There’s some time before shift so Casey and Dawson try to make the most of it by trying again to get pregnant. Boden and Grissom are in a meeting discussing the investigation into the fire at the auto shop. There was no foul play. Afterward, they talk about the commissioner spot. Boden goes back to the house and tells everyone to have each other’s backs. Otis talks to Cruz about not being able to sleep. The alarm sounds.
At the scene there is a tree down but not on the car nearby. Onstar tells Casey that the driver saw a kid get hit by the tree. Herrmann goes digging into the tree to find the kid. He’s breathing but unconscious. The driver comes back with the kid’s mother. They get the kid out and rush him to the hospital. While filling out paperwork, Brett talks to the driver. He wants to know how the boy is doing. She doesn’t know much though. The guy knows how it goes.
He got hurt at the academy. Now he’s a civilian but he still works for the department with equipment purchases. Brett is thrilled to hear that. Kidd and Severide are enjoying some alone time in his office when there is a knock on the door. It’s Rene. She wants to know if he is willing to help with her case. He is. Otis is talking to the “old guys” about Boden’s chances at becoming commissioner. That’s when Brett comes back. Word on the kid is good and she got the driver interested in the slamigan.
Severide walks Rene out. As she leaves and he heads back in, Grissom pulls up and rips him apart for backing Boden. Severide tells Boden and Casey about it and Boden tells him to fix his relationship with Grissom. That’s the priority. Cruz demonstrates the slamigan for the driver and it goes well. Kidd makes plans with Severide but they have to be late because he has to help Rene first. Dawson comes into the kitchen where Casey is waiting. Not pregnant.
Casey wants to double their efforts starting immediately. Dawson doesn’t seem thrilled. Severide is at Rene’s working on the case. Her son comes in and pulls Severide away. The kid really likes Severide and the feeling is mutual. When they have a moment alone, Rene apologizes for her behavior years ago. He appreciates it. Kidd is upset because Severide is late and ends up helping Herrmann with his kids as a result.
Dawson talks to Brett about their pregnancy efforts. It could take years. That’s when the driver shows up. He meets with Brett and Cruz and wants to order 73 slamigans. He also wants to date Brett. Boden made the short list and the mayor’s team has to vet him. Severide is at HQ getting some files for Rene’s case when he bumps into the commissioner. He’s worked under two frontrunners. Who would he pick? Mouch crunches the numbers for the slamigan order.
Cruz seems a little reluctant though. He’s not a fan of the driver. Severide backed Boden and now he’s worried about the repercussions from Grissom. He’s also got some visitors. Rene and her son. While Severide chats with the son, Kidd warns off Rene. Dawson talks to Casey about going to see a fertility doctor. Herrmann caught Kidd and calls her on it. She tells him she had to be proactive. They get a visitor from the commissioner’s office.
He’s endorsing Boden and that is going to carry weight. It’s time for the business meeting about the slamigan. Cruz gives a number much too high so the buyer can’t handle it. Brett calls him on it. She wants to know why he changed the cost. Before he can, the alarm sounds. There is a guy stuck in a pipe on a boat. Boden and Severide are working it when Grissom turns up. He commends them on a job well done and Boden on the endorsement.
Otis talks to Cruz about his feelings for Brett and how he doesn’t function right when he keeps them bottled up. Brett comes in. She got the buyer back and they negotiated a price. Cruz gives her the go-ahead. She walks away and he starts planning a grand gesture to tell her his feelings. Dawson and Casey go to the doctor. Dawson has an aneurysm. She shouldn’t try to get pregnant. She cries. Mouch, Herrmann and Boden are celebrating the endorsement when a reporter shows up.
Someone tipped him off about the money that came in the mail and he wants a statement on it. Kidd and Severide are flirting when Rene comes in. Her son is missing and she needs help. He takes her to 21. While they are there, Rene gets a call from the babysitter. She finds her son. As Severide tells Kidd about it she thinks that Rene overreacted. Severide takes Rene’s side though. Dawson comes into Casey’s office. She wants to keep trying. Boden tells Casey and Severide about the reporter. Severide thinks it was Grissom.
The alarm sounds. Squad saves two people from a fire. Back at the house, Cruz makes plans for a romantic getaway. That’s his grand gesture for Brett. He tells Kidd about it and then starts second guessing himself. She tells him to go for it. Then she goes out to chat with Severide. Rene turns up. She needs to talk to him about the case. Dawson gets invited on a special trip to help Puerto Rican recovery efforts. She turns it down.
Boden heard the commissioner’s statement to the press and he gets mad. He goes to confront Grissom about it. When he is back at 51 he gets another visit from someone in the commissioner’s office. The story was killed but so was the endorsement. Boden still has a chance though since a lot of people hate Grissom. Casey tracks down Dawson. He has an idea. Adoption. She is not interested. She can’t go through what they did with Louie. She wants to stick to the plan.
Cruz gets confirmation on his trip. He’s about to talk to Brett when the alarm sounds. Ambo rolls out and it seems like it is just a stoner with a cut head. Dawson has to go back to the rig for gauze so Brett talks to the guy. He tells her that his neighbor is messed up in the back. He leads her to a bedroom and his neighbor is lying there with a knife in her chest. He stabbed her and Brett tries to call dispatch. The radio doesn’t work though.
When Dawson gets back, the guy is gone. As Dawson calls it in, the woman dies. Brett as expected takes it bad. They give statements to the police and then head back. Boden heard about the call offers to take them out of service. They tell him no. After shift, Casey has an errand to run but he wants to talk to Dawson at lunch. She agrees. His errand is to an adoption agency. Mouch and Herrmann talk at Molly’s about Boden’s chances.
Someone from another house chimes in. Grissom’s house has the best stats in the department. That will work in his favor. Brett is nowhere to be found. It’s the big day. It’s time for Severide to testify. At the house, Kidd is tense and Casey feels her pain. He gets to his office to find Dawson with the adoption pamphlet. She’s pissed at him for going behind her back. She won’t adopt and he doesn’t want her to risk getting pregnant. The alarm sounds for ambo. It’s a bike accident. A guy has a broken arm. Dawson snaps at Brett and she walks off the job.
Severide’s testimony is going well. Dawson apologizes to Brett but she is not interested in hearing it. She sits alonge and Cruz goes to comfort her. She tells him that his friendship is important to her. Severide’s testimony worked. The defendant wants to settle. Rene is stoked and so is Severide. She kisses him. Shift ends and Kidd walks out. There is no sign of Severide. Mouch and Herrmann are ready to roll out but Otis needs a minute. He’s looking at something on the computer.
While he was out he did the stats. Grissom has been cooking the books. They have to take it to the mayor but first they show Boden. Casey gets home and tries to talk to Dawson. He can’t risk losing her but she isn’t hearing it. She’s ready to go ahead without him. He won’t let that slide. They are in it together or not at all. She needs to take a walk. Kidd is looking for Severide. She goes by his place but there is no sign of him. He’s at her apartment when she gets home. He tells her that she’s all he thinks about.
He does not tell her that Rene kissed him. Boden and the guys roll up to see the mayor. They are too late though. Grissom was just appointed commissioner. Dawson goes to find out more about Puerto Rico.
So is Cruz out the money or can he cancel the romantic getaway? Also, Severide was like best friends with Rene’s kid. It’s mean to go back on that. And he didn’t mention the kiss. Is Dawson going to ship out to Puerto Rico? Will it be a time jump and she’s back when next season starts? I feel like that is probably how it will work. I get where she is coming from but Casey has a point too.