Spoiler alert! This story contains spoilers for 9-1-1: Lone StarThe Season 3 finale, “A Bright, Cloudless Morning”.
A few fairly significant characters from Owen’s life have appeared in the 9-1-1: Lone Star Season 3 finale – including his late ex-wife Gwyn (Lisa Edelstein guest) and Manny, a first responder who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks – but there was another important character for Owen who was conspicuously absent, except for a brief mention: Catherine. Following the explosive end of seasonexecutive producer Tim Minear explained why Owen’s girlfriend did not appear in the episode, which focused so much on the firefighter living in the present.
It’s been a turbulent season for Owen (Rob Lowe) and Catherine (guest star Amy Acker), as the pair survive tragic events, including a stalker who staged a bioterrorist attack in his office and leaving a dead pig in his bed (a Dexter-like a movement) — as well as some sitcom hilarity, like when Owen mistook Catherine’s ex-stepfather for her ex-husband and accused her of having an AARP fetish. Although that nearly ended the pairing, she agreed to stay with him if he returned to therapy, and the rest of Season 3 saw huge breakthroughs for Captain Strand. So why wasn’t Catherine in the hospital after Owen was injured in the explosion? Tim Minear explained to TVLine:
It seems Catherine’s absence from the finale was just a logistical issue, as Amy Acker was busy with another project. The episode dealt with it by showing that she sent Owen a “Thinking of You” card at the hospital.
The EP said it really worked out for the best, as Tommy (Gina Torres) was the only person Owen told about the possible recurrence of his cancer, and being able to break the good news ( fungal infection!) that really allowed him to do what his ghosts had implored him to do and leave the past in the past.
Does this mean we can expect to see more of Amy Acker in Season 4? Only time will tell, but there’s one thing Owen will have to look forward to when 9-1-1: Lone Star returns to Fox it’s his son’s wedding! TK proposed to Carlos in the season 3 finale, and we can’t wait to see what the new season brings for the couple (as long as it’s all good stuff). Could we see two Strand weddings in the near future?
We may be getting ahead of ourselves, and it will be a while before this story picks up again anyway. In the meantime, be sure to check out our 2022 TV Schedule to see which shows are filling those holes in your primetime schedule, as well as what’s coming to streaming. And while 9-1-1: Lone Star has been renewed, fans can also follow shows that have been canceled or are ending this year.