambulance, explains to Gianna who Shay was. Yay for Chicago Fire sticking with its canon. Gianna is last seen at Molly’s getting more encouragement from Cruz, who still doesn’t want her anywhere near Gallo.