"And I'm just overwhelmed. But, you know, that's not new. In the past, I'd cope with these feelings in a pretty unhealthy way. So instead of calling a paramedic, I'm thinking of becoming one. That's gotta count for progress, right?"
—TK Strand[src]

Tyler Kennedy "T.K." Strand is a character on FOX's 9-1-1: Lone Star who is a former New York firefighter that relocated to Austin, Texas with his father, Owen Strand. He debuts in the first episode of the first season of 9-1-1: Lone Star and is portrayed by starring cast member Ronen Rubinstein.

History

Early Life

As a child, TK was raised by Enzo, Gwyn's partner at the time, when Owen was too busy.

Before the series began, TK had struggled with prescription drug use but went to rehab and recovered. He later became a firefighter at Station 252 with his father, Owen, and lived in his own apartment in New York. He also began dating a man named Alex, who he intended to propose to, but 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 and TK invited Alex to dinner that night. Before he could propose to him, TK found out from Alex that he was in love with someone else, and they broke up. Unable to handle the heartbreak, he suffered a relapse and overdosed on oxycontin that morning, where a horrified Owen came over and revived him.

Relocating to Texas

Owen decided to relocate to Texas after TK's relapse, where they put together a team of firefighters from all over the country. Part of the 'tough love' deal Owen has with his son is for TK to go to therapy, attend meetings and live with him. At the end of "Pilot", TK tells his dad that he likes it here and that he thinks they're going to be 'just okay'.

In "Texas Proud", TK and Judd argues about TK risking his life at a silo during an emergency call by trying to save Marjan and following his instincts. Judd tells him that "it must be nice that he gets to move right to front of the line while everyone else who deserve a shot..." and that he must have been killing it in New York City if he followed Owen at the drop of a hat. Judd calls him the "coach's kid" and TK starts to fight him before Paul stops them both. TK then goes to a bar to initiate a bar fight with two men and he's arrested. At the police station, he sees Carlos and apologises for his behaviour during their failed dinner. TK tells Carlos about his relapse with substances after a "nuclear bad" break up and how since he came to Texas "it's just grey, he feels numb all the time and he was just trying to feel something".

After Grace convinced Judd to talk to TK, Judd goes to talk him the next day at the firehouse and tells him that he got triggered at the silo because of how he lost all his brothers during the last incident. TK thanks him for calling him out because he needed it and they reconcile, smiling and shaking hands.

Owen's cancer

TK learns during "Act of God" that Owen has a lung cancer after he accidentally found a bottle of pills in his desk. He asks Owen about it later in the evening and Owen confirmed it, TK asks if he didn't tell him because he thought he was too weak to endure the shock of the news but Owen tells him that he's the one who's weak. They share a hug after TK tells him that he's going to support him through the whole situation. In "Studs", TK accompanies Owen to a chemo session.

After Owen is challenged for his place as captain of the 126, TK helps him training for the physical exam he has to pass.

Getting shot and healing process

In "Monster Inside", TK gets shot in the chest by a scared little kid on a call after he opened the door with a battering ram. After surgery, TK is shown to be in a coma with Carlos, Grace and the 126 waiting for him to wake up by his sides, in the waiting room or in the hospital chapel. In "Awakening", Owen tells Zoe that TK is in level two coma and that he's close to wake up. When he wakes up, TK asks his father what happened and when Owen tells him, he asks him how the little boy is doing making Owen chuckles because TK still care about others when he's the one in the hospital bed. TK tells him that while he doesn't remember anything from what happened, the little boy does. 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. Later, TK asks Zoe to come to their place because he believes that she's a psychologist. She tells him that she isn't but that she's a very good listener if he needs someone to listen. After their talk, 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 became a firefighter because what he really wanted was 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 in 26 years, he's never been more proud of him.

In "Austin, We Have a Problem", a bus accident happens right in front of TK and Carlos' eyes and TK goes to help the victim inside the bus, Ellen, the driver who broke both her legs. He tries to get her out of the bus which is flooding, after TK re-opened his stitches when he took her bumper to help him. Ellen tells him to go and to leave her here but TK refuses until Owen and the rest of the 126 comes and save both of them from smoke inhalation and drowning. Owen gets him out of the bus and forces him to go the hospital after TK made sure that Ellen was going to be okay. Later at the station, TK comes clean to the firecrew about his addiction and overdose. He tells them that after what happened today, he's sure that being a first responder is what he wants to do and he'll do it in that station, with his family.

