9-1-1: Lone Star Season 4 Episode 16, “A House Divided,” is another step in the right direction as the series approaches the end of the season. As a penultimate episode before the season finale, a lot of this story works well. Unfortunately, it still seems that there is more to set up before the season comes to a close. However, this episode does feature some of the best dynamics that the series should focus on more.
The continued absence of Owen (Rob Lowe) works wonders for the story. Owen is much easier to sympathize with when he’s at a distance like this. Clearly, there’s actually something compelling about this character when he isn’t running after chaotic romances that make no sense. Putting him next to his brother defuses some of the chaotic energy that this character is known for.
If there’s any complaint about the Owen story, it’s that there isn’t enough time to resolve everything that’s been introduced. This is a very compelling and heartbreaking story. With only the two-hour season finale left, there cannot possibly be enough time to resolve this. There can only be missteps and misguided commentary going forward. The Strands are not the right family to tackle this issue in a sensitive way.
9-1-1: Lone Star Season 4 Episode 16, “A House Divided,” also re-focuses on the 126 as an ensemble, which feels right. For all of the talk that this crew is a family, the show hardly ever demonstrates this dynamic. Seeing Tommy (Gina Torres) and Judd (Jim Parrack) fight feels like watching our parents fight, honestly. What makes this conflict believable is that both captains want to keep their crews safe.
The fact that this story is resolved with the realization that both captains are right and wrong. At the end of the day, it’s clear that they both love the 126. This love that binds them together is what ultimately makes them both worthy leaders. Specifically, it’s clear that Judd is far more suited to leadership than Owen. Clearly, Owen should consider taking more time to spend with his family in Los Angeles.
Finally, there’s a lot of humour in this heartfelt story. It’s always nice to see the 126 just irritating each other like all families do. The rivalry between firefighters and paramedics is always a fun dynamic to explore. These crews obviously need a venue to let off steam every once in a while. A rivalry borne of love like this is probably exactly what they need.
9-1-1: Lone Star is drawing to a close for the season, and it’s anyone’s guess what can happen. T.K. and Carlos are finally tying the knot. Obviously, it won’t be a completely smooth trip down the aisle. Whatever happens, hopefully everyone will end up where they need to be by the end of the season. Hopefully, Owen can keep his chaotic energy in check as his son gets ready to start his next chapter.
9-1-1: Lone Star airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on Fox.