9-1-1 Season 3 Episode 10 Review: Christmas Spirit

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'Tis the season for Christmas miracles. 

And the miracles were coming fast and furious on 9-1-1 Season 3 Episode 10 as a man survived being sucked into a plane engine and a young mother survived a sudden cardiac arrest. 

But it wasn't all smooth sailing -- Michael got diagnosed with some devastating news. 

Confused Michael - 9-1-1 Season 3 Episode 10

After Bobby's radiation exposure during 9-1-1 Season 3 Episode 9, everyone was worried about his health. And he continued to downplay things while taking a positive approach to the entire situation. 

He was content to just wait and get the results before he began to panic. 

Bobby: Buck, listen. I know you're worried, but there is nothing to worry about yet. So as my grandmother always used to say, don't go borrowing trouble.
Buck: Bobby, I know. I do dumb things sometimes and generally drive you crazy. You're an important person in my life, Bobby. One of the most important. I don't know what I would do if anything were to happen to you.

Considering where things were earlier this season, it's good to see Buck and Bobby back in a solid place. 

Bobby is a father figure to everyone, but none more so than Buck. For all the growth that Buck has shown over the past three seasons, Bobby has played a role in that. 

Holiday Theme - 9-1-1

He's always believed in Buck and allowed Buck to be Buck. And although they hit a rough patch, they've really patched things back up. 

Naturally, Athena was happy to hear her husband was going to be okay, but she will be rocked to her core when she finds out about Michael's tumor. 

It seemed fairly obvious that something serious was going on with Michael, but I think we were all content to believe that he was exhausted and sad like he said. 

Michael puts on a brave face and does his absolute best to respect both Bobby and Athena and the new dynamic within his family, but he's entitled to feel confused and misplaced at times. 

Distressing Call - 9-1-1 Season 3 Episode 10

The end of his marriage to Athena never stopped him from loving and respecting her, and that was on full display when they shared that moment in the hospital. 

The two have managed to not only co-parent effectively but also find a way to remain great friends. And that's hard to do with your ex-spouse. 

Michael may feel like his former home is no longer his home for obvious reasons, but his family will always be his family. And wherever your family is will always be home. 

Michael can fade into the background at times because he's not always involved in the action, but he's integrated himself into the cast and the stories 9-1-1 tells at large. 

Here's hoping he will be okay. 

Panicked Athena - 9-1-1 Season 3 Episode 10

Maddie's journey from 9-1-1 Season 2 Episode 13 has been a whirlwind. And even though Doug is gone, he's still such a significant part of her life. 

While she has allowed herself some happiness, like her relationship with Chimney, she has still struggled to reconcile her feelings regarding Doug's death. 

She's been unable to forgive herself. 

Chimney: So, how'd it go?
Maddie: It wasn't easy, but I'm really glad I did it. And I finally feel free.

Going back to Big Bear provided Maddie with a chance to say goodbye to Doug, and to start to say goodbye to the trauma of that day. 

Henrietta Wilson - 9-1-1 Season 3 Episode 10

That day, and Doug's influence on her entire life, will always be with her, but putting herself physically back in the space where she fought for her life allowed her to feel a sense of freedom. 

For so long, her life has revolved around Doug, and that remained after his death. But it's now time for Maddie to start living her life on her terms without fear of Doug. 

And it feels like she can finally start to do that now. 

Having the 118 work on Christmas meant some unhappy members of their families, but Athena and Buck gathering everyone together at the firehouse was a very sweet gesture. 

And getting Leo's mother there? Well, that was just the icing on the cake. 

That whole scene with Leo giving his mother CPR and then the team working on her was agonizing. She was full of such hope and wonder in regards to the holiday season, and the team didn't give up fighting for her. 

The situation hit home for both Hen and Karen, and it looks like they will be pursuing the adoption route which would be amazing for their family. 

They have so much love to give, and while it may not be easy, there's no doubt they will be up for the challenge. 

Buck & Eddie - 9-1-1 Season 3 Episode 10

Loose Ends

  • The woman who turned blue made a very good point when Buck and Eddie were told to search her apartment. Imagine those two attractive men rummaging around your place after you've turned blue? 
  • Athena and Buck got that Christmas dinner catered, right? 
  • On a scale of 1-10, how much did your heart break when Christopher asked Buck if he could spend Christmas with him? Buck is truly a member of that family, and it's the most precious thing. 
  • There are crazy emergencies every episode, but the man getting sucked into the engine and coming out perfectly fine was on another level of crazy. 
Therapy Session - 9-1-1 Season 3 Episode 10
  • Has no one ever told Buck to not tell children that Santa Claus isn't real?

Alright, guys, that's it for 9-1-1 in 2019!

There was a lot to unpack here and I'm eager to hear what you guys thought about the hour and what you hope to see when the show returns!

Are you glad Maddie returned to Big Bear to face her past?

Would you ever pepper spray Santa if it meant grabbing that last toy for a loved one?

Drop a line below and come on back for the second half of the season when 9-1-1 returns!

Oh, and watch 9-1-1 online right now so you're all caught up!

Christmas Spirit Review

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9-1-1 Season 3 Episode 10 Quotes

Christopher: Hey Buck. Can I spend Christmas with you?
Buck: I'm sorry buddy, but I'm gonna be working on Christmas with your dad.
Christopher: Stupid work.

Little boy: Is Santa Claus gonna die?
Buck: Oh, hey. No, no, no. Of course not, and don't you worry. He's not really Santa.
Little girl: He's not real?
Buck: No, sweetie. He just pretends.