‘9-1-1: Lone Star’: How Jim Parrack and Sierra McClain Learned Judd and Grace’s Backstory

by Taylor Cunningham

When Grace and Judd Ryder first appeared on 9-1-1: Lone Star, they were already married. But their romance quickly became one of the most loved storylines on the series. So the writers decided to give their audience a little back story.

On the April 19th episode of 9-1-1: Lone Star, the Ryders got into a car accident that resulted in Judd driving off a cliff. And Grace ended up in a coma. While her doting husband waited for Grace to wake up, he had a series of flashbacks that played out the couple’s love story.

During an interview with TV Insider, Grace and Judd actors Sierra McClain and Jim Parrack sat down to talk about their on-screen marriage. And McClain revealed that, until that episode, she didn’t know much about her past with Judd. However, the series always insinuated that the couple had a long and loving relationship. So she thought showcasing it in a single episode seemed daunting. But after the story was filmed, she was happy with the results.

“I didn’t know much [about the couple],” she said. “The only real background I knew was in the very first episode where Judd and Grace talk about what Judd had to do to get her: build a pool deck for her father. This was a lot to take in in an hour’s worth. I was pleasantly surprised though. When Jim kind of gave me the rundown before I got the full draft, I wondered, “Oh my gosh, what are we about to get ourselves into?”

Jim Parrack Said that Grace and Judd Got the Love Story they Deserved on ‘9-1-1: Lone Star’

Parrack agreed with McClain. The writers did a wonderful job portraying Grace and Judd’s history. And he appreciated that their romance wasn’t portrayed in a stereotypical way. The episode did justice to the story and made fans realize why they root for the couple so much.

I was really, really impressed with what Tim Minear did with the script in that he had the voice of the franchise, our 9-1-1 operator, already at a phone somewhere. That was totally indicative of who she already was as a human being,” Parrack shared. “There was a whole courtship and getting to know each other in a really deep way before we ever laid eyes on each other at the bar. I know it can’t be totally original. I’m sure there’s something else out there a lot like that. But I thought that was a really fresh way to get into it. By the time we’re starstruck on the dance floor, we already have an established, meaningful relationship. It was really, really fun to kind of come at it that way.”

For those of you wondering, Grace is alive and well on 9-1-1: Lone Star. At the end of the episode, Grace wakes up and finds out she’s pregnant. And we’re expecting to meet her baby in season three.