- "I have three commitments to my people. Everybody who clocks in will also clock out, everybody gets a fair shake, and no one, and I mean no one, gets left behind when it comes to skincare."
- —Owen Strand[src]
Owen Strand is a character on FOX's 9-1-1: Lone Star who is a former Manhattan firefighter that relocated to Austin, Texas with his son, TK Strand. He debuts in the first episode of the first season of 9-1-1: Lone Star and is portrayed by starring cast member Rob Lowe.
- 1 History
- 2 Personality
- 3 Relationships
- 4 Trivia
- 5 Appearances
- 6 Gallery
- 7 References
Owen was born in Santa Monica and moved to New York when he was fifteen. While working as a lifeguard in East Hampton during the summer, Owen was on duty, when he saw a little girl and her mother swimming beyond the buoys. Before he could blow his whistle, a riptide caught them both and they were pulled under. The mother came up, but her daughter didn't. Owen rescued them both, but the little girl began to turn blue. His training as a lifeguard automatically kicked in, reviving the little girl with CPR and mouth to mouth. Realizing that being of service is a way to give his life some meaning, he drops out of law school three months later and joins the fire academy. At some point between those times, he met his first wife, Gwyneth who was also studying law and they were married, having a son, TK.
Years later, Owen was present at ground zero during 9/11 with his crew, Station 252 in Lower Manhattan as the buildings came down. As the South tower fell, the heat became so intense, that metal melted but the crew went in regardless, tragically killing most of them except for Owen. A total of 343 firefighter's lives were lost that day, 14 from Station 252. After the events, he rebuilt the station from scratch and kept a piece of the building on his desk as a reminder of the tragedy.
Often times after the tragedy, he would stay late behind at the firehouse to help console any of his members having a rough time. As a result, it would lead to arguments with Gwyneth, and her growing tired of him using the tragedy as an excuse, notably missing TK's sixth birthday. These arguments presumably led to the dissolution of their marriage and into their divorce.  In between this time, Owen also remarried but got divorced shortly after calling the marriage a "mistake".
Years later, when TK becomes an adult, he works with his father at Station 252, the same one he rebuilt. During a rescue, TK tells him he intended to propose to his boyfriend, Alex. Owen expressed his concern that the two had not even moved in together yet. TK assured things will be okay, and he had already bought the ring. Owen approved the proposal but notably begins coughing. Owen tells a worried TK not to worry, as it was probably just a viral thing and goes to the doctors to get some antibiotics.
Unfortunately, Owen finds out that it was not a virus, but his doctor says it was rather tumors at stage 1B for lung cancer. Owen denies any exposure near any risks but learns that as a result of being at ground zero, by the 20th-anniversary of 9/11, more survivors that day and during the cleanup will get sick or die than those who were killed on the day itself. Owen asks if he was going to die, but the doctor reassures that this was the best-case scenario to be diagnosed now. He finds out he can work, and the numbers are on his side for survival, but to let this be a time to reflect on his life and see if things are what he wants them to be, as the hardest part of the condition was more of the psychological effect. He worries that he would not make it in time for TK's wedding, but the doctor tells him they would try their best to make sure it happens. Later that night, he goes to the 9/11 memorial to reflect and think things over.
Relocating to Texas
In the morning, still distracted by his thoughts, he arrives to work and meets Beth Healy from the Department of Justice, and Deputy Fire Chief Alden Radford to come down to Austin, Texas and rebuild Station 126, a station that had just suffered a tragedy six months prior from scratch just as he did in Manhattan. Owen questions why the Department of Justice was involved, and she tells him there had been an inclusivity issue down in Austin, where the Civil Rights division got involved. Though Strand is confused about why they didn't hire someone diverse if the department focused on it, Radford tells him they needed him, as an outsider who understood how much the community would heal if he rebuilt the house. Owen denies the offer, but Radford gives him his card in case he changes his mind.
After they leave, Owen asks a coworker where TK was and she tells him he hasn't come in yet. A worried Owen shows up to his apartment, knocking on the door to no answer. Suddenly concerned, he calls in a crew to bring in a battering ram to open the door, and finds TK on the floor, having overdosed on oxycontin. Horrified, he tries to wake him up and the crew successfully does. TK wakes up and tries to apologize to his father, as he comforts him.
A little while later, the two of them talk, with Owen questioning his son where he got the pills from, and if this was his first relapse. TK tells him he hadn't touched a pill for years up until then, and that the opioid crisis made him get the pills easily. TK tells Owen that Alex was in love with someone else, and they broke up before he could propose. Owen comforts him, and TK asks if he had to report this to the department, worrying that he could be suspended. Owen tells him the entire crew was there and they used the battering ram, but is convinced to report as an accidental overdose. Owen tells him in exchange that it would be a 'tough love' deal with TK from now on, it starts with telling him to go to therapy twice a week, with a therapist he chooses, and for him to pack his bags, as he takes the deal to relocate to Texas. 
