Kicking off with last season’s cliffhanger, the rescue squad remains trapped underwater, and therefore the boat is quickly sinking. Severide MacGyvers an explosion to urge the team how out, while Casey grabs a tank and heads during a boat to assist his colleagues. Capp and Tony surface shortly after Casey arrives, but Severide remains beneath the water trying to save lots of Cruz, who’s lost consciousness. once they finally come up, Cruz isn’t breathing. the remainder of the firehouse watches worriedly as CPR is performed. But it might just be cruel if Cruz died while Chloe is expecting their baby, so he survives.
While Cruz is alive, he’s not entirely well. When he returns to the firehouse after a few weeks of rest, he’s a touch off. He keeps staring down at his equipment and even hesitates at a rescue call. He tries to play it off as stress from having to reschedule the baby shower and Chloe’s mom’s extravagant plans. Then Capp lets it slip to Cruz that Severide pushed himself well beyond his limits to save lots of him. That knowledge seems to shake Cruz, who tells Severide that he doesn’t skill to thank him.
(All Severide wants in exchange maybe a beer.) Later, Herrmann surprises his pal and Chloe with a gorgeous baby shower at Molly’s outdoor patio, complete with flowers courtesy of Gallo’s florist relative. Meanwhile, Boden announces that he’s been chosen because of the new deputy district chief. most are thrilled for him, except Stella, who has concerns about what his departure means for the firehouse. While other firefighters claim to be family, 51 actually is family, she argues, and that’s due to Boden. If he leaves, the firehouse will never be an equivalent. The Chief is so moved by her speech that he inquires about moving his district headquarters to 51, but Hill says that might piss off the alderman where he’s alleged to be located. Plus, she’s not thrilled that he’s already making demands.
Boden reassures the whole house that they’re going to always be a family, regardless of where any of them find yourself. At the baby shower, Stella apologizes to Boden for what she said, explaining that she didn’t get older during a happy, loving house. Once she found one, it felt sort of a miracle, and she or he didn’t want that to vary, albeit she may additionally soon be departing for a lieutenant slot elsewhere. “You leaving will affect this place even as much,” Boden replies. Elsewhere within the premiere:
* Casey and Brett attempt to be all covert about their new relationship by making a not-so-casual exit together from Molly’s, but most are on to them. “Do they not realize we all know they’re together?” Mouch says to Herrmann. “We knew a year before they did.” When Capp wishes the “lovebirds” a goodbye as all of them leave the firehouse, the jig is officially up, and Casey puts his arm around Brett. Gallo, Violet, and Ritter bicker and bicker about what their side hustle business should be. Well, mostly Gallo and Violet bicker and Ritter sighs exasperatedly at his friends. They finally reach an agreement to start out a microbrewery after tasting Gallo’s surprisingly excellent homemade beer. Severide calls his mom to inform her about his engagement, and she or he responds that Severide men are doomed to fail at marriage. Ouch. Stella tries to assure her fiancé that he’s not Benny.