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Season 3 | Episode 19 | “I Am the Apocalypse” | Aired Apr 7, 2015

A terrorist bomber, an infectious bioweapon scare, a poorly timed electrical fire, and oh, right—Kelly Severide’s life hanging in the balance: There are bad days, and then there are bad days on Chicago Fire.

“I Am the Apocalypse” is meant to serve as a backdoor pilot for a Chicago Med-based spinoff, should it go to series. If that hour is what we can expect from the hospital show, well, NBC might have to chip in for my Xanax prescription—because that was BANANAS.

But seriously, time out—Kelly Severide basically dives on a live grenade. Okay, sorry, we have other things to discuss first. But: LIVE GRENADE. Just know that is a real thing that is going to happen.

Meet Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss), born from the same handsome-yet-mysterious hero gene pool as Chicago P.D.‘s Jay Halstead. He’s currently crashing with his big brother after being fired from his NYC practice, and although he previously hinted at sticking it out in Chicago for a while, Will informs Jay that today will be his first and last day at Chicago Med. He’ll be hightailing it back to the Big Apple in no time.

Something tells me you are very, very wrong, Dr. H.

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Will arrives for his first/last shift and happens upon his colleague, Dr. Hannah Tramble (The Walking Dead‘s Laurie Holden—Andrea lives!) on the floor attempting to fix the staff fridge. Already I love this woman—it’s obvious she has her priorities straight. I think Will is also a big fan of proper food preservation because things get very flirty, very fast, and I’m super into it. Unfortunately, April Sexton (Yaya DaCosta) ends this little meet-cute and informs the two docs that the ER is about to get slammed.

What’s the fuss? Well, Firehouse 51 is bringing in 30 or so victims suffering from respiratory distress after an ammonia leak, AND the hospital is already dealing with an influx of flu patients. As April tries to organize the overcrowded ER, a young man with serious flu-face steps up onto a chair and begins making terrorist claims like, “I am the apocalypse,” and, “Everyone will be dead in two weeks,” and Americans are the devil—you know, the usual. To make sure we know he’s really crazy, he pulls the pin out of a grenade (THE GRENADE!). Kelly Severide realizes there is only one thing to do: He jumps toward the man with the live grenade and knocks him down as it explodes. A lot.

And that’s when all hell breaks loose.

Will quickly realizes that the man was shouting about carrying an ebola-like disease, which means they all might be infected. He orders the firefighters—both inside the ER and those waiting outside of it—to keep the area quarantined. No one gets in or out until they can figure out what they’re dealing with.

So yes, Will is having a pretty bad day. You know who else is? Kelly Severide. Mills and Brett find him unconscious with a weak pulse post-explosion. He’s in such bad shape, in fact, that Will sees him and immediately “black tags” him—in his opinion, Sev’s injuries are far too extensive to save him. Mills, speaking for the entire audience, tells Will that this is Kelly f—ing Severide they’re talking about, and he’s not dying today. I’m paraphrasing, sort of.

Will gets it immediately, and has Dr. Tramble work her surgeon magic on the fallen firefighter. Mills and Brett assist with intubation and rib spreading (ew!), and it looks pretty grim. I mean, I’m no doctor, but when blood starts squirting out of an open wound, I’m pretty sure that means things are going south. Thankfully, Tramble keeps her cool and stops the bleeding. Severide stabilizes, and all of Firehouse 51 breaths a collective sigh of relief.

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To make matters worse (I told you they get worse), Casey discovers an electrical fire spreading in the ceiling. Did I mention that they already used up all the available fire extinguishers? Because THEY DID. Casey radios Boden to fill him in on the situation: They need more extinguishers, or game over. Boden knows this means he’ll have to send some of his men into the contaminated area—but he barely has to ask before all the men volunteer. In the end, he sends Cruz and Rice inside with supplies.

Are we all crying yet, or are you some sort of robot?

The fire is put out and we’re on to the next hurdle: What is this disease, and is it contagious? With some help from the P.D. crew, we learn the bomber worked at an infectious disease lab and was carrying what is basically a biological weapon. Chicago Med’s Head of Infectious Disease, Dr. Diane Claman (Emily Shaffer), runs tests from inside the ER and eventually determines that the bomber was not infectious, and the lockdown is lifted.


From the Firehouse 51 Bulletin Board

  • Everyone heads to Molly’s to relieve the stress of the day the best way they know how: Some take shots, some give empowered speeches, and some GET IT ON. That’s right—Dawsey is back! Maybe?
  • There was so much going on in this episode that I haven’t even mentioned S. Epatha Merkerson yet, which is really saying something, because she is S. Epatha Merkerson and I immediately loved her sassy Sharon Goodwin. What happened in Will’s interview? Inquiring minds want to know!
  • And there was so much going on in this episode that I haven’t even mentioned Oliver Platt either! His turn as Dr. Charles, Head of Psych, had both me and Boden impressed. Any guy who naps in his car during work is okay in my book.
  • There was also a guy with a bone sticking out of his chest that they first thought was his own rib, but it turned out to be a bone from THE BOMBER’S ARM. And that was low priority, all things considered. So, more Chicago Med, please?

Chicago Fire airs Tuesdays at 10/9C on NBC.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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