As soon as they arrive, they go to the station building, which had been closed down temporarily after the tragedy.
Owen starts his treatment in "Yee-Haw", it's called adaptive therapy where they use immunotherapy and limited chemo to slow its growth so he will die as an old man with cancer "many, many years from now" rather than from cancer soon. Unfortunately, he has to stop getting his hair treatment because it would interfere with his treatment which caused him to have nightmares about losing his hair during the episode. He starts his chemotherapy in "Texas Proud" where he met a man called Wayne who gives him advices on how to tell the people he's close to. During "Act of God", he has to tell TK about his cancer when his son found nausea med for chemo patients in his office. In "Studs", TK accompanies him for the first time during a chemo session where Wayne starts talking about the side effect of the treatment on their sexual performances.
In "Monster Inside", his doctor tells him that he shouldn't be drinking during his treatment but she tells him that his cancer is 2,77% smaller than when they started the therapy and that the reduction is almost identical as what doctors observe on their canine counterpart who received first the immunotherapy drug cocktail before humans do. When the doctor tells him that while they're all treated in the best condition, some of the dogs don't have home to go to and Owen decides to adopt one of the dog: Buttercup.
Being Challenged by Billy
In "Friends Like These", he meets Billy Tyson who used to work at the 126 with Judd and took a year-long personal leave for a thyroid cancer when they lost the rest of their crew, he asked to rebuild the firehouse but Owen got his job and Billy now works as a captain for the 121. Billy comes to the 126 so Owen can gives him a tour of the new firehouse and when Owen tells him that he still haven't find a golf court to play, Billy tells him to go with him play golf where he does. Owen confides in him about his own cancer but Billy uses that against him to report it to Deputy Chief Radford. The Deputy Chief tells him that his cancer puts himself, the rest of his crew and the public at risk, Owen tells him that it won't be a problem and that he'll pass the CPAT in full PPEs.
In "Bum Steer", Owen gets TK to help him trains for the physical test as he is the only one who knows Owen is the one who come up with the test and not Billy or the Deputy Chief. When Judd learns that Owen is the one who came up with the test, he goes to see Owen and tells him it's weird how they went all the way to New York to bring him to Texas only to put him at risk of losing his job. Owen concludes that Judd spoke to Billy and knows that Owen is the one who asks for the test. Judd tells him that he's going to pray for him to succeed in that test because if Owen fails the test, he loses the firehouse and the rest of the 126 do as well. Billy and Owen meet up again on the golf court while it's raining and Billy starts threatening to fire Paul and Marjan because of their huge salary increases, Mateo because he took him five attemps to pass the test and while TK seems to have his head on his shoulders, Billy mentions what happened in New York and how weird it would be to keep TK around is his father isn't. Few seconds later, Billy is struck by a lightning and Owen carries him to the clubhouse in the rain and saved his life, also allowing to pass the test. Owen visits Billy at the hospital and the two decided to become friends.
In " Back in the Saddle", it's been a month since Owen finished his last round of immunotherapy. His blood work and pulmonary function tests look good, and his tumor has been reduced by 73%. The doctor tells him that his lung cancer is officially in remission and that he could do a surgery soon to remove the tumor completely. In "2100°", the 126 and their loved ones have a party to celebrate Owen's remission.
After Tim died right next to him, Owen starts having nightmares about him and while they're fighting a wildfire, he gets a concussion after a helicopter crash and starts having hallucinations of Tim who talks to him. Owen meets Hen who asks him if he can approves a chopper equipped with a rescue winch and infrared FLIR tech so they can search the hillside for the last kid before it gets dark. At first, Owen tells her that it's impossible because of the fire but then decides to accompany her in the chopper. The chopper then crash because of the wind and the fire. Because of the crash, Owen gets a concussion. Owen and Hen finds an abandonned mineshaft full of dynamites and they decide to use them. Owen and Hen both lose consciousness due to lack of oxygen but they're quickly find by the rest of their crews. Later, Hen tells Owen that maybe he should leave some ghosts in the mineshaft too.
After learning that Gwyn is pregnant, the couple go to see a doctor in "Difficult Conversations" who tell them that this is a high-risk pregnancy for both Gwyn and the baby and that, usually, couples who are in their situations terminate the pregnancy. Later that day, they decide that the best thing to do would stop the pregnancy and Gwyn makes an appointment, but right before they leave, they argue and come to the conclusion that they both want to have that baby together. In "Everyone and Their Brother", Gwyn and Owen tell TK about the pregnancy. In "Displaced", Gwyn moves in with Owen by bringing all her stuff from New York to Austin and they start arguing about which kitchen equipments they should keep. Later in the episode, Gwyn tells Owen that the doctor messed the number of weeks Gwyn was pregnant and that there might be a chance that he isn't the father of the baby and that Enzo, her last boyfriend could be, because they had sex when he came to Austin when Owen and Gwyn hadn't decided on if what their relationship meant. It is revealed later that Owen is not the dad and that the baby is Enzo's. Gwyn, then, decided to go back to New York in "Bad Call".
