i can’t believe we won’t have 911 next week. i can’t believe we have to wait 2 weeks for a new episode.
what am i supposed to do with my time? something productive? as if!
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Hello! I wanted to ask about your latest post on fics ignoring canon or taking it out of context you said "weather it's Eddie speaking Spanish" is Eddie speaking Spanish in fics a problem?? Sorry if I misunderstood what you were saying I'd like to understand!🌻💖
Aha. Ha. Ha. So...it's complicated. The short answer is that Eddie speaking Spanish is not inherently problematic. The problem comes with the way people have him speak Spanish in fic and the way (as that post mentioned) people don't just leave it at fic but want to try and justify their particular (often fetishistic and at least lowkey racist, or in the best light ignorant and unnuanced) usage, or talk about how they want XYZ to happen in canon, etc etc etc.
Eddie speaking Spanish is a nuanced issue. From canon, we know he speaks at least a limited amount, but has exclusively used it a) with Spanish-speaking members of his family, and even then only briefly, in short phrases and not full conversations, b) translating a very short sentence from Spanish-speakers they were rescuing during the tsunami for Bobby, and c) using one word while complaining about how the 118 was acting during Jinx. We also know he's mixed-race with a white, non-Latino mother, and that he was born and raised in the USA, and that the majority of his father's side of the family appears to have lived in LA while he lived in Texas. Those are the things we know from canon. And I can admit that as a mixed person with a similar background, I have a very particular perspective and hypothesis about his language skills and connection to his culture, and I and other mixed people in the fandom have been pretty open about those perspectives when asked.
However, in the interest of not getting into the exact issue that post was critiquing (confusing personal experience with actual canon), I will limit my discussion here to say only that because of the aforementioned canon facts and the way we have actually seen him use Spanish in the show there is zero reason why anyone should assume that Spanish is Eddie's first language/that he would have issues with English/that he would "revert" to Spanish in moments of intense emotion (and especially sexual situations)/use Spanish endearments with love interests/etc [I could go on, I really could].
And it's not like people are hiding their reasons (although some will handwave about how they think the show should stop "ignoring his culture" by not having him speak more Spanish, to which I would just like to know why random white people in fandom think they're the authority on my culture or in particular the experience of being mixed-race in the USA) and will generally say flat out that they think he's hot when he speaks Spanish, and that it would be especially hot for him to speak it in bed (hello racist fetish alert), or that it's just soooooo cute to have him use Spanish endearments with Buck (also lowkey racist and fetishy), or that they want to see Isabel use Spanish with Buck, or that they want Eddie to use more Spanish around the 118...Like, none of it fits with anything we actually know about how Eddie uses Spanish in canon and Latines in fandom have been very open about the fact that it's super uncomfortable for us to have the Spanish language and a Latino character fetishized or bastardized for what is, by and large, the whims of white fandom.
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askldjfhaskldhlk I am so glad someone actually saw those tags because I am feeling very 👀👀👀👀 about it xD I read 'defend in place' and was like, thaaaat definitely sounds like it has meaning, that sounds like something official™ and so I googled it and it definitely means SOMETHING
"Since grade school, we have all been taught to evacuate a building in a timely fashion during a fire drill, or in the case of a real fire. Many of us have continued this practice in the buildings we work in today, and will continue throughout our lives. However, if evacuation is not an option, how do we protect those that must stay inside? There are two strategies that are used to help protect the occupants of a building: Staged evacuation and defend in place.
Defend in place is a strategy that is used mainly in healthcare for those occupants that are physically unable to leave the facility. Many of these occupants are connected to life-supporting equipment, and could be in even more danger if they are moved or removed from the facility. This strategy allows healthcare staff to keep these patients in the facility, while also continue receiving any necessary treatment."
(link in the notes)
this certainly has me feeling a certain type of way, because????? is it a literal thing and they are doing a big dramatic call/fire in ep9 (and potentially extending to ep10) where someone has to stay/is forced to stay or is it more metaphorical? in what way could it be metaphorical? things you can't run from/escape but have to face head-on and fight with whatever you got to survive? THE POTENTIAL please talk to me about this!!
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The way there is nothing I want more out of the rest of 5A than to see Eddie and Buck fully break down, all their old coping mechanisms shattered under the weight of everything they’ve been dealing with, utterly devastated and left with no other option but to face it all head on and put in the work to rebuild from the ground up…shaking, crying, screaming.
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I got you.Okay.Hey you just stay with me…okay? Hey…are you hurt? No,no,no.I am good.You just hang on.Just hang on.Hey,three minutes away.You’re so close.We are so close.I just…I need you to hang…I need you to hang on.
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sorry but i’m still not over knowing that eddie has no clue how buck clawed at the ground for him, ready to dig through forty feet of wet earth nor does he know the full extent to which buck, bleeding, swam through literal hell and high water to save his son and—even without that knowledge—still made him the legal guardian of his son in the event that he passes.
i’m not over how much there is left unsaid between these two. how the idea of a hostage scene—where they’re face to face with the other’s love—is really, truly such a powerful way to bring those unspoken words to the surface.
