What a ride. 9-1-1 Season 3 storms out of the blocks with a high-speed car chase which turns into an unexpected delight. We then make an equally quick trip to Mr and Mrs Bobby Nash’s first dinner party as husband and wife and a lot of good-natured ribbing about the lack of invitations to any sort of wedding, stopping briefly for a weird moment when Athena’s daughter looks absolutely furious at Bobby for suggesting she try looking in the shed (?). I really hope this doesn’t mean we now have a “You’re not my dad, you can’t tell me what to do!” teenage strop-a-thon to look forward to but, if we do, we’re at least spared it this week by guest of honour Buck having a pulmonary embolism and shutting the party right down. A bit dramatic, Buck, but thank you for your service.
Not that Buck’s the only Buckley going all out this week. Maddie is very busy being instrumental in the high-speed chase business, and in finding poor, traumatised Jill, a woman who is both trapped somewhere unknown and very quickly bleeding out, as if one of those two problems weren’t challenge enough. All these heroics aren’t all on Maddie, though: a big part of the joy of this show is the teamwork and this is a particularly great ep for that, with Athena having a truly glorious week, working with Maddie to solve everything that needs solving so that Bobby and the 118 can then get on with the business of saving everyone that needs saving. Woo hoo!
While all this wildly exciting stuff is going on, there’s still time to pack in some comedy – “No, sir, it looks like you have a flesh-eating STD. Don’t thank me!” – and some chat about babies which suggests that somebody’s going to have an unexpected pregnancy by the end of the season and it probably won’t be Hen’s girlfriend. Will it be Maddie or Athena? We’ll see.
Meantime, we end the week back with Buck who, in true Buck-like fashion (he has improved exponentially since season 1 but he is still just not that bright), is stunned and outraged that he can’t just return to work after his latest near-death experience and take his chances, so he ups and quits. Or rather downs and quits, since Buck quitting involves a lot of staying in bed and worrying his friends. His friends, understandably, tire of this fairly quickly, so Eddie takes first shift in Operation Tough Love and, before young Evan can say “five more minutes, mum!”, the Buckmeister is spending the day having a whale of a time with young Christopher at a theme park by the Pacific. Lovely! Except… that was some cliffhanger. What a tremendous episode. Fast, fun, funny: fantastic.