In "A Little Help From My Friends", he helps TK and Carlos move in together and confirms to TK that he's okay with it and that even if TK has left their house, he won't be alone, Buttercup will still be there. Later, Owen finds Mateo sleeping in the training room after they both got kicked out of the firehouse by the next shift. Mateo asks him why Owen isn't at home and Owen asks him the same. Then, Mateo reveals to Owen that his house blew up and he didn't tell anyone because he was ashamed of the fact that he's a firefighter and let his house exploded. At the end of their discussion, Owen says that it sounds like Mateo is looking for a new roommate and when Mateo confirms it, Owen tells him that he knows someone who's looking for one too, himself. During shift, Mateo joins Paul and Marjan and he's nauseous at the mention of food due to being hangover. He reveals to them that he has now become roommate with Owen and last night had been hell. There's a flashback from the last night where Mateo asks Owen if TK will be cool with him staying in his room and Owen reassures him about TK not living there anymore. Owen gets the tequilla out and they both start drinking, a lot. After a while, a drunk Owen tells Mateo that he didn't reschedule his cancer surgery, he cancelled it because he doesn't feel like it's the right time anymore. Mateo reveals it to Paul and Marjan and during a call, later in the day, they start talking about what happened with Owen but Owen interrupts them as they are talking about it on the open channel.
Later in the week, TK wakes Owen up at 2:30 in the afternoon and asks Owen how long he has been hiding the fact that he's depressed. TK learns that Owen cancelled his cancer surgery and plans an intervention for him in Owen's living room along with Carlos, Paul, Marjan, Mateo and Judd. TK reassures him that this is safe space and he can talks to them about what's happening. Owen asks Carlos what he thinks and Carlos says that "he's understandibly on alert". Marjan goes next and tells him that her coming to Austin change her life and that he's the best captain. Judd starts and tells Owen that he's depressed and that everyone knows it. Owen tells them that he's not because he has nothing to be depressed about. TK answers that this is why they're worried because the future he was preparing himself for got ripped out from him. Owen responds that it's because he knows how to roll the punches and Judd says that, no, he knows how to take punches and that when they stop, he goes looking for more. TK tells Owen he believes he's always been "bear and grin kind of guy" and that he suspects Owen to be suffering from smiling depression which Paul explains he's a thing when you use an upbeat attitude to hide the fact that you're not talking care of yourself. Owen retorts that he's the person with the biggest skin care regiment out of all of them and can't believe they're saying he doesn't take care of himself. So TK asks him why he cancelled his surgery, Owen says that yes he cancelled his surgery but it's not because he's depressed or have a death wish, it's because TK was in the hospital and Judd had his car accident, and that it didn't feel like the right time. TK tells Owen he needs to reschedule the surgery right away because it took him months before scheduling the first one, only because he was "going to become a father", Owen says that "he was already a father" and that he will forever regret that choice of words. Owen asks about what if the surgery isn't successful and they can't get out of all the cancer and TK tells him that he's not afraid about that, he's afraid they won't find any more cancer and that he'll lose his biggest excuse to feel sorry for himself. Owen puts an end to the intervention and they all leave the house.
The next day, Owen finds Buttercup laying on the floor of the house, in pain and brings him to the veterinarian. He's joined there by TK and Carlos to who he's telling that Buttercup has a serious bowel blockage or most likely a new tumor. Owen tells TK that he's going to reschedule his surgery and do it today and he thanked them for the intervention because he really needed that kick in the ass. Soon, the vet comes back with Buttercup who's looking much better and she tells Owen, TK and Carlos that he had an obstruction but that it wasn't a tumor. Turned out, he swallowed Gwyn's sloth that she used as a slow tea infuser.
Recovery and Arson
In "Slow Burn", he wakes up after his surgery and Dr. Jacobs tells him that the tumor wa actually bigger than they thought and that even though, they managed to removed it, his recovery will takes longer, not 5 days anymore but 3 to 4 weeks. Stuck at home, Owen gets the visit of Judd who comes to talk to him about Marjan losing someone on a call and how he can't stop thinking of the other things he could've done to save both of them, Owen tells him that he should focus on the fact that he did save McKenna and that it's the "curse of being Captain" to always wonder what you could've done differently. When they're done talking, Judd mentions that since Owen is bored during his recovery, he should call Billy Tyson.
