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9-1-1: Season 3, Episode 6 “Monsters” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

by Amari

It’s Halloween on 9-1-1, and you know that means something freaky going down. Though, unlike past seasons, there are less shocks this time around.


Community Rating: 66.79% (2)


 


Network
FOX
Director(s)Tina Mabry
Writer(s)Christopher Monfette
Air Date10/28/2019

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Recap

Not All Kids Deserve To Be Punished: Chim, Athena

During the day, Chim and the team come across some kids who were attacked by crows for pestering them. One even got picked at so much that they were bleeding in a notable way. Thus pushing the idea, for Chim specifically, that crows are scary.

But, while we get a dose of bad kids this Halloween, we also get some put in a rather unfortunate predicament. How? Well, their parents, two people who had nearly half a dozen kids, keep them in the basement, chained up, seemingly for religious reasons. Athena discovers them and, for reasons unknown to us, didn’t take any of the signs most would have to have called it in until she got to the basement and saw the kids.

You Can’t Help Them All: Tara, Maddie, Sue

Tara eventually catches onto Maddie stalking her, and as much as she did it for a good reason, Tara doesn’t appreciate being stalked, and the situation forces Sue’s hand. Thus, Maddie gets suspended, and on top of having to take an early psychological assessment, she is ordered into counseling. Which, despite some push back, she realizes it isn’t the worst idea.

Tara rejecting Maddie's help.

We Gotta Talk To Buck: Hen, Chim, Eddie, Bobby, Buck

Buck’s return doesn’t lead to as much contention as you may expect. Hen decides to welcome Buck in her own way with a piece of cake and a pat on the back. Chim? Well, being that he still remembers his early days, he doesn’t give Buck a hard time either. In fact, he provides encouragement as Bobby punishes him a bit.

Though, when it comes to the cold shoulder, it doesn’t last long. Despite how upset Eddie was about his business being put out there, and how team focused he is, he gives Buck a second chance within days of him returning. As for Bobby? Same goes for him.

At first, he isn’t fond of Buck coming back and is a bit callous towards him and punishes him in the realm of what he can do without getting in trouble. However, after one night, and Buck rescuing someone when off duty, all is forgiven.

Review

Highlights

The Desire For Follow Up On Those Kids

Mind you, I’m not talking about the kids attacked by the crows, they deserve to be stalked for months. I’m talking about the kids who were locked up in the basement. That is the kind of story you wish the show would follow a bit. Even if, like with Hen watching television and hearing about what happened, just something like that to tip a hat that things are better.

On The Fence

As Usual, The Recovery Is Quick And Swift

Buck and Bobby making amends.

When it comes to conflict or medical issues, it has been well established that 9-1-1 does not believe in dragging things out. Things are no different when it comes to Buck. Despite him suing the city, alongside Bobby, and dragging in everyone’s dirt, and making their business known amongst the city and force, all is forgiven. Seemingly within a few days.

Though, let’s be real, while Buck signed a million and one waivers, we do live in a day and age where if he made a stink about not getting to work, he could make Bobby’s life hell. Lest we forget, while it isn’t played up much, Buck has been on camera, multiple times, and shown as a hero. So considering how this all blew over, Bobby might want to consider himself lucky things didn’t get worse.

Tara’s Storyline

Here is the thing, we just got through Maddie’s storyline, which left Chim injured, for the second time, and included a giant chase through the woods with guns involved. Now, is there value in showing something a bit more lowkey? Yes. However, there is the need to ask, considering Maddie’s suspension, was this storyline just to set up her dealing with her issues, and now Tara is going to be tossed aside?

Also, considering all that other characters have been through, what made Maddie’s story so special? Or is it just, considering how they want to take things slow between her and Chim, and still not really give him a storyline, that had to come up with something to beef her up a bit? Especially since she replaced Abby in giving us a look at the role 911 operators play?

 

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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