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9-1-1 is a police and rescue procedural drama created and produced by the creative trio of Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Tim Minear (known collectively for their work on American Horror Story), which premiered on Fox on January 3rd, 2018.

Taking place in Los Angeles, the series tackles the lives of the city's first responders through the leading lens of LAPD Sergent Athena Grant (Angela Bassett), LAFD Captain Bobby Nash (Peter Krause), and 911 operator Abby Clark (Connie Britton).


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  • Adam Smith Hates Your Guts: A Truth in Television example occurs during the Season 2 premiere, when Athena is dispatched to a disorder at a local store. The owner has started jacking up the price of necessities in response to the Earthquake, and Athena is quick to point out that Price Gouging is illegal. Faced with legal consequences for his actions, the owner relents and gives everyone a 50 percent discount.
  • Adult Fear: Happens in a few episodes:
    • In the pilot episode, the team tries to rescue a baby that was trapped inside a pipe.
    • Athena gets hit with this at the end of the second episode when her daughter tried to kill herself due to being bullied at school.
    • In one episode, Buck and Abby try to rescue a little girl who was stuck on a floatie in the middle of a pool. To make matters worse, a power line fell into the pool, making the water electrical.
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    • At the end of episode 4, Abby's mother, who has Alzheimer's, wanders out of the apartment while Abby falls asleep. The next episode has her and Buck looking all over the city for her, and she apparently ended up in a crime-ridden part of L.A. before being taken to a hospital by someone who saw their grandmother go through the same thing.
    • A couple in a restaurant let their young daughter go to the bathroom by herself and then an earthquake hits Los Angeles. The building starts to collapse and the parents can't find their daughter anywhere. They are forcibly evacuated by the first responders and have to sit outside and wait for the fire fighters to locate the girl.
    • Eddie has to leave work early because his grandmother broke her hip while looking after his son.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: At a car wash, the team help a guy who's been caught in one of the huge brushes. Buck calls them in to show the video of the guy sprayed by a hose and backing up into the brush, which then spun him around, laughing wildly. At first, Bobby and Hen tell him this could have been dangerous but within moments, they too are hunched over in hysterical laughter.
  • Age-Gap Romance: Abby and Buck in the first season. She’s sixteen years older than him, but for a while they made it work.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: As revealed in Season 2's "Hen's Begins", Hen was this when she first joined the fire department, due her minority status (one of only three female graduates), she had to deal with a sexist Jerkass captain that forced her to cook and clean up after the unit, while the other members of the unit were too afraid of said captain to do anything. The only one who treated her with any open respect was Chimney.
  • Aluminium Christmas Trees: Did you find the snake call ridiculous? This is what turns up when you google "911 snake".
  • Ambiguously Bi: Buck is definitely into women, but his relationship with Diaz brings this trope into play, especially considering it bears a strong resemblance to his relationship with Abby. Maddie even asks about Buck's "man-crush".
  • Ambition Is Evil: Defied. Athena applied for promotion to lieutenant several times pre-series, only stopping when her previous captain made it clear that as a woman, sergeant was as high as she was getting. When her new captain offers her a lieutenant's position, everyone encourages her to take it. Her refusal frames Athena now viewing personal satisfaction and maternal responsibilities as higher priorities than ambition, not better ones.
  • Amicable Exes: Athena and her ex-husband Michael become this almost immediately after their divorce. Michael encourages her relationship with Bobby, and Athena grows to like Michael's boyfriend Glen, bonding with him over dinner.
  • Asshole Victim:
    • Ted in 1x06 was a cheating douchebag, but being mutilated to death and being stuck back together with Superglue was a little too much.
    • The Dentist that ends up being mauled to death by an escaped Tiger. Not only did he taunt the animal, he was a big-game hunter despised for killing a much-loved lion. While cleaning up his remains, the crew jokes that public opinion will probably be on the Tiger's side.
    • The sexually-harassing boss from the Season Two premiere, who greets his female senior employee in a bathrobe and proposes they shower together, then warns her that the company's HR committee are all his cronies when she rightly threatens to report him. The earthquake dumps him sprawled onto a tilted window hundreds of feet in the air, where he gets to watch one Ominous Crack after another spread out beneath him, before an aftershock shatters the glass and sends him plummeting to his death. The scene also deconstructs this trope as the guy pleads with the firefighters to save him, telling them that just because he is an asshole, it does not mean that he deserves to die like this.
  • The Atoner: Bobby and his notebook. After an on-the-job injury, he became addicted to pain killers. One night, his space heater malfunctioned and started a fire that consumed the apartment building. It ended up killing over a hundred people, including his wife and young children. Bobby keeps track of the lives he saves on the job, trying to balance the two numbers.....so he can finally kill himself.
  • Ax-Crazy: Melora in 1x06, complete with actual axe.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Buildings not up to safety codes are a huge trigger for Bobby. Fitting, since his old apartment building wasn't up to code and if it was, his family might've lived.
    • When Chimney and Buck decorate Maddie's apartment for Christmas she freaks and kicks them out. At the end of the episode, it's shown that Maddie's husband beat her particularly bad for decorating wrong for Christmas the previous year, with him telling her she'd "get it right next year".
  • Big Damn Kiss: Maddie and Chimney share one at the end of “Fight or Flight”.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Maddie's coworker Gloria seems to have it all figured out. Even offers her a muffin. Then we see her reject call after call with rude, insensitive, and even racist remarks.
    Gloria: If you were really going to jump, I doubt you'd be calling me.
  • Black Gal on White Guy Drama: Mild case. Athena's mother doesn't approve of Athena dating Bobby, but then again, she doesn't seem to approve much of anything Athena does. Her father is more accepting, but is drowned out by his wife.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Athena does this to a man who was eating someone's face when tasing him didn't work.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • Carla, Abby's mother's nurse, understandably left after her mother's death and Abby leaving for Ireland. She later comes back to help Eddie through red tape of getting his son childcare.
    • The woman that broke her femur while stealing packages is now committing insurance fraud after suing the family that lived on the property where she collapsed.
  • Cheerful Child: Eddie's son Christopher. He is always seen smiling.
  • Christianity Is Catholic: Played straight and averted. Bobby is a devout catholic, while Athena, Michael and their kids are baptists. This is even brought up by Athena when Bobby notices her discomfort in his church in 1x10.
    Athena: I'm baptist. We don't go to church; we do church.
  • CPR: Clean, Pretty, Reliable: Inverted. Often the characters perform it for about 20 seconds then give up. When it is played straight for the woman whose heart stopped after giving birth on a lobby floor, the crew themselves are boggled and call it a miracle.
  • Crime After Crime: This is lampshaded by Athena when she arrests a teenager car thief. The kid claims that he was just joyriding and since he is a minor, he will get a slap on the wrist from a judge. Athena tells him that he made the mistake of running from the cops and leading them on a high speed chase through a residential neighbourhood. By doing so he raked up a number of serious felonies on top of the original joy riding charge.
  • Cure Your Gays: Michael married Athena in belief their marriage will "fix" him. Obviously, it didn't work, since by the end of the first season, he has a boyfriend.
  • Death Seeker: Bobby intended to kill himself, once he'd met his quota of lives saved. He eventually abandons this idea, accepting that he should go on living.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Honestly, it would be easier to say who isn't.
  • Determinator: Maddie. After managing to subdue Doug (to the point where he is next seen in a body bag), she manages to get up and keep walking until Buck finds her and she's taken to the hospital.
  • Disappeared Dad: When Hen's ex Eva tries to get custody of Denny (who is her biological son), she brings Denny's father, a former drug addict who had since turned his life around and had no idea he even had a son. Of course, Eva broke her parole orders and doesn't get custody. While he does want visitation, he is more than willing to go along with what Hen and Karen want.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Doug dies after Maddie stabs both sides of his heart.
  • Domestic Abuse: The real reason Maddie is at Buck's place is to get away from her abusive husband, Doug.
  • Double Standard: In-Universe. Eddie points out to Buck that when he signed up for another tour of Afghanistan when overwhelmed by his son's disability, Eddie is seen as a hero, while his wife Shannon is seen as a terrible person by his family for leaving do to her own overwhelming feelings.
  • Dramatic Drop: "Blind Norman" drops the food he just purchased at a lunch truck when he realizes the deranged woman whose antics on the overpass have created the traffic jam he and the truck are stuck in is his own wife.
