As 9-1-1 fans are well aware, Chimney (Kenneth Choi) is off in search of his wife, Maddie. The dispatcher is suffering from postpartum depression. In the season five premiere, Maddie (Jennifer Love Hewitt) dropped baby Jee-Yun off at the 118. She left Chimney a video message, telling her husband “You don’t need to go to the police or come looking for me. I’m not in any danger and no one is making me do this. But Jee is not safe with me.”
Chimney, with help from Buck, figured out that Maddie probably is in Boston. Buck recognized the bells from a Boston church as he listened to one of Maddie’s calls. So Chimney took Jee and together they’ve gone on a cross-country road trip. Why Boston? Buck believed that Maddie was happiest when she lived there with Doug, her first husband. Doug abused her, but when they lived in Boston, they never saw each other because they both were in school.
When Chimney got to Boston, he immediately got to test his 9-1-1 skills. A mother was screaming for help for her baby, who wasn’t breathing as he bled from the nose. Chimney immediately started CPR as local paramedics showed up on the scene. One of the guys told Chimney he was trained well. Turns out, Chimney knew Eli. The two old friends met for drinks later that night and Chimney explained what was going on in his marriage.
Eli offered some advice: “Take a minute, take a breath and pull yourself together. When you do find her, you can be the Howie that she needs.” (Howie is another Chimney nickname).
This 9-1-1 episode also featured a continuing story line involving Athena (Angela Bassett), her ex-husband and son. Earlier this season, serial rapist Jeffrey Hudson kidnapped Harry to get back at Athena. Hudson hid Harry behind a wall in a vacant home in a new real estate development. But Athena and Bobby found Harry, with Bobby killing Hudson. Harry still is struggling with PTSD. He’s obsessed with Hudson and arguing with his parents. So he sneaked out of the house and returned to where he’d been trapped.
But hold on, Harry fell through the floor of the vacant home and injured his shoulder. He called his mother, who brought Detective Ransone with her. Hudson had slit Ransome’s throat in the season premiere and left him for dead. This was Ransone’s first day back.
Ransone and Harry then ended the 9-1-1 episode, talking about Hudson and how they felt about him. It might be the therapy Harry needed.
The big 9-1-1 rescue happened early, when Buck helped find a man buried alive. He also needed to talk to his girlfriend, a TV reporter, who kept chasing the story, which ended up being about a murder-for-hire.