“9-1-1” took on racial profiling and police brutality in Monday’s episode, “Rage,” in which Athena’s ex-husband Michael (Rockmond Dunbar), and their children May (Corinne Massiah) and Harry (Marcanthonee Reis) had a run-in with the authorities that almost ended in Harry being shot. This incident leads Athena (Angela Bassett) to confront the officer responsible and Michael to have a talk with their son he wished he never had to have.
“It was sort of the heart of the episode,” “9-1-1” showrunner Tim Minear told TheWrap of Michael’s harrowing encounter, which included a moment where a gun was pulled on his son by a police officer. “We knew we wanted to do an episode about rage and so we were kind of casting around and looking for stories and cases that would fit into that scene. And