It’s the big day! It’s over! A potentially fatal stunt! Monday’s episode of 9-1-1 checked all the boxes in terms of season finales.
Kristen Reidel, the show’s executive producer, spoke with TVLine about the finale’s greatest revelations and how they might effect the show’s newly ordered sixth season. But before, a little review:
Buck and Taylor faced the painful truth about their relationship, eventually deciding to part before anyone gets (further) hurt; Bobby spent the majority of the hour burying his Jonah-related guilt until a chance encounter with Eddie helped him reach a critical breakthrough; May chose to attend college in the fall, effectively leaving her days at the call centre behind her; and the 118 gathered to celebrate Hen and Karen’s marriage at a beautiful vow-renewal ceremony t
Continue reading for the rest of our chat with Reidel after you’ve assessed the finale and the season. Will Taylor keep orbiting the 118? Have we seen the last of May and Albert? Is it feasible for Maddie and Chimney to get back together? All of these problems (and more!) have been addressed. Please, as always, offer your thoughts in the comments section.
Why was Eddie the one who came to Bobby’s rescue and prevented him from relapsing without realising it?
Bobby has remained by Eddie’s side throughout. Not just this season, but before Shannon’s death as well. In many ways, Bobby and Eddie are very similar. They’ve both lost their wives, as well as their children in Bobby’s case. They’re both people that have a lot of responsibilities on their shoulders. Bobby has always been the one to offer Eddie advice and counsel whenever he has encountered difficulties.
Bobby’s support in allowing Eddie to be there was also very important to us. While Eddie was in a good mood, he added, “Oh, I see where Bobby might be headed down a dreadful path.” I’m going to approach him and reassure him that everything will be alright; you seem like a kind guy.” Eddie’s journey this season has come to a logical conclusion: he’s in a position to help someone else.
Will Season 6 feature Athena and Bobby on their honeymoon?
We intended to take Athena and Bobby somewhere nice so we could have some fun with them the following year. But only in the “9-1-1” sense. We’ve spoken about doing their honeymoon for a long time, but owing to a variety of issues, we’ve never been able to do it. So perhaps some of that will be seen in Season 6.
Was there ever a chance Buck and Taylor wouldn’t end up getting back together?
It was always going to be impossible for them to live because of who they are. Taylor is a person who believes that the truth is more essential than everything else. It takes precedence over an individual’s feelings. She simply considers her role in the world to be more global. Buck, on the other hand, will never accept it because he is the polar opposite. Buck believes that people are more important than everything else.
To his detriment on occasion. Buck has long desired to be the person that “sticks,” to quote “Jerry Maguire.” He did it with Abby, Ali, and Taylor, and he even attempted it with Taylor. Everything would fall into place if he could simply show up, invest enough, and be a good guy, he thought. “I’m not happy,” he finally had to admit to himself. And if this isn’t a healthy relationship, walking away might be the best option.” Buck realises he doesn’t have to stay with someone just to stay with them.
Eddie Makes a Comeback on The 118
Eddie, I believe, believed for a long time that returning would solve his problems. It wouldn’t have worked either. And now that he’s returned, we’re assuming he’s still at it — that Eddie isn’t cured, but he’s in a better position. He’s on a quest to improve himself and become a happy Eddie. Because the employment was just that, he seemed to be able to return at that time. It wasn’t going to be his job that saved him. This has already happened.
Karen and Hen’s Wedding
We merely wanted to provide joy to Hen and Karen. We’ve discussed how she and her mother [Marsha Warfield’s Toni] had a rocky relationship for many years, and that part of it was due to Hen dating a woman. It just felt like the ideal time to give them a fresh start, because their relationship had always had a minor hiccup. We wanted Toni to come around and say, “What do you think?” as a result. Let’s fix it because I was wrong. Let’s fix that right away. Let’s make up for the day you were unable to attend the last time.”
Season 6: What Can We Expect?
Dinners, for example, don’t work well on 9-1-1. On 9-1-1, proposals are not well appreciated. So, you’ll probably see some of that vacation next season, and it’ll happen every 9-1-1.
What Do You Want to See in Season 6?
It is simply more pleasurable. For a variety of reasons, we had a little more pain this season — and I believe the show works best when there’s a balance of sorrow and wonderful, humorous, goofy moments. This year, I feel it was an ingredient that was missing. As a result, there will be more bizarre emergencies and more of our people juggling work and personal lives. But for now, I’m content with the fact that “We made it to the end!” and am looking forward to a year full of fun and excitement.