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9-1-1- “Karma’s A Bitch”

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Episode eight of the FOX series 9-1-1 is titled “Karma’s A Bitch” which perfectly describes the majority of the events that transpire over the latest episode. The official definition of Karma is the cosmic principle according to which each person is rewarded or punished in one incarnation according to that person’s deeds in the previous incarnation.

As the episode opens up, we see a victim killed after he attempts to blow up a tree, only to have a bullet ricochet and land in his. Turns out a year prior, he was being investigated for spousal abuse, and the tree he was attempting to take down, is the same tree his wife hung herself from to escape him.

The second karma victim involves a tanning salon owner, who left his dog in a hot car the day prior. While the third victim is a hunter who killed a lion on an illegal safari, on a trip to the zoo, he ends up becoming the victim of a tiger. The most humorous karma victim had to be the women who suffered from Kleptomania, and ends up breaking her leg when she tries trips, trying to steal a heavy package,

I found all of the scenarios to be believable, as at any moment anything can go wrong and the universe will do what it can to pay you back. All of the victims, minus the thief, end up dying in ironic twists of fate which is believable. In hindsight, the episode serves as a cautionary tale, as no matter what, all evil deeds catch up with up some point.

Not all karma is terrible though, as Chimney (Kenneth Choi) tries to explain. Chimney who is just about fully recovered from his accident decides to hold a blood drive. Short about 1 quart of his goal, Chimney reaches out to Bobby (Peter Krause) who at first refuses to give blood, but later has a change of heart. It turns out Bobby has a rare blood type and is one of two people, who can vaccinate kids. Bobby is elated when he finds out that he’ll save more lives than he would as a firefighter.

Athena (Angela Bassett) finally decides to call it quits with her husband, after realizing it’s what best, but things look up when she meets a younger man at a bar. In true dramatic fashion, karma hits the Hen (Aisha Hinds) the hardest. After her rendezvous with her ex, last week, Hen’s ex-has decided to sue for custody. It was a heartbreaking scene to watch Hen confess her wrongdoings to her wife, and now she may lose her child, but as they say, all actions have consequences.

Karma’s A Bitch” is another well-written episode in the series. While I was hoping for some storyline expansion with Buck & Abby after last week’s hook up, the arc for Bobby more than made up for it.

Final Grade B+