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Michael Grant is a character on FOX's 9-1-1 who is the ex-husband of Athena Grant and the father of May and Harry Grant. He debuts in the first episode of the first season of 9-1-1 and is portrayed by starring cast member Rockmond Dunbar.

History

Coming Out to His Family

Michael came out as gay to Athena fourteen years into their marriage and then to his children. They went to couples therapy together to try to maintain their marriage for the sake of their children at first and Athena went in there with the hopes that the two could stay married as they both still love each other even though that meant that they would have to live without sex. Michael however, didn't feel the same as he has met another guy. Athena eventually realized that they would have to divorce or she would become too resentful and hateful towards him. The two later divorced and remain close friends afterwards.

He dated a man named Glenn, but he told Bobby in the episode "Broken" that he and Glenn had broken up.

Brain Tumor

Michael was diagnosed with a brain tumor after having symptoms and he told Bobby about it first.[3] He kept his diagnosis a secret from Athena and the kids for a while but later revealed it to them and said he decided to not have surgery on it, as he felt it was too risky.[4] By the events of "Pinned", Michael informed Bobby that he doesn't think he will live much longer. He told Bobby that he has gotten see May grow up but worried he will not get to see Harry grow up as well. Bobby promised him he will continue on his legacy with Harry if that were to happen.

He received chemotherapy and radiation therapy for his tumor and in "What's Next?", he got the news that his tumor has shrunk by 30% and will no longer be a problem for him.

Engagement to David and Going to Haiti

Michael met David Hale while trapped in an elevator after the power went out. They talked and flirted, but their interaction was cut short when Michael received a call from Bobby that Athena is in the hospital.[5] He ran into David again after he received good news about his tumor and the two finally went to dinner together.[6]

After some time, they moved in together and Michael decided to propose to David after David revealed that he will be going to Haiti for a while to help with relief efforts. However, his proposal plan was interrupted when an explosion occurred at the hospital David works at. David was stuck in an OR performing surgery during the emergency, and after he got out of the hospital safely, David said yes to Michael and they got engaged.

Later on during dinner with the whole family, Michael announced to everyone that he has decided to go with David to Haiti to help rebuild lives.[7]

Relationships

Athena Grant

Michael and Athena were married for fourteen years before Michael came out to Athena as gay. She was shocked and felt angry and betrayed by Michael. The couple went to therapy and attempted to maintain their marriage for the sake of their children, but Athena eventually realized that they would have to divorce or she would become too resentful and hateful towards him. Following their divorce, Michael and Athena remain close friends.

Bobby Nash

When Bobby and Athena started dating, Michael instantly took a liking to Bobby and encouraged Athena to be with him. The two became good friends, often sharing personal struggles and bonding over being father/stepfather to May and Harry.

After a traumatic traffic stop, Michael reflected upon on it and tearfully told Bobby that he is glad Bobby is the kids’ stepfather, because Bobby loves them like his own children.[8] Bobby is also the first person Michael told about his brain tumor.[3]

David Hale

David is Michael's fiancé. After an explosion at the hospital, Michael proposed to David and went with him to Haiti to help with relief efforts after a massive hurricane occurred there.[7]

Appearances

Season One
"Pilot" "Let Go" "Next of Kin" "Worst Day Ever*" "Point of Origin"
"Heartbreaker" "Full Moon (Creepy AF)" "Karma's a Bitch" "Trapped" "A Whole New You"

Note:
* denotes voice only appearance.

Season Two
"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"
Season Three
"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?"

Note:
* denotes archive footage only appearance.

Season Four
"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"
Season Five
"Panic" "Desperate Times" "Desperate Measures" "Home and Away" "Peer Pressure" "Brawl in Cell Block 9-1-1"
"Ghost Stories" "Defend in Place" "Past is Prologue" "Wrapped in Red" "Outside Looking In" "Boston"
"Fear-O-Phobia" "Dumb Luck" "FOMO" "May Day" "Hero Complex" "Starting Over"

References

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