|Season 1, Episode 3|
|Air date||October 24, 2012|
|Written by||Matt Olmstead|
|Directed by||Joe Chappelle|
Professional Courtesy is the third episode of the first season and the 3rd overall episode of Chicago Fire.
Lieutenant Casey is forced to make a difficult decision about whether or not he wants to report bad-cop's Detective Voight's son for DUI. Kelly Severide finally makes an appoinment to see the doctor about his injured arm which turns out to be a fractured vertebra. Peter Mills finds that sharing his time between his mom and her restaurant and his own job difficult.
The guys have a serious situation to take care of at the station: their TV is broken, and the Bears game is this Sunday. Candidate Peter Mills is put in charge of finding a solution and suggests that they set up a T-shirt stand out in front of the station. With Nikki manning it, it's sure to be a success. Peter gets a rare moment of validation from the guys for his winning idea. Plus, after a flirtatious exchange with Dawson in the bathroom, things seem to be going pretty well for Peter.
Casey asks Dawson for a favor, asking if her police officer brother can swing by for a word of advice. The three have a chat, and Casey explains his dilemma with Voight. At the sound of his name, Dawson's brother cringes; Voight is known for taking bribes and has been deeply involved with the gangs for 15 years. He's what they call a dirty cop, and he's definitely not someone you want to get involved with.
Hallie pays Casey a visit from the hospital with some upsetting news: the boy involved in the car crash was paralyzed from the waist down. This weighs heavily on Casey, not making the decision about whether or not to come forward with the truth any easier. Later, a brand new TV donation arrives at the station on behalf of Detective Voight - looks like their TV problem is solved! But Casey coldly demands that the TV be returned, refusing to offer up any explanation.
At the site of another accident, Severide gets a shaky hand in a compromising moment, and Shay takes notice. She feels that Severide's trying to ignore a serious issue he may have with his arm and practically forces him into an off-the-record consultation with a doctor friend of hers. It turns out that Severide has a small fracture in his spine. He's lucky he can feel pain at all right now, but there's a surgery that can take pressure off the nerve. Severide's resistant; this could put him out of work for years. But without the surgery, he can expect deterioration of many of his motor skills altogether.
The father of the paralyzed victim visits, baked goods in hand, to thank the men for their hard work. But really he has ulterior motives for visiting - something was very wrong with the police report. It claimed he ran a red light and was the cause of the accident, but he knows for a fact that that wasn't the case. Seeing this poor man in his fragile state, Casey's overcome with guilt and comes to Boden with his altered account of what happened that day. Boden supports him fully, shaking Casey's hand and telling him that "leaders lead from the front."
Nikki has her sights set on Severide, and she's not going to give up without a fight. Despite his resistance to her numerous advances, he finally caves and meets up with her for a steamy hookup in the supply closet. They almost get walked in on by Nikki's father, who catches wind of what's going on between the two. He later shows up at Severide's apartment letting him know that whatever's going on between them needs to stop; Nikki's engaged. Severide gets the message loud and clear.
Detective Voight catches wind of Casey's new report and tracks him down, suggesting that the two go get a drink. Voight explains the situation to Casey; his son's a good kid, he's just gotten himself into one-too-many messes. If he gets charged for this DUI, he'll end up in jail for years. Why ruin two lives instead of just one? When Casey refuses to budge, Voight threatens Casey, saying that he's not to be messed with. Boden arrives at the bar to provide Casey with some backup, and a vengeful Voight makes his exit.
The guys manage to raise over 300 dollars to buy themselves a new TV. But Casey, always the do-gooder, has a better idea for what they can do with that money: build a wheelchair accessible ramp for the victim's house. Later, Casey talks to Dawson, asking her if she thinks he did the right thing in telling the truth about Voight's son. The two share a tender moment when Dawson explains that, were she in his position, she knows she wouldn't be able to look Casey in the eye if she hadn't told the truth. And that's all the validation that she needs.
- Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey
- Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide
- Monica Raymund as Gabriela Dawson
- Lauren German as Leslie Shay
- Charlie Barnett as Peter Mills
- David Eigenberg as Christopher Herrmann
- Teri Reeves as Hallie Thomas
- Eamonn Walker as Wallace Boden
- Jason Beghe as Detective Hank Voight
- Mo Gallini as Jose Vargas
- Joe Minoso as Joe Cruz
- Yuri Sardarov as Brian "Otis" Zvonecek
- Christian Stolte as Randy "Mouch" McHolland
- Meghann Fahy as Nicky Rutowski
- Alexandra Metz as Elise Mills
- Linda Powell as Ingrid Mills
- Jon Seda as Detective Antonio Dawson - Vice
- Randy Flager as Capp
- William Smillie as Hadley
- Guy Van Swearingen as Al Tomczak
- Philip Earl Johnson as Greg Duffy
- Al Michaels as Voiceover
- Karen Alderidge as Dr. Kendra
- Adam Tanguay as Officer Sobek
- Nick Vidal as Haashole
- JJ Philips as Nippy
- Jeff Garretson as Hix
- Parker Mack as Mike Duffy
- Joe Sinopoli as Justin Voight
- Eliza Shin as ER Doctor
- John Gawlik as Officer Moosekian
- Anne Lockhart as Dispatcher (voice)