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9-1-1: Season 3, Episode 4 “Triggers” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

by Amari

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.

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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

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Childhood Trauma: Eddie, Lena, Christopher, Hen, Karen, Jesse, Camden, Judith, Danny, Athena

Hen and Karen know they want more kids, but with watching their son and Athena’s argue and fight over a Nintendo Switch, Hen questions the idea a little bit. Mostly due to her being an only child and worrying how Danny may react. Leading to her seeing having a mixed reaction.

On the one hand, she sees these two sisters who, at 40+ years of age, are as petty and ignorant as children. Yet, on the other, she has these two brothers, Jesse, and Camden who, when their mom is knocked out, and their SUV hanging off a cliff, come together and give Hen hope. Thus solidifying her position and pushing away her fears.

But it isn’t just Hen dealing with fears. Christopher is still trying to deal with being part of that tsunami and even his mother’s death. And it seems, despite Buck’s efforts, he saw something, and with all the dead bodies he saw, it has triggered memories of his mother and being that he didn’t want to make his dad sad, he kept things to himself.

However, with some advice from Lena, who lost her dad, Eddie finds a way to break through and help Christopher handle his emotions.

You Move Forward But Never Fully Move On: Maddie, Chim, Vincent, Terra

Another person triggered during the Camden, Judith, and Jesse rescue is Chim. It reminds him of when his mother was dying of cancer and how he has long pushed down those feelings. This relates to Maddie since, with being a 911 operator, she gets some disturbing calls. However, Terra’s is probably the most disturbing, for it reminds her of when she was in an abusive relationship.

Thus leading to Maddie, since she doesn’t want to call the cops and make things worse, stalk Terra and her husband Vincent, and seemingly she is going to integrate herself into Terra’s life. Likely to help her get the courage to leave. Which, one day, she might tell Chim, who wants them to be more open, but it won’t be any time soon.

Bite The Hand That Fed You: Buck, Bobby, Chase, Lena

Light duty for Buck means becoming a fire marshall. A job which is okay, for now, but when Bobby makes it clear he is the one who put him on light duty, he is hurt. Especially since Buck feels like he might be getting replaced by Lena.

So, after being called in to talk to a lawyer, Chase Mackey, after a fire drill Bobby and his crew participated in, he doesn’t decide to testify against them but instead sue them. All in an effort to get his job back and possibly risk being blackballed and all the ill will which will come if he wins.



Buck’s Lawsuit Makes Things Interesting

At this point, we know nothing bad is physically going to happen to anyone. However, this lawsuit does lead you to question who would win between Buck and Bobby? Much less, with Hen talking about how Buck didn’t have much when he lost his job, imagine how his life will be when he lost his team and only has sister, who is dating one of his former teammates.

I don’t know about you, but this is the most interesting kind of drama we’ve seen on this show since Athena was dealing with her husband being gay, dating, and she was handcuffed to a bed looking like a fool.

Chase Mackey (Jordan Belfi) counseling Buck.

Chase Mackey (Jordan Belfi)

Refocusing On The Personal Lives

Shows that are procedural like this, The Good Doctor, and so many more, are at its best when patients trigger something. For whether they are one and done like Jesse, Camden, and Judith, or will stick around for a while, like Vincent and Terra (per Hollman’s Instagram), it adds value to them. It makes you think they could come back and mean something, rather than being time fillers. Especially since it isn’t like most are given that shining moment where you feel the need to know their name since their performances were just out of this world.

So here is hoping we get more triggers, or people they relate to, if not, at the very least, guest stars who bring out something from our lead actors.

Talking About The Process For Karen To Get Pregnant

With that said, I’m very interested in this Karen getting pregnant storyline. Mostly just the process and the representation of two women, Black women at that, going through trying to get pregnant. Also, throw in Karen isn’t a spring chicken, and it should be quite the display of what women go through to have a child.


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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