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9-1-1 Season 5 spoilers: Is Jennifer Love Hewitt leaving the series?

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We worried about Jennifer Love Hewitt leaving 9-1-1 Season 5 before the season even started. Is this is for Maddie on the series?

Caution: There are spoilers from 9-1-1 Season 5, Episode 3 in this post.

9-1-1 Season 4’s ending brought us the devastating reveal that Maddie was suffering from postnatal depression. That’s getting worse throughout the fifth season, and it’s all led to the moment in 9-1-1 Season 5, Episode 3.

From the beginning of the season we feared that Hewitt would leave the series. It felt like the series was getting ready to write her out, and then we learned about her very real pregnancy. When Hewitt was on Criminal Minds, she ended up leaving after one season due to pregnancy. Would it happen again?

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This doesn’t have to be a permanent exit. I’m not even that sure the idea of Maddie abandoning everyone suits her personality. While she kept a lot of secrets when it came to Doug, she started to trust Chimney and she found a family in Los Angeles. It’s the postnatal depression that has led to her making this decision.

There have been some signs leading up to this that Maddie would leave. Allowing her daughter to drop to the bottom of the bathtub was one of those moments. Taking her to the hospital was Maddie’s cry for help and nobody was listening.

There’s nothing to say that Hewitt is leaving the series permanently. This could be linked to her maternity leave, allowing her to return when she’s ready. Of course, Maddie isn’t just going to be able to fit back into everyone’s lives as she did before. There is going to be anger from Chimney and Buck at the very least.

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What did you think of Maddie’s actions? What do you hope to see for Maddie’s storyline on 9-1-1 Season 5? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

9-1-1 Season 5 airs Mondays at 8/7c on FOX in the U.S and on Global TV in Canada.