Pop Quiz: What Primetime Drama Is Poised to Make ‘Speed Addicts’ of Viewers When It Roars Back After Its Winter Break — OK, Fine, the Answer Is 9-1-1
The FOX procedural pays homage to a classic 90s blockbuster.
After a long drought, 9-1-1 returns from their mid-season break on Monday, March 21. When it does, it is sure to remind viewers of a certain 90s blockbuster movie.
Last year, the fall premiere saw Los Angeles’ fictional first responders deal with zoo animals on the loose. This year, the spring premiere focuses on a runaway pickup truck. But not just any truck, a truck that is rigged with a pipe bomb that will detonate if the vehicle slows down under 55 miles an hour.
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Sound familiar? If you’re a Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock fan it should, as that was essentially the plot of their 1994 movie, aptly titled, Speed. Except in that movie, it was a bus that Bullock’s character had to keep running over 50 miles an hour through the streets of Los Angeles. All while falling for Reeves’ SWAT officer, who jumped aboard to save the day.
We’re not sure if love will blossom between any victims and firefighters in this instance, but it seems two new members will be joining the 118, when the FOX procedural returns. Dare we hope one of those newbies is Chimney’s brother, and newly minted firefighter, Albert?
In other romance news, viewers can expect Buck, who was all loved up with Taylor before the break, to make an impulsive relationship decision. Considering Buck’s portrayer Oliver Stark previously teased “a huge wrench thrown into their plans for happiness,” it doesn’t exactly sound good for the duo.
The biggest cliffhanger 9-1-1 left fans on in the fall finale was the fate of Eddie. If you’ll recall, he stepped away from the 118, so as not to worry his son about the dangers of his job. Wherever he lands in the spring premiere could give him second thoughts about that decision, as he’ll reportedly have “a rough transition into his new job.”
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And, for those who’ve been waiting for Chimney and Maddie to return after he went searching for the mother of his child, who was in the throes of postpartum depression, it seems they’ll get their wish soon enough. Though, no word on the exact date.
Order has been restored: Maddie and Chimney are coming back to #911onFOX! 💃🕺 pic.twitter.com/Yk006qbiGl
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What are you most looking forward to when 9-1-1 returns, to once again pair with 9-1-1: Lone Star on Monday nights? Tell us below and then relive soap operas’ most daring plots in our photo gallery below.
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<p>You’re going to see a lot of <em>Guiding Light</em>’s Reva Shayne on this list. And the sanest of the reasons why is the early-1990s revelation that after she plunged to her “death” off an unfinished bridge in the Florida Keys — “Worst… vacation… ever,” declared her soulmate, Josh Lewis — she’d wound up convinced that she was an Amish woman named Rebecca.</p>
<p>Oops. In 2010, <em>The Bold and the Beautiful</em> had Brooke Logan celebrate daughter Hope’s high-school graduation by sneaking off to a corner of the party and getting it on with her “destiny,” Ridge Forrester. One teensy problem: Erm, that <em>wasn’t</em> Ridge that she boinked, it was Hope’s boyfriend, Oliver Jones. Somehow, thanks to their masks, neither of them realized that the bodies they were fondling didn’t belong to their significant others!</p>
<p>Forget burying the hatchet. In the early 1990s, <em>Days of Our Lives</em>’ Vivian Alamain instead buried alive the thorn in her side, Carly Manning. But that was just the show’s opening act. Its wildest plots were yet to come. Keep scrolling; you’ll get there.</p>
<p>One of daytime’s earliest, bat-guano-crazy storylines was set in motion in 1981, when <em>General Hospital</em> supercouple Luke Spencer and Laura Baldwin embarked on a quest to prevent the stone-cold Cassadines from using a secret formula hidden in the base of a statuette called the Ice Princess to make a popsicle of planet Earth. Now if you’ll excuse us, we need to go get a sweater…</p>
<p><em>Days of Our Lives</em> mixed<em> E.T</em>. and PYTs in 2002 when a meteor shower dropped on Salem scantily-clad twins Rex and Cassie, who weren’t really Martians at all but the genetically engineered offspring of Roman Brady and Kate Roberts. Which, come to think of it, was almost as much of a head-scratcher as the hotties having been from outer space.</p>
