It’s that time of year again: Christmas. It brings out the best – and worst – in people and occasionally leads to some hilarious situations. 9-1-1 5×10 “Wrapped in Red” was no exception. We had funny and sweet moments, but there was also some serious conversations that led to a shocking announcement. Let’s review.
Two Wives. One Cheating Husband.
While visiting Santa, two women discover they’re married to the same man. This definitely wasn’t what they wanted for Christmas. How was this man so stupid to go visit Santa with one family at the same place his other family lives? But we’re impressed he kept it up for as long as he did.
To make things worse, the husband takes off running, and we’re entertained by “Run Run Rudolph.” Kudos, 9-1-1 writers. This was brilliant. And hilarious. Anyway, the guy gets hit by a trolley (we’re not sorry about that) and the 118 has to come rescue him. He asks if he can fake amnesia, and the trolley driver refuses to get out for treatment. He was definitely right: it was safer in there. We laughed so hard at this, and we may have watched this a few times.
Later, the two women get into a fight at the hospital. Athena gives them a stern talk and makes them realize they need to focus on their kids. Athena’s right: fight the real enemy. We’re proud of the two women for listening to Athena. We hope the husband gets a LOT of coal to go with his divorce for Christmas.
While the first rescue of “Wrapped in Red” was hilarious, the next story is so sweet and could be a Hallmark movie. Maliah shows up to work ready to ask out her friend and co-worker, Marco. She initially chickens out, but the friend she’s been texting encourages her to go for it before he leaves for Christmas. Her gift was philharmonic tickets, and he acts less than enthusiastic. Defeated and upset, Maliah falls into the elevator shaft.
As the 118 works on her, it turns out that Marco does like Maliah. He said she’s amazing. He just hates the Philharmonic because his ex plays the piccolo and left him for a trombone player. Yeah, we could see how that would turn you against the orchestra. It looks like it all worked out for these two as Maliah isn’t seriously hurt, and they will be going out. Just not to the Philharmonic. We love a good, cheesy romantic Christmas story.
The Perfect Christmas?
Buck and Eddie both struggle this week. Buck tries to find the perfect Christmas present for Taylor. Hen advises him to stop overthinking it and buy her something sweet. Something she could use but she wouldn’t buy for herself. His first idea is a portable generator. Hen says what we’re all thinking with “someone’s going to be single by New Year’s.” Yep. Word of advise: don’t buy your wife, girlfriend, sister, BFF, or ANY woman in your life a generator for Christmas.
Eddie’s struggle was a little more serious. Christopher was obsessed with making this year’s Christmas perfect. It turns out he’s missing his mom, and he’s worried about Eddie not being alive in the next year. It makes sense. Chris already lost his mom, and Eddie’s job isn’t exactly safe. We hate that Chris feels this way, and we’re honestly not sure how to fix it.
The ending to “Wrapped in Red” was almost perfect. We loved that Athena and Bobby shared their Christmas meal with the family who lost their house. And we’re so proud of Harry for giving his present to their boy. The two women’s kids enjoyed Christmas, Phyllis saw her daughter, and Buck gave Taylor a sweet present. Maybe it wasn’t perfect, but it was thoughtful, and she liked it. That’s all that matters.
But it wasn’t ALL perfect. Eddie announces he’s leaving the 118. Now, we have a hard time believing Eddie is really leaving the show since we already have two characters missing. Maybe he’ll take some time off. But he can’t leave. We need Eddie and Chris on our TVs.
Eddie: “Right and left ankles are broken.” Buck: “One for each wife?” Eddie: He’s lucky that’s all he’s broken.”
Buck: “What did you get Athena for your first Christmas?” Bobby: “An engagement ring.” Buck: “Oh no. Not doing that.”
9-1-1 airs Mondays at 8/7c on Fox.