When a show opens with “eventually, everything dies,” you know you’re probably not going to have the best time. Real bleak, 9-1-1!
Last season, 9-1-1 leaned hard into the idea that “the crazies always come out on Halloween,” but this year, they’re taking a more metaphorical approach: Everyone has a ghost; we’re all haunted by something. Don’t get me wrong, there are still people climbing out of graves (gravediggers who fell in!), ghosts calling 911 dispatch (oh, we’ll go there), and an extended scene in which they have to put down a police horse that will bring you to tears (a sentence I never thought I’d write), because this is still 9-1-1 and it is bananas, always and forever. But most of the “haunting” being done is the emotional kind.
Take Eddie, for example. His ghost? His wife. Unfortunately for him, he’s found the perfect school for Christopher, but before they’ll grant him admission, they need to meet Mrs. Diaz. There’s no getting around it— Eddie has to call up his wife, whom he hasn’t seen in two years, and ask for a big favor. Suddenly, Eddie’s own personal ghost is standing at his front door.
Meet Shannon Diaz! Fun facts: She left Eddie and Christopher to go take care of her sick mother and then never came back, she blames Eddie’s time in Afghanistan for ruining their marriage, and she is still legally Eddie’s wife! All cool stuff, right? Almost immediately, Eddie and Shannon have an argument that you can tell they’ve had before. Repeatedly.
Still, when it comes time for her interview at Christopher’s potential school, Shannon shows up. Eddie waits outside the school so he can apologize for getting off on the wrong foot. Plus, Carla had a talk with him in which she pointed out that a man who wants nothing to do with his estranged wife typically doesn’t pick up his entire life and move to a new city just 30 minutes away from where the estranged wife lives. Carla cuts through Eddie’s b.s. faster than anyone: He still loves Shannon. She also tells him that “a boy needs his mama,” which, like, sure, but also maybe not if that mama is detrimental to his well-being. You don’t know every mama in every situation, Carla. Then Christopher walks out as Wolverine for Halloween and I forget everything else I’m doing. He. Is. So. Cute.
Back to the parking lot confrontation. Shannon admits that she needed to leave because she felt overwhelmed by the guilt that she could’ve possibly been responsible for Christopher being born with cerebral palsy. Eddie admits that he and Christopher miss her. And then they smash faces. And then they pull away because maybe they shouldn’t be doing this. AND THEN THEY SMASH FACES AGAIN. So this whole ghost scenario is less of a haunting and more of a sexy reconciliation, I guess.
Things don’t work out so well for Hen and her ghost. Hen is haunted by her father, whom she hasn’t seen since he walked out on her when she was nine. Karen gets a call that Hen’s father is in the ICU and Hen’s number was the only one he had on him. It’s all a huge shock to Hen because she literally has not heard from him since the day he left. And sadly, she never will. His injuries are severe and machines are keeping him alive. They called Hen because it’s up to her as next of kin to decide whether or not to keep him on life support. It’s an impossible decision for her to make because she doesn’t know him at all and also because she wonders if there’s a small chance he could wake up and they could finally meet.
Hen goes back and forth. When she and Karen go to his home to see if they can track down some sort of will, she finds that her father kept articles about her and had photos of her. She’s both moved and angry.