‘9-1-1’: Here’s Why Kenneth Choi Has Been Missing This Season

by Anna Dunn
9-1-1: L-R: Peter Krause and Kenneth Choi in the 9-1-1, What's Your Grievance episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, Feb. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)

Some 9-1-1 fans are wondering why Kenneth Choi’s Chimney hasn’t played a big part of this season. Chimney is a major fan favorite, but after Maddie left him at the beginning of the season, we haven’t seen much of him. Here’s why:

Maddie wound up leaving Chimney and their newborn baby behind after a really rough bout of post-partum depression. Now, she’s on the run and has left LA, leaving her old life behind.

On the show, Chimney is searching for Maddie and has left Los Angeles. Aside from a few brief scenes, Chimney hasn’t really been on the series at all since season 5 began. They’re still including him, so it looks like this was a creative decision more than anything else. Kenneth Choi will probably play a larger part in the series when Maddie actress Jennifer Love Hewitt returns from maternity leave.

The whole plotline came to be because Love Hewitt actually recently gave birth and needed time away from the series. It looks like Kenneth Choi’s lack of appearances this season are probably because of that plotline.

Additionally, there’s nothing that indicates Choi will leave the show full time. There isn’t even much evidence that Jennifer Love Hewitt will leave the show full time. And on the show, Chimney appears to be getting closer and closer to finding Maddie.

It shouldn’t be long now until we see the two reunite. But nobody knows how they are going to deal with the fallout of everything that’s happened. Hopefully, Maddie will be able to get the help she needs.

Being on ‘9-1-1’ Has Taught Actors a Lot

9-1-1 is one of the only shows that explores all different types of first responders and the lives they lead. Many of the actors have learned about the trauma and difficulties first responders face on a day-to-day basis in order to effectively play their parts.

For instance, Peter Krause who plays Bobby Nash, recently discussed how he feels a lot of first responders have to compartmentalize their lives in order to cope.

“As first responders, they tend to compartmentalize their lives anyway, but that whole ‘keep calm and carry on’ attitude that they have gets challenged during this period of time,” he said in a May interview with TV Line.

This compartmentalization is crucial for the daily functioning of a lot of the characters because they see so much trauma. It’s also, however, quite true to real life.

If you want to catch the next episode of 9-1-1 to see how the characters are coping and see if we’ll finally get more Kenneth Choi, you can tune in to FOX on Monday nights at 8/7 CT.