More fire. More smoke outside. Chatter. Ladders. Hoses. That's why you tune in, right? To see fire, smoke, chatter, ladders, and hoses. As guys outside scale ladders, the chief and what looks like some sort of elder commissioner confer. The stellar distance between me and caring just doubled.
Inside. Water pressure's down. A backup line is on its way. It all seems very complicated, and it's hard to tell who's who with all those masks. A blast of fire erupts, and a poor guy on falls off a ladder and lands on the concrete below. Lombardo runs in to help Jimmy and whoever else might be inside. Mass chaos. Fire, I have learned, is a naughty, naughty mistress. Inside, folks are rescuing each other. The fire blazes. Nobody has considered just getting out of the building. Another commercial is improbably purchased and shown.
A "Breaking News" mock broadcast that looks like it was shot on digital video is interspersed with show footage of after-dark firefighting. Firefighters scramble. Helicopters hover. Fire's down below, but not like in the movie. Outside the chief and the guy I think is the commissioner exchange theories. One of them is that cork insulation is causing the dark smoke. Boooo-ring.
Inside, more firefighting. Outside, Doc tells somebody to get some saline. Despite the roaring fire, expensive smoke, and rushed look of everyone involved, this sequence has the dramatic tension of a sponge getting moldy. I'm wondering why the firefighters are still inside when it's obvious the fire can't be contained, and when all the non-firefighters have already been rescued. But, I'm corrected when it appears there's some searching and rescuing going on. It's just not very clear who's rescuing whom. Jimmy comes in, and it looks like he's grabbed hold of a trapped Lombardo. No wait, it's someone else. Dammit, Lombardo, where are you? More explosions and fires. Is this show expensive to produce? Yes. Do enough people watch it to justify the cost? Hardly.
Amazingly, more shots of very hot fire. Now it's inside and really toasting the firefighters left inside. Lombardo keeps calling out "Jimmy!" but I think he's already outside. Lombardo suddenly gets blasted by what appeared to be a blowtorch. He falls over a rail and lands hard.