‘9-1-1’: Crews Rush to Save Passengers Trapped by Erupting Oil Well in New Trailer

by Suzanne Halliburton

It’s guaranteed. The next 9-1-1 frantic rescue also will be really messy, like globs of oil kind of messy.

And it’ll be scary, too. Who likes sinkholes in the middle of downtown?

The 9-1-1 social media team posted a 20-second tease earlier this week to give fans a taste of the episode called Past Is Prologue.

Here’s the synopsis, according to Fox: “Bobby and the 118 race to the rescue when an abandoned oil well erupts and causes a massive sinkhole in downtown LA. Athena investigates a 30-year-old cold case involving a casino robbery.”

Now, about that sinkhole. In the preview, May is in dispatch, taking a call. A young woman is on the other line. “We were driving down the road (it) exploded right under us,” she exclaims.

Bobby (Peter Krause) arrives on the scene and proclaims “we’re right on top of an oil well!” Then, we hear Hen (Aisha Hinds) say “if we don’t get them out, she’s going to drown in her own blood.”

Someone calls for the jaws of life. And then we hear Bobby: “If we start cutting into metal, this whole thing is going to go.”

Just a normal 9-1-1 kind of day at the office, right? Have a look at the preview and check back on the other side for some more details about Fox’s top scripted drama.

First, let’s get some bad news out of the way. The next new episode of 9-1-1 isn’t until Nov. 29. The show is going to leave us without our adrenaline fix during Thanksgiving week.

After Monday’s episode, fans are pondering whether Chimney (Kenneth Choi) is ever returning to the 118. That’s because he wasn’t on the show, Monday. Presumably, he’s still in Boston with his baby daughter as they look for Maddie (Jennifer Love Hewett).

But 9-1-1 really did say goodbye to a recurring character. Michael, Athena’s ex-husband, is leaving LA to go with David, his brain surgeon boyfriend, to Haiti.

Michael (Rockford Dunbar) and Athena (Angela Bassett) are the parents of two children. The couple broke up when Michael told her he was gay. But they didn’t stop being a family.

So in real life, Dunbar was forced to leave 9-1-1 because of Covid protocols established by parent-company Disney, which produces the show. Dunbar declined to take the vaccination, saying he asked for religious and medical exemptions. However, he never said, publicly, why he should be exempt. Disney denied both exemptions.

“My sincerely held beliefs and private medical history are very intimate and personal aspects of my life that I do not publicly discuss and have no desire to start now,” Dunbar said. “I’ve been an actor in this business for 30 years, but my greatest roles are as a husband and father to our 4 small children. As a man that walks in faith, I look forward to what the future holds.”

“I have enjoyed the last 5 seasons with this wonderful cast and crew and will cherish the time I’ve been blessed to spend with this series and wish everyone involved nothing but the best.“

As Michael, Dunbar appeared in 69 episodes of 9-1-1.