After weeks of secrets and lies, Monday’s 9-1-1 exposed a major betrayal that changed how one member of the 118 will handle their family moving forward.
Hen and Karen assumed the worst when Denny didn’t get off the school bus, but they never could have imagined the reason — that he’s been spending time with his birth father behind both of their backs. The truth came out when Nathaniel and Denny were hit by another driver at an intersection; Denny emerged unscathed, but Nathaniel’s more significant injuries required surgery.
When Hen and Karen finally confronted Nathaniel in his hospital room, he figured they were going to forbid him from seeing Denny again, but they surprised him by offering a different deal entirely. “Denny loves you, and we don’t want to take that away from him,” Hen said, though the couple made one thing very clear: “Our son, our rules.”
Elsewhere on Monday’s 9-1-1…
* Maddie met one of her and Chimney’s new neighbors, or at least that’s who she claimed to be. After a little detective work, “Carol” was revealed to be a fresh-out-of-jail coupon forger whose clients were reaching her at Maddie and Chimney’s address, lest the police catch wind of her illegal activity. Boy, did she pick the wrong house.
* Eddie hypothesized that Buck’s sudden mathematic abilities could be a side effect of the brain injury he suffered after being struck by lightning, putting it to the ultimate test at an underground poker game with other first responders. I’m no medical professional, so I can’t speak to the validity of Eddie’s theory, but I do know that a #Buddie subplot was just what the doctor ordered.
Your thoughts on this week’s 9-1-1? Drop ’em all in a comment below.
#Buddie for life! I love the Buck & Eddie dynamic, even more when Christopher and/or Carla are involved.
Amen! Love them together, they are a perfect fit and it feels right .Hen and Karen , Bobby and Athena and Maddie and Howie were all outstanding as usual . Fun episode.
There’s not enough love for the Wilson family among the audience – I’m so glad that the writers of the show aren’t infected with the same infliction and give us such good strong stories from them. They make me so happy!
Oh, I enjoyed this episode a lot. It was a return to sillier, more lighthearted 911 with ridiculous emergencies, which was very much needed after the nonstop drama of the past three episodes. But they managed to fit in a more serious storyline about Denny too. A very well-balanced episode, and I enjoyed every personal subplot they had going on.
Obviously my favorite parts were the Buck and Eddie ones though, haha. Are they trying to make up for how those two barely interacted in the first half of the season? If so, I hope they keep it up. I loved that they immediately decided to use Buck’s new “powers” to con people together. I also loved that they gave us the poker scene in advance and then out of the left field came a full feast of Buckley-Diaz family content. Buck baking cookies for Chris’s class… I need to know who in the writers’ room is reading fanfiction.
Yep! I want to thank Ao3 for this episode’s #Buddie content! Just hope they’ve read all those stories… ahem…
Good episode! Hen and Karen’s angsty plot was paired very well with Buck and Eddie’s shenanigans.
911 is my favorite show and last night show was wonderful and a little scary at times. Please don’t cancel this show!
The matches for relationships on the show do not seem genuine. I especially do not like the 2 mom’s for Denny when they find out about Denny seeing his real father. Having a male in his life is more important than these 2 women creating an issue where there should not have been one, if they had told their son the truth from the beginning.
It’s adorable you think anyone cares enough to cater to your homophobia ❤️❤️❤️❤️
And misogyny. Also cannot forget that you obviously hate women too.
Hen and Karen have never lied to Denny. His biological father had intense conversations with them initially and came to his own decision that he would sign off on his legal rights to his son – all in Denny’s best welfare. And it doesn’t matter in the slightest as to the gender of who nurtures any child. Kids simply respond to being loved and respected so they will grow up to be their own best/most decent person.
So have we met Nathaniel before or did the legal rights stuff happen offscreen? I just can’t remember from past seasons. I’m glad for Denny that they were all able to agree on a way forward.
His first appearance was in season 2 when he acknowledged Hen and Karen as Denny’s parents and agreed to follow their lead as to what was best for Denny.
911 was good as it always is. I love me some 911 and 911 Lone Star. Two of my favorite shows. Keep up the good work.
About Buck and his math, acquired savant syndrome is a very real and documented thing. I don’t recall how permanent it can be, but if the TBI that causes it heals it could probably go away. It’ll be interesting to see if this is a temporary thing.
I think everything points to it being temporary: when Eddie tells the story about the guy with the power of electricity, he mentions it only lasted a few weeks, and Chief Williams bars Buck from the poker games until his “superpowers” wear off.
Loved the episode, especially the Buddie moments.
I thought that poker game was going to end up in a much different, negative place. So some free steaks? Fantastic.
That woman and her emergency was cringeworthy. 😖
I know I’ll catch flak for this, but I don’t understand why some fans keep pushing for a romantic relationship between Buck & Eddie. It’s obvious to me that they both are straight & it’s more of a best buddies thing. Plus any fans of same-sex couples have Hen & Karen, as well as Tarlos on 9-1-1 Lone Star. Let Buck & Eddie be!
I didn’t realize there was a storyline cap on the number of LGBTQ couples on a particular show or network. Also, #Buddie stans are legion – not exactly an isolated few here or there!
There is no cap. I think the question is why are the handful of people (you define as a legion) pushing for it?
AMEN!!! You can be best buds without a romantic entanglement.
Maybe because, as this episode showed, they are a family unit together just like the other family units together this episode? Maybe because Buck couldn’t sleep at home but feels totally safe and comfortable with Eddie? Maybe because they’re co-parenting Chris together? Maybe because they both lose their minds with the other is hurt? Maybe because none of the women they have been paired with understood them or were able to care for them like they needed and neither one of them could be vulnerable with those women, but are constantly and EASILY able to be vulnerable with each other? Maybe because they have exactly what the other needs in a life partner and are already partners in literally every other sense of the word including being parents together? Maybe because Eddie needs someone who will stick around and help him shoulder the burden and Buck is dying for someone to keep him? Take your pick! It’s not Buddie fans’ fault you can’t pick up what the narrative is laying out right in front of you.
Any fans of men being best buds have literally hundreds of TV shows that they could watch. Let Buck and Eddie date.
What a refreshing return to form (mostly) for the show! There are of course some issues like the weird obsession Kristen has with insisting blood family is the most important and there’s something sketchy about insisting Denny HAS to have his father in his life, and a lot of that could have been solved by handling this entire storyline better instead of Kristen just forgetting that this issue was resolved in s2, and allowing Denny to ask questions and have Hen and Karen get with Nathaniel to work something out. But the focus on the Wilsons was nice and the actors absolutely give their all even if the storyline isn’t up to what it should be.
Same with the Buddie stuff which, while delightful, felt like filling of Kristen not know what to do with them until next week when Eddie is supposed to start dating random women again 😒 and once again trying to turn Buck’s storyline into meaningless “fun” instead of using the time to actually DO something to move him forward. No wonder he’s done nothing but go in circles since Kristen took over.
I could have done with more Madney/Bathena fun and less of Kristen’s weird fetish with sex related calls.
Overall one of the much stronger episodes of the past 2 seasons but without a good showrunner controling the pacing and arcs the show is never going to be as good as it was.
As amusing as the Buck poker scene was, is nobody going to point out that enhanced math skills won’t help you in poker? If they were playing blackjack it’d make sense, but poker is more about reading the other players than math.
I was going to! But you beat me to it hehe. Drove me nuts. I said the exact same thing to my mom about it’d make more sense if it was blackjack.
Love to see Maddie and Chimn and Athena and Bobby sleuthing together! Great episode.