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"Memento mori. It's a trick I learned from the stoics. Whenever you get stressed, just remind yourself that soon you're gonna die anyway. Everybody will. When you're in flight or fight mode, you can't think clearly at the same time. If you can convince your brain that none of it really matters anyway, then... you'll basically be a Jedi."
—Marjan Marwani[src]

Marjan Marwani is a character on FOX's 9-1-1: Lone Star who is a firefighter in the newly rebuilt Station 126 located in Austin, Texas. She debuts in the first episode of the first season of 9-1-1: Lone Star and is portrayed by starring cast member Natacha Karam.

History

Early Life

Before becoming a member of the 126, Marjan worked in the Miami Fire Department and was known for her adrenaline and quick actions taken during emergencies. As a result of her continuous actions, she racked up 11 reprimands in a single year for insubordination or reckless behavior. However, after she went viral for jumping into the water of a river to rescue two civilians who were submerged underwater in their car, she had gained more respect in her firehouse.

Joining the 126

She's close to everyone in the 126 but especially Paul and Mateo. She's always excited to be the one to do dangerous rescues like after the tornado in "Act of God", where she's the one who saves a woman stucks in her car, in the air, between two buildings, feeling a little annoyed when none of that was caught on camera. Same thing happen in "2100°", when she's excited as she "gets to" rappel into a hole full of steam created by a volcano to save a man.

Going Viral a Second Time

During "Texas Proud", Marjan fell into the silo and when she gets out of it, she lost her hijab and someone filmed the situation before the team can form a wall to stop anyone else from seeing her. Later, when she's at her mosque, one of the woman tells her that some of them here are concerned about her lack of modesty and that, since Marjan is new to town and still haven't put down roots, she should consider finding another mosque. Marjan talks to Paul about what happened at the mosque and he tells her that she shouldn't let them shame her for being proud and stride in there with her hijab held up high.

Wildfire

During "Hold the Line", Marjan teams up with Judd, Paul and Eddie Diaz when they go looking for eight kids and their counselor. They find the counselor and all the kids minus one, Marjan and Eddie stay down there while Judd and Paul go looking for the last kid. While they're stuck down there, Eddie sends a follow request to Marjan on Instagram, he asks about the car stuck between two buildings and she asks about Christopher and the skate he and Buck built for him. She's there with the others to join TK and Buck in their quest of saving Owen and Hen.

Getting Cancelled

In "Slow Burn", Marjan and the 126 go to an emergency call on the highway where a truck is falling off a bridge being only hold by chains. Marjan is interrupted by civillians who are filming her and asking her to say a few words to the camera. She does it before making her way to the truck. Judd, who's Captain while Owen is recovering, sends Marjan and Paul to help the two people stuck in the truck. Paul managed to get the woman - McKenna - out of the car safely while Marjan is taking care of her husband, Brady. Unfortunately, Marjan isn't quick enough to get him out of the car and when the chains broke, the car fell and explode with Brady in it.

Later that day, she goes to a board games night at TK and Carlos' house with Nancy and the rest of the 126 where they have fun until her phone starts blowing up and she discovered many mean comments online and her being tagged multiples times in a video. The video is made by McKenna who tells everyone that Marjan is at fault when it comes to Brady's death because she was bragging about herself and taking her time before going to try and save them.

When she meets up with her derby roller team, her captain tells her that she got from the Houston Invitational who now wants to uninvite them because of Marjan being cancelled online. The girls tell Marjan that they're supporting her anyway but Marjan tells them that she doesn't want to ruin their fun and take herself off the team. While she's having lunch with Paul, Marjan questions the fact that maybe McKenna was right and Marjan is only a firefighter for the spotlight, Paul asks her that what if she could save Brady but she had to die in case to do that, would she do it? Marjan instantly answers yes and Paul tells her that this is who she is, whether a camera is present or not. Marjan decides to go to McKenna's house to explain and apologise to her. Paul tells her that's a bad idea but Marjan still goes. The pair discovers a post that looks like a suicide letter online and forces their way in the house where they found McKenna unconscious in her bath with her wrists open. They manage to stop the bleeding on time for the paramedics to come and Marjan make the paramedic promise that he won't tell anyone that she was here.

