Jennifer Love Hewitt’s beloved character, Maddie, in the 9-1-1 series on Fox has been really put through the trenches recently. After the last episode’s massive suspenseful cliffhanger, fans are in a panic, desperately wanting to know if JLH is leaving the show. Read on to find out if ‘Maddie’ will be returning to the popular prime-time drama.
Warning: Spoilers of the latest episode ahead!
Maddie Struggles With Postpartum Depression
Through the beginning episodes of Season 5, fans have watched Maddie sink further and further into mental illness. She is a new mom to a perfect little baby girl but she has been consumed with postpartum depression. Jennifer Love Hewitt’s character is clearly struggling and we watch her deteriorate until she feels she cannot care for little Jee-Yun anymore.
The show did a great job at bringing attention to the condition. While most do experience some minor or mild form of the ‘baby blues,’ the huge hormonal shifts definitely affect some more severely than others. Thankfully, Maddie recognized that her mental state was becoming unsafe.
‘Better Off Without Me’
In the last aired episode, Season 5 Episode 3, Maddie‘s mental state tips even further into darkness. The new Mother’s despair and feelings of resentment and unworthiness and hopelessness have overcome her. At some point, she does recognize that, unfortunately, her own daughter is not safe with her. So, she takes her daughter to see her Dad at work, before taking off. She leaves Chimney a voicemail that has some ominous undertones. She basically explains that she’s safe, she’s not been kidnapped but no one needs to come looking. Maddie tells her husband that her daughter is not safe in her care and feels that their child is better off without her.
I’m sure that you are confused, hurt, and probably really scared. I don’t know what to say. You don’t need to go to the police or come looking for me. I’m not in any danger and no one is making me do this,” Maddie said. “But Jee is not safe with me. Not now, and maybe — I know that you’re going to take really good care of her. And she’s better off without me. I love you. I love both of you, and I’m really sorry.
Did Jennifer Love Hewitt Leave The Cast of 9-1-1?
As far as we can tell, Jennifer Love Hewitt has not left or been written out of the plotline. In fact, fans would likely not be pleased if her story arch ended on such a horrible cliffhanger. Maddie and Chimney have been through a lot over the years. Separately and together. So, viewers are really rooting for her to come out of the other side of this.
From what we can tell, there has been no talk of Maddie’s character exiting the show. Additionally, JLH hasn’t made any statements to suggest that she is leaving the cast. TV Insider theorized that her disappearance bought the writers some time while Jennifer was off on maternity leave.
The 42-year old actress gave birth to her third child, Aidan, in early September. Consequently, it makes perfect sense that her storyline would get a cliffhanger to keep people on their toes while mom is home snuggling and recovering. And, if future episode teasers are any inclination, Maddie’s hubby is going to be trying desperately to find her – so we will just have to watch and see how this all plays out.
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