While we do get to see Daniel, Buck’s older brother, this is a filler episode for the most part.

Aired (FOX) March 13, 2023
Director(s) Juan Turner, Joaquin Sedillo
Writer(s) Lyndsey Beaulieu
Newly Noted Characters
Daniel Aaron Staton
Previously Noted Characters
Buck Oliver Stark
Chim Kenneth Choi
Myung Jennie Baek
Maddie Jennifer Love Hewitt
Philip Gregory Harrison
Margaret Dee Wallace
Sang David Young Lee

Recap

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It’s A Wonderful Life – Buck, Daniel

While in a coma, partly due to respiratory failure, Buck lives in an alternate world. One in which his older brother, Daniel, is alive, Maddie never left her abusive ex, Buck is a teacher, and his effect on the 118 doesn’t exist. It’s a strange world he finds himself trapped in, and it ultimately seems his length of time there partly dealt with his guilt about his older brother not being alive, paired with not being sure if his way of life, the thrill-seeking Buckley, was worth it.

Yet, after seeing his effect on Chim’s life, Bobby and others? He comes to love and accept who he is and fights his way back to life.

You Aren’t Getting Rid Of Us That Easily – Buck, Chim, Myung, Maddie, Philip, Margaret, Sang

With Buck awakened from his coma, Maddie and his parents are naturally happy and ready to celebrate. Chim is prepping a potluck from all the food the family was given, and while doing so, Myung speaks to him about the food and has a bit of small talk before talking about Sang. She makes it clear that pride caused a divide on Sang’s side. His marriage and business failed, and he failed to convince his son to return to Korea. Over time, it led to a wound and regret, and there is hope they can repair their broken relationship.

Which may not be hope in vain as Chim decides to offer his father and step-parent the opportunity to stay longer, which they accept. As for Buck’s parents? Well, the criticism they didn’t give Maddie and Chim about their home they give to Buck. Be it his lack of furniture or questioning how he is expected to rest, as the doctor ordered? This all leads to Margaret committing to buying him furniture so guests can sleep over or when Philip is there, he and Buck can comfortably watch a football game.

Things To Note

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. How deep is Buck’s guilt about his brother being dead while he is alive?

What Could Happen Next

  1. We’re likely to dive deep into Bobby’s obsession about getting justice for his friend, and Buck having to save him from himself.

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On The Fence

This Mostly Was Filler

Aaron Staton as Daniel, trying to stop Buck from leaving Purgatory
“Aaron Staton as Daniel, trying to stop Buck from leaving Purgatory,” 9-1-1, “In Another Life,” directed by Juan Turner, Joaquin Sedillo, 2023, (FOX)

Buck’s coma dream felt like a waste of an episode. I understand it is a reminder of how big of an influence Buck is on the 118 and “9-1-1” as a show, but it didn’t give us anything we didn’t know. Based on Margaret and Philip’s last visit, it was clear that Buck has issues regarding his older brother’s passing. So, putting him in the flesh was supposed to do what? Is there going to be a new storyline featuring Margaret and Philip talking about him?

In my mind, considering Chim is finally extending an olive branch toward his father, this whole Buck thing just feels like they intentionally stole Chim’s thunder, no pun intended.

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9-1-1: Season 2, Episode 17 "Careful What You Wish For" - Recap, Review (with Spoilers)In the penultimate episode of the season, Eddie returns to prominence as he reevaluates his relationship with Shannon.
9-1-1: Season 2, Episode 16 "Bobby Begins Again" - Recap, Review (with Spoilers)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.
9-1-1: Season 2, Episode 15 "Ocean's 9-1-1" - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)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.
9-1-1: Season 2, Episode 14 "Broken" - Recap, Review (with Spoilers)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.
9-1-1: Season 2, Episode 13 "Fight or Flight" - Recap, Review (with Spoilers)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.
9-1-1: Season 2, Episode 12 "Chimney Begins" - Recap, Review (with Spoilers)As Hen did earlier this season, Howard Han aka Chimney, gets his due by having an episode dedicated to his backstory.
9-1-1: Season 2, Episode 11 "New Beginnings" [Mid-Season Premiere] - Recap, Review (with Spoilers)9-1-1 returns, and it is like we never left as the drama picks up and kicks things into the next gear.
9-1-1: Season 2/ Episode 10 "Merry Ex-Mas" [Mid-Season Finale] - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)While this is a Christmas episode, love is in the air like it is Valentine’s day. Though one person with unreciprocated love comes around to ruin things.
9-1-1: Season 2/ Episode 9 "Hen Begins" - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)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?”
9-1-1: Season 2/ Episode 8 "Buck, Actually" - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
9-1-1: Season 2/ Episode 7 "Haunted" - Recap/ Recap (with Spoilers)
9-1-1: Season 2/ Episode 6 "Dosed" - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
9-1-1: Season 2/ Episode 5 "Awful People" - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
9-1-1: Season 2/ Episode 4 "Stuck" - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
9-1-1: Season 2/ Episode 3 "Help Is Not Coming" - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
9-1-1: Season 2/ Episode 2 "7.1" - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
9-1-1: Season 2/ Episode 1 "Under Pressure" [Season Premiere] - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
9-1-1: Season 1 - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
9-1-1: Season 1/ Episode 10 "A Whole New You" [Season Finale] - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
9-1-1: Season 1/ Episode 9 "Trapped" - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
9-1-1: Season 1/ Episode 8 "Karma's a Bitch" - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
9-1-1: Season 1/ Episode 7 "Full Moon (Creepy AF)" - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
9-1-1: Season 1/ Episode 6 "Heartbreaker" - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
9-1-1: Season 1/ Episode 5 "Point of Origin" - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
9-1-1: Season 1/ Episode 4 "Worst Day Ever" - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
9-1-1: Season 1/ Episode 3 "Next of Kin" - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
9-1-1: Season 1/ Episode 2 "Let Go" - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
9-1-1: Season 1/ Episode 1 "Pilot" [Series Premiere] - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)

Oliver Stark as Buck in a hospital bed
9-1-1: Season 6/ Episode 11 “In Another Life” – Recap/ Review
Overall
“9-1-1” reminds us that this show could be so much better if it didn’t have an episode count beyond 10 to 13 episodes.
Highlights
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