Changing Firehouse

After the firehouse blew up in "The Big Heat", Marjan starts working with the 122 until the 126 firehouse is rebuilt. There, she joins Paul and Judd who now work there too. When the 126 and their loved ones go to rebuild the firehouse on their own, Marjan is present when Billy announces that he's shutting down the 126 permanently.

Fighting for the 126

In "The Big Chill", Marjan is outside of the firehouse when it's about to be demolished. She calls Judd to come with her but he declines her call. When she sees the demolition ball she runs and steps in front of it before handcuffing herself to the firehouse. She starts an Instagram live asking her followers to help reach her goal of 4.6 million dollars on their GoFundMe page to help reopen the firehouse. It starts snowing at that moment. Carlos arrives and arrests her. In the way to the precinct, Carlos tells her that she has to stop, Marjan replies that she won't. Carlos tells her that everyone's devasted by the demolition of the 126 but they all have accepted it, brutal as it is. Marjan asks him if he's talking about the firehouse or about himself and a certain paramedic. Carlos tells her that it's important to know when a thing's over and when it's time to move on. Marjan says that it's more like giving up and that they used to be a family, Carlos says that they're now a slightly estranged family.

Once she's in jail, Marjan is bailed out by Billy Tyson. She tells him that he should put her back into jail and starts walking away to live the police station. Billy tells her that he could've fired or suspended her but didn't, she tells him that if he did fire her, her story would've gotten more traction. Billy continues by saying that he needs her help, building up the department instead of tearing it down. She asks him why would she help him when he closed down their firehouse and railroad Owen too. Billy is confused about that and Marjan tells him that Owen satisfy every term of his suspension: community services, anger management,... but it wasn't enough for the department. Billy tells her that Owen might not have been totally honest with her and that this isn't the reason why Owen is gone. Billy decides to Airdrop Marjan Owen's contract of employment so she can learns the truth and before Marjan leaves, Billy asks her to tell Judd to call him back because he's dodging Billy's calls. She replies that maybe he should take a hint.

At the 129, Paul notices Marjan coming in and looking angry. He warns Judd about it before she gets to them. Judd apologises for not taking her call in the morning and that she was most likely there when the demolition ball swung, Marjan replies that there was no ball swinging and that the 126 is still standing for the time being. Marjan says that everyone gave up when Owen abandonned them and Paul replies that he didn't abandon them, the department just wouldn't reinstate him. Marjan tells him that this isn't actually true and that he could've been reinstated the next day but he chose not to. Marjan shows them the apology letter that Billy sends her and that all Owen had to do was sign it and he didn't. Judd tells her that he wouldn't apologise to that snake - Billy - either. Marjan says that if he had just sucked up his pride, he could've been helping them fight for the 126. Paul tells her that that fight has been over months and Marjan replies that it's only over because Owen walked away and when they lost their leader, they lost each other. Marjan turns away and starts leaving, both men ask her what she's doing and she tells them that she's going to get him back and to tell Captain Andrews, she's taking a snow day after Judd reminds her she has a shift.

Marjan gets to the Hill Country and enters Owen's cabin when he opens the door, taking time to hug Buttercup when she's inside. Owen asks her if something happened and she tells him that nothing happened and that's why she's here. Marjan reminds him that it's demolition day, he tells her that he apparently missed the livestream and she replies that he did but that the ice storm has stopped the demolition process and that the building is still standing. Owen is confused about what she's getting at and Marjan tells him that the universe intervened, it gave them a stay of execution, that it's speaking to them and that they need to listen. Owen tells her that the universe doesn't speak. Owen tells her that the cold will go away and the firehouse will be destroyed and that she has to accept they've done everything they could. Marjan asks him if they really did everything they could before showing him the apology letter he was supposed to sign. Marjan tells him that he could've sign it months ago and be reinstated and asks him why he didn't. Owen replies that because it'd be a lie since he's not sorry he punched Billy. Marjan tells him that none of them are sorry it happened but that he let pride get in the way of what matters the most: putting their house back together. Owen tells her that even if he signs that letter, it won't bring back the 126 together, since the 126 is buried, regardless what Owen does. Marjan tells him that they've brought people back from the dead, how can he just give up like that. Owen answers that he can because he's tired of playing the hero since it only gives him haters, like Billy who just want to take him down, any way they can. Owen tells her that he learned his lesson and that he didn't give up, he's given in to reality and that's something Marjan should consider because they can't save the world since the world doesn't want to be saved. So instead of fighting it, he's going to try to enjoy it for the first time. Marjan accepts it reluctantly and starts leaving, refusing Owen's offer to stay until the storm passes. She puts the apology letter on his table and leaves his cabin.

