The road to recovery isn’t always easy. Actually, it’s hardly ever easy, and that’s what this week’s 9-1-1 shared with us. “Recovery” focused on Buck’s health after his traumatic experience, and we finally learned the whole story about what happened to Wendell. Now that Bobby knows the truth, we hope he can move forward. Let’s review.
Justice for Wendell
Wendell was one of Bobby’s closest friends and was a huge part of his recovery. In this episode, we see flashbacks of Bobby and it takes us back to the start of the show. We remember how broken he was all those years ago and how badly he needed help. Wendell took Bobby under his wing and probably was a big reason why Bobby stayed sober. So there was no way Bobby was going to let Winding Path get away with murdering Wendell.
It turns out that the Winding Path wasn’t interested in helping people recover from addiction. They wanted to make sure they were repeat customers. Wendell found out about this and was determined to take them down. We hate that he died in the process of this, but at least Carrie and Trey can’t hurt anyone else.
The people at Winding Path are horrible human beings. They preyed on people with addictions and used that as a way to get money. And then they said Bobby was a stalker and tried to frame him for setting fire to the house. Luckily, Athena helped tell the detectives the real story, and Trey and Carrie were arrested. Hopefully, they will get everything that’s coming to them.
We loved that Bobby seemed to take over Wendell’s role at the AA meeting by sitting and talking with a new member in the back row. While Wendell isn’t here anymore, the lessons he taught Bobby and others fighting addiction will live on for a long time. And hopefully, Bobby can continue to heal and move forward now that he knows that Wendell died trying to save others.
Peter Krause was amazing in this episode. We felt every emotion that Bobby had. But come on writers: Bobby has been through the wringer the last few weeks. Can we give him some lighter material?
Buck is finally home after being struck by lightning, and he’s recovering: both physically and mentally. While we love that Maddie wanted to make sure Buck had company and wasn’t bored or lonely, the constant company definitely annoyed Buck. The writers finally remembered that Eddie and Buck are best friends and Buck escaped to Eddie’s apartment for some peace.
After talking to Eddie, Buck isn’t so sure what to do. It seems like Buck’s memories of his “other life” are confusing him especially after hearing that Eddie doesn’t remember anything between being shot and waking up in the hospital. And while the doctors have cleared Buck to return, he’s not sure if he wants to. That’s understandable. While we want Buck to return to the 118, we want him to take time to process everything. He needs to recover both physically and emotionally.
There’s not a new episode of 9-1-1 until April 10 so we’ll have to wait a few weeks to find out what Buck decides to do with his life and if he’s ready to return to being a firefighter.
9-1-1 airs Mondays 8/7c on FOX.