Sunday, August 14, 2022

2.14 Friendly Fire

Episode Title: Friendly Fire
Directed by: DeMane Davis
Written by: Jim Campolongo
Air Date: April 18, 2019 (USA)
Rating/Share (18-49): 0.8/4
Viewers: 4.81 million
Total: 1.4/7.21 million

"Friendly Fire" – When Station 19 gets called to a structure fire at a coffee processing plant, the team risks their lives to save Station 42's captain. Meanwhile, Ripley and Vic consider a shocking option to save their relationship; Andy gets some surprising news about some of her fellow crew members, and Pruitt takes on a new position, on ABC's "Station 19," THURSDAY, APRIL 18 (9:01-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

"Station 19" stars Jaina Lee Ortiz as Andy Herrera, Jason George as Ben Warren, Boris Kodjoe as Captain Sullivan, Grey Damon as Jack Gibson, Barrett Doss as Victoria Hughes, Alberto Frezza as Ryan Tanner, Jay Hayden as Travis Montgomery, Okieriete Onaodowan as Dean Miller, Danielle Savre as Maya Bishop and Miguel Sandoval as Captain Pruitt Herrera.

Guest starring in "Friendly Fire" are Brett Tucker as Fire Chief Lucas Ripley, Dohn Norwood as Captain Ted Conlin, Chelsea Harris as Nikki, Jake Borelli as Dr. Levi Schmitt and Karishma Ahluwalia as Shireen Varma.

"Friendly Fire" was written by Jim Campolongo and directed by DeMane Davis.
Andy's Voiceover
"A flashover can happen in a matter of seconds. All you need is the perfect combination of air, heat, and combustible material. The smoke around you comes alive with fire, rushing toward you, rushing over you. There's no time to outrun it. A blast so expensive, so big, it can rock your entire world. And you wanna hear the scariest part? Most of us will never see it coming. There's a moment right before a flashover begins where everything goes quiet. Some firefighters swear it feels like time is standing still. Like every sound, every detail, every inch of your body is on high alert. Your instincts can smell what your brain hasn't processed yet. You feel in your bones, the dread, that knot that won't go away. So you run. You get out of there. You try to save yourself so you don't get hit. So you don't get hurt. So maybe, you'll survive."

Vic in this episode

Vic and Ripley are at their diner, enjoying breakfast and going through the options. They agree that transferring to a different department and long-distance won't work and Vic doesn't want him to step down when he offers. Ripley suggests a crazy idea like marriage because it's a loophole because rank is not an issue between spouses. Vic agrees that it's crazy but wonders if it's too crazy. He tells her that they will find a soluation. At work, Vic tells Travis about the proposal. Travis thinks it's a bad idea and that marriage shouldn't be practical but real. Vic says that she wants Ripley and her job and that there is no other solution. On their way to the scene, Vic agrees that Travis is right and that it's a no to getting married. At the scene, Captain Conlin stays inside to find one of his teammates not realizing that he is already out. Vic reports to Ripley and Sullivan about it. Conlin is stuck and orders everyone to stay out. Ripley as the highest ranking officer decides to go in himself to get him out. Vic is not happy with his decision but can't do anything about it. He promises to come back to her. Vic watches as he runs in and is worried sick. Travis and Jack are there to assure her that everything will be fine. It doesn't look good for Ripley when he is knocked out and doesn't reply back to Sullivan. Vic is starting to really worry now until he finally comes out with Conlin and she can breath again. When Ripley gets checked out, Vic finds him and tears into him for what he did and she tells him that she refuses to marry him for practical reasons. She wants real and love and she wants that with him and the adrenaline makes her propose to him for real. She tells him to think about it. He agrees and tells her to meet him at their place in the morning to talk. The next morning, she arrives at the diner and waits for him while he is getting flowers that say "I want to spend the rest of my life with you". He ends up fainting on the sidewalk while she thinks that he stood her up and goes back to work, sad and disappointed.

