9-1-1 Season 2 Episode 13 Review: Fight or Flight

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That was a powerful hour of television. 

Doug has been a menacing figure hovering over Maddie since she arrived in Los Angeles, and there was always going to come a time when he came face to face with Maddie again. 

9-1-1 Season 2 Episode 13 was the culmination of the darkest pieces of Maddie's past. A past she had fought hard to leave behind. 

Calling It In - 9-1-1 Season 2 Episode 13

From the flashbacks we've seen previously and this week as well, Maddie was in a constant state of fear during her marriage to Doug. She was living in a beautiful home, with a successful husband, yet she was scared to death to even breathe it seemed. 

The fear on her face when the wine glass shattered was enough to break your heart. She was crippled by fear, as she knew what was surely about to come. 

Related: 9-1-1 Season 2 Episode 11 Review - New Beginnings 

Seeing even a quick little glimpse of her past continues to bring into focus how far Maddie has come from the beginning of 9-1-1 Season 2.

My gut is telling me not to count your sister out just yet. Maddie didn't just rebuild her life. She rebuilt herself. Doug may have her but I don't think he has any idea who he's dealing with now.


Maddie came to see Buck, thinking it was just another stop on her continuous journey away from Doug. She left him thinking she would be running forever, not realizing that she would find a second chance in a place very far away from what she's known. 

Pulling Her In - 9-1-1 Season 2 Episode 13

There was a huge difference between the Maddie who shuddered every time Doug walked towards her and the Maddie in the car who had a voice and used it to let Doug know what she thought about him. 

Doug is many, many terrible things, but he turned himself into a cold-blooded killer like it was nothing. First going after Chimney, and then shooting the gas station attendant in cold blood. 

Related: 9-1-1 Season 2 Episode 12 Review - Chimney Begins

The gas station scene was absolutely haunting, as you could feel that something was going to go wrong. And things went awry pretty quickly. 

All Alone - 9-1-1 Season 2 Episode 13

Jennifer Love Hewitt was spectacular. She hit every emotional beat, and she did so much with her body language and facial expressions. The image of her leaning over the attendant's body, with fresh blood strewn across her face was terrifying.

To Maddie, this was now the second person Doug had killed on his journey to have complete and utter control of her. It's a sickening revelation for her, and when she tells Doug that he's essentially won yet again, it's a sad feeling for the audience. 

But the sadness is ever so fleeting, as we're quickly reminded this is a new Maddie Buckley. 

Don't be afraid to run. Be afraid to stay.

Officer [to Maddie]

Maddie was never going to let Doug win. And she was not going to lay down for him. 

Face Off - 9-1-1 Season 2 Episode 13

The final confrontation between the two was difficult to watch. It took every last bit of strength that Maddie could muster to overpower Doug. Maddie was fighting against every insult, every punch, every slap she'd ever been on the receiving end of. 

She had been fighting for her life for years and in these final moments, she wasn't going to give up. And she never did. 

It was nearly impossible to hold the tears back when Maddie and Buck embraced and she triumphantly declared that she never gave up. In an episode full of monumentally impactful scenes, nothing was more moving than that.

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Speaking of Buck, while Maddie was missing, we had a team up of Buck and Athena who play remarkably well opposite one another. 

Fight For Her Life - 9-1-1

As Buck is reeling, Athena is the perfect complement, as she is able to keep him both calm and focused. There is a ton of respect between the two, and it was nice to see Athena bring Buck in, instead of keeping him out. 

It took the two of them working together seamlessly to get to Maddie when they did. 

And while all this was happening, we got the great news that Chinney was alive. It's been said time and time again, but poor Chimney. The man has been through so much, but perhaps like Maddie, this will be a fresh start for him. 

No one is coming for Bobby and Athena's romance crown, but it will be nice to see Maddie and Chimney flourish because they both deserve to be happy. 

Setting Out - 9-1-1 Season 2 Episode 13

Loose Ends

  • Christopher was back being his adorable self! And Shannon was back as well. I understand she was being thoughtful, but I'm still not on board with her and what she brings to the table. 
  • It was kind of a throwaway scene considering how much was going on this week, but Harry being worried about Bobby and bringing him his favorite snack at the hospital was incredibly sweet. 
  • Anytime we get to hear stories about how awesome Chimney is, we all win. 
  • While I understand that Buck was distraught and frantic, stealing evidence from a crime scene and then using an unconscious man's fingerprint to open said evidence feels like something that should have been a bigger deal. 
  • It bears repeating that Jennifer Love Hewitt was masterful tonight. 

This show thrives off pressure cooker situations, but this episode was on another level entirely. And as the Doug arc comes to an end, I'd love to hear what you guys thought about the hour. 

Are you excited to see more of Chimney and Maddie?

Did you enjoy seeing Athena and Buck work together?

Make sure to leave all your comments down below and do yourself a favor and watch 9-1-1 online right now via TV Fanatic!

Fight or Flight Review

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9-1-1 Season 2 Episode 13 Quotes

I just killed a man for you, Maddie. There is no coming back from that. Not for me. And not for you.


Accidents happen, right? My mother always used to say that an accident was just an opportunity to learn. The problem, Maddie, is that you never do.