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.

Director(s) Bradley Burcker
Writer(s) Zachary Reiter
Air Date 9/24/2018
Characters Introduced
Dean Joseph Will
Marvin Julian Works
Christopher Gavin McHugh
Ali Tiffany Dupont
Harlow Brian Howe
Jeff Mike Gray
Kat Nev Scharrel

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The Expressway: Athena, Dean, Marvin

While Athena’s family is fine, and her son excited about the idea of no more school for a while, Athena is dealing with a repeat offender in her backseat. A young man named Marvin who enjoys joy riding and seems to think that with him being under 18, he can have all his fun now and have his record sealed once he becomes an adult. Problem is, Marvin ran from the cops this time and with this being his 3rd arrest in a year, it doesn’t seem they’ll go easy on him.

Making the earthquake unfortunate for Dean, a man stuck after the expressway gives way and his car flips, and then leaks gas and catches fire. But, his life-threatening moment gives Marvin a chance to save the day. All thanks to “commandeering” a cement truck and using cement to put out the fire.

Oh, but don’t you worry – Marvin is still going to court. It’s just now Athena will write a nice letter for him. Maybe get him less time or perhaps a slap on the wrist.


Athena thanking Marvin for using hit hot wiring skills for good.
Athena: Thank you for helping me and that man today.

It’s interesting to see how Athena handles a repeat offender like Marvin. She’s nice and cool with him, even with knowing he is a runner, and he goes right in with her. It pushes you to think about cops relationships with their community and people like Marvin. For while we don’t go into Marvin’s backstory, like if his parents are around and all that, it’s nice that we don’t have to go through all that spiel. That Athena can just be a cop who knows a kid’s pattern, likely tried talking to him before, but he didn’t listen. So while she got a soft spot for him, she did all she could.

Upstairs: Eddie, Buck, Christopher, Ali, Harlow

We get a bit of a Weinstein storyline as an old man named Harlow tries to make a move on his assistant named Alie before the quake happens. However, once the quake happens, he is pressed up against some glass as Ali hangs off a table. Thus leading to Buck and Eddie risking their lives to try to save them. Which comes with the added fear, for Eddie, since he has a son, Christopher, who is special needs. Add on Christopher’s mom is out of the picture and it seems there is no other family around, it makes this rescue all the more dangerous. Hence why Harlow ends up dying, due to aftershock breaking the glass he was on, and Ali is hanging from a building.


Eddie talking about being all his son has since his mother isn't in the picture.
Eddie: I’m all he’s got.

Though it is also noted with Hen, you have to really keep in mind how dangerous this job is. That first responders are people. So no matter if they got kids or not, in the process of saving a life, they not only lose their life but someone loses a piece of theirs. Christopher has no one else so while Bobby or someone else could take him in, they can’t be his dad. Maddie’s life right now exists because of Buck. He is her rock, he is also protecting her, so his death would make an already difficult situation seem like the world wants her to be punished.

Which makes the whole Harlow death kind of interesting and a bit of a finger to sexual predators like him. I guess that is so the audience can live vicariously. If not some victims.

On The Ground Floor: Jeff, Bobby, Hen, Kat

For one family it was a vacation saved up for years. When it came to one basketball team, it meant one of its players, Jeff, getting possibly scouted and his life taking off. But then the earthquake hit and Kat went missing, perhaps in the basement, and one of the supports in the collapsed restaurant landed on Jeff’s calf. Thus leading to the team going in and giving an ultimatum. A guaranteed out but losing a leg, or a dangerous procedure where they would try to raise what is pressing the leg but if things get unstable, Jeff maybe crushed to death or trapped further.

Naturally, a teenager who isn’t trying to walk around with one leg, he chooses the more dangerous situation. Which, luckily for him, works before the aftershock hits. Unfortunately for Hen, it sends her down a floor but maybe it may give her the opportunity to find Kat.


Jeff making it clear he is not leaving without his leg.
Jeff (Mike Gray): Without my leg? No way.

Is it wrong I kind of wanted, expected, more death out of this? We do see one person got crushed, maybe the lady who was high maintenance, but there is something about Harlow dying that felt too appeasing. Add on that lady and it is like the annoying and bad people died while the nice folk lived. Which seems a bit too tilted towards ideal justice.

Not to say everyone should have died but between Jeff, Kat, and Ali, one of them shouldn’t make it out. It might create a teary-eyed moment, but it feels necessary. Especially since we know no one from the team is going to die or get hurt. Also, if they do, they’ll probably end up like Chimney and have a miraculous recovery like a superhero.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. What’s with cars catching on fire? I get why it may leak but the fire part goes over my head.


  1. Harlow’s death, as well as the annoying lady. Which I know is terrible to say, but it felt kind of good.
  2. It was nice that Athena, while still doing her job, showed a kind side to Marvin. Who you know she tried to steer in the right direction but his ass is hard headed.
  3. It being clear, as much as we see Bobby’s team and Athena deal with crazy situations and come out alive, it doesn’t always end up like that. We haven’t seen a first responder die yet on the show but people have died. Like when Buck was on that rollercoaster. So I’m fully expecting, as sad as it might be, maybe even triggering for Bobby if Kat dies, we are going to get reminded fate doesn’t just take the Harlow types in situations like this. It takes the innocent too.

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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 Date 10/21/2019
  • 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 Date 10/7/2019
Introduced This Episode
Captain Cooper Leonard 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 Date 10/14/2019
Introduced This Episode
Jesse Jonny Berryman
Camden Aiden Berryman
Judith Paula Jai Parker
Chase Mackey Jordan Belfi
Vincent Scott Speiser
Terra Ellen 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 Date 9/23/2019
  • 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 Date 9/30/2019
Introduced This Episode
Jason Conor Romero
Adele Deborah Strang
Chuck William Russ
Vicky Alla Korot
Lena Ronda 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 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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