9-1-1: Lone Star (2020–…): Season 3, Episode 16 - Shift-Less - full transcript

Owen relives his past, and confronts his father, while Judd and Wyatt become closer

"Space Age Love Song"
by A Flock of Seagulls playing..

♪ I saw your eyes

♪ And you made me smile

Oh, man, look at those waves.


♪ For a little while

Looking good, Ty.
Tuck that back leg.

That's it.

Center your feet.

Knees and shoulders soft.

Good. Now flex for the college
girls on spring break.

Nice job, you just wiped out.

Whatever. Just wait.

When these babies come in,

I'll be shootin' the curl
at Steamer Lane.

Slow down, Silver Surfer.

Let's master dry land first.

Come on, I'm ready for a wave.

No way. Mom would have a cow.

Next summer, you and me,
Steamer Lane, okay?

I'm gonna catch this set.

Watch my footwork, okay?


And don't forget your sunscreen.

Thanks, Mom.


Wait up.


Hey, wait up!

Tyler, what are you doing?

Turn around, you're gonna
get me in trouble.

Only if someone finds out.
Come on.

I'll stick right beside you,
I promise.


And you'll do whatever I say?

I'll do whatever you say.

- Okay, fine.
- Whoo! Ha!

How about that one?

Not right. Let it go.

You've been saying "let it go"
for like an hour.

It's been like five minutes.

And you have to wait for the right break.
That's part of it.

Alright, this one looks good.

That one? That's a baby wave.

Perfect for a baby.
Start paddling. Come on, go.


Paddle, paddle, paddle!

Hard. Harder.

- Tyler!
- What?

Paddle towards me!
Come on. Hurry!

Hurry, hurry! Hurry!



Tyler, where are you?



Come on, come on.

Help! I need help!

Oh, my God. Help!

Please help!

Help, somebody, please!

Get him out of the water.

Go call 9-1-1.

There's a pay phone
just down the beach.



9-1-1, what's your emergency?

My little brother.
He just got sucked under by wave.

I got him, but he's not moving.

Can you tell me where
you're calling from?

LA County Beach. By the pier.

I'm sending help to you.

- Are you with your brother now?
- No.

He's back at the beach
with the lifeguard.

Okay. How old is your brother?

He's ten. He just turned ten.

Are your parents there?

No. We went out alone.

We shouldn't have.
It's my fault. It's all my fault.

Can you tell me your name?


My name is Owen Strand.

Theme music plays...


I still ain't never
made it out to California.

It's just like Texas,

with less humidity
and higher gas prices.

So I should be back
in time for my shift,

but if my flight gets delayed,

I want you to be
my acting captain.

Always, but our next shift's
in 36 hours.

That gonna give you time
to do everything you gotta do?

Well, when I talked
to his wife on the phone,

she said
he didn't have much time.

So, I don't wanna take up

any more than
I absolutely have to.

Yeah, but, I mean, this is
your daddy you're talkin' about.

Yeah, my daddy who never
bothered to call or write

since I was 13.

Oh, Cap. I...

Are-are you sure you should be
going out there by yourself?

I mean, my guess is
you'd probably like

a little moral support.

No. I appreciate that.

But I wouldn't want
your first time in California

to be visiting a nursing home.

No, I ain't talking about me.

I'm talking about your son.

Oh, TK? No, no, he can't come.

Why not? 'Cause he's...
he's bad luck on a airplane?

No reason to traumatize
a third generation.


This is an automated recording

from the Austin Department
of Corrections.

Will you accept
a collect call from...

Wyatt Harris.

- Thanks for coming to get me.
- Don't mention it.

It's exactly what
I wanted to do today,

spend a little quality time
with your bail bondsman.

What the hell were you thinkin'?

Guess I wasn't.

Yeah, I guess not.

I mean, vandalism, Wyatt?

Hang on, man.

Be honest with me.

Them other boys
bully you into this?


No. Why would you even say that?

Because this ain't
like you, son.

How would you know?

Yeah, alright, fair point.

