After being severely shot in the season finale, firefighter Doherty (Eddie Cibrian) fights pain and fear when he returns to the station a bit prematurely for a full day of emergencies, but he can't admit to himself that his physical weakness prevents him from peak performance -- and his stubborn pride just might get himself and other fire personnel killed. Meanwhile, a reserved female firefighter (guest star Amy Carlson) transfers in under a cloud of suspicion after she previously charged a popular fireman with sexual harassment. Michael Beach, Coby Bell, Bobby Cannavale, Molly Price, Kim Raver, Anthony Ruivivar, Skipp Sudduth and Jason Wiles also star
Jimmy Doherty remembers his one-chance try-out for the Yankees when he comes back to work early after being shot. He tries valiantly to be the hero fireman he was before his accident, but he pushes himself too hard and lets down his colleagues. He is too aggressive, and literally not physically strong enough yet, and when he finally endangers the life of one of the other firemen he decides he still needs some time off. Meanwhile, Alex Taylor joins the squad, a paramedic having just taken the fireman's test. Everyone knows who she is because she sued Danny Gamble over in the 75 for sexual harassment. She is cold to everyone, but is a hard worker. At first, like many others, Doherty just thinks she's litigious in nature, because his friend Danny would never do the things she said he did. However, when Danny comes by to welcome Doherty back, and Doherty sees the way Danny is around Taylor, he realizes her claims were justified.