  • The Dutiful Son: Abby takes care of her mother, who has Alzhiemer's, while her younger brother suggests putting her in a specialized care home, though this is more out of concern for his sister's well-being than anything. Abby refuses.
  • Driven to Suicide:
    • In the first episode, Bobby is unable to stop a woman from leaping to her death.
    • After agonizing over failing to save a victim stuck on a broken roller coaster, Buck learns the young man had been suicidal and likely chose to die.
    • Athena's daughter May attempts suicide due to bullying via pills. She gets better, and later episodes show her as more well-adjusted.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Maddie’s story in Season 2, hands down. After spending most of the season hiding in fear of her ex husband, she finally stands up against him and kills him, letting her truly start again with a new love in the form of Chimney.
  • Emergency Services: One of the most comprehensive treatments of this trope, incorporating police, fire services (both firefighters and paramedics), and 911 dispatch workers.
  • Failsafe Failure: Highrise buildings in Los Angeles are built to survive major earthquakes. However, a hotel is too close to the fault line and there is structural failure in the underground parking garage which causes the building to partially collapse. The hotel is still built well enough that it keeps standing even after two aftershocks which gives the firefighters time to rescue the trapped survivors.
  • Felony Murder: A thief tries to create a distraction by knocking out a security guard with "non-lethal" scorpion venom. The guard turns out to be allergic and dies. The thief ends up with a murder charge.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Buck and Diaz get off on the wrong foot, but following a call where they have to pull a live grenade round out of a person, they're best friends.
  • Firemen Are Hot: The whole firehouse cast is attractive, with extra points to Buck and Eddie who attract this response In-Universe.
  • Five-Man Band: The firehouse crew.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Hen. If there's an animal involved; she'll know how to treat it and does her best to ensure they're cared for as well.
  • Gentle Giant: The guy that takes Abby's mother to the hospital in episode 5 is a tough-looking biker guy and is at least a head taller than Abby.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Buck might be a dumbass on occasion, but his heart is always in the right place. Athena even mentions his heart of gold by name.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: This happens to an unlucky motorcyclist when a truck t-bones another car.....with him in-between the two vehicles. It's played for the full horror, with the crew arriving to a gruesome scene only to learn the victim is still alive and doesn't realize what has happened to him. Bobby manages to keep it together long enough to help the dying man talk to his son on the phone, but then has to step away from the scene to compose himself.
  • Heist Episode: Played With in the episode "Ocean's 9-1-1", where the first responder protagonists are accused of robbing a bank during the very emergency they were sent to control. Multiple homages to the Ocean's franchise are present as the cast tries to unravel what exactly transpired.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Chimney's friend Kevin dies when he pushed a pregnant woman out of the way, only to burn to death.
  • High Turnover Rate: Before Bobby took over a captain, the company had six captains in two years. According to Hen, the Fire Department brass used them as dumping ground for problematic officers close to retirement.
  • Hollywood, California: Specifically, the show spans across the rural and urban parts of Los Angeles.
  • Improbable Infant Survival: While children end up in danger, the crew manages to save them every time as opposed to adult victims that may or may not survive.
  • Inspirationally Disadvantaged: Eddie's son Christopher has Cerebral Palsy and walks with crutches. That being said, he is mostly seen as a happy kid that the team takes to immediately.
  • Intoxication Ensues: The firefighters regularly receive baked goods from the public. One day, someone slips some LSD in their brownies...
  • It's All About Me: Athena's mother is furious because of the fact that Athena didn't tell her that May attempted suicide, and expresses constant disappointment that Athena didn't follow life according to her plans.
  • Journey to Find Oneself: Abby is on one post-season one. The drama comes not from her trip, but her left-behind boyfriend Buck, as they are still together, but the time and distance are taking a serious toll, as well as forcing Buck to do all of the emotional work.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Chimney's girlfriend didn't love him, he gets into a car crash and winds up with rebar through his head he makes a full recovery, later finding out said girlfriend has since moved on and is already pregnant, despite her claims of not wanting to settle down with him. And as of the mid-season 2 premiere, gets stabbed in the gut by Maddie's estranged husband, and his new friend, Doug.
