9-1-1: Season 3, Episode 3 “Searchers” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

Buck shocked by something Eddie says.
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The tsunami arc comes to an end, with an explosion, someone losing an arm, and the fate of Christopher.


Network
FOX
Director(s) Chad Lowe
Writer(s) David Fury
Air Date 10/7/2019
Introduced This Episode
Captain Cooper Leonard Roberts

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Recap

Too Stubborn To Die: Captain Cooper, Lena, Athena, Eddie

After helping people survive the Ferris wheel, Lena is coerced to seek medical attention for a broken rib with Eddie as her escort. However, she doesn’t want to get medical treatment, for she is worried about her captain, Captain Ronnie Cooper. Someone who she paints the picture of being the Bobby to her Buck.

Making her very lucky her captain is alive. Mind you, pinned under a car and had his arm amputated by Athena, who we don’t know to have any medical training, but he is alive.

Captain Ronnie Cooper (Leonard Roberts) identifying himself.
Captain Ronnie Cooper (Leonard Roberts)
Question(s) Left Unanswered
  1. Is it wrong to wonder how Lena and Eddie’s relationship may evolve?

Not All Victims Were Physically Touched By Water: Bobby, Maddie, Hen

Thanks to Maddie, over 17 people didn’t die from carbon monoxide poisoning in a building not too far from the show. However, it is thanks to a combination of Bobby and Hen for noticing a downed tanker and an electrical source which could cause a fire that kept more than 2 people from dying.

Question(s) Left Unanswered
  1. I don’t know much about explosions but, taking note shrapnel and heat, anyone else felt a bit underwhelmed when it did explode?

It’s Not A Fail If You Still Try: Christopher, Eddie, Buck

Despite losing Christopher, with him being found, at the end of the episode, Eddie isn’t even mad at Buck. In fact, he is happy that Buck never gave up on looking for Christopher. So with that in mind, and also Buck not asking for money to watch Christopher, or presenting him any sort of headache, Buck gets to remain on Eddie’s babysitting list.

Review

Highlights

Has Eddie Made A New Friend?

Let’s assume Ronda Rousey is sticking around for a while, it makes you wonder what her and Eddie’s relationship will be? Not to paint the picture that anytime a woman is introduced, they have to be paired up but, would that be so bad? Eddie is a widow, could use someone rough and tumble, or at the very least a friend who gets what he goes through on a regular basis. Which isn’t to put down Buck or Eddie’s co-workers, but things just feel slightly hands-off with them. Like he wants to keep things professional so if something goes down, he’ll think with his head and not his heart, you know?

Though maybe, after the writers rushing in a back story, and then suddenly backing off, that’s just the vibe I get?

Eddie Still Trusting Buck With His Son

Eddie thanking Buck for never stopping his search for Christopher.
Eddie: Thank you for not giving up.

Between Christopher having cerebral palsy, and recently losing his mother, you can imagine Eddie being fiercely protective over his son. So for him to bring him back to Buck, after all that happened, and joke about what went down previously, that says something. For as much as I may see Eddie as reserved, Christopher is what keeps him going through all he has been through. So for him to recognize Buck as someone who will as fiercely protect his son as he would, how can you not get teary-eyed?

On The Fence

The Question Of How Can This Show Keep Up The Ante Remains

This will probably be a consistent topic/ issue as the show goes on for while its good for the numbers to start off with something so big and showy, there comes to problem of how can a show follow that? Much less, considering how Buck didn’t lose a limb when a fire truck landed on his leg, Chimney survived the rebar and the other things I’ve mentioned many times before, how are we supposed to believe any threat to the cast is real?

Anyone Else Want More Character Development/ Stories Than Disasters & 911 Calls?

Taking note of what is said above, I feel so densitized to the emergency calls that it really makes me hope this show shifts back to focusing on the personal lives of everyone. Be it Chim and Maddie dating, Buck figuring out his next move, Hen about to be a mother, all over again, and the many other storylines the show can focus on.

 

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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & Focused Characters
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.

How Would You Rate This?

Negative Mixed Positive

REVIEW OVERVIEW
Anyone Else Want More Character Development/ Stories Than Disasters & 911 Calls?
75 %
The Question Of How Can This Show Keep Up The Ante Remains
74 %
Eddie Still Trusting Buck With His Son
89 %
Has Eddie Made A New Friend?
80 %
New Jersey native Amari Allah has been writing reviews, in a "Media Advisor" capacity since 2011 and has been touching upon television, movies, books, live performances, video games, and more ever since. Using a fusion of his varied knowledge of entertainment, partly gained from being a Communications major in college, his love for visual and written media, as well an ever-evolving respect for both creators and the consumers they sell to.