Owen goes to Billy's house where Billy tells him that his thyroid cancer came back and that he had COVID. There, Owen learns the existence of an app that rely the calls of the Austin PD and Austin FD that Billy listens to, to keep himself busy since he can't work anymore. During this recovery, Owen managed to repaint his bathroom, listened to meditation podcasts, repotted plants and finished the puzzle TK and Carlos gave him while listening to the app Billy uses. One night while he's out, TK calls him and asks him how he's doing before asking him if Owen would like to come for dinner with himself, Carlos and Carlos' parents; Gabriel and Andrea. Owen accepts and they hang up. He enters a bar to buy a bottle of juice. There he hears a call for the 126 about reported smoke, on his app from an adress close to the bar. He runs there and finds someone who immediately runs away when they saw him. Owen helps one man who's on fire and goes saving the life of another man in the building. The 126 arrives and Judd asks him what he's doing here and Owen tells him that he was in the area and tells Judd that they're dealing with arson. Judd asks him to leave the scene because he's not a Captain right now, just a civilian.
The next day, the AFD Arson Investigator comes to the firehouse and asks him questions about what he was doing in the area, what he saw, etc. Owen answers to his questions and tells him that he's convinced it's arson and that they should check the place again for evidences. Later, we see Owen buying things and trying to recreate a fire in his garden to prove that it was arson. Owen calls Billy and shows him what he found before telling him that there was similar cases in the past six months and that they need to go back to the building that was on fire the other night to find more proofs. Billy refuses to go with him because he's afraid of losing his pension and health. When he's supposed to go have dinner with TK, Carlos and Carlos' parents, Owen goes back to the building looking for evidences, unaware that the arsonist is behind him and hit him on the head. Owen regains consciousness in a building on fire with someone standing at the door, staring at him.
In "The Big Heat", he collapses due to the hit on his head and wakes up at Billy's house. Billy tells him that he's not responsible for Owen being hit, but he's the one who dragged him out of the warehouse on fire. Owen decides to go to the police because he now has proof at it was an arson. Then, Owen realises that he's late to the dinner with TK, Carlos and Carlos' parents, Gabriel and Andrea and go there, two hours late. At dinner, TK remarks that Owen smells like campfire and Owen tells him that it's from when he saved the man, earlier in the week, because his organic shampoo didn't manage to get rid off all the smell. Gabriel that he took Owen reporting the fire as an arson very seriously and that the Rangers have been looking into multiples suspicious fires during the year and that they unofficially think that it's a serial arsonist. Gabriel tells Owen and TK that he believes the arsonist is a firefighter because it would take someone with incredible skills to fly under the radar and that a serial arsonist is usually triggered by some sort of traumatic life event, someone who's been laid off, divorced or had a major illness around the new year. Owen asks him if he knows anyone who fit the profile, Gabriel says no but tells Owen to call if he ever has someone in mind.
Later that night, Owen gives Judd a visit to tell him about his suspicions on Billy being the arsonist and how he wants Judd to convince him that he's wrong even though, everything add up to his theory. Owen tells Judd about what Gabriel told him on the arsonist's profile and Judd tells him that it doesn't just sound like Billy, it also sounds like Owen. Owen tells him that Billy's cancer came back 5 months ago, right after Christmas, and that 5 days later, the fires started. Grace appears from the bedroom and tells them that Owen needs to report this, and that if he's wrong, the truth will be on Billy's side but if he's right then he got to stop him before he killed somebody.
Owen is arrested by Gabriel the next day after the police searched his house, for criminal trespass, reckless destruction of property, aggravated assault and arson. Owen is interrogated by Gabriel who tells him that his alibi sucked because he was two hours late for dinner. Gabriel tells him that there wasn't any footage of Owen going to buy limes in that store but there was footages of him buying accelerants, wire cutters, crimping tools and a bunch of others suspicious objects at a hardware store, a week ago and that they found a little arsonist workshop at his house with counterfeit circuit breakers that were used in the original warehouse arson. Owen asks him if the informant who gave him these evidences wouldn't happen to be Billy and then says that the reason he had all of these at this house was because he was trying to figure out how the arsonist did it and that since the only person he told was Billy, he's telling everyone that Owen is the arsonist because he knows Owen will soon found out that he's guilty. Owen asks Gabriel how can he be the arsonist when he's the one who reported the arson in the first place and Gabriel answers that most arsonist tends to suffer from illusions of grandeur and that they don't like being ignored. Finally, Gabriel tells Owen that there was a victim, a migrant called Jorge Cortez who died during the first fire at the warehouse and that now, Owen isn't just an arsonist, he's also a murderer.
