9-1-1 Season 4, Episode 10 recap: Parenthood

9-1-1: Corinne Massiah in the “Parenthood” episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, April 26 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. CR: Jack Zeman /FOX. © 2021 FOX Media LLC.
9-1-1: Corinne Massiah in the “Parenthood” episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, April 26 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. CR: Jack Zeman /FOX. © 2021 FOX Media LLC. /

9-1-1 Season 4 explores parenthood in this week’s episode in inspiring yet heartbreaking ways. Chimney (Kenneth Choi) and Maddie (Jennifer Love Hewitt) try to navigate their way through being new parents. Hen (Aisha Hinds) and Karen (Tracie Thoms) have to say goodbye to the young girl they’ve been fostering and face the difficulties of the entire situation. And Athena (Angela Bassett) and May (Corinne Massiah) revisit a traumatic moment from May’s past that has Athena on edge.

I thoroughly enjoy that 9-1-1 can tackle so many topics in such a beautiful way. The series always manages to tug at our heartstrings and give us so many life lessons along the way. This week’s episode, “Parenthood,” is no different and one of their more emotional ones from this season.

We haven’t seen much of Eddie (Ryan Guzman) lately, but we do get a glimpse of him towards the end of the episode. I hope that as we get closer to the end of the season, we’ll see more of him. His arc has always been interesting to me, and I’m a bit let down that his story has taken a backseat lately.

There is certainly a lot to cry and say “aww” about from this week’s episode of 9-1-1 Season 4, so let’s dive into all that went down!

9-1-1 Season 4, Episode 10: New parents

After two months of staying home on maternity and paternity leave, Chimney and Maddie have to head back to work. It’s never easy for a parent to do that, but they try to make it work the best they can. It’s also a bit more complicated than usual because they’ve been taking care of Albert (John Harlan Kim) as well after his accident.

Between that and the baby, Maddie and Chimney are spread thin but continue to persevere, because well, they’re them. They are serious relationship goals and one of the best television couples we have! I can’t wait to see more of their story unfold over the course of this season (and hopefully more!).

By the end of this episode this week, Chimney and Maddie realize they need help. Chimney enlists the help of his adoptive mother, Mrs. Lee (Freda Foh Shen), and has Albert stay with her. And of course, she’s always up for babysitting the little one!

Grandmas are the best, aren’t they?

9-1-1 Season 4, Episode 10: Saying goodbye is never easy

My heart goes out to Hen and Karen, who painstakingly had to let Nia (Margot Terry) go back to her biological mother. As foster parents, there is always the chance that the kids will go back to their own family, which makes it very difficult for those opening up their home.

Granted, they know it’s coming one day, but it doesn’t make the goodbye any easier. Watching the scene where Nia adorable bids them farewell crushed my heart into a million pieces, and hours later, I’m still thinking about it.

A bit later in the episode, Karen reveals that she hired a private investigator to look into Nia’s biological mother. The report she got back was nothing but positive, which brought a sense of comfort to both her and Hen.

And while fostering kids can be challenging, the couple decides that it’s something they’re destined to do and agree to do it again. Yet another adorable couple, if I do say so myself!

9-1-1 Season 4, Episode 10: A blast from the past

A couple of seasons ago, we witnessed May trying to overdose and take her life. It was one of the most traumatic moments in Athena’s life as she was the one who found her and called 9-1-1. The reason May had gotten to that point was that a girl at school was bullying her.

Last week’s episode revealed that the same girl had reached out to May, wanting to apologize and perhaps rekindle their friendship. May decided to hear her out, but when Athena learns of this, she gets livid.

May doesn’t quite understand why Athena has such a strong reaction, but when she goes back to listen to the 9-1-1 call from the day Athena found her, it all makes sense. She realizes just how traumatizing it was for her mother and why she’s so reluctant to have May reconnect with that girl.

I loved seeing the mother/daughter moment unfold the way it did and how May came to understand Athena’s perspective (with some extra help). She’s all grown up–*cue tears*.

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Shout out to all the parents out there! We appreciate you.

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