Maddie Buckley, formerly known as Maddie Kendall, is a character on FOX's 9-1-1 who works as a 9-1-1 dispatcher in the Los Angeles area, and is the older sister of Evan Buckley. She débuts in the first episode of the second season of 9-1-1 and is portrayed by starring cast member Jennifer Love Hewitt.
Maddie and her younger brother, Evan Buckley were born in Hershey, Pennsylvania. After many violent moments with her husband Doug, she decides to leave him and flee to Los Angeles. In Merry Ex-Mas, she reveals that she only hated Christmas because Christmas Eve was the day she decided to leave Doug for good.
She lived with her brother Daniel Buckley and their parents, until Daniel was diagnosed with juvenile leukemia in 1989. After testing negative as a possible bone marrow donor for her brother, her parents had her younger brother Evan Buckley in 1992 to be a savior sibling, but the cells didn't graft and Daniel relapsed and died. After Daniel's death in 1993, the Buckley family packed up all of his possessions, moved to Hershey, and made Maddie promise not to tell Evan the truth. In 1996, Maddie took Daniel's bike from the garage, took the training wheels off of it and attempted to teach Evan how to ride without them, resulting in Evan scraping his knee and them being scolded by their parents. After that, she took to taking care the wounds he sustained during his many stunts as a skater. In 2004, after Evan was grounded for faking a signature on his permission slip to try out for the football tea, Maddie drove him to where they used to live, with the intention of telling him the truth,only to be interrupted by a phone call from her then-boyfriend Doug Kendall. She then decided to tell him that Doug go accepted into medical school in Boston, and that he asked her to join him in nursing school, going at night so she can work during the day to pay for it herself. After many violent moments with her husband Doug, she decides to leave him and flee to Los Angeles. In Merry Ex-Mas, she reveals that she only hated Christmas because Christmas Eve was the day she decided to leave Doug for good.
Moving to L.A.
After getting away from her abusive husband, Doug Kendall, she runs to Los Angeles to hide out with her brother, Evan Buckley, after not seeing him for over 3 years. She winds up living with him in the apartment he’s watching for Abby. Although she is trained as a nurse, she doesn’t want to put other people in danger from her abuser. Evan comes up with the idea that she should apply to work as a 9-1-1 operator.
On her first day at the job, Maddie fields calls after a major earthquake hits. Standout calls include one where she helps an expectant father stabilize his unconscious wife—who had started active labor—and direct them to emergency services and one where she suggested to the caller that the odd light cloud the caller saw was the Milky Way.
Chimney and Maddie quickly develop a close friendship, fueled by their shared interests and sense of humor. Buck notices their closeness first, but the couple eventually become aware of their attraction. They face multiple difficulties in their relationship, starting with Maddie's ex-husband Doug stabbing Chimney and kidnapping Maddie on what was intended to be their first date. However, the couple makes it through their traumas and difficulties in tact. Season three ends with the couple happily embracing after learning that they are having a child.
Buck and Maddie are nine years apart (confirmed in 4.4) but they are shown to have a very close relationship. Maddie states that she used to change Buck’s diapers and give him baths however. Maddie initially moves in with younger brother Buck after leaving her abusive husband, Doug. She fully trusts Evan and his friends to protect her. Although she eventually moves out of Buck's (Abby)'s apartment, the siblings remain close, visiting each other regularly. Buck later advises Maddie's eventual boyfriend, and his colleague, Chimney on the couple's relationship to varying degrees of success.
- Maddie was an ER Nurse for 8 years. This has been stated in several episodes including "7.1", "Help Is Not Coming", "Awful People", "Sink or Swim" and "The Taking of Dispatch 9-1-1".
- This will also later be shown in Season 4 as Jennifer Love Hewitt has said on social media before. According to her, she said that there would be a "flashback to when she was an ER Nurse".
- Maddie refers to herself as Maddie Buckley as well as Maddie Kendall. She is referred to as both in the same episode. She later implies that now, since moving away from her abusive husband, she goes by Maddie Buckley again.
- Athena jokingly called her "Buckette" in the episode "Awful People" as a reference to her being the sister of Buck.
- Jennifer Love Hewitt and Brian Hallisay (Doug Kendall) are married in real life.
- Maddie appeared in every episode of seasons two and three except for "Hen Begins", "Bobby Begins Again", and "Eddie Begins". She appeared in archive footage in "Chimney Begins".
- Her full name, Madeline Kendall, was revealed in "Fight or Flight" as it was seen on the missing persons alert that was issued for her after she was kidnapped by her ex-husband Doug. The alert also listed her as being 5'3".
|"Under Pressure"||"7.1"||"Help Is Not Coming"||"Stuck"||"Awful People"||"Dosed"|
|"Haunted"||"Buck, Actually"||"Hen Begins"||"Merry Ex-Mas"||"New Beginnings"||"Chimney Begins*"|
|"Fight or Flight"||"Broken"||"Ocean's 9-1-1"||"Bobby Begins Again"||"Careful What You Wish For"||"This Life We Choose"|
* denotes archive footage only appearance.
|"Kids Today"||"Sink or Swim"||"The Searchers"||"Triggers"||"Rage"||"Monsters"|
|"Athena Begins"||"Malfunction"||"Fallout"||"Christmas Spirit"||"Seize the Day"||"Fools"|
|"Pinned"||"The Taking of Dispatch 9-1-1"||"Eddie Begins"||"The One That Got Away"||"Powerless"||"What's Next?"|
|"The New Abnormal"||"Alone Together"||"Future Tense"||"9-1-1, What's Your Grievance?"||"Buck Begins"|
|"Jinx"||"There Goes the Neighborhood"||"Breaking Point"||"Blindsided"||"Parenthood"|
|"First Responders"||"Treasure Hunt"||"Suspicion"||"Survivors"|
- "Under Pressure"
- "Awful People"
- "Help Is Not Coming"
- as of 9-1-1, What's Your Grievance?