Later, Investigator Raymond comes in the interrogation room, disconnects the camera and micro to make sure that this conversation stay between them. Owen tells Raymond that he was framed and that they should look into Billy Tyson. Raymond tells him that the only thing that matters is that Owen have to prove that Billy is guilty, he asks him if there's anything that Owen haven't tell Gabriel about the arsonist, like if there's any fires that Owen believes Billy has set but still haven't been revealed. Owen asks him why he should say anything when it could just be Raymond working with Gabriel on how to add more charges on Owen. Raymond tells him that he's not working with Gabriel and that he's Owen's only hope. Owen starts talking about more incidents that he wanted to look into but Gabriel entered the room and stopped them before he could say anything else. Gabriel re-enters the room and tells Owen about a witness that saw him during the warehouse fire and who was injured during the fire. He was badly injured and they didn't know whether or not he would pull through the surgery but he did and Gabriel tells him that when he wakes up, he will identify Owen as the arsonist. Owen then asks Gabriel if he shared that news about the witness with Billy since they're working closely on the case together.
It is revealed later that the arsonist was actually Investigator Raymond when he went to the hospital to try to kill the witness (who didn't exist and was replaced by a doll) and was arrested by Gabriel and the rest of the Texas Rangers. Gabriel starts interrogating Raymond but he wants to talk to Owen as well. Once Owen is in the room, he asks him how did he manage to figure out that he was the arsonist and Owen answers that he was just lucky. Raymond tells him to tell the actual truth and Owen says that he figured it out because it's how he would've done it. Raymond asks him to answer the question he asked Owen earlier about how many fires have been set by him. Owen answers with eleven, which is correct. But Raymond tells him that he's so close to the truth, because yes, there was eleven fires that were discovered but the question was: how many did he set? and the answer to that is a few more. Raymond tells them that since they took what was the most important to him, he's going to repay the favour. Then, he sets himself on fire.
Owen immediately calls Judd and tells him that everyone need to evacuate the firehouse now because the arsonist might have left a parting gift there and that the 126 is high on the list of the most important things in Owen's life. After the explosion, at the Ryder's house with Tommy, Billy, Judd and Grace; Tommy is talking to Charles on the phone and tells him that the bomb squad found two bombs at the firehouse: one in Owen's locker and another under a sink. Owen is concerned about the fact that Raymond talked about "few more fire" and right now, only one of them have been discovered and he thinks that the firehouse was only a diversion from the real thing. Owen tells them that right before he killed himself, Raymond said that he would take away the most important thing in the world to him. Billy interrupts him and tells him that he thought Raymond was talking to Gabriel and not Owen. Owen, then, understands that he was talking to both of them and that the targets are TK and Carlos. Owen tries to call TK multiple times but end up on his voicemail everytime. Once at their house, he finds TK and Carlos in the bedroom, ready to jump out of the window and with Billy and Judd's help he manages to get them out of the house, safely. Owen only ends up with burns on his forearm due to the fire.
In "One Day", Owen is at the hospital where he meets Tommy and tells her he's here for a check up on his cancer surgery. He asks her what she's doing here and she tells him she's here for a relative who's having a procedure downstairs. At his appointment with Dr Jacobs, where she's checking on his scar and tells him that everything looks good, no swelling, no infection, no redness. Dr Jacobs asks him about the burns on his shoulders and back and that she would like to know how he got them. Owen tells her that it's a long story and that maybe he could tell her about it over coffee before stopping himself, remembering that she probably can't go out with her patient. She tells him that he's not her patient anymore so now he can calls her Barbara. They're interrupted by someone in the mic saying that Dr White and Dr Violet are paged to the ICU immediately, "Dr White" is a code for the staff to evacuate the hospital and "Dr Violet" is a code for a hostage situation.
Owen calls Tommy and asks her if she's still inside the building and tells her about the gunman in the hospital, she tells that she knows because she's looking right at him and that there's no need to worry because he only has a toy gun and that he's harmless. Tommy tells Owen that she needs him to buy them some times while she talks to George. Outside, Owen walks up to the Lieutenant Jeff Tyler who's in charge of the SWAT team and tells him that a colleague of him is inside with the gunman and that she's asking to give them a little more time. Tommy gets another call from Owen who tells her that she has ten minutes to get George to surrender but Tommy tells him that they changed their minds and that they're not coming out of the room and she quickly hangs up. Judd gets a call from Owen who asks him if he heard from Tommy today and Judd answers that they're watching her daughters right now. Owen asks Judd if Tommy told them she was at the hospital because of a relative getting a procedure done and which relatives of her live in Austin, Judd answers that it's only her and Charles. Then, Owen tells Judd about Tommy being in the middle of a police standoff.
After learning about Charles, Owen stops the SWAT and tells them to let him talk to Tommy and George so he can gets her to come out peacefully. Later, Owen stops the SWAT and comes into the room, telling Tommy that she's not fine and that he knows what happened. Owen tells her that he understands that she wants George to experience the miracle she's never going to get. Owen says that Tommy absolutely has to leave the room because there's a lot of guns pointing at them right now, and that her daughters already lost a parent, they can't lose both of them. The SWAT breaches in the ICU and they arrest George and as she is watching George's ex wife with their son - now awake - Tommy breaks down and starts crying while Owen is holding her.