When she's going back to Austin with her car, Marjan swerves to avoid hitting a car that was parked in the way, fell off an hill into bushes. She wakes up some unknown time later, with her nose bleeding. She cleans it and realises she has no service and that snow has heavily fallen on her car. She shoves her shoulder against the car door and opens it, realising she's in the middle of nowhere.

When she gains back consciouness, Marjan hears a man outside asking if anyone is around and goes up the hill to meet him, only to realises that he left already. Later, while she's walking in the snow, Marjan sees the sheriff with a man and tries to get their attention. From afar, Marjan sees the sheriff killing the man and she starts running away after he notices her. She hides in the woods from him before taking her phone and calling Owen, going straight to voicemail. She tells him she was in an accident and that while she was walking up the road, she saw a cop shoot somebody, in cold blood. She continues by saying that he saw her and is probably looking for her right now. She tells him that she's on his way to him but in case she doesn't make it, the cop is a Kerr County Sheriff and that whatever he does, he shouldn't go near him. Marjan manages to get to the cabin and sees the sheriff coming inside of it. Marjan observes the situation from outside, seeing when the sheriff is holding Owen and Sadie at gunpoint so she goes back to the sheriff cruiser trying to find something to help her, she tries to take his riffle but fails as it is locked. She goes behind the house and finds something. She turns on the siren of the cruiser and sticks her scarf in the gas tank so Owen knows she's there before she lights up her scarf with a match she found, and making the cruiser explodes right before Owen knocks the sheriff down. When he's unconscious, after the help of Elena who kicked him in the head, Sadie comes outside and he's confused about what happened and what a Marwani is when Owen mentions it, he shows her Marjan calling her "his friend a big-time badass". Marjan tells him she learned from the best, him.

Later, she's talking with Sadie about the apology letter situation. Sadie says that she's confused about why Owen won't sign the apology letter, wondering if it's an ego thing or a guy thing. She continues by saying that everyone knew this "Bobby" had it coming so is he really gonna let him win. Owen corrects her, saying that it's Billy not Bobby before asking Marjan if she's serious, Marjan replies that she only wanted another opinion, Owen says that it's not another opinion, it's her opinion. Then, they watch as Elena reunites with her sons and Marjan points out how amazing it is when a family never stops fighting for each other. Owen replies, calling her out on her not being very subtle.

Marjan and Owen get in his car with Buttercup so they can drive back to Austin. Marjan asks him how he want to do this and when Owen is confused, she clarifies, asking if he wants to go straight to the headquarters so he can deliver his letter of apology to Billy and be reinstated or if they drop Buttercup home first. Owen asks her why she thinks he's going to come back and Marjan replies because "they're going back". Owen says that she is coming back, implying that he isn't. Marjan tells him that he packed all his stuff and Owen replies that because he has to stay mobile but he doesn't know what he's going to do yet apart from giving her a ride back to Austin. Marjan asks him if that's it and Owen tells her that he's very appreciative of the fact that she helped him out. and that he's going to make sure she gets home safely. Marjan reminds him that by "helping out" he means saving his life from being murdered, Owen agrees, and Marjan says that he owns her more than a ride and that Owen needs to sign the apology letter so he can go back to being their captain like they talked about. Owen reminds her that she's the only one who talked about it, he didn't say anything but no. Marjan tells him that he's so stubborn and that the universe is shouting in his ear and he can't hear anything. Owen replies that he hears something and it's Tom Petty singing "Breakdown" on the radio which Owen and Marjan both end up singing. Once they're done singing, Marjan tells Owen she still is mad at him.

