Near the firehouse, Kidd and Severide are making out in the car. Kidd starts driving the rest of the way and almost runs a guy down in the process. Choi updates Otis. He’s going to run tests to find out why Otis lost feeling in his lower extremities. At the house, Boden tells everyone about Cordova the floater filling in on 81. Herrmann isn’t happy about it.
Casey welcomes him aboard. Cordova is familiar with Dawson too from when she was training. Before anything more can be said, the alarm goes off. It’s a guy at a dinner with his arm stuck in a giant mixer. They take the machine apart and get him to Med. Back at the house, Dawson updates everyone on the lack of information about Otis.
She makes her way into the kitchen and finds Kidd humming. Dawson puts the pieces together pretty quick and calls her on sleeping with Severide. It’s a secret but before they can talk for too long they see Grissom show up. He’s there to talk to Boden. Apparently when he retires, he wants Boden to take his spot so he’ll be around to observe.
On his way out he runs into Severide and gives him grief about blowing off their dinner. Grissom is done trying to help him. Kidd catches up with Severide afterward and notes that a little distance might be a good thing. Otis is getting an MRI. He tells the tech its only a matter of time before Lily bails. The tech tells him to focus on himself.
Dawson shares what she remembers about Cordova with Brett and Casey. Speaking of, he’s rummaging for food when Herrmann starts giving him trouble about feeding the house. Casey pulls Herrmann aside to calm down. The wife and daughter from the morning call turn up to cook for the house and Cruz seems to get along swimmingly with the daughter.
Cordova tells Casey that he can handle a lot so he’s ready to go. Brett gets a message from Lily. There was a hematoma but they drained it. Everyone loads up and heads to Med to find Otis on his feet. It’ll take time but he should recover from this. Everyone is thrilled, except Otis. He is grumpy about the rehab and Cordova and basically breaks up with Lily.
At the house, its mealtime and the food leaves something to be desired. Kidd fakes a call from their landlord so her and Severide can escape it and get some alone time in the process. Cruz and a few of the others walk the women out. They are already planning on coming back next shift. Mouch tells Cruz to handle it. Dawson and Kidd plan to split Otis’ shifts at Molly’s.
Cruz and Brett are planning to go hang with Otis at Med. Herrmann says he has to cover at Molly’s but figures Otis will be back soon enough. Cordova points out that that’s not likely. Herrmann remains optimistic. At Med, Otis has no timeframe and is still down. He tries to send them away but Cruz and Brett don’t listen. He softens to them.
Boden is home spending time with the family. He tells his wife that his name was floated for a promotion and it’s tripping him up. At the next shift, the women turn up again. Herrmann and Cordova come to blows after Cordova says that Otis isn’t coming back for a long time. Casey catches the end of it but no one is arguing and Herrmann takes a walk.
He finds Lily in the house and she talks about not knowing how to help Otis. Herrmann comforts her until the alarm sounds. It’s a victim caught between a steel beam and some scaffolding. Grissom shows up just as Severide pitches his plan. He’s going to climb up and hold things steady. Grissom volunteers to go with and help out.
They head up and make the rescue. Severide barely escapes as the scaffolding collapses. Afterward he and Grissom have a moment. Back at the house, Boden announces that Otis is out for at least two months. Cordova is around for the long haul. Casey tries for a motivational speech but Boden comes to the rescue.
He wraps it up by insulting the food just as the women walk in. They hear him and leave, obviously embarrassed. Casey thanks Boden for the help with the pep talk. Boden tells him not to worry about it. He trusts Casey and believes he’s good for the house. Kidd and Severide talk as shift ends. She’s happy he took her advice about Grissom.
Dawson catches Cordova on the way out. When he was only around for a few shifts, it was no big deal but now she has to tell Casey… something. He asks her to hold off so that he can prove himself and she reluctantly agrees. Herrmann goes to Med. He sees Lily encouraging Otis during rehab and goes in all smiles to help out.
So obviously Dawson and Cordova were together. Saw that coming from a mile away. I don’t get why they keep doing this. He’s going to find out and be pissed that she hid it and she will try to apologize and he won’t let her for like five episodes. By the time they calm down, Severide and Kidd will be done. It’s the same thing always on this show.