Owen goes back to the firehouse - still in ruin - to see the damage and pick up the reminder from the South Tower he had since "Pilot" on his desk. He hears a music coming from downstairs and found TK, Carlos, Paul, Marjan, Mateo and Nancy having a party there since TK and Carlos' place burned down. TK asks him where he was all day and Owen answers that he will tell him later.
In "Dust to Dust", Owen is meeting up with Deputy Chief Radford to discuss the necessary cuts in the Austin FD's budget and when will the 126 fire station reopens. At the end of the reunion, Radford tells Owen that he's going to retire soon and he offers the Deputy Chief position to Owen. Owen doesn't give him an answer and tells Billy about the offer when they're having lunch together. Owen saves the life of a little girl during the dust storm and then goes to look for Mateo when he learns that the man was outside during the storm. He finds him when Mateo is trying to save the life of people stuck in a building because of the plane crash and with the help of Mateo and the rest of the 126, they save the lives of the people stuck. Later that day, after a talk with Judd, he decides to rebuild the 126 station with the help of the team.
He's present when Billy comes to the station and tells them that he's going to be the next Deputy Chief and that he will shut down the 126 permanently. After learning that Billy isn't the Deputy Chief yet, Owen punches him.
A week after he punched him, in May, Owen is having a hearing with the Austin Fire Chief for punching Billy in the face after he closed down the firehouse. The Chief tells Owen that they're here to discuss the punching and not the fate of the 126. Owen replies that they should because he can accept being fired or suspended by it shouldn't have an impact on the members of the 126 who uprooted their lives to move to Austin and have served the city perfectly. The Chief refuses, suspends Owen and Owen tells the 126 that they're staying with their current firehouses.
In "The Big Chill", it's been a month and a half since Owen left Austin for the Hill Country with Buttercup. There he meets Sadie, the woman who lives in the cabin next to him and moved few days ago after her divorce was finalised. She tells him that he looks pretty handy with an axe and he tells her that he used to use one in his former life, she jokes about him being an axe murderer. Sadie tells him to be careful because the snow here tends to make people go a little crazy.
Later, 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.
Out on a walk in the snow with Buttercup, Owen notices that the weather is getting worse and tells Buttercup they're going back to the cabin except Buttercup took off through the snowed in fields to lead Owen somewhere. Owen follows him and finds a man unconscious in the snow, he shakes him to wakes him up but can't communicate with him, as the man is speaking in Spanish, a language Owen doesn't speak.
In "Thin Ice", Owen brings the man back to his cabin, laying him on the floor to treat his stab wound. He's interrupted by Sadie who visits him with hot toddies before she notices the other man. Owen tells her that he found the man in the snow, that he's hypothermic and have a stab wound that hit a brachial artery. He asks Sadie to take a clean pair of socks from the dresser and vodka, which she does, because Owen is going to have to cauterize the wound. He tells her that she has to try putting the socks in the man's mouth to see if he can bites down on it, she asks him if she should give him a glass of vodka first and Owen replies that the vodke is for them. The man wakes up and Sadie tells him in Spanish what's going to happen before Owen starts cauterizing the wound. The man passes out because of the pain. Owen tells Sadie that he's going to need an hospital and asks her if there's a landline at her place. She tells him that she doesn't but she have something that could replace it.
Later, Sadie comes back to the cabin, holding a box which contained a "relic", Owen asks her when was the last time she used it and Sadie replies that she never did but her ex, Clyde, collectioned ham radio. She apologises that she doesn't have the instructions but Owen tells her that it's fine and they'll figure it out together. Sadie gives him the emergency frequencies and Owen calls for help with the radio. It works and Owen manages to get in contact with the 9-1-1 dispatch of Kerrville. Dispatch tells him that they're jammed with the storm but they'll send someone up there whenever they can before cutting the communication. Sadie realises that he's actually a firefighter and Owen jokes about it being less exciting than an axe murderer. Sadie disagrees. While the man is unconscious, Sadie and Owen sit together at the table and Sadie wonders who stabbed him which Owen does too. She asks him if the man said anything to Owen and Owen replies that he was speaking Spanish and was pretty agitated. Sadie guesses that he's probably there illegally and that Coyotes use these backcountry roads as smuggling routes. Owen tells her that they're still really away from the border and Sadie tells him that it's been quite the thing these past few years and that people pay cartels to get them as far as Rio Grande as they can and that when they have them, they jack up the price and if they can't pay, they get rid of them. They're interrupted by Buttercup barking and the door opening and notice that the man is gone. Owen goes on the porch and screams for him without getting any answers, he grabs his coat and hat and leaves the cabin to find the man. Sadie tries to stop him but fails. Owen goes in the woods, yelling for the man who run away and he accidentally fall off an hill, knocking himself unconscious and laying on the ground.