    • Athena's mother tells Bobby, who lost his family in a fire, that her grandkids are not his "consolation prize".
  • Kinky Cuffs: Athena and her new lover are getting hot and heavy and he decides to spice it up by cuffing her to the bedposts...only to accidentally cuff them both. Athena has to secretly call Abby to call Hen ("911 is the only number I know!") and Hen bursts out laughing at the sight. Athena then tells her to bring the key over...but just leave it within arm's reach and Hen taking a selfie with them to tease Athena.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: The entire point of "Karma's A Bitch" as various folks who did some bad things are hit by ironic fates with the team thrown by how utterly bizarre it all is:
    • A woman tries to shoot her abusive husband, but misses and the bullet gets stuck in a tree. The woman then hangs herself from that tree and her husband doesn't even care that he drove her to do it. He tries to blow up the tree later on...and the explosion causes the bullet to fly out and hit him in the chest.
    • A beauty spa owner left his dog inside a hot car and fired an assistant for breaking her out. The next day, that assistant comes in to pick up her last paycheck and finds the guy almost charred alive when his tanning bed broke.
    • A woman steals packages from the doors of people right after they've been delivered. She ends up falling and breaking her femur trying to carry one large package away and is arrested by Athena while lying in pain.
      • In a later episode, she has turned to committing insurance fraud (ie. faking accidents). She is about to commit another incident before she is run over by a speeding van driver and her planned target accidentally runs her over.
    • A dentist becomes hated for killing a lion during a safari trip. He ends up being mauled by a tiger at a zoo.
    • It's mentioned that the team handled off-screen a guy who robbed a store and was hit by a truck as he fled.
    • In "Fight or Flight", Doug, after spending the entire episode practically torturing Maddie, gets stabbed to death by Maddie, determined not to let him kill her.
  • Lovable Jock: Buck is what happens to this after high school.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Buck has diagnosed himself as having an addiction to sex. He actually went to a therapist for it...and slept with her on their first session.
  • Life-or-Limb Decision: In the three-part Season 2 earthquake story arc, a high school basketball star's leg is pinned by debris in the half-toppled hotel. The rescuers leave it up to him to decide if they should bring in a surgeon to amputate his limb or risk lifting the debris - which could collapse the ceiling on top of him - to extract it intact. He opts to take the chance, afraid that living with the knowledge he could have saved his leg would be worse than dying.
  • Mama Bear: Athena, big time. When her daughter nearly kills herself because of bullying, she hunts down the tormentor at a house party, makes it clear who she is, arrests her for drug use and when her parents rip into her, stands up on how they "failed her." Expect her to fill in this role when there's any child in danger.
    • Hen too, upon finding the girl that was separated from her family during the earthquake.
  • Mid Life Crisis Motorcycle: A call comes in about a man who bought one of these... only to, after being distracted by the flirtations of a cute girl, get torn in two.
  • Mission Control: As a 9-1-1 operator, Abby does what one would expect out of the job: finding out the source of the emergency and distributing the information to the appropriate first responder before. However, there are times where a situation may ask more of her assistance than usual.
  • Mistaken for Gay: When Buck tags along with Eddie so Christopher can get a picture with Santa, one of the elf workers tells Buck that he and Eddie have an adorable son. Buck doesn't correct her.
  • Mushroom Samba: As a result of eating brownies laced with LSD, the entire unit (except Chimney) are hallucinating and it's played for laughs until Bobby says he sees his daughter, who is telling him to join her in the sky.
  • Never Speak Ill of the Dead: Athena and her boss reminisce about their previous boss, a sexist pig who Athena describes as "a real son of a bitch. May he rest in peace."
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • Responding to an unusual home invasion of rabid dogs, Sgt. Grant and paramedic Hen rescue a sink-top cowering man from being mauled in his home by luring and trapping the dogs. After the rescued man escapes, the real homeowner shows up. The female first responders, notably Grant, quickly realize that the perpetrator called 9-1-1 to get himself out of the home robbery situation that he committed when he didn't account for homeowner's attack dogs. For Grant's sake, she quickly redeemed the situation later using the cell phone number of the perp.