Maybe this is just a side of you
that I've never seen before,

but I don't know if I like it.

Look, like I told you
back there,

I, I appreciate you coming down,

but I don't want to put you out
more than I already have,

so I got it from here. Don't...

You got what?

I'll just order an Uber and go
meet up with some of the guys.

No, you're gonna
get in the truck.

Judd, I'm not.

Wyatt, get your ass
in the damn truck

or you're liable to see
a different side of me too.

Why don't you
go get showered up,

see if you can
get the clink off you.

I was only there
for like two hours.

Hey, it's not the time
for sass right now, okay?

We'll talk about next steps
when you get out.

- Hey, Wyatt.
- Hi, Grace.

Hey, sorry I put you guys out.

There are some fresh towels
in the bathroom closet.


Wyatt, I'm gonna
need your phone.

My phone? Why?

So that you don't go
texting your friends

about defacing
more public property

or knocking over old ladies'
mailboxes or God knows what.

I don't even know
what that means.

It means give me your phone.


But I'm not unlocking it.

That poor kid.
He seems upset for real, Judd.

Yeah, he got caught.

I mean, what the hell
was he doing?

He's tagging a damn billboard
out there

in the middle of morning rush.

What'd he tag it with anyway?

He basically told everybody

on southbound I-35

to stick it
where the sun don't shine.

That doesn't even sound
like the Wyatt we know, Judd.

No, it don't.

So then what do you
think's going on with him?

I don't know.
He didn't say five words

to me
the whole way home.

What about Marlene,
what'd she say?


You haven't told Marlene, Judd?

I-I, you know,
I didn't want the boy

to be in Dutch
with his mama too.

Get that woman
on the phone right now.

Hey, Marlene.
You got me and Grace both.

Howdy, Grace.

Hey, Marlene.
Where you at right now?

Oh, a horse show
out in Santa Fe.

- What's going on?
- So, listen...

Wyatt went and got himself
arrested this morning.


Ah, he's...

Why don't you seem surprised?

Yeah, because I'm not.

He's been acting out
something fierce

for, like,
the past two months.

- You have any idea why?
- Think I do.

It all started right after
Stanley and I got engaged.

Does Wyatt not care for him?

I always thought
Wyatt loved him.

You know, he's been in
the picture since he was ten.


well, now I'm not so sure.

Y'all, I-I hate to ask this,

but I'm gonna be on the road
the rest of the week.

Is there any way
you could maybe

keep an eye on him
till I get back?

Of course.

I really appreciate it.

Listen, my event's
about to start.

I'm so sorry. I promise
I'll call you back soon, okay?

Okay. You take care, Marlene.

Thanks, y'all.

Okay, so, it sounds like

there's a little more
to this story.


"It Never Rains in Southern California"
by Albert Hammond playing...

♪ Got on board
a westbound 747 ♪

♪ Oh, that talk
of opportunities... ♪


Help! Somebody!

Help, somebody, please!

How's the swell?

Ugh, total mushburger today.

Yeah, I hate that.

Yeah, maybe
it'd be better at sunset.

Yep. Hey, you surf?

It's been a minute or two.

Sounds like a good time
to get back out there, bruh.

Help. Over here!

...22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27.

Alright, on three.
Let's package him for transport.

Alright. Yep.

One, two, three.

- Got him?
- Yep. Watch it.

Yep, this is your
Uncle Cash's ranch.

Well, you didn't have to
bring me all the way out here.

It's not like I was gonna
try to make a break for it.

Well, you never know.

This way, if you try
to make a break for it,

the wild hogs will eat you.

If the rattlesnakes
don't get you first.

I'll keep that in mind.

Is that him? Uncle Cash?

No, that little feller
right there,

that's your granddaddy.


Well, is this the grandchild
I've been hearing about?

Daddy, this here is Wyatt.

You don't look like
a juvenile delinquent.

You a juvenile delinquent?

Yeah, not usually.

Come on in here.

Well, your old man says
that you're trouble.

Oh, no, no, I'm not trouble.

Says he ain't trouble.

