In the season finale, “9-1-1” delivers the usual fake out that a member of the 118 might be injured but instead puts nearly the entire team at risk – sans Ravi.


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In the season finale, “9-1-1” delivers the usual fake out that a member of the 118 might be injured but instead puts nearly the entire team at risk – sans Ravi.

Release Date (FOX) May 15, 2023
Director(s) Bradley Buecker
Writer(s) Nicole Barraza, Andrew Meyers
Previously Noted Characters and Cast
Buck Oliver Stark
Hen Aisha Hinds
Chim Kenneth Choi
Maddie Jennifer Love Hewitt
Bobby Peter Krause
Athena Angela Bassett
Ravi Anirudh Pisharody
Eddie Ryan Guzman
Karen Tracie Thoms
Natalia Annelise Cepero
Kameron Chelsea Kane
Connor Colin McCalla
Marisol Edy Ganem
Christopher Gavin McHugh

Plot Recap

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What’s A Season Without A Life-Threatening Event? – Buck, Hen, Chim, Maddie, Bobby, Athena, Ravi, Eddie

The ambulance, on top of a van, on top of a overturned truck
“The ambulance, on top of a van, on top of a overturned truck,” 9-1-1, ” Pay It Forward,” directed by Bradley Buecker, 2023, (FOX)

Thanks to a truck driver who fell asleep at the wheel, the 118 find themselves dealing with the 710 interchange collapsing and in various states of distress. Lucky for Ravi, he isn’t in the accident, but considering he just got back from training, this might be a lot for him. But, thankfully, while Buck does crash into a windshield, he is coherent enough to lead the rescue and give Ravi directions.

This allows the concussed Hen to be rescued and her to work through dizziness to help save a person they originally went to the interchange for. Eddie gets saved by Buck, who was in a van that looks like it was about to be crushed, and as for Chim? He unfortunately, was in a position in the ambulance where his abdomen got punctured, and he had the chance to bleed out.

However, this is the 118, never mind “9-1-1,” so while Chim was put into a situation where he had to hang onto the back of the ambulance while his abdomen was gushing blood, in the end, he ends up fine. As for Bobby? He was pinned underneath the ambulance which had Hen, Chim, and a patient, the van the patient was in, that Eddie got trapped in, and within the truck that caused the accident. Yet, between a civilian Bobby saved and Athena, he comes out fine.

Well, like everyone else, with injuries that will heal so well that they could continue to do feats that would make any action hero question if they have mutant powers.

It All Ends Well – Hen, Karen, Buck, Natalia, Kameron, Connor, Marisol, Eddie, Christopher, Bobby, Athena, Chim, Maddie

Buck (Oliver Stark) and Natalia (Annelise Cepero)
“Buck (Oliver Stark) and Natalia (Annelise Cepero),” 9-1-1, ” Pay It Forward,” directed by Bradley Buecker, 2023, (FOX)

If you didn’t know better, you’d think this was the series finale, but, despite FOX cancelling “9-1-1,” it will transfer over to ABC. But, if it did end, it would have been on a high note (for the characters, anyway). Hen and Karen have found themselves fostering a little girl, with there being a strong potential of them getting to adopt her. With Christopher’s support, Eddie gets asked out by Marisol, and they plan a date, and as that happens, Chim and Maddie are planning their small wedding.

As for the rest? Bobby and Athena go on a cruise, and Buck? On top of delivering Kameron and Connor’s son, Natalia comes back into his life and seems to be able and willing to set aside Buck’s hectic life and be with him.

Review

On The Fence

A Fit Ending – Paired With The Usual Fakeout

Buck (Oliver Stark) after the accident
“Buck (Oliver Stark) after the accident,” 9-1-1, ” Pay It Forward,” directed by Bradley Buecker, 2023, (FOX)

What is “9-1-1” without major disasters that threaten the 118 and make you question if they may actually kill someone off? There was a point where, for the umpteenth time, it seemed Chim could die, then Bobby, but with six seasons under its belt and far more deadly accidents than this? Honestly, who were they kidding?

Chim had rebar go through his head, Buck was struck by lightning and had a fire truck crush his leg, and clearly, both recovered like robots who simply had to be rebuilt. So a collapsed interchange? After a tsunami, earthquake, mudslide, and other disasters? This was light work.

Though what may not have been expected was Buck and Eddie ending the season with girlfriends, never mind Hen and Karen still in pursuit of adopting a girl. Which, when it comes to season 7, should be interesting to watch.

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Athena (Angela Bassett)
9-1-1: Season 6/ Episode 18 “Pay It Forward” – Recap and Review (with Spoilers) | Finale
Overall
At this point, the writers threatening the lives of any member of the 118 lacks any real need to be worried, so while even presenting the threat seems like a waste of time, that doesn’t make us less thankful that we got to see a happy ending once the “Will they or won’t they survive” obligation was set aside.
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A Fit Ending – Paired With The Usual Fakeout
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