‘9-1-1: Lone Star’: Rob Lowe Talks Hinting Rock Bottom This Season

by Suzanne Halliburton

Rob Lowe was in a bad place, emotionally, as 9-1-1: Lone Star started its third season earlier this week.

And Lowe’s Capt. Owen Strand might remain in that bad spot for the season. Or as Lowe called it “Rock bottom,” and he wasn’t talking about the charming cabin in the Hill Country he retreated to during the Big Chill.

The social media account for 9-1-1: Lone Star posted a video clip of Lowe chatting about Strand and what he experiences in season three. Of course, there also are scenes from the premiere to illustrate the funk Strand is facing.

First, you see Billy Tyson (Billy Burke) giving Strand some tough love. Or maybe Tyson was just taunting Strand. The two are classic frenemies. But in the season two finale and season three premiere, the relationship definitely crossed into enemy territory.

“If you’d like to blame somebody, blame yourself,” Tyson tells Strand in this 9-1-1: Lone Star clip. What’s Strand’s response? He punches Billy in the face.

Ouch! Owen’s 9-1-1: Lone Star Problems Started with a Punch. He Won’t Say Sorry

Strand turned down a chance to be deputy chief of Austin’s fire department. So Billy took it. And Billy’s first decision was to close station 126, permanently. Strand protested with a punch. And said punch got him suspended.

“We’re down and at absolute rock bottom,” Lowe says in the 9-1-1: Lone Star interview clip. “We don’t even have a firehouse anymore.” Yes, the firehouse burned down in season two. The 126 firefighters decided to help with the demo in the season two finale, only to be told that the station was closing.

When season three opened, everyone was scattered. Meanwhile, Strand and his dog, Buttercup, headed to a Hill Country cabin as a rare blizzard hits the Austin area. Marjan finds Strand at the cabin and asks him “how can you just give up?” Strand tells her he’s tired, that he hasn’t given up, he’s given in.

Marjan (Natacha Karam) had talked to Billy and discovered that Owen could get his job back. But he’d have to apologize for the punch. He refuses to do this.

“He’s in a very troubling place,” Lowe says of Owen, as he asks himself “what does the world look like in this new world order?”

And Lowe predicts his struggle to figure out what the world looks like will be what “empowers” Owen through season three of 9-1-1: Lone Star.

Showrunner Says Owen’s Funk Is More than Bruised Pride

Showrunner Tim Minear, in another interview, said that it’s more than Owen’s pride that is fueling his depression.

“It appears that Owen’s pride is what has kind of kept him from continuing the fight,” Minear told TV Insider. “But what we’re gonna discover going forward is that there may be an even deeper reason that he’s kind of retreated into the hills.”

This Monday’s episode is the continuation of The Big Chill. Except the 9-1-1: Lone Star writers dubbed it Thin Ice. Here’s the plot summary from Fox: “The ice storm continues. Tommy, T.K., and Nancy race to rescue a young boy stuck on a lake. Judd and Mateo help a trapped Paul and Owen takes drastic measures to save a man who has been stabbed.”