The Worst Episodes of Chicago Fire: Flames That Failed to Ignite

Attention all Chicago Fire fans! As a self-proclaimed TV show connoisseur, I have seen it all. From epic rescues to steamy romances, this show has kept me on the edge of my seat for years. However, like any good series, there are bound to be a few episodes that miss the mark. And let’s face it, not every episode can be a raging inferno of excitement. So, I’ve done the dirty work for you and compiled a list of the worst episodes of Chicago Fire. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or a newbie looking for the best episodes to watch, this list will have you shouting “mayday” in no time. So, grab your gear and let’s dive in!
The One That Matters Most

The One That Matters Most

Season 6 – Episode 16

Air Date: 2018-03-29

The crew struggles to come to terms with an injury to one of their own; a temporary replacement must be dealt with; Boden ponders some interesting news; Kidd has a hard time keeping a secret.

Haunted House

Haunted House

Season 11 – Episode 5

Air Date: 2022-10-19

Firehouse 51 hosts a Halloween open house. Kidd and Severide help a young girl after she gets kicked out of her home.

Foul Is Fair

Foul Is Fair

Season 6 – Episode 9

Air Date: 2018-01-18

After learning unsettling news, Dawson enlists Severide to help her out. Elsewhere, Casey and Dawson struggle with communication issues while Brett and Kidd compete to win the heart of Zach, a Hazmat officer. Meanwhile, Otis, Herrmann and Mouch are on a mission to locate the source of a horrible stench that is making life unpleasant at Firehouse 51.

Put White On Me

Put White On Me

Season 6 – Episode 17

Air Date: 2018-04-05

Boden has a lapse in judgment in the aftermath of rescuing a young boy. Kidd struggles to win the approval of Severide’s mom after a surprise visit and Otis takes on new responsibilities at the firehouse.

Rattle Second City

Rattle Second City

Season 9 – Episode 1

Air Date: 2020-11-11

Firehouse 51 welcomes a new member to the team, whose presence could provide some complications. Brett’s leadership shines during a scary call. Boden sees great potential in Kidd and proposes an idea that could have lasting repercussions.

Purgatory

Purgatory

Season 5 – Episode 14

Air Date: 2017-02-21

After exercising his disdain and authority over Chief Boden, Chief Anderson reassigns members of 51 to various houses around town, citing the need for improvement. The ramifications are felt by the crew, who are left to make the best of their respective situations in their new surroundings.

Take a Knee

Take a Knee

Season 5 – Episode 18

Air Date: 2017-04-04

Casey discovers a new crack house on the block that is harboring a female junkie. Dawson and Brett get assigned a new trainee for the shift. Meanwhile, Severide gets an unexpected visit from his father and Herrmann deals with family issues when his son gets into trouble at school.

Sixty Days

Sixty Days

Season 5 – Episode 21

Air Date: 2017-05-09

Cruz finds himself in a bad spot when an off-duty incident begins to unravel, prompting Mouch to step in and offer help in hopes of avoiding serious consequences from the CFD. Casey goes head to head with a big politician to get his measure for first responders passed. Lt. Severide makes life difficult for newest team member Jason Kannell and Dawson gets an unexpected visit from her father.

An Even Bigger Surprise

An Even Bigger Surprise

Season 6 – Episode 3

Air Date: 2017-10-12

Lt. Casey gets off on the wrong foot with Sam Mullins, a temporary Chief who is filling in for Boden at House 51 for the morning. When Casey later makes a risky move in an attempt to save a distraught man from jumping off a building, Mullins has a surprise that Casey does not expect. Mouch flies in Cruz’s brother Leon as a birthday surprise, but the rest of the squad struggles to keep it a secret. Meanwhile, Brett is caught off guard when she learns new information about her hometown friend Hope.

Devil's Bargain

Devil’s Bargain

Season 6 – Episode 5

Air Date: 2017-10-26

Casey and Severide find themselves at odds after Casey argues with him over the best way to save a teenager entangled in barbed wire. When Casey looks to Boden for help smoothing out the situation, he comes to the realization that he will have to fix it himself. Elsewhere, Otis tries to convince Casey to participate in the beta test for an expensive piece of new firefighting equipment imported from Japan. Meanwhile, Kidd and Hope come to blows over a payroll issue and Brett goes on a date with a doctor she meets during an ambo call.