Wildfire

During "Hold the Line", TK works with Mateo and Buck while they're digging a ditch to help stop the fire. TK and Buck start comparing their rescues and while they're doing that, a car on fire starts falling down the hill and TK pushes Buck out of the way, saving his life. They all work together to unlock the car and a dog comes out of it, his owner running up to them, apologising about what happened. Then, TK and Buck keep bickering about their best rescues and Mateo stops them by saying it's an impossible debate because it's like comparing Iron Man and Captain America. They meet up with the rest and TK learns what about to his dad. TK gets angry when the man doesn't want to send help to Owen and Hen and leaves the tent. Buck comes to check on TK and tells him that he should believes that his dad is okay and when TK tells him that They're stopped by Judd, Marjan, Paul, Mateo and Eddie who instead of g he's annoyed because he can't help him, Buck shows him the key to a firetruck and how they're going to steal one.oing to stop them from going into the wildfire, decide to accompany them.

Becoming a paramedic

In "Everyone and Their Brother", TK is there during an emergency call in a minefield and when the new paramedic in training, Pearce, refuses to go and it would be crazy for Tommy to go with Owen, TK volunteers as he was a duel function FD-medic in New York and all his certifications are up to date. He and Owen go into the minefield and succeeded to join the two brothers stuck in the middle of it without getting blown off. TK managed to save the boy's life and once they're back in the firehouse, he tells Marjan, Paul and Mateo that it was exciting stepping in as a paramedic. Then, TK puts his application in the piles and Tommy found it, she goes to see Owen and tells 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.

In "Displaced",he and Nancy had a difficult start because while she was happy to have him as a new partner and how he left the "cool kids" table to join the "geeks" by becoming a paramedic. She still felt annoyed when TK decided to change the place of few items in the ambulance and jealous when Tommy was impressed by everything he was doing. TK is the one proposing the idea of them driving to Evie's black belt exam so Tommy can see her daughter there and even use the siren to avoid getting stuck by a red light. After his talk with Carlos, TK asks Nancy to help them with something and they go outside the firehouse where Judd, Marjan, Paul and Mateo are waiting for them and how they have written Tim's name on the ambulance along with the date of his last call.

In "Bad Call", he celebrates his one year anniversary of sobriety with the 126 and their loved ones. TK says that his year has been full of miracles, Owen is in remission, he works alongside heroes who have become like a family and he found an incredible man who taught him that it is okay to open his hear again. The next day, he comes by his house and sees Gwyn packing her stuff to move back to New York and she tells him about Enzo being the father to her baby. TK shuts down while telling her that the kid will be lucky to have Enzo as a father because he was the one who took care of TK when Owen was too busy. After left for work, Gwyn calls Owen to warn him about TK shutting down because "it never ends well" and Owen goes to check on TK in the locker room where he tells him that TK wasn't supposed to find out this way which TK replies that he wasn't supposed to find out at all before leaving for a medical call. The EMTs are send on a call for a pregnant woman lost in a parking garage but they quickly realised that it's a fake and a man and a woman pull guns on them and force them to go in a van to save the life of their accomplice. Tommy tells the man that they can go to Charles' old restaurant that closed because no one is here, when they start to leave, TK lets his sobriety chip on the ground so someone can find it. In the restaurant, they start working on the man who has a hemopneumothorax and his chest cavity is filling with blood. While Tommy and Nancy are taking care of the patient, TK tries to activate the fire alarm but he's seen by the man who pistol whips him. Tommy finishes to heal the man and then goes to work on TK's head wound. Later, the robbers want to take one member of the team with them to escape and when they designate Nancy, Tommy stands up and took her place, assuring that she will help them if they let TK and Nancy safe and unharmed. When the robbers agree, Nancy knocks out one of them with a chair, TK kicks the gun out of the woman's hand so she can't use it against them and Tommy stabs the other one with a needle full of something but the man stands up and points his gun at Tommy before Owen picks up the gun on the ground and shoots him in the chest. TK collapses in Carlos' arms and hugs him, knowing he's finally safe. At the hospital, TK is surrounded by Gwyn, Owen and Carlos where Gwyn tells him that he's really brave for going through that without pain meds.

Personality

Relationships

Owen Strand

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. 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.

