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9-1-1: Season 3, Episode 5 “Rage” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

by Amari

As Michael experiences DWB, and his kids get the race talk, Buck learns the consequences of his lawsuit.

Community Rating: 56.02% (1)


Director(s)Jann Turner
Writer(s)Lyndsey Beaulieu
Air Date10/21/2019

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IVF, IUI, IM-DONE: Hen, Karen

Karen crying.

Karen is a woman of a certain age. With that, getting pregnant, even with the help of medical professionals, isn’t easy. However, take note, she has been with Hen a long time and while she loves Hen’s son, and sees Denny as her own, let’s not pretend Denny’s dad doesn’t exist. The show may pretend he doesn’t exist, but I’m sure Karen hasn’t.

So having a child with Hen, while it won’t change her love for Denny, it does allow her to experience something Denny can’t give her. But, after doing IVF, IUI, among other procedures, she loses 6 embryos. As many can imagine, this is devastating. For whether you have a miscarriage or lose embryos, there is an emotional effect that can’t be explained in enough words. Especially if you wanted the child, have been doing everything right, and yet still can’t have one.

Not to forget, when you add in Denny’s biological mom being who she is and how she is, the fact she had the privilege of carrying a child to term and Karen can not? It seems immensely unfair and cruel.

DWB (Driving While Black): Athena, Harry, May, Michael

Michael telling a cop not to shoot his son.

Michael is an architect, well-educated, speaks well, and looks like he can run for political office. However, all of that gets negated when a cop pulls him over and reminds him he is Black, they are in LA, and him driving a nice car makes him suspicious. Well, let’s tell the full story, he got pulled over since his tags are expired, but considering Michael said he had the new ones and things still escalated, to the point he ended up on his car hood and Harry with a gun pointed at him, it speaks volumes.

However, this leads to a bit of a conflict with Athena. She is a cop and sees the ones who harassed her family as exceptions. Which she has to press her kids to understand since Michael is presenting the conversation many Black parents have with their kids. One that complicated her position since now May thinks she is complicit, and that is causing friction in their relationship.

Leading to Athena doing what she can from the inside from trying to press the reports that can be written to giving the officer a taste of their own medicine.

Question(s) Left Unanswered
  1. Isn’t it kind of weird for Athena to talk about cops going too far, and those people being an exception, when she abused her power to arrest a kid bullying May? Granted, they pushed her to do something drastic, but let’s not pretend Athena didn’t take things a bit far.

Be Careful What You Wish For: Bobby, Buck, Chase

Buck decides to air all of the 118’s business to get back on the force, and even when he is offered a multi-million dollar settlement, he says no. Leading Chase to think he is crazy for whether we’re talking about Eddie coming back after his wife died, Chim coming back within a month (?) of both of his near-fatal accidents, and Bobby going on a bender, it seems clear his career should be over. However, Bobby’s superior says to bring Buck back, and it was offered to send him to another station. But, for reasons that may not bode well for Buck, Bobby asks to keep him.

Question(s) Left Unanswered
  1. Bobby isn’t dumb enough to try to make Buck quit, is he?

Collected Quote(s) & .Gifs

When we say “Protect and Serve,” we mean the community, not ourselves.
— Athena



Karen’s Experience

Getting pregnant, especially after a certain age, is difficult. However, women of various ages have complications and seeing that experience on-screen means so much. For even if they don’t tap into Hen’s ex having no trouble, despite all the bad habits she had, and the envy that comes from seeing underserving mothers, there is that struggle. That heartache and the kind of pain which doesn’t have an easy fix for even if you have money, it doesn’t offer you any solutions. Just opportunities to keep trying, getting hurt and feeling something is wrong, as Karen feels, and questioning why you have this desire for something your body seeming doesn’t want. If not the universe.

On The Fence

Eddie Lashing Out Against The World

Eddie having his arm raised in victory.

While Eddie’s feelings are valid, even with him being on the show a full season now, there is something about him that still feels like an outsider or guest star. One who gets way too much development and screen time while the originals are still just there. For as nice as it is that Chim has a boo now, Maddie benefits from that storyline way more than him. Also, when it comes to Hen, her partner benefits from the storyline way more than she does. Yet for Eddie, he and Lena are both being boosted by what is going on between them, and it just makes what is going on feel lopsided.

Not to imply that, like Karen representing for women having trouble getting pregnant, there isn’t value in Eddie showing the challenges of being a single dad to a child who requires extra time and attention. It’s just, there remains this vibe that this show doesn’t’ know how to balance everyone out and instead plays favorites and throws Chim, and sometimes Hen, a bone here and there.

Buck Is Back In The 118

I want you to process the various things which can come from Buck rejoining the 118. The top possibility is Bobby making his life hell, and either everyone icing out Buck or thinking Bobby is going too hard on him. Following that is Buck being forced to pay his dues, and trying to win everyone back. Also, there is the possibility of him feeling ostracized and complaining again.

No matter what the scenario is, I can’t necessarily say it is one to jump at the idea of. Each one is worse than the next and while, I’ll admit, maybe I’m being a bit pessimistic about this, the show has made it clear that recovery from major incidents isn’t that long. So, the possible worst-case scenario here is Buck saving Bobby’s life, or anyone’s really, and then him being forgiven for airing out all of their business to selfishly get back on the force. Something which will likely get mentioned, to show the writers haven’t forgotten it, yet the event still feels like it was more about ratings than anything else.


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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Naike October 22, 2019 - 7:50 AM

I really enjoy your recaps on 9-1-1, The Good Doctor, and Q.S, you’re detailed and I enjoy your insights as well. Due to your recaps I’ve also, now start watching other shows as well.

I was unable to watch the first three for the last 16months, and your recaps keep me in the loop. Thank you! ??

Amari Sali October 22, 2019 - 8:57 AM

Thank you for your kind words! When I was reading this on the backend, shamefully, I was thinking there would be a “But…” somewhere since it puts an ellipsis on comments.


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