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9-1-1: Season 3, Episode 1 “Kids Today” [Seaon Premiere] – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

by Amari

Surprisingly, despite being crushed by a fire truck, Buck seems like he may return to work. However, isn’t there always a catch?


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Network
FOX
Director(s)Jennifer Lynch
Writer(s)Kristen Reidel
Air Date9/23/2019

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Baby Fever: Maddie, Chim, Athena, Bobby

With Athena and Bobby getting married, and also Maddie and Chim also happy together, so comes the question of having kids? Especially after a child is saved in a 911 call. Now, for Athena? She got two already, and while they grow up fast, she isn’t trying to be locked down for another 18 years.

As for Maddie and Chim? Well, being that Chim’s mother died young and father barely checked in with him as a child, even less as an adult, it makes his abilities to be a father. Add on he is so used to being a bachelor, it makes the idea of kids a bit hard to pin down. Then with Maddie, while she did at one time, she is still emotionally and mentally recovering from Doug. So who knows if she’d be able and willing to trust Chim to that level. Nevermind deal with the physical transformation involved.

After all, she is still raising Buck.

A Dream Deferred or Ended?: Buck, Bobby, Hen, Maddie

While Buck passes his re-certification exam, then he develops blood clots. The kind which turn a celebration of his return into what, at best, could be seen as a mini-wedding reception. At least if you want to maintain a positive spin on the party. For after Buck coughs up blood, leading to everyone freaking out, you have to finagle a way to make the most of a rather lavish evening.

But for Buck, the damage is done. Not just physically but with Bobby seeing the incident, knowing about the blood clots, and having to report them, all he can offer Buck is light-duty, and like the fool he is, Buck makes it seem it has to be all or nothing – so he quits.

With that, he spirals, and we’re reminded by Hen that it is because he has nothing else. As shown throughout season 2, Hen and the others had jobs and established themselves before joining the team. Buck? He was a man whore and working under Bobby for him was like joining the military. It gave him structure, a community, and family, previous to Maddie coming across the country. So what is he without them?

The Least Of Your Worries: Buck, Christopher, Eddie

Despite everyone worrying about Buck, many are taking note he is being a bit dramatic. Specifically by not leaving his apartment, ordering food in, and shutting himself off. So, to remind Buck that life isn’t that bad, Eddie brings over Christopher. Someone who has a much more difficult life than Buck yet is usually smiling and happy.

A feeling we can’t say necessarily rubs off on Buck as much as he is guilted into recognizing his privilege – making Christopher into a prop in a way. One nowhere near strong enough to help Buck not longingly look at other first responders do their job.

However, when a tsunami heads their way, it seems, whether he is still employed or not, Buck may have to use his experience to help save many lives very soon.

Highlights

Love Is In The Air

Whether we’re talking about Bobby and Athena, Maddie and Chim, even Hen and her partner Karen, there is something beautiful about seeing them all coming to love, dealing with struggle, and all not being 20 somethings. For be it Bobby and Athena who were previously married, with Bobby being a widow and losing his kids, to Athena with a full set and an ex, to Maddie being married to an abusive partner, and Chim seemingly not having much in the way of serious relationships, there is so much diversity and, if you think about it, the presentation of hope.

Which, when you throw in Hen and Karen, even gives a shout out to the LGBT community. Particularly those who are older, don’t look like models, are Black, and are bringing children into the situation.

Low Point

Christopher Used As A Prop

Eddie using Christopher as a means of “It could be worse,” seemed wrong in so many ways. Not that I don’t understand the idea here is that if Christopher has so much against him and can smile and venture out into the world, what is Buck’s excuse, but this seems in poor taste. It invalidates Buck’s feelings and uses Christopher, and people with disabilities in general, as a means to compare your life and push you to be glad things aren’t that bad or press you to feel guilty about your feelings.

On The Fence

How People Recover So Quickly and Easily

Between Bobby going from a suicidal alcoholic, who accidentally was part of over 100 people, including his family, dying, to upstanding leader; Chim having a rebar go through his skull and him back to normal; to Buck having a firetruck crush his leg, damn near, to him being able to run, jump, and possibly get back to work, how much suspension of disbelief is required here?

Granted, the blood clots set Buck back, but usually there are little obstacles sprinkled about. Just not any that truly stop anyone from doing what they want for too long.

This Tsunami On The Way

An earthquake last season, a tsunami this one, anyone want to take bets on what season 4 could have? I would say flooding but rain is an issue in certain parts of California so that seems unlikely. Either way, you have to wonder what this show’s approach will be when it comes to the tsunami. Just a regular old, random event, or will they throw climate change in there? If not present the idea another earthquake happened, just at sea this time?

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.

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