Carlos Reyes

Carlos and TK first meet during a car accident where both the Austin PD and Austin FD are needed. Later, we see Carlos asking TK to dance whilst they are all at the bar at the end of their first shift. In Yee-Haw, it is shown that the relationship has evolved a bit further as they are seen hooking up. Carlos seems more into the relationship than TK does, calling for TK to text him before TK leaves his place for a shift. Later that episode, TK goes back to Carlos's place where the police officer has set up a dinner for them to share. TK freaks out at this due to what happened with Alex back in New York as he isn't ready for this. The pair argue and TK storms off. They are next seen together in Texas Proud after TK is arrested for a bar fight after an altercation with Judd. TK talks about his past to Carlos and the pair are later seen at the bar together playing darts, but it is never specified if this is a date or not.

After Paul had a sad altercation with Josie, TK decided to cheer him up and waited for him outside the station to go to club, along with Carlos. In "Monster Inside", a call go wrong when the 126 enter a house to help a man who suffered from cardiac arrest from stress of his house being invaded by a man suffering from dementia. TK used the battering ram on the door after they announced themselves but, by fear, the little boy in the room with his grandparents shot TK in the chest with his grandfather's gun. At the hospital, Carlos came to see TK when Owen was in the room and told TK's father he didn't want to impose when the man noticed him but Owen assured him that TK would appreciate Carlos coming to see him. Carlos sat next to TK's bed, caressing TK's arm with one hand while the other is caressing his hair. While meeting with Zoe, once he's out of coma, TK refers to Carlos as his "boyfriend".

After TK recovered from his coma, we see the two of them at a juice bar where they talk about their relationship and how Carlos felt strong feelings when he wasn't sure if TK would wake up or not and TK answered that he still have to figure out if he wants to stay in that career and state before figuring out if he wants a relationship with Carlos. Carlos reluctantly agrees and when they start leaving, a bus accident happens right in front of their eyes. TK went to help the woman stuck in the bus with her two legs broken while Carlos took care of the people around the scene, waiting for the 126 to come and help them. TK ripped his stitches out after too much effort and Owen sent him to the hospital to have a look at that. After TK came back from the hospital, he tells the firecrew he made his decision and decided to stay in the 126 and after a talk with his father, he saw Carlos waiting for him at the entrance of the station where they share a hug. Later in the day, TK and Carlos are laying on the car's hood watching the aurora borealis due to the solar storm where Carlos asked TK what he's thinking of and TK answered that he thinks they make a "pretty good team" together, Carlos agreed and TK took Carlos' hand in his as they share a look.

As of season two, the pair have been dating for four months, Carlos grew closer to TK and some members of the 126: Paul, Marjan and Mateo, as we see them all hanging out together at Carlos' house. Later in "Back in the Saddle", we see the couple flirt after TK and the rest of the 126 took down the person who was firing at Owen and Tommy. In "2100°", Carlos is seen at the firehouse with the 126 and their loved ones to celebrate Owen's remission. Later on, he and TK talk about Gwyn staying permanently at the Strand's house and TK says that Owen and Gwyn are in their "honeymoon period", Carlos answering that "those can last a while.". Then, TK asks Carlos when is he going to meet Carlos' parents but Carlos dodges the question and asks TK if he wants more punch. Later in the episode, after Tim's death, TK goes to Carlos' house and Carlos is waiting for him on his stairs, TK walks up to him and falls in Carlos' arms for comfort.

Carlos doesn't appear during the crossover episode with 9-1-1 but TK mentions him to Buck when he tells him that he already has a boyfriend and that their relationship is pretty serious. In "Friends With Benefits", we see TK and Carlos along with Paul and Mateo observing Marjan during a roller derby game. When TK goes to get drinks for them, the bartender flirts with him and Carlos interrupts him by saying that he's TK's boyfriend and that he's a cop and he says to TK that he likes people to know that TK is his. Later in the episode, while being at the farmer market, they run into Carlos' parents and Carlos introduces TK as his friend. The couple go back to Carlos' house and fight about what just happened, TK angry that even though Carlos is out to his parents, he still didn't introduce him as his boyfriend. Carlos tells him that it's more complicated then that and that his parents are more traditional than TK's and that he doesn't like to "rub their noses in it". TK is pissed that Carlos wouldn't want to "rub their noses in the fact that he [Carlos] have someone who loves him and who he supposedly loves back" and he leaves the house. After a discussion with his parents in the morning, TK goes back to Carlos' house and sit down to talk about their fight, then Carlos tells him that he came out to his parents when he was seventeen but that while they took it well, they never talked about it ever since. TK tells him then that he'll happily be Carlos' "friend, colleague or personal shopper" for as long as Carlos needs.