How come was it you
got arrested and put in jail?

Yeah, it's not really
a good story, sir.

I just did something stupid.

Cops busted me and...

Well, you got
something in common

with your old man
by that measure.

Yeah, what measure is that?

Well, doin' something boneheaded

so you can win a free trip
to the county jail.

He did not tell me that one.

Come here.

I wanna introduce you
to Boone here.

Now you're gonna need a hat.

You're doin' alright up there?

Yeah, I think I got it.

Well, he's pretty good
with city folk,

but sometimes
he can get a little ornery.

My advice to you is, uh...

Well... I guess he don't
need any advice.

Juddy, what-what is
the matter with that boy?

I don't know.

I think he's havin'
some trouble at home

but, you know, he won't
talk to me about it.


Give him time.

I'll tell you, a couple hours
horseback under God's open sky,

it does you
a lot more good than...

any therapy you can have.

That's my experience.


I-I just I love the idea
that you know

anything at all about therapy.

Well, I've had physical therapy
for my hand.

I-I had to squeeze a ball.

Maybe you can stop bustin' mine.

That'll be the day.


Can I help you?

Um, I'm here to see
Walter Strand.

Are you family?

Uh, yes.

Of course, you are.

So touching
the way all you Strands

show up for each other.

You'd be surprised
how rare it is.

Here you go. Room 127.

Down the hall, on your left.

- Thank you.
- Mm-hm.

We can schedule early or late.


I don't know, hon,
I don't know.

It's not a problem, sir,
I can help you.

There you go!

Nice and easy.

Let's let him rest.

Can't believe this.

My sweet boy.

It's gonna be alright.

The doctor said
he was optimistic.

He said he can't be sure.

How long was he under?

Sweetheart, he doesn't know.

Just try to think, Owen.

He doesn't know.


Getting him out of the water,

calling 9-1-1,

Tyler's lucky you were there.

Oh, God. There's the doctor.


No! No!


And now, bringing back

one of my personal favorites,

the one and only
Total Skin Care System.

This face lotion,
along with the night cream...

I tried to buy
an electric blanket last night.

I'm sorry?

Oh, from-from that.

Oh, yeah.

Eh, total sucker, right?

They showed this staged scene
of this old man,

he was reading to his grand kids,

and he had the blanket
over his legs.

What happened?


You said you tried to buy it.

Oh, I waited too long
and they ran out.

You believe that?

Man, I always thought
that was just some sales hype

when they said,
"Act now, limited-time offer."

I guess in a place like this,

everything is
a limited-time offer.

You have family in here?

My father.


They-they keep
telling me I gotta...

I gotta say what I need to say.

But, uh, I'm not sure
I know how to do that.

Hard words to find.

Yeah, looked like
last night maybe he...

I'd gone in there
and I just sat with him.

I thought they would come.

What happened?

Well, I ended up

trying to buy
an electric blanket.

How's he doing, your old man?

Not well.

Even harder than you thought
it would be, right?


There was this one day
a few months ago

when he was still home.

I went over there for lunch
and he was...

he was wearing
his favorite shirt.

It's this old flannel thing.

He's had it since
I was maybe, I don't know, 12?

Always reminded me
of that lumberjack,

you know, the one from the,
the, uh, paper towels.

He'd just gotten so frail.

The thing was just
hanging off of him.

Like he was a coat hanger.

What was he like before?

Your father.

Did you ever play Little League?

- Sure.
- Yeah.

There's always
that one dad who, um,

you know, would cheer
a little too loud

or argue with the ump
when his kid struck out,

stay after the game,
hitting fly balls

into the outfield
until it got dark.

That was him.

My dad wasn't like that.

Was he tough on you?

He was an empty chair.

I haven't spoken to him
in years.

But you're here now.


That's the thing
about not speaking,

you end up with a lot to say.

And I'm not sure I can do it.

Hard words to find.

Robert, your father's awake.
He's asking for you.

Well, excuse me.

Listen, a little
unsolicited advice.

If you have something to say...