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I just realized 911 has a pattern of waiting an entire season for these characters to really talk about the trauma they went through if it doesn’t happen right away. Chimney’s rebar accident happened in 1x03 and he came back and seemed fine and didn’t get to talk about and face it until Stuck which was 2x04. Athena was attacked in 3x17 and didn’t talk about it with Bobby until 4x14. I fear we may have to wait til the end of the season for Eddie to truly open up about the shooting.
First of all, god bless you anon for recognizing this pattern and NOT saying it's unrealistic. Because it is extremely realistic for trauma to play out in this way, to take time to surface, especially for people who already have trauma histories (Maddie, Athena, Eddie, all of them) who did not get the support and care they needed when their earlier traumas happened.
So, Eddie. It would be in keeping with the pattern you noted for Eddie not to reckon with the trauma from the shooting until the end of the season. I am 100% confident it's going to happen eventually, even if it takes a while. And that very well may be how it plays out.
However, this time feels different. One difference is Buck. Eddie shared his trauma with Buck in a direct, explicit way. Yes, there are parallels to Bobby and Athena's attack, but Buck was literally sprayed with Eddie's blood and saved Eddie's life with his bare hands. So we have two characters with the same trauma that is unresolved.
The other is that the tension is palpable and building — between them, but also in Eddie. He's visibly showing strain, plus the string of calls that are directly related to Eddie's traumas — the fake "mudslide," multiple shootings, a helicopter crash, and next week a guy is shot and buried alive. On a meta level, the show is putting the pressure on Buck and Eddie to reckon with this.
Then, of course there's the added romantic dimension. Eddie's queer awakening, Ana, and some kind of revelation happening about his feelings for Buck when he was shot. All that is tangled up together and the show is not letting any of the pieces lie there or fade to the background. It is ratcheting up everything bit by bit, week by week.
Then, of course, Eddie is going to have a gun at his head in a few weeks. In front of Buck. Ratcheting everything up, again.
From a narrative perspective, I genuinely don't know how they could sustain this level of tension through the entire season. Something has to give.
But that doesn't mean that everything has to give. Healing takes a lot of time, so regardless, Eddie and Buck are going to be working through all of this for a while.
So, I'm willing to bet that something is going to break through by the end of the mid-season, but I don't know what. I don't pretend to be great at predicting the details, but I think as a whole, we are good at seeing the emotional arcs that the show telegraphs for the characters. Eddie reckoning with his trauma is one of them.
However, the show keeps surprising me with Buck and Eddie's story, in the best ways, and I'm willing to trust their vision and however it eventually plays out.
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something that still makes me absolutely feral whenever I think of it?
when they hold hands, their tattoos match
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9-1-1 ▸ buck helping fix things for eddie
↳ requested by @cirrius-akiyo
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i think getting to see buck and eddie openly and romantically love each other would fix me actually
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“I Don’t Even Think About Him Anymore” (Yeah, Okay Eddie!)
A Few Random 501 Buddie Thoughts
When eddie said “I don’t even think about him anymore” in 501 to the cardiologist after his panic attack, I’m convinced he was talking about buck, not the sniper. Others may have said this already, and if so then my bad. Anyway, here’s my reasoning, please bear with me.
Eddie was shot from behind by an ex-police officer he never met or otherwise laid eyes on, at least not on-screen. That said, it seems to me that he’d be thinking about the shooting as an event rather than thinking about the sniper as a person. I honestly think the person who shot him was less important than the whole event itself. Yet, eddie didn’t say he doesn’t even think about “that day” or about “it” anymore. He specifically said that he doesn’t think about “him”. To me it doesn’t make much sense to think of “him” as the sniper; it’s gotta be buck.
I think what would be more clear and present in eddie’s mind after that day is - the existential aspect of almost dying…again, the psychological struggle of thinking you’re safe in a city street while saving lives but then you get shot, the memory of the physical experience of taking a bullet, and - being with evan “buck” buckley throughout the ordeal.
I can imagine eddie thinking about the sniper for exactly like 5 seconds but that’s about it because he never met the sniper in person (before or after his death). What he did come face to face with was what the sniper almost cost him. What eddie does absolutely still think about from that day is trying so hard to stay with chris & buck, buck’s safety, buck’s palpable shock & horror, buck’s desperation, buck’s hands lifting him up, buck’s plea for him to hang on, buck’s trembling hand on his wound keeping the life inside of him, and the mutual relief when they both saw each other again in the hospital.
I think all of this dovetails with how they filmed the scene. In 413 the spinning camera, then slow motion, romantic framing, prolonged eye contact. In 414 the frantic rescue, buck’s shouts & pleading, the absence of eddie’s st chris medal (it doesn’t reappear until later, i think bc the shooting was primarily about eddie and buck’s relationship beginning to shift).