Quotes from this episode

Vic: Uh, what if one of us transferred to a different department?
Ripley: You really want to do long-distance?
Vic: You're right. Never works.
Ripley: I could, uh -- I could step down. I've had a long career. Yours is just starting.
Vic: Well, that's some lame ass co-dependent self-sacrificial territory, and I won't live there, so... What are the rules here exactly?
Ripley: We're risking disciplinary action, suspension. Possible termination. We aren't technically allowed to date and work in the same department when I outrank you --
Vic: By about a thousand ranks. Mm. We don't have to go public.
Ripley: Risks are still the risks. There's, uh -- There's really only one other option I can think of and that's... [ chuckles, clears throat ] You're probably right, maybe we should just keep things under wraps.
Vic: Don't hold out. What's the other option?
Ripley: It's nothing. Forget it.
Vic: No, you can't do that. You can't dangle some secret silver bullet and not tell me what it is.
Ripley: It's too crazy.
Vic: Well, lay your crazy on me. Lock and load, baby.
Ripley: You would never go for it.
Vic: Try me.
Ripley: Marriage.
Vic: [ mouth full ] What?
Ripley: It's a loophole.
Vic: [ chocking ] I'm sorry. [ coughs ] [ laughs ]
Ripley: [ laughs ] Rank technically isn't an issue amongst spouses. I told you, it's kind of crazy.
Vic: [ laughing ] Yeah, it's also kind of a marriage.
Ripley: Which is why I'm gonna say "crazy" yet again in this conversation. I shouldn't have brought it up.
Vic: It is crazy. That a marriage license could protect us from the rules. But... It's too crazy, right?
Ripley: We'll keep exploring other options. [ inhales deeply ] We will find a solution, okay?
Vic: Okay.
Vic: [ quietly ] My hobby proposed to me this morning.
Travis: What?! Ow!
Vic: Sorry, sorry, sorry. Not the burn-yourself-with- scalding-hot-coffee - kind of proposal.
Travis: [ groans ] You've only been playing with your new hobby for a few months.
Vic: No, I know. We're not -- We're not there yet, but things are good. They're... really good, and we would really love to stop being a secret hobby. And more of a "live out loud, show your hobby off in public" kind of -- anyway, it turns out one way to circumvent disciplinary action is to sign a piece of paper.
Travis: A marriage license? Meaning you'd be married?
Vic: Well, yeah, not -- I mean not married married, but piece-of-paper married.
Travis: Both of those things last forever.
Vic: Untrue. We could piece-of-paper break up.
Travis: That's called divorce.
Vic: Okay, look. I agree. I know it's not perfect, but there is no perfect solution here. And, uh, this one is very practical.
Travis: So is toilet paper. Is that what you want? Toilet paper proposal?
Vic: Don't call it that.
Travis: Are you really considering this?
Vic: Well, I want -- I want Ripley. And I want my job. And this gets me both. I'm sorry. Do you have a better suggestion?
Travis: Yes! Okay, no.
Vic: Exact See?
Travis: But marriage is not a transaction.
Vic: Uh-huh.
Travis: Or practical. It's -- It's --
Vic: Oh, look, I am not a heart and rainbows kind of girl, and you know that. I don't want all that fluffy stuff.
Travis: I'm not suggesting all that "fluffy stuff." I'm just asking if something "practical" is more important to you than... something real.
Vic: You know what? You don't know what's going on in my head, Montgomery, so stay...out of there. Stay out.
Travis: That needs to go in the hamper! [ exhales sharply ]
Vic: Well, you ruined my solution.
Travis: You mean I made you stop and think through a decision that affects the rest of your life?
Vic: Uh, I was thinking things through, okay? I hadn't made any decisions yet, and I was just getting right with this practical solution, and you got all... in my head.
Travis: Mm. So now what?
