9-1-1: Lone Star “Texas Proud”
Texas Proud has been the best episode by far. For the first time, I don’t have medical scenes to complain about (mostly), and I enjoyed the character development and focus on a few storylines. The ball is getting rolling on this season and it’s picking up speed quickly. Let’s get into Lone Star Episode 3…
Everything is bigger in Texas?
You can’t start an episode titled Texas Proud any other way than with a very Texas 9-1-1 call. Ladder 126 heads to a call at a corn silo where a teenage boy is sinking in the corn. You heard that right, corn can be quicksand. Captain Strand hands the lead off to Judd being he’s the only person on the crew who’s been on a corn silo call before.
In the middle of the rescue, Marjan’s line breaks and she falls into the corn, quickly sinking herself. They were given specific instructions not to step on the corn and Marjan panics as she starts sinking. T.K. immediately springs into action trying to pull her back up. Judd yells at T.K to stop trying to help Marjan but he doesn’t listen. Soon both are sucked into the corn and Owen has to saw through the bottom of the silo to rescue all 3 victims of the corn.
When the corn spills out and all 3 people come tumbling out as well, Marjan’s hijab falls off. She does a hair flip that is caught on camera by some bystanders. I’m not gonna lie, the hair flip was probably one of the most epic hair flips I’ve ever seen. Marjan quickly realizes her hair isn’t covered and the guys build a human wall to protect her while she covers her hair again.
Judd calls T.K. out when they get back to the firehouse and T.K. is ready to blow with pent up anger. The two of them get into a little fistfight before it’s broken up. The tension between them can be felt through the screen and T.K. is teetering on the edge of destruction.
T.K. goes to a bar looking for trouble. It isn’t long before he initiates an all-out brawl and ends up in police custody. T.K. opens up to Carlos and lets him see what he was desperately trying to hide.
Nothing screams Texas like an eating contest. A petite woman faces off against a large man in attempts to see who can finish a 96oz steak first. The woman is dominating the competition while downing several pitchers of water. I for one was impressed with how much steak and water combined was going into her system. Water always fills you up so to combine the two was crazy. After she takes her last bite and wins the competition, she passes out. We soon learn she has water intoxication and Michelle must use a catheter to release the tension on her bladder. I’m not a medical expert but the way this scene was laid out did seem a bit on the unrealistic side. It wasn’t egregious enough for me to pitch a fit, but it did make me scratch my head a bit.
Needle in a Haystack
Michelle’s story evolves and we get a deeper look into this storyline this week. Carlos printed out a list of every blue truck registered in the greater Austin area and it contained thousands of vehicles. This situation feels worse than trying to find a needle in a haystack. Michelle realizes she needs to talk to Dustin to get more information on what happened the night Iris disappeared but with her harassment over the past 3 years she’s doubtful he’ll help her.
Michelle attempted to reach out to Dustin, and he doesn’t want anything to do with it. She begs Dustin to help her but with everything she’s done he can’t even fathom wanting to be near her.
Marjan is once again going viral for her hair flip after the corn rescue and she is struggling with it while some of the guys make jokes about it. To Marjan, her hijab connects her to something bigger and for the world to see her hair is one of the worst moments for her.
When Marjan is at her mosque another woman confronts her about her viral status and overall personality. In a not very smooth fashion, she tells Marjan to find another mosque because she isn’t wanted there.
Owen starts his chemo and makes a friend during his infusion. He admits to his new friend he hasn’t told his firefighters about his cancer yet. Wayne advises Owen to gang up on the cancer cells and gather a team of support around him. Owen is still afraid to let everyone know about his battle, but Wayne tries to break down those walls. When Owen is lifting weights later, he is unable to bench his normal weight and T.K. becomes concerned. Judd comes to the rescue, but we can start to see the tipping point when Owen must come clean about his diagnosis.