‘9-1-1 Lone Star’ 3×02 Review: “Thin Ice”

**Spoilers Ahead**

9-1-1 Lone Star didn’t let up with its second episode of the season. The snow and ice is not going anywhere anytime soon, and our favorite members of the ‘former’ 126 faced more heart-stopping emergencies and personal perils that dialed the drama all the way up.

Fans are still reeling after the major bombshell that was dropped last week that our favorite couple of first responders T.K. (Ronen Rubinstein) and Carlos (Rafael L. Silva) are no more. It’s been a very jarring but effective way to switch up the storytelling on this show. Having Texas covered in snow, one of the most solid couples on the show is separated, and two of the team’s rockstars T.K., Tommy (Gina Torres) and Nancy (Brianna Baker) as private care paramedics really shakes up Lone Star and gives fans a lot of new perspectives. 

Judd (Jim Parrack) and Grace (Sierra Aylina McClain) continue to prove why they are also one of our OTPs on this show. The bar for men has been set, and really, if you haven’t driven a fire truck across a city to get your partner English Breakfast tea, what are you doing? With Grace about to give birth at any moment, we know these two are going to make absolutely fantastic parents. Their tag teaming of a rescue was perfect for them, and really showed how much they are partners in everything. Grace continues to show her calmness under fire, and continually reminds us why she is the absolute best person to be on the other end of the phone in the middle of an emergency.

Gina Torres. ‘9-1-1: Lone Star’. Photo Credit: Fox Studios

Paul (Brian Michael Smith) was the absolute star of this episode. His passion for the 126 was so obvious, and his connection with shelter volunteer Lindsey (Carly Dutcher) was so touching. It was a relief to see Marjan (Natacha Karam) isn’t the only one carrying the hurt and anger that came with shutting down the 126. Paul doesn’t get nearly enough of the spotlight. Although it’s always great to see Smith’s chemistry with all of his co-stars, it would be a fantastic idea to give him more solo screen time.

The weakest part of this week’s episode by far had to be Owen’s (Rob Lowe) continued hiding out in the middle of the woods with a random woman and his dog. These scenes were odd, and really put a drag on an otherwise very fast paced episode. The additional storyline with him stumbling across the migrants is questionable. It could be a strong story, but is far more likely to be cringe and insensitive in the show’s context.

(L) Julian Works (R) Jim Parrack. ‘9-1-1: Lone Star’. Photo Credit: Fox Studios

The major drama in this episode, of course, was T.K.’s fall through the ice and subsequent hypothermic emergency. He, with Tommy and Nancy rescued a little boy who just wanted to go play outside and ended up falling through the ice. T.K. experienced paradoxical undressing, which is a very real phenomenon that is seen in many people with moderate to severe hypothermia. It was a refreshing hint of accuracy in a show that has a questionable track record when it comes to medical situations. Unfortunately, T.K. was left in a perilous spot, and the episode left us on a major cliffhanger about his fate.

The fact that we have two wait two weeks for the next episode is a television tragedy. The last moments of the episode seeing Carlos heartbroken were almost too much. As a side note, Silva’s emotions in those few moments was an Emmy-level performance. We’ve seen T.K. down before, but fans know we can never count him out. The only hopeful part of this episode is that Marjan, while a little banged up, looks mostly fine after her car crash. We can apparently look forward to two more episodes of the blizzard, and we can only speculate what it still has in store for the 126.

9-1-1: Lone Star airs Mondays 8/7c on Fox.

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