9-1-1: Avoiding the cliche storyline for Hen has been the best thing ever

9-1-1: L-R: Angela Bassett and Aisha Hinds in the all-new “Malfunction” episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, Nov. 11 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2019 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Jack Zeman / FOX.
9-1-1: L-R: Angela Bassett and Aisha Hinds in the all-new “Malfunction” episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, Nov. 11 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2019 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Jack Zeman / FOX. /

9-1-1 could have gone down the route of leaving Hen’s role with the 118 in jeopardy. Instead, the writers went a non-cliche route, and it was the best ever.

I want to start this by saying I’m thankful for the 9-1-1 writers. Once again, the writers have proven themselves to be different, offering unique and thrilling storylines. That’s the case with Hen’s storyline in the last episode.

Most TV shows would create an accident and then leave the position of one of the lead characters in jeopardy because of that accident. That could have been the case with Hen. After she crashed into the side of a car while driving to the hospital, an investigation would have been necessary. And with that, we could have seen episodes with Hen suspended for some time.

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That’s not what has happened. By the next episode, we learned the investigation was over. Hen was cleared of all wrongdoing and she was taking time with her family. Instead, it was Hen’s personal feelings that prevented her going straight back to work, unsure of whether she hit the button to change the lights or not.

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We’ve all debated things in groups. Most of us have gone back to rewatch the episode to see whether Hen’s light was green, whether the girl had time to stop, and whether Hen really did push that button. We have the luxury of that, but Hen doesn’t. She has to remember her own actions, and something like that would just be instinct.

And that’s what I love about the 9-1-1 writers. They’ve not gone down the cliche route of dragging out the investigation, leaving us wondering if Hen would be allowed back with the 118. Instead, they’ve focused on the self-doubt that comes with an accident like that.

Aisha Hinds is an amazing actress. We saw that during Season 2 when we got to see how Hen became a paramedic with the fire department. Now we got to see her abilities one more.


As Hen met the woman that inspired her to become a paramedic, we could see everything she was thinking through her facial expressions. No words were needed, and we got to see this development from self-doubt to remembering that she did the right thing.

At the same time, we saw that partnership with her wife again. After a few episodes of wondering whether there were going to be problems between the two due to the failed IVF, we got to see the two back on the same page. Karen found a reason to get out of bed again. Her own doubt of Hen leaving her was overshadowed by this need to help her wife, and I’m now tearing up just thinking about how awesome the couple is—a couple we just don’t see enough of on the show.

So, thank you, 9-1-1 writers, for giving us this non-cliche storyline for Hen. Thank you for the development of the character and her relationship with Karen. Can we have more, please?

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What was your favorite moment in the 9-1-1 episode? What do you want to see for Hen and Karen? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

9-1-1 airs Mondays at 8/7c on FOX.