If you thought Hen was in a bad place at the end of the last episode of “9-1-1,” prepare for the flood gates to open even further on Monday’s episode, which will find her “having hit rock bottom” after the horrific accident in which she took a young girl’s life.
For those of you who don’t remember (as “9-1-1” took last week off), Hen (Aisha Hinds) was going through a lot with her wife Karen (Tracie Thoms) after none of their embryos took in IVF. Karen was bedridden during the last episode, titled “Malfunction,” unable to process the situation, while Hen, equally upset but in her own way, tried to carry on and do her job, all while looking after their young son, Denny.
It was at the end of the hour that Hen crashed the fire engine into a girl’s car due to a very poorly timed light change at an intersection. The girl died, and Hen was screaming with grief in Athena’s (Angela Bassett) arms last time we saw her.
“I think we will find Hen having hit rock bottom and trying to process and figure out what’s the next step for her right now,” Hinds told TheWrap. “Will she be allowed to return to work? Does she want to return to work? Where does life go from here? And she’s trying to figure that out. And she’s consumed and overwhelmed with guilt.”
TheWrap has an exclusive clip from tonight’s episode, titled “Fallout,” which you can watch above.
Athena warned Hen there would be an investigation into what happened and that she must remain calm and remember the facts of the situation — something Hinds says is going to be easier said than done for Hen tonight.
“I think that Hen is flooded with emotion and I think that’s making it a little bit difficult for her to find her path right now,” she told TheWrap. “Because she’s trying her best to decipher what that story is, what are the facts? For her, her recollection right now is leading her down a path to making her feel like she is 100% responsible. And even if it weren’t so, she’s assuming all responsibility for this event and it’s all very blurry for her. All she knows is that as a first responder, she’s supposed to save lives and someone’s life is taken away on her hands.”
“9-1-1” airs Mondays at 8/7c on Fox.