Yeah no. eddie ain’t talking about some faceless dude with a sniper riffle and a vendetta, he’s talking about the face of one of the people most important to him in this life seared into his mind & heart. Yeah. that’s what took him four months to repress deeply enough to be able to function again. That’s what i hope eventually surfaces as buck and eddie start actively processing the shooting.
If they never talk about it then wtf was the point! Okay im gonna go lie down now.
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EVAN BUCKLEY in 9-1-1
5x05 “Peer Pressure"
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…oops? Have some more 5x7 spec.
Buck’s hands are shaking.
His throat is raw from screaming and his mind is—
He can’t stop replaying it, over and over. The radio bursting with static. Turning around to pick it up. Buck, Warden Trent, he’s—
His ears filled with white noise as he turned back around to see Eddie with a gun to his temple. He hadn’t even noticed when the radio slipped from his fingers. But he saw Eddie’s lips move.
He didn’t hear his answer so much as he felt it, Eddie’s name ripped from his throat.
No, no, no, no please, no please, not again, not again, not again, please—
He couldn’t do anything.
He couldn’t stop it. He couldn’t stop Eddie being dragged away. He couldn’t will their places swapped. He couldn’t—
There was a gun. And Eddie wasn’t bleeding, but all Buck can see is red. He can taste it in his mouth, he can feel it on his skin. If Eddie gets shot again—
His hands won’t stop shaking.
“What’s happening?” He asks the SWAT agent who has been assigned to babysit him. He wants to climb out of his skin, claw at the walls, break down the door. He feels trapped, a caged animal pacing the length of the room, desperate to get out, to go, to do anything that would bring Eddie back to him.
“I don’t have any updates,” the woman explains for the umpteenth time.
“Look, just—” Buck wants to scream. “Let me out. Let me talk to your captain, I can help, I was—we were with the warden most of the day before this happened, I can tell him—”
“Firefighter Buckley, we’ve got everything we need,” she interrupts. “Just sit tight. We’ll update you when we have something to report.”
“You don’t understand,” he snaps. Blood in his mouth and shaking hands and a gun and Christopher—Christopher is at home and he can’t—he’s can’t— “This is Eddie we’re talking about. That’s my partner—you can’t ask me to just—”
Buck whirls around and freezes. Taylor’s in the doorway, a strange look on her face. He blinks once, twice—
What—? What is—?
“They didn’t tell me it was you,” she sighs, raking a hand through her hair. And it’s then that his eyes drop to her neck, that he notices the lanyard with her press credentials attached.
“No,” he says before she can say anything else. He is far beyond frayed, unraveling rapidly, and he can’t—this is not something he is capable of dealing with right now.
“I was assigned—”
“No,” he repeats, ice cracking, cracking, cracking, he can’t breathe, he can’t think, because his heart, his life, his soul is being held hostage in the building across the street and he doesn’t know how he’s supposed to survive if—
“You were the only witness,” she says apologetically. “Look, I won’t—you could just tell me what happened, it doesn’t even have to be on camera—I’ll keep your name out of it—”
“It’s Eddie, Taylor!” It’s no longer just his hands, Buck feels like his whole body is shaking. “It’s Eddie—again. And all I could do was stand there and watch—again. And again I might have to go home tonight and tell Christopher that I couldn’t protect his dad, but hey, Eddie picked me to replace him so if he wants a poor fucking substitute, at least he’ll have me!”
“Buck…” Taylor takes a few steps and reaches out to gently cup his face. Buck flinches away.
Her hands aren’t the ones he wants right now.
“Don’t,” he chokes out. “Please don’t, just—just go. Just go do your job, away from me. It’s where you want to be anyway.”
He knows it’s not fair even as he says it. Taylor sucks in a breath like she’s been slapped, but quickly rearranges her features, her face smoothing over, back straightening.
“Fine,” she says quietly. “I’ll go.”
Buck collapses into a chair the second the door clicks shut behind her.
His hands are still shaking.
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Thinking about Buck this morning and the way that the only times he’s shown a desire to be in charge or really run with that (and yes, these are often portrayed as comic relief but not exclusively) are periods of major transition/instability where a lot of his options have been taken away from him and he’s clawing back control however he can. I just think it’s interesting.
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Anon asked: Bobby & Chimney or Hen & Chimney?
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Anyways so I was thinking and I realized 5x07 is this season's heist episode. When the episode is named after a movie with the numbers changed to 9-1-1, it's always been a heist episode.
"Ocean's 9-1-1" = obviously the Ocean's movies, the diamond heist/bank robbery
"The Taking of Dispatch 9-1-1" = "The Taking of Pelham 123", the art heist
And now, "Brawl in Cell Block 9-1-1" = "Brawl in Cell Block 99"
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