‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ Reveals Season 3 Premiere Plot Summary

by Suzanne Halliburton

We’re counting down the days until the season three premiere of 9-1-1: Lone Star. And Fox is adding new details about the storyline.

We already know the season three debut is called “The Big Chill.” And we’re not talking about the classic 1980s-era yuppie movie. Rather, it’s about the weird Texas weather.

And here’s the recently released 9-1-1: Lone Star synopsis. Read up.

“An unexpected arctic cold front brings an ice storm to Austin and a variety of weather-related emergencies. Meanwhile, Owen deals with the fallout of the 126 closing, as Tommy, T.K., and Gillian settle into new employment and Judd and Grace prepare for the birth of their first baby.”

There’s so much here to unpack. And using holidays as a reference, here’s how long 9-1-1: Lone Star fans have waited for a new episode. Season two closed around Memorial Day as folks were celebrating the start of summer. The third season kicks off two days after New Year’s as fans contend with their long holiday hangover.

The intense Arctic freeze will be the main story. The 9-1-1: Lone Star episode is based in reality since Austin was shut down for a week because of a series of very uncommon winter storms. The city lost power and water, with all the roads impassable. In fact, the entire state of Texas looked a lot like Austin. So you can imagine what kind of emergencies Captain Owen Strand and the rest of the firefighters and paramedics face during these storms. The crazier the better.

Here’s a taste of what’s to come. And 9-1-1: Lone Star isn’t exaggerating. Austin looked like this for a week.

Besides the ice storms, Rob Lowe’s Owen also will be dealing with the fallout of the closure of station 1-2-6. Owen was offered a promotion to Austin’s deputy fire chief. He turned it down to stick with his team. An arsonist torched the station during season two. And the firefighters and paramedics were pitching into demo what was burned and get a step up on the rebuild.

In the final scene of the 9-1-1: Lone Star finale, Billy Tyson, Owen’s nemesis, walks into the station with the news. Billy (Billy Burke) took the promotion. And, oh, by the way, he’s officially closing the station. That was the major cliffhanger. Would they really shutter the station Owen already had rebuilt once before?

From the synopsis, it appears the paramedics will go elsewhere. Tommy (Gina Torres) probably is still grieving her husband. He died unexpectedly in season two. And hopefully, T.K., Owen’s son, still is very much in love with boyfriend, Carlos, an Austin cop.

Then there’s Judd and Grace and the baby. She suffered some traumatic injuries during season two as a result of a car accident. That’s another key plotline to watch.

So set a note to self. 9-1-1: Lone Star premieres Jan. 3. Its sister show, 9-1-1, returns in March.