9-1-1: Season 2, Episode 11 “New Beginnings” [Mid-Season Premiere] – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

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9-1-1 returns, and it is like we never left as the drama picks up and kicks things into the next gear.


Network
FOX
Director(s) John J. Gray
Writer(s) Tim Minear, Kristen Reidel
Air Date 3/18/2019
Introduced This Episode
Beatrice Beverly Todd
Eric Michael Graziadei
Noah (Brian) Kellan Bold
Jacob (Stevie) Bryce Gheisar

You Are Not The Father: Eric, Brian, Jacob, Athena, Maddie

While Athena is dealing with her mother at home, with the assistance of Maddie, she is reminded why she became a cop. For with a man named Eric kidnapping a child for 7 years, to the point he forgot his parents, to recently acquiring a new one, stopping him was a great accomplishment. Perhaps far more satisfying than becoming a lawyer waiting on the case when Eric ended up killing a child like Jacob or 6 year old Brian.

Mommie Dearest: Beatrice, Athena, Bobby, Hen

Athena and Beatrice (Beverly Todd) during a tough conversation.
Athena and Beatrice (Beverly Todd)

Beatrice, Athena’s mom, comes to visit and boy does she ruffle some feathers. Why? Well, the way Hen explains it, Athena was more of a project than daughter and Athena didn’t reach any of Beatrice’s goals. She didn’t become a lawyer, she married a gay man and while she had children, May almost died and who knows what is going on with Harry. And, as you can imagine, bad enough being personally criticized but talking about who she is as a parent? Even Bobby, who is trying to make a good impression, feels the need to step in.

But, from what it seems, the issue has long been these two just not having a real conversation. One which brought up Tanya Kingston going missing and what a profound effect that had on Athena. Though, from what it appears, after decades of probably snide comments that Athena just let go, the two may see eye to eye now. At least in terms of why Athena became a cop. As for getting with a white man, her parenting, and other things? Well, one day at a time.

The Shadow Of The Past: Maddie, Doug, Chimney

As we saw in the season finale, Doug has made his way across the country and has planted himself in Chimney’s life. Unfortunately, this leads to, just as Maddie is ready to open her heart to Chimney, him getting stabbed by Doug. Which is immediately followed by him hooking Maddie and us being left to question what happened.

Other Noteworthy Facts & Moments

  • It’s around March 11th at this point in the show.

Collected Quote(s) & .Gifs

Lately, [it] feels like you and I are rushing, racing to some finish line. Will I die and leave you first or will I live long enough to discover you’ve completely turned away from me?
— Beatrice

Highlights

An Emotional Episodic Story

Clockwise: Eric (Michael Graziadei), Stevie (Bryce Gheisar) and Noah (Kellan Bold)
Clockwise: Eric (Michael Graziadei), Stevie (Bryce Gheisar) and Noah (Kellan Bold)

Guest stars often come and go with very little need to note their story since it is either too short, doesn’t have an impact, or is just made to boost the main cast. The story of Jacob and Brian, on the other hand, you gotta admit it left you a tad emotional. Especially the end when they were reunited with their parents.

Beatrice & Athena – Featuring Hen

One thing what has increasingly been done this season has been establishing why each character is who they are. If it isn’t Hen’s epic episode, which seemed like a show pilot, it is Athena touching on why she became a cop. Something that got followed up on this episode and fleshed out a bit. But what makes Beatrice and Athena’s scenes together a highlight is because you recognize there are layers to their relationship and we’ve only touched the surface.

Heck, taking note Hen got issues with her mom, you can imagine her having a Beatrice of her own. Be it dealing with her being lesbian, her partner at the time, or so many other things. Probably including the way she dresses. All of which I hope we see since Hen and Athena are the best parts of this show.

On The Fence

Doug

Maddie realizing Doug is at her door.Domestic violence is a serious topic, especially since the percentage of women it is likely to happen to is ridiculously high. Yet, I must admit I fear how this story will be handled. By now you’d think I’d mellow out since it has been a long season and a half, but I still get anxious when this show takes on serious topics like this, May attempting suicide, and Bobby’s depression. Not because the show doesn’t know how to set up the situations but more so because they don’t necessarily end in a way which makes sense or is satisfying.

Not to imply I don’t understand people move on, eventually, but considering what a big deal those stories, among others, were and now they are casually mentioned, I’m a bit on the fence about this. Even though Doug seems very sinister. However, him stabbing Chimney like that, it makes me think they want that man to go through anything and everything before we really get to know him or see him happy.

