Chicago Fire Episode 16 “Viral”

Chicago Fire “Viral” episode 16 airs Wednesday, Feb 20 2013 on NBC (10-11 p.m. ET).

Episode Synopsis: The anguish that haunts Cruz (Joe Minoso) over his previous actions boils over, as he puts himself and his fellow firefighters in jeopardy. Casey (Jesse Spencer) and his sister Christie (guest star Nicole Forester) try to solve their issues with their mother (guest star Kathleen Quinlan) and each other. Meanwhile, Severide (Taylor Kinney) reaches out again to an important person from his past as a favor to Lieutenant Whaley (guest star Shane McRae) and the squad gains new perspective after assisting the bomb squad on an extremely dangerous call. Charlie Barnett, Monica Raymund, Lauren German, David Eigenberg and Eamonn Walker also star. Shiri Appleby also guest stars.

No job is more stressful, dangerous or exhilarating than those of the Firefighters, Rescue Squad and Paramedics of Chicago Firehouse 51. These are America’s everyday heroes — the courageous men and women who forge headfirst into danger when everyone else is running the other way. But the enormous responsibilities of the job also take a personal toll. Big reputations and hefty egos, coupled with the pressure to perform and make split-second decisions, are bound to put squad members at odds.

When a tragedy claims one of their own, there’s plenty of guilt and blame to go around. In the middle of a divorce, Lt. Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer, “House M.D.”) tries to go about business as usual but can’t help butting heads with the brash Lt. Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney, “The Vampire Diaries”) of the Rescue Squad – and each blames the other for their fallen team member. When it’s “go-time” though, they put aside their differences and put everything on the line for each other. “Chicago Fire” is a look inside one of America’s noblest professions.

Also starring are Eamonn Walker (“The Messenger”), Charlie Barnett, (“Law & Order: SVU”), David Eigenberg (“Sex and the City”), Monica Raymund (“The Good Wife”), Lauren German (“Hawaii Five-O”), Teri Reeves (“Three Rivers”) and Merle Dandridge (“Sons of Anarchy”). “Chicago Fire” is produced by Universal Television and Wolf Films. Emmy Award-winning creator/ producer Dick Wolf (“Law & Order” brand), Derek Haas (“3:10 to Yuma”), Michael Brandt (“3:10 to Yuma”), Peter Jankowski (“Law & Order” brand) and Danielle Gelber serve as executive producers. Haas and Brandt wrote the pilot, which was directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff (“Homeland”). From renowned Emmy-winning producer Dick Wolf and the writing team behind “3:10 to Yuma” comes an edge-of-your-seat view of a dirty job that often means the difference between life and death.

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