I'd find a way to say it.

Seems like old Boone's
taking a liking to you.

Yeah, he's a good boy.

Well, even a good boy can turn.


I mean, I don't know how much
of a runway I have with you.

You know, ever since I met you,

you've been nothing
but considerate and kind.

Now you're runnin' around the streets
acting like a vandal.

Just kinda makes me
wanna know what's going on.

I don't know.

Just been kinda
pissed off lately, I guess.

Yeah, your mom said as much.

That don't got nothin'
to do with the fact

that she's fixin'
to get hitched, do it?


No, Stanley's,
he's fine, he's...

always been decent to me.
I'm glad he's marrying my mom.

- You know, I'm happy for them.
- Well, you don't seem happy.

And your mom said
you've been raising Cain for

the last couple of months,

and that lines up pretty flush
with her engagement.

That's not all it lines up with.

You're talking about me?

Are you mad at me?

Not at you.

Yeah, maybe a little at you.
I don't know.


Is it somethin' I said?

We not treat you right?

Oh, yeah, you've been great.

Seriously, really, really great.

That's kinda the problem.

I guess I don't follow, Wyatt.

Me either.

Look, Judd, when I, when I
first came to look for you,

I never really felt like I was
missing anything in my life...

until I met you.

It's like, the more I get to know you guys,
the cooler you are

and-and... the madder I get.

- So you're mad?
- Yeah. 'Cause it's like...

Like, where were you
that whole time, you know.

'Cause that's time that
we could have spent together.

But we never, we never got to
and we never will.

And-and I don't, I just feel
like I got robbed of it.

Wyatt, your mama did the best
that she could with you.

I'm not mad at my mom! Okay?

I'm-I'm just...

I'm just mad.

It's whatever. It's pointless.
Uh, it's not anybody's fault.

So let's just forget about it,

Come on.

Hold up a minute now, Wyatt.
Let's talk about this.

What's the point?
What's the point?

Whoa, Wyatt, stop!

Judd, I'm not gonna
talk about it.

Back up, back up, back up.


Whoa, whoa.

Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa.



You okay?

Yeah. Yeah, I'm okay.

Did Romeo bolt on me?

- Yeah.
- Oh! That coward.

Do me a favor. Don't tell
your granddaddy about it.

I don't think he'd ever
let me live it down.


What? What?

I don't think you're okay.

No, I reckon I ain't.


- Ow!
- Oh, my God, it's really broken.

What are we gonna do?
What do we do, Judd?

First just slow down
your breathing

or we're both gonna pass out.

And then tell me
that big-ass snake

- ain't around here nowhere.
- I don't see it.

Alright, good, keep an eye out

while I call Grace.

Oh, damn it.

Your phone's at the house.

This is bad. This is really bad.

There ain't nothin'
to worry about

'cause Romeo's gonna
run back to the barn,

your granddaddy will come
looking for us.

- How long is that gonna take?
- I don't know.

There's a pocket knife
in Boone's saddlebag.

Go bring it to me, please.

Oh, God.

I need you to cut that pant off

so we can see what we're
working with right quick.

Yeah! Aah...


Okay. Okay.
Let's get that boot off.

Yeah, pull it off.

Oh! God! God! Good God!


Good. Get that sock off.

Ah, sh...

Alright. That's good.
There's not a lot of blood down there.

That's not a lot of blood?

Yeah, if it'd hit an artery,
you'd have just found a puddle.

So, next step,
we gotta check the circulation.

You ever taken a pulse?

Uh, no, I don't think so, no.

Easy. Take two fingers, put it
under my ankle bone right there.

Should feel like
a little heartbeat.

- Oh...
- I can't.

I can't find... I can't find it.
I can't feel it.

I can't feel your hand neither.

That's not good, is it?

Okay, the reason
you can't feel a pulse

is because the bone's pressed up
against the artery

cutting off the blood flow.

There's no circulation,
so you're gonna...

- You're gonna have to reset it.
- What do you mean reset it?

You're gonna have to
snap it back in place.