In "Difficult Conversations", the couple is seen at Carlos' house with Paul, Marjan and Mateo where they share a smile while Mateo and Paul are talking. In "Displaced", TK and Carlos are cuddling on the couch, TK telling him what happened with Tommy and Nancy at work and asking Carlos if he thinks TK made a really bad mistake by becoming a paramedic and that maybe he should've stayed a firefighter because there "nobody hates his guts", Carlo kisses he head and tells that nobody hates his guts. TK tells Carlos about how she refered to him as a "cool kid" and how life is high school while Carlos agrees, TK tells him it's not the case at the firehouse because they're all part of the same family. Carlos then asks him how many times they have invited Nancy or even Tim since some members of the 126 started hanging out at their place. When TK realised that they never did, he cursed himself and the rest of their friends and Carlos playfully tells him that's it's not his fault because the cool kids rarely see their mistakes and kisses his cheek before he snuggles into TK's arms. In "Bad Call", TK says that this past year, he has found an incredible man who showed him that it's okay to open his heart again while he and Carlos are smiling at each other and they share a hug in the background, before Carlos kisses his temple. After TK is saved by Owen and Carlos after being kidnapped with the rest of his crew, Carlos runs to him and let a concussed TK fall in his arms in relief, blurting a "hi baby" the second Carlos is close enough.

Judd Ryder

TK and Judd get off on the wrong foot when TK ignores Judd's instructions on a call that could have ended a lot worse. Judd then calls TK 'the coach's kid' which greatly annoys TK in (Texas Proud). After a discussion with his wife, who prompts Judd to apologize to TK, the two of them hug it out and become close friends. Judd seems to be quite protective over TK, like an older brother would. Judd is shown praying with Grace when TK is at the hospital. In "Everyone and Their Brother", TK asks Judd to help him teach him how to drive the firetruck and when he fails, TK tells him that he's distracted because he got some news the night before; his parents told him that they were expecting another baby. Judd hugs TK during his one year anniversary of sobriety party.

Marjan Marwani

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.

Paul Strickland

TK and Paul are friends. In "Studs", TK encourages Paul to go on a date with Josie. When later in the episode, he found out that the end of the date didn't go well, he and Carlos tell Paul that he has to come with them to a club where they spend the night dancing.

Mateo Chavez

TK and Mateo are friends. Mateo often acts like a little brother to TK. TK (and the rest of the firecrew) helped Mateo pass his exam by reading manuals to him via recording to make it easier for him. When TK comes to the station, Mateo hugs him, forgetting about his wound.

Buttercup

At first, TK tries to keep Buttercup away from him when he learns that the dog has a cancer too because he "can't fall in love with one more thing he knows he's going to lose" ("Monster Inside"). Buttercup keeps trying to get close to TK because TK is his favorite. When Owen tells him that "it's okay to love him", TK hugs Buttercup. When TK gets shot and is at the hospital, Buttercup sleeps on TK's bed and when TK comes to visit the firehouse, Buttercup comes up to him and TK gives him another hug.

Nancy Gillian

The beginning of their friendship was difficult because while Nancy was happy to have him as a new partner and how he left the "cool kids" table to join the "geeks" by becoming a paramedic. But she also felt annoyed when TK decided to change the place of few items in the ambulance and jealous when Tommy was impressed by everything he was doing. After his talk with Carlos, TK asks Nancy to help them with something and they go outside the firehouse where Judd, Marjan, Paul and Mateo are waiting for them and how they have written Tim's name on the ambulance along with the date of his last call.

Trivia

  • TK has two tattoos: a SOS one with the Earth as the O on his upper arm and a honeybee also on his arm. Those are two of Ronen's actual tattoos. TK is also, like Ronen, left-handed.
  • He's been working as a firefighter for seven years. ("Everyone and Their Brother")
  • His full name was revealed to be Tyler Kennedy Strand in the episode "Texas Proud".
  • He has loved interacting with dogs ever since he was 2 years old. ("Monster Inside")
  • Along with Marjan and Paul, TK is one of the firefighter who's certified as a paramedic. ("Texas Proud" and "Bum Steer")
  • He lives at the 1234 Iron Mountain DR with Owen. ("Act of God")
  • He once saved the window washer from the 44th floor of the Chrysler Building. ("Texas Proud")
  • TK's application as a paramedic shows that he has: high grades in his PET, top marks in agility and multiple commendations of valor. ("Everyone and Their Brother")
  • He's Jewish from his mum's side. ("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" "Episode 11" "Episode 12"
"Episode 13" "Episode 14" "Episode 15" "Episode 16" "Episode 17" "Episode 18"


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