Scalped by Car (Season 2 Finale “This Life We Choose”)
While working on his car, a guy’s long hair got caught in the engine and he was scalped, but fortunately, he survived.
“[It’s] a thing, right? We found so many instances — generally it happens to women because it’s longer hair — but there were a lot of instances of people whose hair got caught in their engines and they would get scalped and they would die,” showrunner Tim Minear said. “It’s a very serious thing.”
Guest Star Charisma Carpenter (Season 2 Finale “This Life We Choose”)
Minear also liked the guy getting scalped by his car because he “loved spending time” with the characters.
He particularly was happy about one of the guest stars he was able to use for the call. “I love Charisma Carpenter, who I worked with for many years on Angel,” he said. “She was actually supposed to be in the premiere this year, but the scene that I wrote for her, I could not get past the censors.”
Instead, they replaced the scene with the guy with his head in the microwave. “I wasn’t going to put Charisma’s head in a microwave oven, so it was great to find something for her to do,” he explained.
The Face Maggot in the Beauty Influencer (Season 2 Finale “This Life We Choose”)
That was not what the influencer’s followers expected to see happen on the live stream when she ostensibly said she was just going to pop a pimple.
“I absolutely, positively, 100% love” that call, the showrunner said. “I just think that is classic, my jam, 9-1-1 kind of call.”
Attack by Inflatable Santa Claus (Season 2, Episode 10 “Merry Ex-Mas”)
Minear enjoyed all the calls in this season’s Christmas episode.
“I loved the guy being knocked off his roof by his inflatable Santa Claus and breaking his fall on the baby Jesus,” he said.
A Dangerous Shipment (Season 2, Episode 10 “Merry Ex-Mas”)
The showrunner also enjoyed the call in which the factory worker ended up wrapped in a box and shipped off.
“I loved that call because it starts off as a hilarious Rube Goldberg event then turns into something serious,” he explained. “He is going to suffocate in that shrink-wrapped box on that airplane and our people save him.”
The Returning Marine (Season 2, Episode 10 “Merry Ex-Mas”
“I absolutely loved the returning marine and the firefighters rushing him to his daughter’s recital,” Minear said.
The marine was one of the passengers in a bus crash, and he helped the injured. After, the firefighters brought him to his daughter’s school and stayed to witness the reunion.
Shark on the Freeway (Season 2, Episode 11 “New Beginnings”)
He also enjoyed the shark on the freeway. The firefighters responded to a call about a shark attack and learned the tiger shark was being transported for release into the wild when the truck jackknifed. But even though one of the shark’s handlers had his arm trapped in its mouth, he insisted they save her.
They saved both of them and even transported the shark to water.
Face Off (Season 2, Episode 11 “New Beginnings”)
“I loved the woman whose face falls off in plastic surgery,” Minear said.
A woman woke up to find her doctors unconscious, and when the first responders arrived on scene, they realized her surgery to give her her “new beginning with a new face” hadn’t been finished and her face slid off when she sat up. After that, the woman said, “I’d be happy if I could just have the old [face] back.”
[Warning: The below and gallery above contain MAJOR spoilers for the Season 2 finale of 9-1-1, "This Life We Choose."]
Now that Season 2 of 9-1-1 is over, we can look back at some of its more memorable moments.
There were some major calls, including big, epic events like the earthquake, but there were also emergencies on a smaller scale that were just as shocking. That includes two calls from the finale in the midst of the city dealing with a serial bomber.