Jaina Lee Ortiz, Grey Damon, Jason George
We gave it an A-
After 10 episodes, Shondaland thought it would be best for the Station 19 finale to go full on soap opera by leaving us with a handful of cliffhangers and a dozen questions. It feels like the good old days when our parents wondered who shot JR and they had to wait an entire summer before they found out. Season 2 is a long time from now. Who lives? Who dies?
The day starts off uneasy. Captain Ripley’s presence at Station 19 puts everyone on edge. He’s performing his last interviews with chief candidates and the entire team is irritated that one of these jokers could be their new leader. Including enthusiastic “girl power” Dearborn from chief tryouts. Andy gives her dad some legitimate side eye, knowing that Chief Herrera didn’t recommend her or Jack for the job.
Suddenly dozens of pagers go off. There’s a huge fire in a skyscraper downtown. Every fire station in Seattle, except Station 19, has evidently been called to save the day. The natives become restless, just waiting for their siren to ring.
Jack tells Andy that if he doesn’t get chief, he going to transfer because he “has regrets.” Low blow, Jack. Victoria is a bundle of nerves because she’s still scared of fire and doesn’t really want to go save the day, thankyouverymuch. Now that he can officially drive, Warren drums the steering wheel in the A-car, while encouraging Montgomery to tell Grant how he feels. (That feeling by the way is L-O-V-E.)
The siren finally rings and everyone springs into action. Captain Ripley has set up a command center four floors down from the inferno. Evidently this is totally normal. He needs some of the team from 19 to go relieve the firefighters upstairs and others to handle a bunch of civilians on another floor. Maya volunteers that she and Victoria will hand hold the white collar people and receives a huge thank you from her friend.
Guess who’s been fighting the fire all day? Dearborn. She is super stoked to show Captain Ripley what she can do in an emergency situation. As a result, she makes reckless decisions like jumping over a fire, only to find another fire on the other side of the original fire. Oh yeah, and a huge piece of debris falls on her and now she’s trapped.
Herrera being Herrera jumps over the fire, too, but she can’t pick the big piece of ceiling off of her frenemy. The fire is closing in on them. What will they do?
Why, throw an extinguisher sphere of course. You’ve seen those, right? They look like metal balls that explode upon impact, conveniently extinguishing the fire. Now, all we need is a billion more of those and we should be good to go.
Dearborn is too injured to continue, so she’s benched for the time being. Andy takes her back to command to be treated by Montgomery or Warren. They are head of triage and their main goal is to keep people from freaking out that a raging fire is right above their heads and the fire chief will not let them leave because it’s unsafe. Rock meet hard place.
It’s a good thing that young Molly is in charge of the civilians and has trained for this exact scenario. She takes her job as floor safety monitor very seriously and has the vest and orange whistle to prove it. Victoria and Maya are impressed by how she has handled a bunch of unnerved people and put her in charge of guarding the door so no one can leave.
It’s time to check in on Miller and Jack who remained on the fire floor when Andy took Dearborn down. Miller thinks that this is the perfect time to tell Jack that he is the reason why Jack almost cooked to death in the garage last week. He forgot the alarm code sequence, he was on the wrong radio channel, and he partied all night with JJ.
Before Jack can yell, or roll his eyes, or forgive Miller with a bulky bro hug, they stumble upon some flammable items on their floor. Lots and lots of flammable items. Who cares what it’s doing there. Jack immediately radios Ripley that the building must be evacuated immediately. It’s going to blow for sure if they can’t contain the fire to the floor it’s already on. (Recap continues on next page)