YMMV / Rescue 911

The TV show:

  • Actor Shipping / Ship Sinking: The YouTube comments for "Allergic Reaction at Prom" supported Nick and Amanda (the episode's teen couple) getting together thanks to Nick's chivalrous actions during the episode. However, the teens' remarks during the interviews at the end of the episode made it sound like Nick ended up in the Friend Zone, and years later, one of Amanda's friends left a comment on YouTube and said that Amanda had married another guy and had a family.
  • Anvilicious: Many times, but this wasn't really the point of the series and was only mentioned in the "aftermath" part of the segments. And really, some of that advice can keep your friends and family safe.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Has its own page.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The main theme Don't you just want to join an ambulance crew now?
  • Gateway Series:
    • While not the first show of its kind, people who watch crime and rescue shows probably started with this show.
    • While there isn't an exact figure, it's safe to say there are quite a few people who were inspired to become dispatchers, firemen, paramedics, or police officers because of shows like this.
    • A somewhat meta case: the toddler from "911 Snake Baby" grew up and became a paramedic himself because of what happened.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • At the end of "911 Stalker Save," the victim and the police officers express the belief that once the stalker's jail sentence was up, he'd be back. Horrifyingly, that's exactly what happened when the stalker made parole.
    • This keeps happening for "University Pipe Bomb," which took place in 1991. It became significantly scarier after the domestic terrorism of The '90s, the September 11 attacks, the wave of school attacks like Columbine, Virginia Tech, and Sandy Hook, and the Boston Marathon bombings.
  • Narm:
    • This immortal line from "Gator Gulch":
      "Bob! Get yer gun! There's an alligator with kid in its mouth!"
    • The student security monitor interviewed in "University Pipe Bomb" acts like he's reciting a rehearsed line during his interview, and he delivers it like he's trying to outdo Shatner in the Dramatic Pause department (and failing at it):
      Student: The lobby...had quieted down. Most of the guys were going to bed. A regular...normal...run-of-the-mill night...at JRP. [Looks down and sighs sadly]
  • Special Effect Failure:
    • This lightning strike from "Lightning Lads."
    • "University Pipe Bomb" did a reasonable job with its reenactment of the explosion, but the crater immediately afterward wasn't smoking and didn't look as big as the narration described, and in fact only looked like a little hole that someone had dug in the ground.
  • Tear Jerker: By FAR. Especially, but obviously not limited to, those episodes where victims did die (though deaths were less frequent later in the show's run).
  • What An Idiot: Some of the accidents are caused by foolishness. Naturally, the show lampshaded this and showed how to learn from it.
    • "Scuba Cave," wherein some untrained divers decided to explore a cave. It did not end well.
    • "Roller Coaster Rescue," where a teenager mistakenly put his foot on the track to pull a roller coaster car that got stuck before the first chain lift. He ends up with a mangled leg after being dragged around the track.
    • A guy in one episode decides to move a dishwasher out to check on the hose, without first shutting off the electricity.
    • A couple of girls decide to play in the trunk of a car on a hot day, and one of them closes it, trapping themselves inside. (To be fair, though, they were kids...)
    • A woman was diagnosed as hypoglycemic, and did not take it seriously, causing her blood sugar get too low and to lose consciousness while driving.
    • A boy playing hide-and-seek decides that a narrow laundry chute would be the perfect place to hide.
    • Two teenage girls decide to sneak out of their fifth-story vacation condo by climbing down the balcony railings.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Cute?:
    • They mention that a pig is a very unusual pet. This is deliberately invoked in an episode where a pig has to be rescued.
    • Repeatedly demonstrated by everyone in "Lizard Finger Lock." No one involved seemed to care for the eponymous pet lizard, although the responding officer did make it a point to say that he didn't want to injure the reptile since he figured it was the boy's pet.

The pinball machine:

  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Pretty much the entire soundtrack, which helps turn even the most basic of tasks into a pulse-pounding race against the clock.
  • Good Bad Bugs: Normally, when starting the Cavern Rescue or Jaws of Life modes for the first time, it locks a ball to start the mode in conjunction with multiball. However, before plunging the second ball, you can still switch the mode using the flippers, meaning you can start any of the modes this way. Better yet, it's repeatable as long as you haven't completed both of the aforementioned modes, making your first go-round through the modes infinitely easier.