Picking up several months after the first season finale, 9-1-1 returns with a lovesick Buck refusing to accept that Abby (former cast member Connie Britton) has left town for good. “He’s still living in her place, housesitting while she’s gone, expecting her to return,” showrunner Tim Minear tells TVLine. “The people around him are gently trying to persuade him that maaaybe it’s over.” In other couple news, Bobby and Athena’s relationship “has progressed a bit, though there’s still more progression to be had,” while Hen and Karen attempt to move forward and repair their marriage. “The threat of Eva has not gone away,” however, “so that’s going to have to be dealt with.” Fresh additions to the team include Buck’s sister Maddie (played by Jennifer Love Hewitt), a new 9-1-1 dispatcher (“not Abby 2.0!”) who reconnects with her estranged brother after escaping an abusive relationship, and firefighter Eddie (played by PLL‘s Ryan Guzman), a former Army medic and single father to a 7-year-old boy with cerebral palsy. “While there’s some rivalry [between Buck and Eddie], once these guys bond, it’s a pairing that you can’t get enough of.”
BONUS SPOILER!: Someone with “ulterior motives” will enter Buck’s life and take advantage of his good nature.
RETURN DATE: Sunday, Sept. 23 after the NFL doubleheader (Fox)