Exploring Joe Cruz’s Possible Departure From Firehouse 51 In Chicago Fire Season 12, Episode 3
Chicago Fire kicked off its latest season on NBC on January 17, 2024, marking the return of beloved character Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney), who took a hiatus in the previous season. The anticipation for Season 12 has been high among fans.
The Cruz-Severide Conflict Unfolds
Episode 2 Tensions Raise Concerns
In Episode 2 of Season 12, a significant conflict erupted between Joe Cruz (Joe Miñoso) and Kelly Severide. The disagreement has prompted speculation about Cruz’s future with Firehouse 51.
The Build-up to the Clash
Cruz Assumes Leadership in Severide’s Absence
The tension between Cruz and Severide was foreshadowed as Severide left Chicago temporarily, returning only after his wife Stella (Miranda Rae Mayo) persuaded him to rejoin Firehouse 51. Cruz, who had taken charge in Severide’s absence, may be harboring lingering resentments.
Cruz’s Bold Declaration
The narrative takes an unexpected turn when, in a conversation with Chief Boden, Cruz expresses his desire to take the lieutenant test and run his own unit, stating, “It’s time for me to leave 51.” This declaration leaves viewers questioning Cruz’s future on the show.
Severide’s Response and Potential Departure
Leadership Struggles and a Possible Exit
Severide assumes his captaincy again, and a clash arises when Cruz diverges from orders to assist a civilian. The tension continues as Cruz confronts Severide about feeling disrespected during Severide’s absence. Severide, acknowledging Cruz’s desire for leadership, hints that he won’t stand in the way if Cruz chooses to move on.
What Lies Ahead
Joe Cruz’s Decision and Severide’s Support
As the plot thickens, Chief Boden suggests Firehouse 36 as an alternative for Cruz, but emphasizes the need for a conversation with Severide. Despite making peace, Severide acknowledges Cruz’s leadership aspirations. With conflicting ambitions, it appears that Joe Cruz might be on the verge of leaving Firehouse 51.
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