    • A few episodes later it's Played for Drama as an attempt Athena makes to console a girl who's been dumped gives her the idea to mutilate her cheating boyfriend, whom she'd bound and gagged in her closet, to death and then putting him back together with superglue and giving him another heart in order to make him a better person'', not to mention kidnapping and preparing to kill the woman she was being cheated on with.
  • No Honor Among Thieves: Two men come up with a fairly ingenious plan to steal thousands of dollars. However, one of them gets greedy and hatches his own plan to steal millions instead. He reports the first theft to the police so they are distracted looking for his partner while he tries to flee the country.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: Athena's mother. While she makes her displeasure with Bobby being engaged to Athena, the main focus of her criticism is her daughter.
  • Off with His Head!: Losing time and patience, Buck decides to decapacitate the large snake with an ax before it claims the strangled owner. Needless to say, most of his team treat the decision with ire, but oddly not the strangled woman.
  • Open-Minded Parent: The inverse happens when Athena has to explain to her and Michael's kids that Michael is gay. Due to their religious background, she assumes the worst, but the kids are perfectly fine and accepting of this fact.
  • Parental Abandonment:
    • Eddie's ex Shannon leaves him and their son. When she comes back, she does feel guilty and genuinely wants to be in her son's life. Eventually she does but is hesitant about remarrying Eddie. She is killed in "Careful What You Wish For".
    • Hen's father left her and her mom when she was 9
    • Chimney's father lives back in Seoul and is more focused on his much younger son with his Trophy Wife than Chimney.
  • Parental Substitute: Kevin's parents acted as this for Chimney after his mom passed, helps that their moms were close friends.
  • Police Procedural: Sgt. Grant's side of the story uually deals with the run-of-the-mill tales found in the occupation, such as home invasions.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Hen and Chimney's first captain, Captain Vincent Gerrard, from "Hen Begins", while a firefighter, is also a sexist Jerkass. He introduces Hen to the unit as their "diversity hire", forces Hen to stay behind to prep dinner and clean up, and when Chimney helps Hen with dishes, he is told by said captain to "stop messing around in home ec. class". He also treats the Korean Chimney in a similar manner in "Chimney Begins", with him and the rest of the team shafting Chim with clean up duty and generally ignoring him.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: The Westboro Baptist Church expies. Not only are they total homophobes (given their signs), their leader spouts racist sayings at Athena and refuses to let any non-white person touch him before the team is forced to carry him onto the ambulance.
  • Precious Puppies: A small dog named Paisley has her owner killed during the earthquake. She helps Hen find the girl missing from her family and by the end of the episode, Hen has adopted her.
  • Psycho Psychologist: The therapist Buck goes to in the second episode isn't crazy, per se, but she did sleep with a Buck and and then toss him out without referring him to another, which are a massive violation of ethics and shoddy practice, respectively.
  • Put on a Bus: Abby leaves for Europe in the Season 1 finale shortly after her mother's death.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • While she agrees and understands Athena's feelings that led her to arrest her daughter's bully, her captain makes it clear she can't condone an officer using her badge for a personal vendetta and has to suspend Athena and put her on desk duty.
    • In appropriately titled episode "Awful People" some Westboro expies protest a military funeral (with similar signs to the real life church). The uncle of the fallen soldier wants Athena to stop them, but she informs him as long as they stay behind the fence they can say whatever they like. Likewise, when their leader passes through the gate, Athena tells him to stay behind the fence or she can and will arrest him.
    • In the same episode, Maddie reports Gloria because she constantly hangs up on calls, only finding this out after she and Athena help a man that Gloria hung up on. When police are at the office, a co-worker tells Maddie that Gloria would face serious jail time.
    • In "Heartbreaker", one man thought it would be romantic to fake a plane emergency to propose to his girlfriend. The stress she gets from both situations leads her to having a heart attack.
    • In "Buck, Actually", a woman is on an highway overpass desperate for her husband's attention. She flashes a crowd of people looking at her on the freeway, and later shoots the air bag and threatens (but doesn't actually shoot) Buck. While she and her husband make up, Athena arrests her when she is on the ground, her charges including assault, indecent exposure, and blocking traffic, among numerous other charges.
  • Ripped from the Headlines: Invoked and used to his advantage by Murphy, who claims that every single call in the series is based on a real 9-1-1 call.
