Planes, Snakes and Pipes: The Most Intense ‘9-1-1’ Emergencies, Ranked From Least to Most Insane (Photos – Graphic)



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Abby Clark (Connie Britton) answers some crazy emergency calls on Ryan Murphy’s “9-1-1.” While everything that happens on the Fox drama is bananas, some calls are flat-out intense. We decided to rank a few ahead of Wednesday’s Season 1 finale, from least to most insane. Enjoy.

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12. Snake chokehold
Well, it was scary. But like, it’s a boa constrictor strangling a woman. Is it weird we’re desensitized to the point this wasn’t actually that crazy?

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11. Valentine’s killer
The only thing dumber than the female serial killer LAPD officer Athena Grant (Angela Bassett) had to face on V-Day was the idea of this female serial killer. But it did make for a heartbreaker of an episode.

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10. Big plane emergency
While we’ve seen more plane crashes on TV than we will ever be able to count, this one gets a spot on the list because it took up an entire episode and wove together so many different perspectives. Yeah, it’s been done to death. But the show handled the drama well. Bonus points for the added complications of a water landing.

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9. Shot by a tree (basically)
The injury itself was a little ridiculous. But the backstory upped the emotion for this one. At the scene of a shooting, a man who abused his wife tries to blow up the tree where she hung herself to death, by firing at explosives he’s strapped to it. This go predictably awry. Did we mention this episode was called “Karma’s a Bitch”?

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8. Tiger attack
Being mauled by a tiger? Meh. The Cecil the Lion-inspired storyline? Brilliant.

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7. Little plane emergency
How does a little plane emergency rank higher than the big one? Again, the back story: Supposed engine trouble is just a setup to a marriage proposal, which then prompts what seems to be a heart attack. She’s rescued, though — and says yes! (We have no idea why.)

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6. Roller coaster
Is there anyone who hasn’t thought they would get stuck upside down on an amusement park ride at one point or another? This fear seems pretty common and the fact the first guy died because he was thrown from the roller coaster, but the second just gave up and let go, made this emergency especially haunting. Especially for poor Buck (Oliver Stark), who blamed himself.

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5. Abby cuts Buck’s neck open
Abby finally got her hands dirty in the Valentine’s Day episode when she went on her very first date with Buck — and ended up having to perform an emergency tracheotomy. Gross? Yes. Cool? Absolutely.

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4. The world’s weirdest elevator rescue
Elevator emergencies are a dime a dozen. Elevators filling up with water and people almost drowning in them? Not so common. 

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3. Flying bouncy house 
The idea of the wind picking up a bouncy house seems completely far-fetched — but this is one of those emergencies that “9-1-1” actually ripped from the headlines. The desperate-to-spoil-his-kids dad made it all the more painful to watch.

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2. Baby in a pipe
The “9-1-1” pilot told us exactly how crazy this show would get when they pulled a BABY. OUT. OF A PIPE. IN. THE WALL. The premature child was flushed by her shocked teenage mother. The rescue was mesmerizing, painful to watch — and finally cathartic.

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1. Rebar through the head
The team’s expert medic, Howie (Kenneth Choi) remained cool and collected while his buddies figured out the best way to save him after a bizarre car accident. All while he had a giant piece of rebar sticking out of his skull. 

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And we didn’t even include the tape worm, the domestic-abuse murder with a twist, the suicide-prevention-via-kick… and so many other insane moments. We’ll see if “9-1-1” can top itself in the finale. It airs Wednesday at 9/8c on Fox. 

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