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Season/ EpisodeSynopsis
Season 2, Episode 17 “Careful What You Wish For”In the penultimate episode of the season, Eddie returns to prominence as he reevaluates his relationship with Shannon.
Director(s) Bradley Buecker
Writer(s) Matthew Hodgson
Air Date 5/6/2019
Season 2, Episode 18 “This Life We Choose” [Season Finale]In the finale, after a bombing spree, many characters find their lives changed forever. One for the worse, many for the better.
Director(s) Bradley Buecker
Writer(s) Tim Minear
Air Date 5/13/2019
Introduced This Episode
Freddie Anthony Turpel
Season 2, Episode 14 “Broken”Of course, with 9-1-1 taking some time off it means they have to come back with you on the verge of crying to the point being unable to watch.
Director(s) Bradley Buecker
Writer(s) Juan Carlos Coto
Air Date 4/15/2019
Introduced This Episode
Sonia Skye P. Marshall
Season 2, Episode 16 “Bobby Begins Again”In order to move forward, you have to the past, and in this episode, we learn what happened between the fire Bobby started and Buck being hired.
Director(s) Jennifer Lynch
Writer(s) Christopher Monfette
Air Date 4/29/2019
Season 2/ Episode 8 “Buck, Actually”Love is in the air in such a way this episode that it almost makes you forget that it isn’t February in real life or in the show.
Season 2, Episode 15 “Ocean’s 9-1-1”The team gets framed for a robbery and it leads to not only some of the best writing in a while, but one person’s job on the line.
Season 2, Episode 13 “Fight or Flight”We journey a bit into Doug and Maddie’s history and are left with an ending which ends a chapter in both of their lives.
Season 2, Episode 12 “Chimney Begins”As Hen did earlier this season, Howard Han aka Chimney, gets his due by having an episode dedicated to his backstory.
Season 2, Episode 11 “New Beginnings”9-1-1 returns, and it is like we never left as the drama picks up and kicks things into the next gear.

Season 2/ Episode 10 “Merry Ex-Mas”

While this is a Christmas episode, love is in the air like it is Valentine’s day. Though, unfortunately, one person with unreciprocated love comes around to ruin things.

Director(s) Bradley Buecker
Writer(s) Christopher Monfette
Air Date 11/26/2018
Introduced This Episode
Doug Matthew Clark

Season 2/ Episode 9 “Hen Begins”

The show decides to hand the reigns to Aisha Hinds and gives us something which almost makes you wonder, “Why wasn’t this the show’s pilot?”

Director(s) Jennifer Lynch
Writer(s) Aristotle Kousakis
Air Date 11/19/2018
Introduced This Episode
Gerrard Brian Thompson

Season 2/ Episode 7 “Haunted”

In this episode, we’re reminded that ghost aren’t always entities of another world but also could be the living.


Director(s) Loni Peristere
Writer(s) Erica L. Anderson
Air Date 10.29.2018
Introduced This Episode
Shannon Devin Kelley
Alana Vanessa Martinez
Bryan Myles Cranford

Featuring: Carla, Buck, Shannon, Eddie, Athen, Hen, Bryan

Season 2/ Episode 6 “Dosed”

A few characters find themselves pushed to reminisce about the past and take note of how it led them to the current path they're on.

Season 2/ Episode 5 “Awful People"

Some familiar faces return, as does the possibility of 911 making it so each episode has a theme to it.

Season 2/ Episode 4 “Stuck”

The show doubles down on newcomer Eddie as it has two characters question what do they want for their future. One personally, the other professionally.

Season 2/ Episode 3 “Help Is Not Coming”

We come to the conclusion of the earthquake arc and are left wondering will everyone make it alive and in one piece?

Season 2/ Episode 2 “7.1”

With a 7.1 earthquake, everyone is put into a position of danger. However, for Bobby’s team, it is a building on the verge of collapse.

Season 1

9-1-1 starts off strong but loses its luster as you get used to the sometimes outlandish 911 calls and the drama of the cast seems to lose its importance.

Season 1/ Episode 10 “A Whole New You”

The season finale of 9-1-1 ends with a bit of a shocker, but not the kind the show is known for.

Season 1/ Episode 9 “Trapped”

Patricia returns and it is questioned if Buck can handle her place in Abby’s life alongside if Athena is ready for a new relationship yet.

Season 1/ Episode 8 “Karma’s a Bitch”

9-1-1 shows full commitment to doing themed episodes for awhile and for this one, it is all about karma being a bitch. Meaning, it is time for many characters to deal with their demons.

Season 1/ Episode 7 “Full Moon (Creepy AF)”

As it seems 9-1-1 digs into the idea of doing themed episodes, we witness the strange calls which happen the night of a full moon.

Season 1/ Episode 6 “Heartbreaker”

It’s Valentine’s Day! That means the 911 calls are laced with the themes of love or a woman scorned.

Season 1/ Episode 5 “Point of Origin”

Hen’s personal life is finally revealed to us, alongside what happened to Bobby’s family.

Season 1/ Episode 4 “Worst Day Ever”

Bobby’s truth gets revealed, Athena crosses the line, and we get another episode with increasingly better guest performances.

Season 1/ Episode 3 “Next of Kin”

With a season 2 renewal, it seems 9-1-1 isn’t going to just skate through the rest of season 1 but prove itself to naysayers.

Season 1/ Episode 2 “Let Go”

9-1-1 keeps the drama high but can it find some heart amongst the sensationalism?

Season 1/ Episode 1 “Pilot”

9-1-1 starts off strong, in terms of the 911 calls, but as for the characters? Well… lets just hope they develop over time.

Season 2/ Episode 1 "Under Pressure"

9-1-1 returns with a new member of Bobby’s team, Buck’s sister, and Athena struggling to accept love in her life.

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