Vic: So...I don't know. Now it has to be no. No to marriage. No to practical. No to toilet paper.
Travis: Good!
Vic: Thank you for that.
Travis: Because marriage isn't practical. It's an endless, illogical compromise between people who are drunk on love. It's amazing, but --
Vic: Can we just stick to work talk for the rest of the shift?
Vic: I mean, screw that, right? There's an officer down. 42 has to follow his command, but not us.
Ripley: He says the structure isn't sound.
Andy: We can't just leave him in there.
Ripley: He made his decision. He's the ranking Captain of this scene. He doesn't want to risk more lives because he knows better than to waste them.
Vic: What are you doing?
Ripley: I outrank Conlin. I'm superseding his command.
Sullivan: I'm coming with you.
Ripley: No. I need you on the building blueprints. You're gonna be my eyes over the radio.
Sullivan: Luke --
Ripley: I trust you. Hughes. You were the last one to see Conlin, right? - Where was he?
Vic: Why are you doing this?
Ripley: I'm not risking anyone else's life. Especially yours.
Vic: That is not fair.
Ripley: Hey. Don't mistake this for preferential treatment.
Vic: There has to be another option.
Ripley: Not anymore. Now where was he?
Vic: Southern corridor. Please don't --
Ripley: It's okay. I'm coming back. I promise.
Vic: You could have died in there.
Ripley: But I didn't. - But you could have.
Ripley: I had other plans.
Vic: [ laughs ] Oh, okay. Okay, you and I -- we are risk-taking, fire-chasing, out-of-our-mind weirdos. You know that, right? That's -- That's us. Yeah, so getting married for "practical" reasons, to circumvent the rules, to cheat the system that is not that's not us. I don't -- That's not me, anyway.
Ripley: Okay.
Vic: So, no. The answer is no, I don't want -- I don't want toilet paper.
Ripley: I don't...either?
Vic: But, no, I don't want hearts or rainbows either. That's not what this is about for me. I don't think I-I don't think I realized quite how much 'til I was standing out here waiting for you to come running out of those doors, but I... I want all of it. I'm all in. I want something -- I want something real. I want that. When I get married, if I get -- [ sighs ] If I get married, I want love and inspiration and respect, and I want real. And I think you want that, too, and I want it -- I want it with you. And I think this must be the adrenaline talking 'cause I don't know what I'm saying, but, um... Damn it. Fine. Okay. Lucas Ripley, will you marry me for real?
Ripley: [ chuckles ]
Vic: Oh, God. I just -- I just -- I just proposed.
Ripley: Vic --
Vic: No, no. Don't answer. Not -- Not yet 'cause, um -- you know what? Take a minute and think about it. Um, I just -- Oh, my God. Uh, answer me later. This is insane, so let's talk about this later.
Ripley: Okay, okay, okay. We could meet at our "place" in the morning for breakfast, and we'll talk then, okay?
Vic: Yeah, that's better. Bre-- you know, breakfast. Breakfast is better.
Ripley: Okay. I'll see you at the diner?
Vic: Yep. Great. Okeydokey.
Travis: What was all that?
Vic: [ whispering ] I just proposed.
Travis: [ chuckles ]
Vic: Stop rubbing all your hearts and rainbows all over me. And stop all your stupid smiling.
Vic: Heard we got called back in to help with overhaul.
Travis: What are you doing here? What happened with, uh --
Vic: Nothing happened. He didn't show. Now I'm getting back to work, okay? I need to work.

Photos from this episode



Music in this episode

Crying Wolf - Caleb Hawley
Vic and Ripley discuss their options at the diner.

Still I Rise - Hannah Miller
Ripley pulls Conlin from the building.

Independent Queen - Jaimee Jaymes
Vic arrives at the diner to meet Ripley for breakfast and gives his response to her proposal.

No Matter What (feat. Svrcina) - Jordan Critz
At the end, Vic is still waiting for Ripley at the diner, watching the clock.