05/05/2015 (10:00PM – 11:00PM) (Tuesday) : TENSIONS BETWEEN SQUAD AND TRUCK BEGIN TO BOIL OVER THREATENING TO DIVIDE THE HOUSE, WHILE CASEY GOES UNDERCOVER- At Sgt. Voight’s (guest star Jason Beghe) urging, a determined Lt. Casey (Jesse Spencer) agrees to go undercover in an effort to provide proof of Jack Nesbitt’s (guest star Eric Mabius) shady dealings. Meanwhile, Otis (Yuri Sardarov) and Severide (Taylor Kinney) continue to disagree about the integrity of Scott Rice (guest star Warren Christie), causing tensions to flare between members of truck and squad. Meanwhile, Herrmann (David Eigneberg) helps out a fellow member of the firehouse. Jon Seda, Randy Flagler and Izabella Miko also guest star.
Question: Chicago Fire seems to be hinting that Charlie Barnett might leave the show. Can you shed light on that? —Anonymous
Ausiello: Well, as weighty promo that aired after Tuesday’s episode confirmed, Mills does indeed have a decision to make that will heavily impact his future. “He finally gets his dream job back, but as that presents itself, his mom and sister come forward and they have a chance to run a restaurant in North Carolina,” executive producer Matt Olmstead previews. “He’s really confronted with a choice, which is, ‘Have I fulfilled my father’s legacy to the extent that I feel comfortable? And do I want my remaining family, which I’m the protector of, to leave and go do this restaurant?’” The resolution of his internal struggle will play out in the next episode on April 21.
04/29/2015 (09:00PM – 10:00PM) (Wednesday) : SVU DETECTIVES JOIN CHICAGO INTELLIGENCE TO CONNECT A CASE IN CHICAGO TO AN UNSOLVED CASE ABOUT RAPE AND MURDER FROM NEW YORK A DECADE PRIOR. Continuation of Chicago Fire, “We Called Her Jelly Bean” episode. Benson (Mariska Hargitay) has traveled into Chicago to help Voight (Jason Beghe) and intelligence with a rape/murder case that is frighteningly similar to a case from New York a decade ago. She calls in Fin (Ice-T) and Amaro (Danny Pino) to assist. The prime suspect, Yates (Dallas Roberts) is let go after rigorous questioning. He then requests a meeting with Lindsay (Sophia Bush) and he warns of unintended consequences from what intelligence is doing. Featuring Jon Seda, Jesse Lee Soffer, Patrick Flueger, Elias Koteas, Marina Squerciati, LaRoyce Hawkins, Amy Morton, Brian Geraghty, Eamonn Walker, Nick Gehlfuss, Stella Maeve and Samuel Hunt.
04/29/2015 (10:00PM – 11:00PM) (Wednesday) : CHICAGO AND NEW YORK POLICE CONTINUE THE INVESTIGATION INTO AN UNSOLVED RAPE AND MURDER CASE
Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Voight (Jason Beghe) lead their teams in the investigation of a rape/murder case that is frighteningly similar to a case from New York a decade ago. When forced to release their main suspect, the Chicago PD joins the SVU in New York in pursuit of Yates (guest star Dallas Roberts). Featuring Sophia Bush (Det. Lindsay), Ice T (Det. Tutuola), Danny Pino (Det. Amaro), Kelli Giddish (Det. Rollins), Raúl Esparza (ADA Barba), Peter Scanavino (Det. Sonny Carisi), Jesse Lee Soffer (Det. Halstead), Marina Squerciati (Ofc. Burgess), Brian Geraghty (Ofc. Roman), Stella Maeve (Nadia Decotis), Tamara Tunie (M.E. Warner) and Mary Bacon (Susie Frain).
Question: I thought I read that Chicago Fire‘s Casey would be showing up in an episode of Chicago PD this season, and that it would involve Voight in some way. Did I imagine this or is it really going to happen?!? —Wendy
Ausiello: You’re not losing your marbles, Wendy. Casey’s troubled history with Voight will be palpable during the next Fire/P.D./SVU crossover event, airing April 28 and 29. “The problem is they can’t really bring it back up because I don’t think they’d get over it,” Fire star Jesse Spencer says. “The idea is that they’re going to be forced to work together in a situation that involves the [strip] club. So the tension between them is going to be palpable, but they have to aim for their objective first and try and put the personal stuff behind them, which is not going to be easy.”
04/28/2015 & 04/29/2015 (08:00PM – 09:00PM) (Wednesday) : A FIRE REVEALS EVIDENCE OF A POTENTIAL SERIAL ARSONIST WHO HAS BEEN ON THE LOOSE FOR MORE THAN A DECADE AND DEMANDS THE ATTENTION OF THE CPD AND SVU-STORY ARC CROSSES OVER INTO “LAW & ORDER: SVU” AND “CHICAGO P.D.” THE FOLLOWING NIGHT¬- An apartment fire linked to a case of rape and attempted murder calls for members of the CPD to team with the Special Victims Unit, which had a similar unresolved case that has eluded them for more than 10 years. This prompts Sgt. Benson (Mariska Hargitay) to come in from New York to assist with the investigation in which she is all too familiar. Meanwhile, doubts among the squad towards one of their own causes Severide (Taylor Kinney) to lay down the law and Dawson (Monica Raymund) puts her life on the line during a call. Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, Warren Christie, Eric Mabius guest star.
Name any challenge that could be posed to a new “Chicago Fire” cast member, and Kara Killmer has faced it this season.
Not only did the actress — who plays paramedic Sylvie Brett on executive producer Dick Wolf’s Tuesday NBC drama — need to fit in with the continuing stars and learn medical techniques and lingo quickly, she was concerned about audience acceptance as she replaced one of the show’s founding performers: Lauren German, whose Leslie Shay died in the opener of the current Season 3.
“I auditioned for both ‘Chicago Fire’ and ‘Chicago PD’ on tape at least four or five times,” friendly Texas native Killmer tells Zap2it, “then they brought me in last-minute. I auditioned for Sylvie on a Tuesday, heard on Wednesday that I’d booked it, then they were going to fly me out on Friday … so I packed up my whole apartment on Thursday and started work the next Wednesday.”
During that whirlwind, Killmer got a necessary crash course. “There was a lot of covering medical material. They have to teach you that stuff so that you don’t look ridiculous on screen and have a bunch of real paramedics calling and saying, ‘Yeah, you didn’t really do that right.’ I kind of had to hit the ground running in terms of meeting the cast and jumping right into work, but it was great.”
First seen as one of the aspiring performers in the online reality series “If I Can Dream” (created by “American Idol” mentor Simon Fuller), Killmer also has been playing out a personal struggle for Brett, who has questioned her “nice and comfortable” state — encompassing her now-ended romance with firefighter Joe Cruz (Joe Minoso) — after fleeing Indiana and a broken engagement.
“I think that as the season has gone on, there’s less of trying to fill Leslie Shay’s shoes,” Killmer reasons, “and establishing herself as her own entity, separate from the friend that everybody has lost. It’s certainly been interesting, and everybody has been so welcoming. And the writing has lent itself to allowing the transition to happen smoothly.”