Personality

Relationships

Salim

Marjan and Salim knew each other since they were babies and got engaged when they were twelve years old. Later, Salim asks her out to go have dinner and it's a big deal because they've never been on a date without a chaperone as married couple aren't supposed to. During their date, Salim asks her if she's in love with him because he feels the world getting warmer, the walls getting closer and he loses his breath everytime he looks at her. He also tells her that he met someone else called Madison. Later, Marjan tells Paul and Mateo that the wedding is off because Salim dumped her and that's when she realises that she's in love with him. Finally, she goes to his hotel and tells him that she loves him and they kiss but she stops them because she feels like the other woman. Salim tells her that she won't be a problem and that he can breaks things off with her right now and Marjan tells him that she can't be with someone who won't honor his commitments to their family, to their values and even to Madison. They break off their engagement.

Paul Strickland

Marjan and Paul are very close friends. He gives her advices about her issue with the woman at the mosque in "Texas Proud". In "2100°", Paul hugs her after she's done boxing and starts crying after they lost Tim. Paul feels protective of Marjan in "Friends With Benefits" at first when Salim is waiting for her at the lockers of the Roller Derby. Later in the week, after Salim "broke up" with her, Paul tells her that he can't imagine how anyone could let her go. In "Everyone and Their Brother", he's protecting from the blast of the explosion at the minefield. In "Slow Burn", he's supporting through everything that happened with McKenna and he's by her side when they're trying to save her life. In "Dust to Dust", they share a hug when Paul arrives at the 122 where them and Judd are going to work since the 126 is out of service. They're shown to be really competitive with each other when they're playing games. Paul describes her as his "ride or die".

Mateo Chavez

Marjan and Mateo are close friends. She's the one helping him the most when he has to pass his academy exam and who cheers him up when he's feeling down. When he learns about Marjan's engagement to Salim, he's sad because he doesn't want her to leave Austin at all. Marjan is shown to be very protective over Mateo.

TK Strand

Marjan and TK are friends. In "Texas Proud", he tries to save her life when she's in a dangerous situation on a call, putting his own life at risk. He also like other 126 fire fighters greatly respects Marjan's religious beliefs and is seen rushing to cover her when she loses her hijab. In "2100°", Marjan puts her hand on TK's shoulder to bring him comfort after Tim's death. In " Slow Burn" TK arranges a hang out at their place to give a devastated Marjan a fun time after her failing to save a victim earlier in the episode. TK also appears to be secretly happy when he and Carlos are beaten by Marjan in a board game.

Trivia

  • She used to Roller Derby in Miami and started again in Austin after a team was looking for a new member when one of theirs got impaled and broke her arm. ("Back in the Saddle" and "Friends With Benefits")
  • She has screws in her wrist due to a roller derby fall. ("Displaced")

Appearances

Season One
"Pilot (9-1-1: Lone Star)" "Yee-Haw" "Texas Proud" "Act of God" "Studs"
"Friends Like These" "Bum Steer" "Monster Inside" "Awakening" "Austin, We Have a Problem"
Season Two
"Back in the Saddle" "2100°" "Hold the Line" "Friends With Benefits" "Difficult Conversations"
"Everyone and Their Brother" "Displaced" "Bad Call" "Saving Grace" "A Little Help From My Friends"
"Slow Burn" "The Big Heat" "One Day" "Dust to Dust"
Season Three
"The Big Chill" "Thin Ice" "Shock and Thaw" "Push" "Child Care"
"Red vs. Blue" "In the Unlikely Event of an Emergency" "3x08" "3x09" "3x10"
"3x11" "3x12" "3x13" "3x14" "3x15"
"3x16" "3x17" "3x18"

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References

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