  • Sex with the Ex: By the end of "Haunted", Eddie manages to patch things up with his estranged wife, Shannon.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!:
    • In part 3 of the earthquake premiere, Bobby's team refuses to evacuate the very dangerous hotel site without Hen.
    • As shown in her origin episode, Hen regularly defied her racist captain to do the right thing.
    • Chimney as well in "Chimney Begins", when learning that the floor collapse caused a gas leak (hence all the victims's complaining about migraines), rushes in to save a fellow firefighter who was knocked out by the gas after said racist captain refused to listen to him.
  • Shower of Awkward: In the Season 2 premiere, Buck hears the shower at Abby's place on and enters, thinking it's her... it's actually his sister.
  • Shout-Out: In "Broken", Chimney is shown organizing his clothes with Hen using the Konmari method, even using the phrase "sparks joy".
  • Side Bet: Once Bobby and Athena reveal they're together, Hen tells everyone else to pay up since she figured it out some time ago.
  • Spanner in the Works: Two examples of the robbers in "Oceans 9-1-1": One robber, a mechanic at the fire house, thinks he's got a great idea to rob a bank and excellently plays it out. What he doesn't count on is that his accomplice, the bank manager, decides to double-cross him by using the robbery (with a fake poison breakout) to steal some diamonds from the vault that he's "trapped" in while also suffering from the "poison." What he doesn't count on is Hen racing into the vault to try and save him so he has to alter the plan to take her out too which forces him into a foolish idea to swallow the diamonds to smuggle them out. It doesn't end well for him.
  • Spiritual Successor: A third of the show focuses on the lives of a team of paramedics, which has drawn some comparisons to popular 60s series Emergency!.
  • Social Media Before Reason:
    • Downplayed with the beauty blogger in "This Life We Choose", who actually forgot her camera was still going when the team takes her to the hospital.
    • Played completely straight in the first episode of season 2. Two You Tubers force their friend to put his head in a microwave full of cement so he can become a "legend". Of course, their friend becomes stuck.
  • Spotting the Thread: In one of his early days on the job, Bobby has to handle a restaurant that catches on fire. Something about it bugs Bobby and he returns to the scene where he's met by Athena. She states she was bugged by how the sprinklers in the building failed to go off and discovered the water main was shut off. Bobby responds that the electrical box didn't show any signs of the patterns that would be there if it was the source of the fire. He also notes how the father had raced into the blaze to find his son and headed right to the very heart of the fire..which he'd only known if he's the one who set it in the first place.
  • Struggling Single Father: Eddie. Due to his wife abandoning him and their son, he struggles to find childcare, often leaving said son with relatives while working.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Athena's daughter, May, almost kills herself due to being bullied. Athena then tracks down the bullies at a house party. She then tells the girl who was the main bully about what happened and what does the girl do? Say that she's glad that May almost died and then starts insulting her. Subverted with one of the other girls, who actually feels terrible about the bullying and even asks Athena to tell May that she's sorry.
  • Threatening Shark: Subverted in New Beginnings. The crew initially respond to a call of a man being attacked by a shark, and find a shark beached in the middle of the street with a man trapped with his arm down its throat. When they start to approach things with a focus on saving him, he begs Bobby to save the shark. It's a wildlife rehab team that was transporting their patient for release, and the man was bitten while inserting a hose into the shark's mouth to save her. After very carefully prying open the shark's mouth to free the man, the shark becomes their patient and is transported to the ocean via their firetruck.
  • Too Dumb to Live: About half of the calls the gang get are people who do incredibly stupid things.
    • A guy tosses a couple of pine cones at a tiger at an open-enclosure zoo so they can get photos...and the tiger manages to get out of the area and start chasing him down.
    • Athena's daughter almost kills herself because she was being viciously bullied at school. An angry Athena busts the bully at a house party she was throwing and tells her what happened. Does the bully show any remorse for what she did? Nope. Instead, she says that she's glad it happened and starts throwing insults about the girl. That's right. This girl flat out says that she's glad a girl she bullied almost died to the girl's mother, who also happens to be a cop! And then she's shocked when Athena arrests her.
    • In the first episode of Season 2, two guys force their friend to put his head in a microwave full of cement for YouTube views. Later, when the guy is cut out of the cement, his friends record the event for more views. And they're upset when Bobby, sick of their stupidity, drop kicks the phone in the pool.
