After-Take: CHICAGO FIRE “The Beating Heart”
Name of the Episode: The Beating Heart
Beware – the follow contains spoilers!!!
Prior to the hiatus, viewers were left in shock when Herrmann was stabbed in the abdomen and left to bleed out in the Molly’s stock room. Otis and Dawson find Herrmann in the back and immediately call for an ambulance. Before he was taken away, Herrmann confesses Freddie was the one who stabbed him. Cruz feels guilty for letting Freddie into the house and assures Severide he will cooperate with police. Dawson rides in the ambulance and helps stabilize Herrmann until he arrives at Chicago Med where April and Connor are waiting to take him in. Dr. Rhodes later addresses the firehouse and says Herrmann is in stable condition; however, the stab wound left his liver, diaphragm and lungs lacerated. They will know more once a full scan is done. In Herrmann’s room, Mouch accidently dropped his engagement ring for Trudy. He confesses he thought about putting off the proposal; but Herrmann and Cindy encourage him to move forward with his plans. Detective Ruzeck goes by Chicago Med to talk with Cruz; Cruz feels Severide’s eyes beating into him and wants Freddie to be found, and soon.
Chili’s off putting behavior is becoming more noticeable to Jimmy and Sylvie. Chief Boden tells Severide to back off from Cruz; then the house is called to an apartment fire. One of the residents says the fire started because of a gas leak; Dawson and Casey turn off the gas in the basement and they are shocked to find a woman by the washing machine; it was a failed suicide attempt and they are about to leave when oxygen causes the space to blow into flames. Severide and Boden rush in to rescue everyone; but once outside, Cruz cannot stop coughing and also heads into Chicago Med for examination. The house stops in to see Herrmann, and they’re informed his internal bleeding has not stopped. He’s trying to keep a positive attitude, but doctors are worried.
Meanwhile, Cruz sneaks out of the hospital in search of Freddie. He goes to an old gang house but doesn’t find Freddie. One of the gang members doesn’t like Cruz’s tone and holds a gun to Cruz’s face. The Squad 3 truck pulls up and saves him from the house.
Back at the firehouse, the crew signs up for helping Herrmann’s kids; and Trudy stops by for an update. Mouch decides to propose right in the firehouse; although surprised and amazed, Trudy simply says the proposal needs to be more romantic and leaves.
Back at the hospital, Herrmann wakes up trying to catch his breath and the doctors run in to see why his vitals were in peril. Dr. Rhodes diagnoses Herrmann with respiratory distress; an effect from the blood transfusion, especially common with plasma. But there isn’t much time for worry because another call comes in.
Once on the scene, the intelligence team tracked down Freddie and chased him onto a collapsing fire escape. Cruz offers to go on the aerial ladder to save Freddie. Freddie doesn’t believe Cruz will be able to hold him up; and even thinks Cruz would rather see him die because of what he did. Cruz doesn’t give up, Freddie grabs hold and the team is successful in their rescue. However, Freddie is taken into custody and still can’t come up with an apology for Herrmann. Dr. Rhodes regretfully tells everyone Herrmann will need to go into surgery. It will be a high risk, but they have no other choice.
Dr. Halstead, April and Dr. Choi are all assessing the suicide patient; but they can’t figure out her condition because no one seems to know anything about her. Any test they put her through, doesn’t make sense for her current situation. On a much happier note, Trudy realizes Mouch’s proposal was sweet, and counters back with her own proposal to him. Just before Herrmann goes into surgery, he assures Cruz he did the right thing trying to help Freddie get his life on track and out of the gang. He finishes his sentence and begins to severely bleed out from his liver and into the diaphragm. He is immediately rushed into the operating room. The episode continues into Chicago Med, look at their After Take for the conclusion!