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Recap / 9-1-1: Lone Star S1E10 "Austin, We Have A Problem"

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Owen and the 126 crew race to a gender reveal party gone horribly wrong, and a father/son trapped in a cave during a spelunking excursion. Meanwhile, Owen helps T.K. reconcile the past to help his future, Judd and Grace aid Judd's aging father and Michelle learns the full truth about her missing sister, Iris.

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  • Almost Dead Guy: The astronaut that gets through to Grace is dying of radiation poisoning due to the solar storm, he is able to stay alive long enough to speak to his wife and daughter, telling them both how much he loves them and he’ll be watching over them.
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  • Blame Game: Played between Mateo and Paul on who broke Owen’s espresso machine.
  • Book-Ends: After an emergency in the “Pilot” (1.01), Carlos tells TK his dad is an impressive man. In this episode, the season finale, this happens in reverse with Carlos telling Owen that TK is an impressive man.
  • Family of Choice: The 126 is this for TK.
  • Freak Out: Iris freaks out at the hospital when her mother starts talking about her coming home, claiming that she already has a home at Sanctuary Hearts.
  • From Bad to Worse: After a bus flips and hits a fire hydrant, TK attempts to rescue the pinned driver as it begins to fill with water. With none of his usual equipment, TK tries to free the driver’s legs, only for a fire to start in the back due to a gas leak. TK tries to use the extinguisher in the bus but it is nearly empty and he is unable to put out the fire, while his back is turned the water is now up to and going over the driver’s face. The driver tells TK that he’s done everything that he could and that he should leave her to save himself as the bus now fills with smoke. However it does get better, TK performs mouth-to-mouth, continuing to give the driver air while she is under the water and he does this long enough, for the 126 crew to get to the scene, rescuing both him and the driver.
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  • Group Hug: Mateo initiates one after TK confesses to the team his past drug addiction and overdose and that he wants to continue being a firefighter with the 126.
  • How We Got Here: After the opening scene, showing TK and Carlos on a date, where they notice cellphones, electric scooters, and traffic lights all not working correctly and Michelle’s cell phone cutting out while she speaks to her mother at Sanctuary Hearts before getting attacked by the man she pepper-sprayed in “Bum Steer” (1.07), the title card shows and then the episode starts 5 minutes before “The Event”
  • Impeded Communication: The solar flare causes communication devices, such as radios, T Vs, and cell phones to not working correctly.
  • Internal Reveal: TK tells the rest of the 126 about his drug addiction and overdose.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: When Owen shows little to no concern that “his baby”, the expensive espresso machine he got shipped from Italy - according to Marjan, has stopped working, the whole team knows that something isn’t right and are concerned.
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  • Oh, Crap!: Mateo's reaction when Owen walks in and his espresso machine is not working.
  • Percussive Maintenance: Mateo attempts to fix the fire house’s expensive espresso machine this way after it stops working.
  • Relationship Upgrade: TK and Carlos are officially boyfriends.
  • Revenge: The man that Michelle pepper-sprayed in the face in “Bum Steer” (1.07), surprises Michelle in her van and smashes her head into the steering wheel, knocking her out. He then steals her van.
  • Season Finale: Second part of the two-part finale.
  • Slow-Motion Fall: TK does this after Owen pulls him out of the flooding/burning bus.
  • Space Station: Grace intercepts a call from an astronaut on the International Space Station.
  • Solar Flare Disaster: What causes the problems in Austin
  • Stuff Blowing Up: A plane caught in unpowered power lines, explodes after an electrical surge.
  • Sudden Lack of Signal: Due to a solar flare, cellphones all around Austin stop working properly.
  • Surprise Car Crash: Due to the traffic lights all being green at the same time, a garbage truck t-bones a bus, causing it to flip.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The man that attacked Michelle and stole her van, isn’t mentioned again and we don’t find out what happened to the van.
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