He comes back to himself in a barn, full of people. A woman - Elena - hovers over him asking how is his head, Owen replies that it hurts. They found him in the storm and decided to bring him there. Owen asks her what happened and a man interrupts them in Spanish, telling them to not trust Owen because he could be with immigration. Owen tells them that he doesn't care where they're from, he's just glad they came and thanks them for saving him. Owen tells them that they can't stay in this barn because it's too cold. He asks again what happened to Elena and she tells him that they were transported from McAllen when the coyotes tried to take everything from them. They fought back and there was a crash and they took back what was theirs. The ones who could run away and the others stayed behind. Owen says that he thinks he found one who was injured and was looking for him when the storm hit. The doors of the barn open and Owen recognises the man who he was looking for, the guy gets a gun out of his pocket and Owen realises that's the man the migrants were running from.
TK and his dad have a very close relationship. They both were firefighters in the same crew in New York and Owen was the one who found him on the floor after TK overdosed. Owen revived him and later, father and son have a talk about what happened and Owen tells TK that he now needs to go to therapy and attend meetings. Once they moved to Austin, Owen tells TK that they're going to live together and that his first priority is that TK lives and he needs to keep a close eyes on him. At the end of "Pilot", they're at the bar with the rest of their crew where TK tells Owen that they're going to be "just okay." Then, Owen tries to tell TK about his cancer but stopped and tells TK that he loves him.
When he learn about Owen's cancer, TK is first angry that Owen hide it from him and wonder if it was because Owen thought TK was too weak to handle the news. Once Owen told him that it wasn't the case, the two men hugged. Then, TK started going to Owen's chemo sessions to support him.
When TK is hurt and is in a coma, Owen talks to him about what the doctors said and begs him to tighten his hand to show him that he heard him. When he wakes up, TK asks his father what happened and when Owen tells him, he asks him how the little boy is doing. Once he's back home, Owen keeps a close eye on TK and TK almost has to force him to go to work, assuring him that he will be fine. Owen tells him that TK will be back to work soon but TK is not sure about that.
Then, TK goes to the station to talk to Owen where he's welcomed by the rest of the 126. Once in Owen's office, TK asks Owen how he knew that he wanted to be a firefighter. Owen explains it to him and TK tells him that he has doubts on being a firefighter and that maybe he only wanted to have a father after Owen spent less time with his family after 9/11. Later that day, TK and Owen go to visit Colt, the little boy who shot TK by protecting his family and after TK reassured him that he was fine, once they're out of the house, Owen tells TK that he's never been more proud of him. After TK tells the crew that he wants to stay here with them, as a firefighter, Owen asks him if he's sure and TK said yes. The two men share a hug.
TK and Owen share another hug in "Back in the Saddle. TK orders a cake for Owen's remission party in "2100°" and they share another hug. In "Hold the Line", TK decides with Buck to go look for Owen and Hen after they crashed, with the help of the 126 and Eddie. In "Everyone and Their Brother", Owen gives his power of attorney to TK because he decided to do the surgery to remove his lung cancer because "he's going to be a father" which bring TK's mood down as he forgot he was already a father to him. When Owen goes to see TK to tells him that he learns about his desire to become a paramedic and TK tells him that it's what he wants and that it's not a tantrum for something Owen might have said. Then, TK tells him that while Owen is overwhelmed with joy with the pregnancy, TK is just overwhelmed and he was feeling overwhelmed in the past, he'd cope with these feelings in an unhealthy way so instead of calling a paramedic, he's thinking about becoming one. Owen tells him that their future baby is going to be lucky to have TK as a big brother and TK answers by saying that this kid will be lucky to have him and Gwyn as parents. Later, TK is present when Gwyn and Owen learn they're having a boy.
In "Bad Call", when TK disappears along with Tommy and Nancy, Carlos comes to ask Owen if he and Gwyn saw him and when they realise that he's been gone for hours and haven't check in with dispatch, Owen helps Carlos finding them. Later, Owen is present for TK in his hospital room after he got admitted for concussion. In "A Little Help From My Friends", Owen helps TK and Carlos move in together and after the 126 and Carlos organise an intervention for Owen, he decides to reschedule his surgery. In "Slow Burn", TK is at Owen's bedside after his surgery and he gave him a puzzle that he and Carlos bought together to occupy him during his recovery. Later that week, TK invite Owen over for dinner at he and Carlos' place along with Carlos' parents, Gabriel and Andrea. Owen is later for dinner but arrive in "The Big Heat". At the end of the same episode, Owen is the one who saves TK and Carlos' lives when they're stuck in a fire at their place.
Gwyn and Owen were married. Gwyn came down to Austin during the time jump to check on TK after he was shot, and the two of them started to have sex when she got stuck in Austin during the lockdown. After they learn that Owen's lung cancer is in remission, Gwyn decides that it's time for to go back to New York. Later, Owen convinces her to stay because "how many times can they have a second chance at the best relationship of their lives?".
