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Chicago Fire - Episode 5.03 - Scorched Earth - Promo, Sneak Peeks, Interviews, Promotional Photos & Press Release

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10/25/2016  (10:00PM - 11:00PM) (Tuesday): DAWSON AND CASEY DEAL WITH A VERY UNSETTLING POSSIBILITY - Casey (Jesse Spencer) enlists Susan Weller (guest Star Lauren Stamile) to help with an urgent personal matter. Severide (Taylor Kinney) receives an offer to travel luxuriously with rich party guy Travis Brenner (guest star Scott Elrod) and Stella (Miranda Rae Mayo) uses all her resources to help a sick street kid after saving him during a tunnel fire.  Meanwhile, Otis (Yuri Sardarov) and Herrmann (David Eigenberg) discuss their concerns over Molly's lack of customers. 

Jon Seda, S. Epatha Merkerson, and Marlyne Barrett guest star.

Promo & Post Mortem Interviews

How does this impact the rest of the firehouse?

Well, the way Jimmy was reacting was causing waves in the house and so as people have come to know over the last four or five years, it’s a very tight-knit group in the house who don't react well to waves. So I think it gets to the point in the house where everybody feels like what Jimmy's doing is not to the benefit of the house or to the CFP. I think everybody understands why he's doing it, you know it's an emotional reaction and when Jimmy does leave, there's sadness about what happened to him but ultimately its for the benefit of the house who can then heal for what happened and reunite with each other.

You said at the beginning of the season that you weren't planning on introducing any new characters. Now that you're starting to get into the second half of season five, is that still the plan?

We feel pretty good about where things are. We're really happy about Dawson being back on the ambulance, and building that relationship between Brett and Dawson. We really like what Miranda [Rae Mayo]'s doing with her character. I think as of now there are no plans to shake things up too much. We know we've done that a lot in the past. We feel really good about where everything is right now so for now, no there are no plans to make any big changes.

Now that you're further into the season, is there anything else you can tease about the 100th episode and what that will entail?

Its an episode that Derek and I wrote, there's a lot going on in terms of personal storylines. Casey and Dawson are up against stuff with Louie and their own relationship; it all kind of comes to a head. Casey and Dawson I guess would be the main storyline. We've been playing with their relationship for 99 episodes up until this one. Casey coming back at the end of last season was something that we all really wanted to do. We know the audience loves them as a couple, we love them as a couple. We've had them engaged, almost married, we've really bounced around quite a bit with them and made their relationship as difficult as possible so I think the 100th episode is a time to solidify some things between the two of them, but that does not mean at all that they just go quietly into the night as a couple. There's a twist that comes at the end of the 100th episode that throws everything into a tailspin in terms of them and their family dynamics. So while some things do get solidified between them, like is the norm for Casey and Dawson, it's never easy and it certainly won't be in this episode either.

TVLINE | What drove the decision to say goodbye to Jimmy?

We’ve wrestled with this over the last four years, in terms of threats and real dangers to people in the firehouse. There are times when people get injured, or really bad things happen to them, and we don’t follow through on that, and sometimes we feel like we have to pull the trigger on certain things. With Jimmy’s character, it just felt like he needed to stand up for what he believed in, but Boden needed to stand up for what he believed in, and those two things couldn’t live together. It was driven by the story and who the characters have evolved into.

TVLINE | What kind of discussions did you have with Steven about his character’s trajectory?

Speaking of trajectories, he’s certainly on his way up as an actor, on his way up as a leading man. I have no doubt that someday he will be the lead on his own show. The discussions with Steven were nothing but pleasant. He was a total professional about it. He understood, and I think he’s embracing the opportunity to go and be the No. 1 on his own show.

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