It Ain't Easy
Season: 1
Episode: 9
Original airdate: December 12, 2012
Written by: Hilly Hicks, Jr.
Directed by: Tom DiCillo
Episode chronology
Previous episode: Leaving the Station
Next episode: Merry Christmas, Etc.


After he's injured in a terrible fire at an auto machine shop, Jose Vargas is forced to go on disability and leave his life as a firefighter behind - a task he finds incredibly difficult. Chief Boden tries to help a suspected teenage firebug. Also, Severide receives an enticing invitation from Renee, a woman who he saved from a car crash incident involving live electrical wires. Meanwhile, Cruz tries to save his younger brother Leon from the gang he is involved with.


Main CastEdit

Guest StarsEdit


  • Randy Flagler as Firefighter Harold Capp
  • William Smillie as Hadley
  • Katherine Cunningham as Corrine
  • Jose Garcia as Flaco
  • Darrell W. Cox as Uncle Ray
  • Lance Baker as Mark
  • Laura Fisher as Business Woman
  • Tom McElroy as Doctor Tenney
  • DuShon Brown as Connie
  • Rich Wilkie as Engine Firefighter
  • Jonathan Kitt as Security Guard
  • Brett Snow as Firefighter Brett Snow
  • Paige Smith as Machinist


Background information and NotesEdit

Chicago Fire season 1
Episodes PilotMon AmourProfessional CourtesyOne MinuteHanging OnRear View MirrorTwo FamiliesLeaving the StationIt Ain't EasyMerry Christmas, Etc.God Has SpokenUnder the KnifeWarm and DeadA Little TasteNazdarovya!ViralBetter to LieFireworksA Coffin That SmallAmbitionRetaliation HitLeaders LeadLet Her GoA Hell of a Ride
Other Seasons Season 2Season 3Season 4Season 5Season 6