Some familiar faces return, as does the possibility of 911 making it so each episode has a theme to it.
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The Ballad of Gloria: Gloria, Maddie
Back when Addy was our 911 responder, we didn’t get to meet the other people in her office and understand the ins and outs of the job. We did get to hear, as Gloria, a senior responder, dead-end calls – in which you are with someone till they die, but with her mother taking up a lot of her time, the job was just an entry point. With Maddie, it seems they want to focus more on the daily routine, the challenges, failings, and consequences of said failings. Beyond someone dying.
Such is the case for Gloria. Someone who, many a time, was one of the best responders there was – even won an award for it. However, with time, and due to personal issues, she found herself wanting relief. It started with hanging up on a dead-end call and then a pattern of anyone who asked for too much being hung up on. Which the show, curiously, made seem normal but then flipped and made clear it was inappropriate.
Leading to Gloria being fired and it being noted criminal charges could be brought up. All because Maddie told on her and things got investigated.
I know it isn’t the best method to learn about an occupation and the hazards from a show which may bend reality. However, first responders still remain quite the interesting occupation and while cops and firefighters have a million and one shows and movies to represent them, 911 responders? Not so much. So while the show definitely feels a bit different without Addy, her absence has led to a light being shed on what is a rather important job. Perhaps even inspiring people who want to help but may not want to get their hands covered in blood or deal, directly, with high-risk situations.
*Insert Representation Rainbow*
Not My Baby: Athena, Nathaniel, Eva, Hen, Karen, Michael, Bobby
With Athena moving on, and the kids liking Bobby, Michael does feel a tad insecure. Not in a dramatic way, to the point of talking bad about Bobby or anything like that, but he does express his worries to Hen and Karen. Two people who, not too long after he speaks of his insecurities, get a new strain on their relationship.
Said strain? Eva is back and she brought Denny’s father, Nathaniel, to help her interrupt the big happy family Hen has. For while Eva signed her rights away, Nathaniel did. Also, after Athena looks him up, while he does have a past, caused by his ex-wife’s ovarian cancer doing her in, he cleaned up. Now he is a manager at home depot, and his extracurriculars make him a model citizen.
Luckily for Hen, and her marriage, all the man wants is to be able to see his kid. He doesn’t seem to want custody. Then, in terms of Eva? Well, being that Eva knows how to get under Hen’s skin, she stalks her and seemingly wanted to confront her. Luckily, rather than try to confront Eva and possibly end up cheating on Karen, again, Eva is seen OD’ing.
Leading to a moment where Hen has to contemplate just letting Eva die but she has a thing called a conscious, so she does what she can and calls 911. Though, she also calls Eva’s parole officer too so Eva is going back to jail. So, while Hen did a good thing, she also got what she ultimately wanted: Eva out of her life.
Well, that was surprising. There were two storylines which could have been developed, for the sake of drama, and both were avoided. We didn’t get Hen living with the guilt of letting her child’s mother die for the sake of keeping him safe, and her marriage together, and Nathaniel was amicable about custody. Look at 9-1-1 maturing and not trying to make everything into a big to do.
Heck, even with the Bobby and Michael situation, we saw Michael welcome Bobby with open arms into the family and while a little insecure, he talks it out. Not with Athena, because that reaction wouldn’t be fun, but with Hen and Karen who get it. After all, they are in a similar situation. There is this looming outsider who can, and likely will someday, have a relationship with your kid that has nothing to do with you. Which is worrisome for whether you are talking about Bobby or Nathaniel, you never know what could happen.
But, can I just say, I also like that we now only get to see the Black people on this show create a little support group, but the queer Black folk also have their thing? For as much as I watch shows which feature queer characters, I really can’t recall the last time I saw lesbians and gay men interact. Especially Black ones. It’s like they exist in universes that never coincide for some reason.
Question(s) Left Unanswered
- How long till Maddie’s ex-husband shows up?
- The Black Queer coalition meeting.
- Going a bit more into the stress, challenges, and potential issues of being a 911 responder.
- Hen’s storyline avoiding the very dramatic routes it could have taken.
- Though not mentioned above, it is always nice to see people give Athena her props. Especially when dealing with people who have different views, and are just plain ole
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|Season/ Episode||Synopsis||Episode Information||Topics & 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.|
|Season 3, Episode 3 “Searchers”||The tsunami arc comes to an end, with an explosion, someone losing an arm, and the fate of Christopher.|
|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.|
|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?|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
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.
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?”
In this episode, we’re reminded that ghost aren’t always entities of another world but also could be the living.
Featuring: Carla, Buck, Shannon, Eddie, Athen, Hen, Bryan
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.
Some familiar faces return, as does the possibility of 911 making it so each episode has a theme to it.
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.
We come to the conclusion of the earthquake arc and are left wondering will everyone make it alive and in one piece?
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.
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.
The season finale of 9-1-1 ends with a bit of a shocker, but not the kind the show is known for.
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.
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.
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.
It’s Valentine’s Day! That means the 911 calls are laced with the themes of love or a woman scorned.
Hen’s personal life is finally revealed to us, alongside what happened to Bobby’s family.
Bobby’s truth gets revealed, Athena crosses the line, and we get another episode with increasingly better guest performances.
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.
9-1-1 keeps the drama high but can it find some heart amongst the sensationalism?
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.
9-1-1 returns with a new member of Bobby’s team, Buck’s sister, and Athena struggling to accept love in her life.