9-1-1: Season 2, Episode 17 “Careful What You Wish For” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

Chimney noting a person playing the lottery should be careful what they wish for.


In the penultimate episode of the season, Eddie returns to prominence as he reevaluates his relationship with Shannon.


Network
FOX
Director(s)Bradley Buecker
Writer(s)Matthew Hodgson
Air Date5/6/2019

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Reconsider: Maddie

Maddie is at that point where, like Abby in the first season, she feels like she isn’t doing enough. Alongside wishing what she began she could finish. After all, she used to be a nurse so not getting her hands dirty and really being involved, she misses that.

Which she conveys to her co-worker, and her boss, leading to them orchestrating Maddie seeing all the people she saved while a 911 operator. But, whether that’ll be enough to keep her from leaving is anyone’s guess.

Suspension: Bobby, Chimney

With Bobby suspended, Chimney steps up, and a lot of people have a negative opinion about it. Mostly since Bobby is fair and laid back. Chimney, on the other hand, is a bit high strong, particular, and a bit insecure about his title so it throws people off. Thus leading to the team members, we know the name of, visiting Bobby as he plans his and Athena’s wedding.

Forever My Love: Eddie, Christopher, Shannon, Hen, Chimney

Shannon after she was hit by a car.

Things are complicated between Eddie and Shannon. She isn’t sure of the state of their relationship, and with a pregnancy scare, it leads Eddie to think maybe they are ready to treat each other like spouses again. However, with her realizing she was just late, it throws things into perspective for her and pushes her to ask for a divorce.

What follows this is her getting hit by a car and her dying. An act Chimney blames himself for, the dying part since, as captain, not being able to save her he takes on the guilt of. Yet, Hen reminds him she was likely dying by the time they got there, and there wasn’t much they could do. Which doesn’t provide a huge amount of solace but between that, some beer, and Hen noting how she misses Chimney in his old capacity, that takes his mind off things. Well, alongside being noted as her best friend (which we all know is really Athena but let’s let Chimney have this).

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. How good is Gloria’s lawyer to get her a plea deal that kept her out of jail?

Collected Quote(s) & .Gifs

“Don’t push them. Lead them.”
— Bobby

On The Fence

Eddie’s Storyline

Eddie as Shannon dies.

The standout storyline was Eddie’s, and I can’t say it was for good reason. As said earlier this season, Eddie came in and was pushed beyond the development of many season 1 characters. However, he got put on ice after the winter break return, and with this episode, it seemed like they tried to make up for lost time. Which led to an awkward and rushed storyline that honestly didn’t do much for me.

Maybe it’s because Shannon just never popped or Eddie’s whole story just seemed, inauthentic? What I mean by that is, he was built to be a sympathetic character with his son, his wife leaving him, being a veteran, and it seemed all a bit too much at one time. So having it where he and Shannon were possibly having a second child, him wanting to be a couple again, her asking for a divorce, and then her dying? Especially since Eddie has barely been on the show’s radar in forever, it just seemed like they realized the character wasn’t working like they wanted so now they are doing some cleanup.

Which isn’t to say Eddie couldn’t have been what they appeared to want him to be, competition for Buck, but they did a rush job. This Shannon storyline, if it was spaced out more, could have been something. Instead, it seems like she was killed off due to lack of inspiration to write more for her, or Eddie, than anything else.

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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & Focused Characters
Season 3, Episode 5 “Rage”As Michael experiences DWB, and his kids get the race talk, Buck learns the consequences of his lawsuit.
Director(s)Jann Turner
Writer(s)Lyndsey Beaulieu
Air Date10/21/2019
  • IVF, IUI, IM-DONE: Hen, Karen
  • DWB (Driving While Black): Athena, Harry, May, Michael
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Bobby, Buck, Chase
Season 3, Episode 3 “Searchers”The tsunami arc comes to an end, with an explosion, someone losing an arm, and the fate of Christopher.
Director(s)Chad Lowe
Writer(s)David Fury
Air Date10/7/2019
Introduced This Episode
Captain CooperLeonard Roberts
  • Too Stubborn To Die: Captain Cooper, Lena, Athena, Eddie
  • Not All Victims Were Physically Touched By Water: Bobby, Maddie, Hen
  • It’s Not A Fail If You Still Try: Christopher, Eddie, Buck
Season 3, Episode 4 “Triggers”From Maddie triggered by a domestic call to Chim and Hen taking note of kids they save, and Buck hearing the worst thing imaginable, this episode isn’t called “Triggers” for nothing.
Director(s)Joaquin Sedillo
Writer(s)David Fury, Christopher Monfette, Tonya Kong
Air Date10/14/2019
Introduced This Episode
JesseJonny Berryman
CamdenAiden Berryman
JudithPaula Jai Parker
Chase MackeyJordan Belfi
VincentScott Speiser
TerraEllen Hollman
  • Childhood Trauma: Eddie, Lena, Christopher, Hen, Karen, Jesse, Camden, Judith, Danny, Athena
  • You Move Forward But Never Fully Move On: Maddie, Chim, Vincent, Terra
  • Bite The Hand That Fed You: Buck, Bobby, Chase, Lena
Season 3, Episode 1 “Kids Today” [Seaon Premiere]Surprisingly, despite being crushed by a fire truck, Buck seems like he may return to work. However, isn’t there always a catch?
Director(s)Jennifer Lynch
Writer(s)Kristen Reidel
Air Date9/23/2019
  • Baby Fever: Maddie, Chim, Athena, Bobby
  • A Dream Deferred or Ended?: Buck, Bobby, Hen, Maddie
  • The Least Of Your Worries: Buck, Christopher, Eddie
Season 3, Episode 2 “Sink or Swim”A tidal wave hits and between the initial wave and the surges which come after, we see more people die this episode than the entire series.
Director(s)Bradley Buecker
Writer(s)Juan Carlos Coto
Air Date9/30/2019
Introduced This Episode
JasonConor Romero
AdeleDeborah Strang
ChuckWilliam Russ
VickyAlla Korot
LenaRonda Rousey
  • A Wedding Day Ruined: Jason, Adele, Chuck, Hen, Eddie
  • Something For Your College Essay: May, Athena, Vicky
  • Heroes Never Die: Christopher, Buck, Lena, Maddie, Chim
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 Date5/6/2019
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 Date5/13/2019
Introduced This Episode
FreddieAnthony 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 Date4/15/2019
Introduced This Episode
SoniaSkye 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 Date4/29/2019
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 Date11/26/2018
Introduced This Episode
DougMatthew 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 Date11/19/2018
Introduced This Episode
GerrardBrian 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 Date10.29.2018
Introduced This Episode
ShannonDevin Kelley
AlanaVanessa Martinez
BryanMyles 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.

Eddie’s Storyline - 70%

70%

While the episode has drama, even a death, “Careful What You Wish For” was a bit lackluster. Eddie’s storyline was made to be more important than Bobby’s suspension and Chimney stepping in. And, in the long run, it felt like Eddie’s story was rushed to clean up a mistake than bring his saga with Shannon to an emotional end.


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