Episode 5 of season 4 of “9-1-1”, broadcast tonight on M6, has finally lifted the veil on the Buckley family secret and the drama linked to Buck’s childhood. Oliver Stark, his interpreter, returned to this revelation and its consequences.
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Nothing will ever be the same for Buck (Oliver Stark) in 9-1-1. After finding out last week that he and Maddie (Jennifer Love Hewitt) had a brother he had never heard of before, Buck finally learned of the terrible family secret that loved ones have been keeping from him since childhood during of episode 5 of season 4, broadcast this evening at 9:05 p.m. on M6.
Far from being prepared for the shocking revelation that awaited him, the firefighter played by Oliver Stark therefore discovered that he had been conceived with the aim of being a potential bone marrow donor for his older brother, Daniel, who was in pain. leukemia. Unfortunately, after a rapid phase of improvement, Daniel’s condition deteriorated again and Buck and Maddie’s brother eventually died. Forcing the Buckleys to move out and never talk about Daniel’s death again.
Too small at the time of the drama to remember his brother, Buck had therefore completely obscured this family tragedy and had ultimately built on a lie. While being, in a way, pushed aside by his parents, who couldn’t help but think back to Daniel’s death every time they looked at Buck. This child who failed to save his brother and accomplish what he was born to do.
“Buck was taking his first steps at the barracks in the pilot and the viewer saw it through his eyes. So I wasn’t sure if an ‘origin’ episode about Buck was really needed.”, explains Oliver Stark to TVLine about this pivotal episode, “Buck Begins”, which follows other stand-alone episodes centered on one of the heroes of 9-1-1, such as “Hen Begins” in season 2 or “Athena Begins” in season 3.
“And then [le showrunner] Tim minear said to me “I have this idea for Buck” and I understood why this episode had to be done. It immediately explained a lot of things we knew about Buck, it made incredibly sense. “.
“More than anything, I was impressed with the ability of the writers to come up with a plot that encompassed as much as we had seen from Buck over the years.”, continues the actor who lends his features to the young 9-1-1 firefighter since the very first episode of the series created and produced by Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story, Glee).
“The more I thought about his past behavior the more I was like ‘Okay, now I understand why he always does this stuff, why he has this savior syndrome”Oliver Stark explains in reference to Buck’s need to jump head first into the flames to save those in danger. “I found it brilliant. And I had no idea that some families actually had babies for this reason. This plot opened my eyes.”.
Now that Buck knows the truth about his origins and his family’s painful history, what can 9-1-1 fans expect for the character in future episodes?
“He now understands why his relationship with his parents has always been so strained and why he has always felt this lack of belonging to his own family”Oliver Stark tells TVLine. “So he can start moving forward. And heal, mend those relationships, and restore the bonds that were broken.”.
“Even though this news has been a bombshell in his life, it’s bound to turn out to be a good thing for him. We’re going to find a new, more accomplished Buck.”. Who can more than ever count on Maddie, Eddie, or Christopher in the next episodes of season 4. And who could even, who knows, finally find love?
The 9-1-1 season 4 trailer, airing every Thursday on M6: