‘9-1-1’ Gets Emotional With Character Exit Scene: ‘Hug It Out Everyone’

by Suzanne Halliburton

9-1-1 fans, a final scene in Monday’s episode between Michael and David certainly is worth another look.

David, the brain surgeon, was stuck in the operating room as a fire raged through the hospital. David couldn’t leave his patient as he tried to remove all of a brain tumor. Finally, Bobby arrived to escort David and his operating team to safety.

And there was Michael waiting. So. Choked. Up.

The 9-1-1 social media account tweeted: “Hug it out everyone!”

But no 9-1-1 fan truly knew what was about to come next. Michael, as we all know, is the ex-husband of Athena (Angela Bassett). The couple broke up because Michael realized he was living a lie as a straight man. But they didn’t stop being a family.

And on Monday’s 9-1-1 episode, “Defend in Place,” Michael realize he couldn’t live life without David, who told him about his upcoming plans to go to Haiti. There, David planned on using his medical talents to help the country back on its feet.

He told Athena, Bobby and the two kids, May and Harry, about his plans to propose to David. They all pitched in on the planning. But like 9-1-1 loves to do, they launched an emergency rescue into the equation.

At the end of the episode, Michael told his family that he was moving with David to Haiti. So in real life, Rockmond Dunbar, who was a 9-1-1 recurring character as Michael, was leaving the show. Because of Covid protocols, he no longer could work on the show.

After Epside Dunbar Announced Whe He Really Left 9-1-1

On Tuesday, Dunbar announced what really led to his being written off 9-1-1. He said:

“I applied for religious and medical accommodations pursuant to the law and unfortunately was denied by my employer. 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. 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.“

Dunbar appeared in 69 episodes of 9-1-1.

Disney TV Studios’ 20th Television produces 9-1-1. And that unit set the Covid rules about vaccines. Anyone who works in Zone A must be vaccinated against Covid or have a credible exemption. A spokesman said: “We take the health and safety of all of our employees very seriously.”

The next new 9-1-1 episode is set for Nov. 29.