'Chicago Fire' Season 9: When will Episode 4 air? Here's what fans can expect when the drama returns to NBC

'Chicago Fire' is bringing its supporting characters to the forefront and we love it

                            'Chicago Fire' Season 9: When will Episode 4 air? Here's what fans can expect when the drama returns to NBC
Alberto Rosende as Blake Gallo in a rescue scene in 'Chicago Fire' (NBC)

'Chicago Fire' is finally back after an extended break with new episodes to NBC and boy, what an intense call to start with. The three 'Chicago' shows made a delayed return after their original airdate was interrupted by a failed insurrection attempt at Capitol Hill. Thankfully, the Dick Wolf shows are back to give us the necessary distractions for a few weeks as we head deeper into 2021.

'Chicago Fire' is the oldest of the 'Chicago' shows and will run until Season 11 at least — there's a reason that this NBC show is going on for so long because it keeps every episode fresh. Over the last few seasons, some new characters have been added, and these new characters have blended seamlessly with the Firehouse 51 family. In doing so, the show does not forget its original characters either. We loved to see that Randall "Mouch" McHolland (Christian Stolte) is finally getting some proper screentime — even if it was to show that he messed up.

However, being a firefighter is about learning and making sure to stay cool on the job. Sure, a mistake may cause lives — but if everyone makes it out okay, it's a great learning point. And it may just be what another firefighter needs as we go into the next episode.

When will Episode 4 air?

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'Chicago Fire' Season 9 Episode 4 will air on NBC on Wednesday, January 20, at 9/8c. The show is facing a shorter season due to the Covid-19 pandemic — and it may be even shorter given that the number of cases has been rising. However, according to IMDb, we will be getting at least two more episodes before the show goes on a break, hopefully, making it the longest streak in this season.

What to expect in the next episode?

The official synopsis for 'Chicago Fire' Season 9 Episode 4 states: "While completing a task assigned by headquarters, Boden makes an unforeseen connection. Gallo's forced to make a surprise rescue to one of their own when the firehouse is called to the site of a construction explosion. Mouch reignites an old feud."

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Chief Wallace Boden (Eamonn Walker) is one of the most compelling characters on television. We don't often see much of him, except when he is giving instructions to the firehouse, or reprimanding someone — basically, mostly when he is performing his authoritative duties. So it will be a nice change to see his personal side again and we love that 'Chicago Fire' is focusing more on its "fringe" characters lately.

Blake Gallo (Alberto Rosende) has been a popular character since he first started at Firehouse 51 in the previous season, convincing fans that he would strive to preserve the legacy of the late firefighter, Brian "Otis" Zvonecek (Yuri Sardarov). He had a love interest in the previous season that fizzled, and he now has eyes on the new paramedic, Gianna Mackey (Adriyan Rae). Could his surprise rescue be her?

Meanwhile, 'Chicago Fire' continues to extend its focus on Mouch, and we cannot wait to see the comic relief that comes from his "feud."

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