In "Friends With Benefits", Owen states that when they were together, they were miles apart and now that they're not together, they're closer than ever. He says that they should invent a term for that and Gwyn tells him that it exists, it's called "friends with benefits". Later, Gwyn asks Owen what they are because she wants clarity in their relationship. After a talk with Judd, Owen decides to propose to Gwyn once again but Gwyn says no because it's not what she wants, she really just wanted clarity. Then, she tells him that she's pregnant. They later learn that they're having a boy.
In "Displaced", Gwyn moves in with Owen by bringing all her stuff from New York to Austin and they start arguing about which kitchen equipments they should keep. Later in the episode, Gwyn tells Owen that the doctor messed the number of weeks Gwyn was pregnant and that there might be a chance that he isn't the father of the baby and that Enzo, her last boyfriend could be, because they had sex when he came to Austin when Owen and Gwyn hadn't decided on if what their relationship meant. It is revealed later that Owen is not the dad and that the baby is Enzo's. Gwyn, then, decided to go back to New York in "Bad Call".
Owen and Zoe met in "Studs" in a makeup store where he gives her advices on how to get rid off bags under her eyes. At first, she thought that he's not straight but he proves her wrong. They go to Owen's house and start making out but not being able to have sex because of Owen. She asks him if he wants to go eat with her but he refuses. Later, they go to a sushi restaurant where Owen gets a boner and they leave the restaurant together. In "Awakening", Zoe comforts Owen when TK is in a coma and she's there when TK wakes up and awkwardly tells him that she's Owen's date.
Owen and Michelle are good friends. They confide in each other in "Yee-Haw" Owen about his fear of losing his hair because of his treatment and Michelle about the disappearance of her sister and her visit to a curandera. After Michelle tells him about Dustin's refusal to talk to her, a drunk Owen goes to see him and tells him that he should talks to her.
Owen and Judd are friends. Judd is the first person in Texas who learns about Owen's cancer. During the altercation between Billy and Owen, Grace tells Judd that if Owen hadn't tell him to go to therapy, she didn't where they would be right now so she tells him that he should help Owen if he can. Judd meets up with Billy and tells him that while "he's flashy, his heart is in the right place". Billy then tells Judd that Owen is the one who came up with the CPAT test, not Billy. In "Displaced", Judd is excited about the idea of Owen and Gwyn having a baby. In "Saving Grace", Owen is the one who tells Judd about the accident, they share a hug when Judd is getting food and another one when Judd announces to the 126 that he is going to be a father. Along with Benjamin Williams, he's stopping Judd from killing the man who drove them off the road.
Carlos and Owen share a professional relationship with respect for each other. Other than that it is clear from the beginning that he sees Carlos as a good match for TK. When TK is hurt on a call and is in a coma at the hospital, Owen asks Carlos if he wants to spend time with him and tells him that TK would probably appreciate that. It is said that Carlos has seen Owen and Gwyn around each other so it's possible that they have share time all together at the Strand house. When TK and Carlos has a fight in "Friends With Benefits", it is Owen who defends Carlos' actions. He also comments that his son and Carlos are "more than (friends with benefits)". Owen and Carlos share a hug in "2100°".
In "Bad Call", Carlos comes by the firehouse to speak to TK but as he is out on a call, Owen tells him to wait for him there and offers Carlos a smoothie. They go in the firehouse's kitchen and Carlos tells Owen about his suspension and after Carlos tells him about how his father thinks he's too soft to be a cop, Owen tells him that "there should be a heart behind that shield" and that Carlos "got a good one." Then, they work together to find TK, Tommy and Nancy after they were kidnapped by robbers and when they do, Owen has a talk with Carlos' father where he tells him that they only succeeded to find them because of Carlos and that "he's an impressive guy.". Carlos has a hard time calling Owen by his name which the latter insists, but by the end of episode "A Little Help From My Friends", we see Carlos managing to call him "Owen". In episode "The Big Heat" Owen officially meets Carlos's parents and compliments them for raising a "fantastic son". Later in the episode Owen agrees with Gabriel when the latter states that he loves that his son is with TK. As of "One Day", Carlos is living with TK, Owen and Mateo.
- He was born in Santa Monica and moved to New York when he was fifteen.
- He loves dogs and Cesar Millan. ("Friends Like These")
- He lives at 1234 Iron Mountain DR with TK before he moved in with Carlos. He now lives with Mateo as his roommate. ("Act of God" and "A Little Help From My Friends")
- He loves Han Solo and says "Never tell me the odds!" a lot. ("Bum Steer" and "Difficult Conversations")
|"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"|
|"The Big Chill"||"Thin Ice"||"Shock and Thaw"||"Push"||"Child Care"|
|"Red vs. Blue"||"In the Unlikely Event of an Emergency"||"3x08"||"3x09"||"3x10"|