Snap it? Like with my bare...
No, I can't do that.

We gotta bring you to,
like, a hospital.

I can ride the horses back
or something, but I...

There ain't no time
for that, Wyatt.

Wait. I don't know.
What if I make it worse?

I don't know
what I'm doing, Judd.

Hey, Wyatt,
look at the damn thing.

You ain't gonna make it worse.

I need you to grab the ankle

and pull down strong and fast.

And I need you to try to shift
the bone back into place.

I'm gonna be sick.
I think I'm gonna be sick.

Hey, hey, hey, hey, look, look,
look, look, look, look, look.

I need your help, okay?

- It don't gotta be perfect.
- Okay.

Just get that bone
off the artery

so we can get
the circulation going again.

The doctors can take care
of the rest of it.

How do I, how do I know
if I'm gonna do it right?

If you do it right, I'm probably
gonna scream and pass out.

But you will feel the pulse.

- Wyatt, you can do it.
- Alright.


Let's go.

Oh, sorry.

Do you want me to, like, let
you know, like, count down

or should I just surprise you?

If that's easy for you,
count from three or something.

I think I did it.

It worked. It worked!



- Dad?
- Hey, son.

What's going on?

Nothing. Just wanted to check in,
see how you're doing.

I'm good. Me and Carlos
are just hanging out.

Might order sushi
in a little bit.

That sounds nice.

You're more than welcome
to join us.

Oh, no, no, you guys...

You guys do your thing.

Where... Where are you?

Just out for a drive.

Listen, I won't keep you.
I-I just, um...

I just wanted to say
that I love you.

And that I'm proud of you.

I don't tell you that enough.

I'm proud of you too.

And, um, also...

I'm sorry that we don't talk
as much as we used to.

I'm gonna work on that.

That's not your fault, Dad.

Yes, it is.
I'm your father.

Well, I'm your son,
so it's on both of us.

Well, then, sounds like
we should try to do better.

- Okay.
- Enjoy your sushi.

Tell Carlos I said hi.

I will. Love you, Dad.

Did he seem weird to you?

A little maybe, yeah.

Is it just me
or did I hear seagulls?

Owen, get in the car.

- I don't want to go.
- We have to.

But this is our house.

Well, we'll have
a new house in New York.

You'll like it there.
The buildings are so tall.

I wanna stay.

We can't stay.

- Come on, in the car.
- No.

I said, get in the car.

Why are you
letting this happen?


Why aren't you fighting?
Don't you want us to stay?

You're my dad.


we need to go.

Please, sweetheart.

Go with your mother.

Excuse me. I'm sorry to intrude.


I was wondering
if you'd be back.

I'm Helen, Walter's wife.

Your Owen, aren't you?

If you know my name,
he must have told you about me.

What are you doing here, Owen?

I have some things
I need to say to him.

To a man who's barely
conscious anymore?

What good would it do?

I don't know.

He's dying, Owen.

Now I know you're angry,

but he's still your father.

Can't you let him
have his peace?


Let this man say
what he needs to say...

to his father.

He deserves that.

They both do.

Let's take a walk in the garden.




I couldn't get you to wake up
and I didn't wanna slap you.

Uh, you want some water?

How long was I out?

Uh, I don't know. A while.

I, uh, I wrapped your leg.

Let me know if it's too tight.

Oh, oh, oh.

Where you learn
how to do that?

- The Walking Dead.
- Ha!

I didn't know that was
an educational program.

Them zombies didn't learn you
how to make a rescue litter,

by chance, did they?

You mean like the one
you're laying on?


That's my boy.


Judd, um...

I'm sorry for unloading
on you back there.

You didn't deserve that.

That wasn't no unloading.
You're just angry.

Hell, I'm angry too.

I'm angry 'cause
I got this wonderful kid.

I hardly know nothin' about him.

I'm angry 'cause
I didn't get to teach him

how to drive a stick shift
or shave.

Well, if it makes you
feel any better,

I still don't know how
to drive a stick shift.

We should remedy that.


Let's go.

