The race for captain is almost over, with the feelings of uncertainty and heightened expectations. Andy displays outstanding brilliance in getting herself and others out of a hot garage but, alas, she gets to know why she or Jack may not become captain.
On Station 19 Season 1 Episode 9, “Hot Box,” a house fire traps Andy, Ryan, Jack and Maya in a hot garage with doors of steel, Miller learns the hard way regarding JJ, Montgomery decides to jump in with Grant, Pruitt confesses to Andy about what he told Ripley, while Jack learns about Andy and Ryan.
In familiar penultimate fashion, loose ends are assembled, previously neglected issues are addressed, and the tempo is set for the upcoming season finale.
One of the steps in the evaluation process for Andy and Jack’s captain aspirations is peer review. This is difficult for the other team members, given the close-knit relationship of the team, but even more so because they have to pick sides, a battle between loyalty and truth.
On Station 19 Season 1 Episode 8, “Every Second Counts,” Fire Chief Ripley conducts peer review to evaluate Jack and Andy from the perspectives of their colleagues, Andy and Ryan become friends with benefits, Pruitt continues his treatment, and Andy handles a tough road accident, which may determine her fate in the contest.
On the heels of her disappointing evaluation result, Andy spends the day attending to a family emergency involving Pruitt, while feuding Jack and Ryan set aside their differences to attend to a strip mall fire.
Station 19 Season 1 Episode 7, “Let It Burn,” weirdly has the trappings of a season finale, featuring series of happy-endings and resolutions. For instance, in addition to Jack and Ryan mending their feud, maybe temporarily, Montgomery gets a love interest, Andy and Ryan get together (again), Pruitt resolves to include Andy in his health journey, Hughes accepts Bishop’s assistance in dealing with her fear of fire, and Mason finally accepts Bishop’s gifts, in resigned defiance. The show finally seems to be gathering momentum in terms of being emotionally engaging, and commendation must be given to the way the stories align comprehensively to reflect a specific theme, although not so much the title of the episode in this case.
Citing compelling situations, Station 19 makes a case in support of team work, and the ability to be honest even in the most difficult circumstances.
On Station 19 Season 1 Episode 6, Jack and Andy join other Captain hopefuls in another round of evaluations, Travis becomes Acting Captain while they are away, Vic finally admits her lingering problem, while Andy and Ryan keep pushing their “friendship” forward.
Station 19 delivers arguably the most emotional episode so far, in typical Grey’s Anatomy style. Speaking of, Doctor Miranda Bailey makes a special guest appearance, as our favorite firefighters deal with the unexpected.
On Station 19 Season 1 Episode 5, the Station 19 crew experience their first direct loss in the line of duty, Andy and Jack are forced to expose their affair to the team, while Andy makes a move for Ryan. In keeping with its title, all the subplots on this episode are sufficiently shocking, either for the characters or for viewers, or both. Commendation must be accorded to the writers for connecting the different angles to the central theme, especially for incorporating electricity in a narrative about shock.
Just like it takes the right amount of gas to ignite and reignite a fire, it takes the right situation to rekindle old flames in people’s lives. If the fire is not completely put out, it rages on and could veer towards devastation. Station 19 uses fire as a metaphor, as the members of Station 19 confront the issues lurking within and around their personal lives.
On Station 19 Season 1 Episode 4, “Reignited,” Andy and Jack rekindle their sexual chemistry in the Captain’s Bunk, Maya comes to terms with her brother’s challenges, Warren diagnoses Vic’s likely PTSD, Travis doggedly assists an old lady, Edith, while Dean figures out how to get JJ.
On Station 19 Season 1 Episode 3, Jack begins his stint as acting Captain, and makes decisions that further aggravate his rift with Andrea, also known as ‘Andy.’ Meanwhile, Andrea has greater worries, bordering on her ‘questionable’ promotion and her growing feelings for Ryan.
On Station 19 Season 1 Episode 1 and 2, we are introduced to the diverse men and women who work in Seattle’s Fire Department: Station 19. We see the tough cases they have to deal with and the equally tough calls they have to make to get through, as well as the premature end of Pruitt’s tenure as Captain.