Down Is Better

Down Is Better

Season 6 – Episode 6

Air Date: 2017-11-02

After heroically saving a mother and newborn baby from a rooftop fire, Kidd receives surprising news when she discovers she is being transferred out of the firehouse. Severide and Casey believe something is off about the turn of events, prompting them to investigate the situation. Otis and Herrmann discuss the possibilities of taking over a rundown bar and Dawson’s frustration with her father, Ramon, reaches a boiling point.

A Man's Legacy

A Man’s Legacy

Season 6 – Episode 7

Air Date: 2018-01-04

Brett attempts to make a lifesaving decision in the field to someone near and dear to the firehouse family. In an effort to impress Lily, Otis scrambles to get everything together for the grand opening of Molly’s North. Meanwhile, Boden becomes emotional following the rescue of a famous blues player from a burning apartment building and Dawson struggles to come to terms with how she has been dealing with her father.

The Whole Point of Being Roommates

The Whole Point of Being Roommates

Season 6 – Episode 8

Air Date: 2018-01-11

After saving a young girl, Dawson is forced to make a tough decision when she finds out the girl’s father is addicted to painkillers. Herrmann loses his cool and gets into an altercation with a police officer after responding to a call. Otis and Cruz are on a mission to find out who Brett is dating. Meanwhile, Boden is skeptical when Donna’s brother Julian unexpectedly comes to town.

Slamigan

Slamigan

Season 6 – Episode 10

Air Date: 2018-01-25

Dawson and Casey do everything they can to locate Bria’s whereabouts after discovering important new information. Lt. Severide reunites with Chief Grissom, and old family friend. Meanwhile, Cruz enlists the help of Brett and Mouch to create a new tool and Kidd and Zach go on a date.

Law of the Jungle

Law of the Jungle

Season 6 – Episode 11

Air Date: 2018-02-01

After responding to a time-sensitive rescue, Casey and Severide don’t see eye to eye on the best course of action. Herrmann struggles to entertain his daughter on “bring your child to work day.” Brett is joined by a surprise guest during a spa getaway, courtesy of Dawson, while Kidd’s social life gets a boost.

The F Is For

The F Is For

Season 6 – Episode 12

Air Date: 2018-03-01

After photos of Casey and Severide jumping off the roof during a heroic rescue make the front page of the newspaper, Boden unwillingly agrees for the photographer to chronicle a day-in-the-life story at the Firehouse. Dawson and Brett are on a mission to find out what keeps happening to Gerald, a frequent flier they know who lives on the streets. Meanwhile, Herrmann decides to take up life-coaching as a side job and Kidd makes a decision regarding her living arrangement with Severide.

Looking for a Lifeline

Looking for a Lifeline

Season 6 – Episode 14

Air Date: 2018-03-22

After responding to a car accident, Casey and Dawson become skeptical when a domineering husband continues to answer for his injured wife. Cruz becomes frustrated with Herrmann and Mouch when he discovers they have contacted people regarding his “Slamigan” invention without his knowledge. Kidd uncovers something meaningful and important to Severide while Brett discovers some potentially unsettling news.

The Chance to Forgive

The Chance to Forgive

Season 6 – Episode 15

Air Date: 2018-03-22

In response to a call involving a residential fire, Otis and Kidd’s lives are suddenly put in jeopardy when gunfire goes off inside the house. Dawson comforts Brett during an especially trying time. Meanwhile, Casey begins to notice that romance might be going on within the firehouse.

Where I Want to Be

Where I Want to Be

Season 6 – Episode 19

Air Date: 2018-04-19

After responding to a residential fire at a property belonging to a Mexican drug cartel, Casey is skeptical of Cordova after a hefty amount of money was found missing from the crime scene. Elsewhere, Kidd makes a big decision.

Smash Therapy

Smash Therapy

Season 9 – Episode 3

Air Date: 2021-01-13

A mishap on the aerial ladder in the midst of a fire rescue leaves Mouch shaken and questioning his abilities. Kidd looks for support from Severide while Casey and Brett discuss their future.