<p>We’ll never understand why <em>The Young and the Restless</em>’ supposedly all-powerful Victor Newman can’t beat nemesis Jack Abbott fair and square — but he sure as shooting can’t. So in 2015, he let Jack be abducted by his insane ex, Kelly Andrews, and replaced him — even in wife Phyllis Summers’ bed (eww!) — with a nefarious lookalike, Marco Annicelli. Keep it classy, Vic.</p>
<p>In one of the most demented stories <em>The Bold and the Beautiful</em> ever told, we learned that Stephanie Forrester had let husband Eric believe for eons that eldest daughter Angela had been stillborn. Meanwhile, the queen bee had had their microcephalic child looked after in secret — until her wheelchair took her on a fatal roll down a hill. In the aftermath, her careless doctor brought in a substitute Angela, who lost her marbles after being badly singed in a car crash.</p>
<p>“Go big or go home!” pretty much having been <em>Passions</em>’ motto, perhaps it shouldn’t have been such a jaw-dropper in the mid-2000s when the NBC soap revealed that its malevolent blackmailer Vincent Clark was intersex, then proceeded to have them schtup both their brother <em>and</em> father. And <em>then</em> had them give birth to their own half sibling. Mm-hmm, it was so out there, there was no coming back!</p>
<p><em>Days of Our Lives</em> came to resemble <em>Night of the Living Dead</em> in 2004, after the Salem Stalker — Marlena Evans in Jason Voorhees drag — laid waste to half the town before being killed herself… <em>and</em> turning up alive and well along with all of her loved ones on the island of Melaswen (New Salem spelled backwards). Who was to blame for the horrific bait and switch? Tony DiMera, that was who. Only even <em>that</em> reveal was a trick: He turned out to be his lookalike cousin, Andre!</p>
<p>Art aficionados don’t come any more enthusiastic than <em>Guiding Light</em>’s Reva, who in 2001 became so fixated on a painting that she allowed it to transport her through time, first to Edwardian England, then to the Civil War era, WWII Germany… You name it, she went there. Short of <em>Family Guy</em>’s time-tripping baby Stewie Griffin, no one is more well-traveled than the so-called Slut of Springfield. (By the way, this photo <em>isn’t</em> from that plot, it’s from when she was the princess of San Cristobel; don’t ask.)</p>
<p>It might have been the pandemic that inspired <em>The Bold and the Beautiful</em> to pair poor, mental Thomas Forrester with a murderous mannequin that resembled the object of his obsession, Hope Logan. How much safer could love scenes get, right? But the big shock of the twisted arc that resulted wasn’t its ingenuity but its poignancy; in the end, the whole weird mess was less bonkers than it was brilliant.</p>
<p><em>Dark Shadows</em> was knock, knock, knocking at death’s door in 1967, when the gothic soap’s creator Dan Curtis threw a Hail Mary — or was it a <em>Hell</em> Mary? — and disentombed long-in-the-tooth vampire Barnabas Collins. Ironically, the move pumped new life’s blood into the show and made it, however fleetingly, an overnight sensation.</p>
<p>By 2007, <em>Young & Restless</em>’ embattled Lauren Fenmore thought that she was finally rid of the evil nurse who had stolen her husband, son and peace of mind. “Not so fast,” replied Sheila. The Michael Myers of daytime had inexplicably had herself plastic surgery’d to look like Lauren’s pal, Phyllis, only to be “killed” yet again and returned with her old face to <em>The Bold and the Beautiful</em> in ’17.</p>
<p>There would be no phoning home for the <em>General Hospital</em> E.T. who landed in Port Charles in 1990; roaming charges, don’t ya know? Following a brief stay in the orbit of Anna Devane and daughter Robin Scorpio, the space cadet obtained the critical intergalactic crystal that would send him rocketing back to planet Lumina, leaving behind a doppelgänger to woo his benefactor.</p>
<p>After <em>Guiding Light</em> “killed” Reva for the umpteenth time in the late 1990s — or was it the umpteenth-and-seventh? — “widower” Josh was so sick of using air quotes to describe their relationship that he just up and Xeroxed his death-defying wife, a to-hell-with-it gambit that had viewers saying, “Well, hello, Dolly!” to a replica that grew up as fast as she was put down.</p>
<p>When folks say that daytime soaps are silly, unreal, over the top, often what they mean is that they’ve vaguely heard of the <em>Days of Our Lives</em> storyline in which beloved heroine Marlena was demonically possessed. What they never know, and probably never will, is that the storyline was as thrilling and successful as it was daring and unexpected.</p>
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