‘Station 19’: The Michael Dixon Recap You Need

Pat Healy returns as Michael Dixon in Station 19 Season 5 Episode 16 of the ABC drama. The former Seattle Fire Department Fire Chief has a disturbing history of blackmail, fraud, and extortion. However, in the May 4 episode, Dixon runs for mayor. Here’s our recap of Michael Dixon’s appearances in Station 19 and why Pat Healy looks familiar. 

Who plays Michael Dixon in ‘Station 19’?

Pat Healy has portrayed Michael Dixon since Station 19 Season 3. In episode 2, “Indoor Fireworks,” the fire department hired him to replace Lucas Ripley as fire chief. Although Dixon praised Station 19 in a press conference, he’s often undermined their intentions to save lives.

There are numerous reasons that viewers might recognize Healy. He’s well known for several films, but he’s also appeared in many popular television shows. According to IMDb, viewers might recognize Healy from Cheap Thrills (2013), The Innkeepers (2011), The Post (2017), and Compliance (2012). In 2021, Dixon appeared in the Amazon Original Them as Marty Dixon. He also portrayed Lester in the long-running Showtime series Shameless.

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Dixon is no stranger to Thursday nights on ABC. He portrayed characters briefly in How to Get Away With Murder and Grey’s Anatomy. Dixon also appeared in episodes of CharmedSix Feet UnderCold CaseNCISCSI, and 24.

Why did Chief Michael Dixon get fired in ‘Station 19’?

In Station 19 Season 3, Robert Sullivan (Boris Kodjoe) admitted to Chief Dixon that he had a drug addiction problem. The firefighter became addicted to the pain medication he needed due to an injury on the job. However, Dixon told him to keep quiet about it because he didn’t want a drug scandal smearing his first year as chief. 

In another season 3 episode, Dixon attempted to extort Sullivan by pushing through permits for a friend’s new business without inspections. Instead, Sullivan went to the Civil Services Commission and confessed everything. During Sullivan’s hearing, Dixon attempted to place the blame solely on the firefighter. The police arrested Dixon for fraud and extortion, and he lost his position as fire chief because of the drug scandal. However, all charges against him were eventually dropped, and he became the Deputy Chief of Operations for the Seattle Metropolitan Police Department.

Why is Michael Dixon running for mayor?

In episode 14, Travis Montgomery (Jay Hayden) had dinner with Emmett Dixon (Lachlan Buchanan) and his family. However, Travis and Michael Dixon argued about the LGBTQ community and the Crisis One Intervention program during the dinner. Then Emmett’s mother unexpectedly revealed that Dixon intends to run for mayor and kill the program Dean Miller (Okierete Onaodowan) began before his death in season 5.

'Station 19' Pat Healy as Michael Dixon giving a speech in front of a podium
‘Station 19’: Pat Healy as Michael Dixon | ABC/Liliane Lathan

In the first look photo of Station 19 Season 5 Episode 16, Dixon stands at a podium in front of flags. He has a sign and a sticker that says, “Dixon for Mayor.” That photo, coupled with his conversation about his dislike for Station 19, indicates that he probably speaks out against Andy Herrera (Jaina Lee Ortiz) while campaigning for mayor. 

Station 19 Season 5 Episode 16 preview exclusively features Andy’s arraignment and local news reports of her involvement in Jeremy’s (Daniel Di Tomasso) death. So, it makes sense that the police officer mentions her in his speech as part of his platform. He’s had it out for Station 19 since he became fire chief, so it doesn’t look like he’s about to stop now.

According to IMDb, Station 19 airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. EST on ABC, before Grey’s Anatomy.

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