Alright, buddy.
Come on, let's go.

No, no, no, no, no, no, no.


Wyatt, it's okay.

You did the best you could, son.

You did everything you could.

Hey, Judd?

Uh, don't go to sleep, okay?

Just stay up for me, Judd, okay?



Dad? Dad?

Dad, I need you
to stay with me, okay?

You stay here.
I need you, okay?

I'm right here with you, kiddo.


I think it's Grandpa!


Over here!

Hey, over here!

I could pass you on the street
and have no idea.

I had it all worked out
on the plane.

Big speech.

Pretty blistering too.

About how you were
just a bastard

who couldn't wait to just
walk away from his family.


that's not really
how it happened, is it?

We walked away...

and you stayed.

Just started yourself
another family.

Helen seems nice.

Must have been something
back in the day.

And Robert. Oof!

You have quite a devoted son...


You see, all this time I thought

that you just
didn't want to be a father.

Turns out you just didn't
want to be a father to me.

And I'm not sure
that I blame you.

After everything...

I'm the one
who broke the family.

Dad, I'm sorry.


I'm sorry I couldn't save him.

I tried.
I swear to God, I tried.

I'm so, so sorry.

It's not your fault, son.


You were just a...

a kid, Owen.

Nobody blamed you.

I was his big brother.

I should have kept him safe.

This world
is not a safe place.

You should know that...

fire captain.

That's a hell of a line of work.

I don't know
where you get the guts.

Not from me.

I am a selfish son of a bitch,

a coward...

and a weak man.

I couldn't ease your pain

because I couldn't face my own.

And you didn't break up
our family, son.

Grief did that.

And I just...

I just let it happen.

I hope you can forgive me.

I'll tell you what,
I'm gonna try.


You forgive yourself first.


Did you find the words?

The words found me.


Thank you for...

giving me the time in there.

I'm... I'm Robert, by the way.


It's nice to meet you, Owen.

You too.

Hey, Owen?

Don't be a stranger.

Really, Dad?

He wrote, "Break a leg."

At least I didn't write,
"Break the other one."

Goodness, Dad,
you're incorrigible.

Is it okay if I sign
something next?

Yeah, sure. Go ahead.
Knock yourself out.

Dad? Don't think we didn't
notice that you haven't

- touched your jackfruit taco.
- You know what?

If this thing was laying
in my yard,

I would call the vet for my dog.

Now, no offense.

- Gracie, I...
- Oh. Listen.

There is none taken, okay?

We were skeptical at first too,

but we have officially
been converted.

The only time I was ever
converted was to Lutheran

and that was for
Juddy's mom there.

And we all know
how that turned out.

You just sat here
and watched me

read Charlie
Green Eggs and Ham.

You already forgot
the point of that book.

You know, if this thing
had some eggs and ham in it,

it'd be a whole lot better.

Goodness. What are we
gonna do with him, Wyatt?

This man is stuck in his ways.

Come on, Grandpa.
Just one bite, please.

Well, that's ain't fair.

Pull that "G word"
on an old man.

Oh, hell, alright,
I'll take a bite.



You know, that ain't bad.

Grace is an amazing cook.

Thank you, Wyatt.
You about done, Stuart?

- I'm done, honey.
- Let me help with those.

Wyatt, you keep on, your mama
might not get you back.


Come on.

So what'd your son write
on your stump there?

Says, "Get well soon... Dad."

That's pretty cool.

He's a good boy.

Yeah, he is.

I know I gave you all kinds
of hell growing up...

But I sure am glad
that I got to be your boy.

Yeah, the one week
out of every month

when I wasn't on that rig.

It may have been one week
out of every month,

but it was every month.

You know what I mean?


You're gettin' a little soft
there in your old age.


Or maybe I'm just
feeling blessed.

Me too, son.

by Hollow Coves playing

♪ I'm leaving home
for the Coastline ♪

♪ Some place under the sun

♪ I feel my heart
for the first time ♪

♪ 'Cause now I'm moving on

♪ Yeah, I'm moving on

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