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Recap / 9-1-1 S1E1 "Pilot"

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Los Angeles emergency first responders and dispatchers must balance the pressures of their respective jobs with their personal lives: from 9-1-1 operator Abby Clark's mother having dementia to police sergeant Athena Grant's husband deciding to reveal to his children that he's actually gay. Rookie firefighter Evan "Buck" Buckley learns to appreciate the meaning of the job.

Tropes featured in the episode:

  • Adult Fear:
    • The 118 team tries to rescue a newborn baby that was trapped inside a pipe. They succeed.
    • The teenage mother that gives birth to the above baby, does so without telling her father, she comes back home and pretends nothing is wrong. When Athena figures out that the teen is the one that gave birth by following a trail of blood, she and the girl’s father find her bleeding out in her bed.
  • Auto Erotica: After borrowing the fire truck without telling anyone, Buck has sex in it with one of his hookups.
  • The Caretaker:
    • Abby is this to her sick mother, who has dementia.
    • Abby also has an unreliable nurse that watches her mother while she is at work.
  • Confessional:
    • Bobby goes to confessional after he is unable to save a woman from jumping to her death.
    • Bobby goes to confessional once a week, to remind himself how easy it would be to fall back down the wrong path.
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  • Cut-and-Paste Suburb: Athena has trouble locating a little girl who is trapped in her house while men are breaking in due to the all houses looking the exact same.
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • To rescue a baby that is stuck in toilet pipes, Buck was planning to smash the wall with the fire axe, Bobby stops him before he can, saying that he could have hit the baby and tells him to go get the saw.
    • The teen mother of the above baby, didn’t really think of the aftermath of her decision to not tell anyone about the baby and having her on a toilet. This results in the baby getting stuck in the pipes and nearly dying, as well as herself nearly bleeding out due to not getting any medical care.
  • Driven to Suicide: Bobby is unable to stop a woman from leaping to her death.
  • Eager Rookie: Buck is the newest recruit of the 118 fire station.
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  • Firing Day: After not following the rules one to many times, Bobby has no choice but to fire Buck. He is rehired by the end of the episode.
  • Help, I'm Stuck!: A baby’s cries are heard through the walls of an apartment, alerting the tenet that it is stuck in the pipes.
  • Improbable Infant Survival: Out of all the rescues the 118 crew perform, all the children survive while not all of the adults do.
    • A young boy that drowns in a pool, is resuscitated.
    • A baby that born on a toilet, flushed and got stuck in an apartment building's pipes is safely rescued.
  • It's All My Fault: Buck realises that getting fired was completely his own fault, Hen agrees with him and tells him that everyone in the station thinks that too.
  • Late Coming Out: After decades of marriage and kids, Michael comes out to his wife and children.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Deconstructed. While Buck is well-liked by everyone, his antics end up crossing the line into unprofessional and gets himself fired, he is later rehired.. It serves as a wake-up call that he needs to address his problem.
  • Making Love in All the Wrong Places: Buck is caught by Bobby having sex a the roof with a woman the team had perivously rescued.
    • Buck uses an app version of this for his hookups.
    • Chimney meet his current girlfriend on a dating site just for cops and firefighters
  • The Narrator: Abby narrates the opening of the episode explaining her life and her job, leading into the jobs of the first responders.
  • Off with His Head!: Losing time and patience, Buck decides to decapitate the large snake with an axe before it claims the strangled owner. Needless to say, most of his team treat the decision with ire, but oddly not the strangled woman.
  • Popcultural Osmosis Failure: Buck doesn’t get the references that his older teammates make.
    • Buck doesn’t get Chimney’s reference to Conan the Barbarian, stating that he believes that the world began when he was born.
    • When Buck is tasked with driving the fire truck around to try and find a trapped little girl, Athena tells him don’t go chasing waterfalls. Buck tells her he doesn’t know what that means, Athena assures him that no one thought he would.
  • Premiere: This is the first episode of the show.
  • Sex Addiction: Buck self-diagnoses as a sex addict.
  • Stairs Are Faster: Once the team has rescued the baby from the pipes, they need to get her down to the ambulance, however the elevator is taking too long, Buck tells Bobby to give the baby to him and he’ll run down the stairs with her, that he’s twice as fast. He’s right.
  • Stealing the Credit: A non evil version. Chimney is dating a woman that is adrenaline junkie and foreplay for them is him telling her stories of all the high risk rescues he performs, however he is just telling her about the rescues others have performed and saying he did them.
  • Teen Pregnancy: The 118 are called out to the results of this, when the teen gives birth on a toilet, getting her baby stuck in the pipes, hoping her father won’t find out.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: After their fight at the hospital, Buck and Athena have to work together to save a little girl who is stuck in her house, while men are breaking in to rob the place.
  • There Are No Therapists: Averted Athena and Micheal are seeing a therapist together to deal with his coming out.
  • Tracking Device: How Bobby finds Buck when he takes the fire truck out again to have sex, the truck has a GPS tracking device.
  • Trail of Blood: Athena follows a trail of blood to the toilet pipe a baby was born in.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Buck initially refuses to have to wait for the teen mother of the baby that was stuck in the pipes, Bobby overrides his decision and puts the mother in the ambulance. Buck then tells Athena that if the baby dies it’s on her. Once they make it to the hospital, Athena catches up to Buck and chews him out, telling him that he does not get to decide who lives and dies, based on his own bias. If he doesn’t change his thinking he’ll get someone killed.
  • What an Idiot!: Lily, the little girl trapped in her house while men are robbing the place, has been told to stay hidden upstairs away from the men. Instead she decides to go downstairs for some reason and gets herself spotted by one of the men and taken hostage. Grated, she is a scared child, but still.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: When dealing with a rescue that involves snakes, Chimney makes it very clear that he doesn’t want the situation to persist any longer, mainly out of trepidation of surrounding reptiles. Not that it stops him from playfully taking the credit for the rescue in order to appease his girlfriend.

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