    • In the episode "Awful People", the leader of the Westboro-expies is so racist he actively refuses medical care from the multiracial team until they have force him into the ambulance.
    • In Season 2 episode 4, a girl got her head stuck in the tailpipe of a car because a cute guy dared her to. She also thinks she can get a date with one of the men of the team, and Bobby calls a cab for her and her friends.
    • A bank manager thinks the best way to smuggle out $6 million in diamonds during a robbery is to swallow them all. It never occurs to him that there's a very good reason why swallowing that many stones isn't done more often as it can be lethal and causes him to collapse and die of severe stomach failure later that night.
    • A race car driver, whose long hair is his trademark, doesn't tie his hair back so it ends up getting caught in the gears and ripping part of his scalp off.
  • Tritagonist: While the show presents itself as an Ensemble Cast of first responders in Los Angeles, the leading representatives of the police, fire department, and 911 operators usually fall onto Sgt. Athena Grant, Cpt. Bobby Nash, and Abby Clark (Season 1) respectively. Nash's paramedic team, usually, play off him or the aforementioned sergeant and operator.
  • Wacky Marriage Proposal: The Valentine's Day Episode opens up with a guy flying his girlfriend in a plane and faking engine problems so that she'll open up the manual and read the marriage proposal he wrote in it. Things then go wrong as the girlfriend collapses due to all the stress affecting her broken heart syndrome. After the boyfriend is able to land the plane and the team is able to revive the girlfriend, she still says yes to the proposal, much to Buck's shock. Although she does give the guy a good slap in the face after he puts the ring on.
    Abby: Love hurts.
    • Played for Drama in a season two episode where a guy tries to propose to his girlfriend by coming up an escalator with a ring pop, only for him to fall through the floor of the escalator when it collapses. Then after the team is able to pull him out, and the girlfriend says yes, the poor guy then dies due to internal bleeding.
  • Wham Episode:
    • The mid-season finale of Season 2 has a "Good News Bad News" like scenario. Good news? Bobby and Athena are now engaged. Bad news? Maddie's ex husband has finally found her.
    • The episode "New Beginnings". Not only does Doug stab Chimney multiple times, he finds Maddie and punches her. According to the next episode preview he kidnaps Maddie as well.
    • "Ocean's 9-1-1" has the fact that Bobby may loose his job as captain, and is put on suspension.
    • Two episodes later, "Careful What You Wish For", not only ends with a news report of a serial bomb threat throughout L.A., but Eddie's wife Shannon is killed in a car accident.
  • Wham Shot: In "Merry Ex-mas", we finally see what Maddie's ex husband looks like in a flashback... and he's the same guy Chimney met earlier in the episode.
  • What You Are in the Dark: In "Awful People", Hen's ex Eva returns to steal custody of their son. When Hen later leaves to confront Eva, she finds Eva dying from a heroin overdose. Hen seems tempted to just leave her there to die, but she saves her anyway. Hen gets the last laugh, though, by telling Eva's parole officer so she goes straight back to jail.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: Season 2's "Hen's Begins" lives up to its name by showing how Hen quit her job as a saleswoman to join the unit and became the tough paramedic of the present. Likewise, "Chimney Begins" shows how Chimney went from a lost figure coming up with hopeless "get rich quick" schemes to the serious paramedic we know. "Bobby Begins Again" focuses on Bobby when he first comes to L.A. from Minnesota.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: The pilot has Nash's crew arriving, to their surprise, at a motel den decorated with illegally hoarded snakes to respond to the hoarder's suffocating plead for help. 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.
  • Yandere: Melora. After finding out her boyfriend cheated on her, Melora killed him, mutilated and put him back together with superglue, and wants to put Athena's heart in him, believing it will make him a better person. When Athena gets a look in Melora's medicine cabinet, she finds plenty of medication that's long expired.
  • Your Cheating Heart:
    • Hen ends up sleeping with her ex wife, which has disastrous fallout.
    • Played for laughs during "Heartbreaker": A woman ends up sleeping with her estranged husband, only for her current boyfriend to come home early. The husband escapes by jumping off the balcony, and ends up breaking his back. To say the fire department was amused by this would be an understatement.
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