The highly anticipated 9-1-1 and 9-1-1: Lone Star crossover event finally happened last night, and it was — without a doubt — absolutely worth the wait.
With 9-1-1 now entering its fourth season and 9-1-1: Lone Star on its second, fans have grown to love the respective fire families over at Station 118 in Los Angeles and Station 126 in Austin over the years. We’ve watched our favorite firefighters and their fellow first responders tackle endless high-pressure situations time and time again, intertwined with the stories of their personal lives in between, and the shows have garnered much well-earned praise as a result of this spectacular, gripping, and heartfelt style of storytelling.
The creators behind both hit shows found a new way to kick things up a notch (or twenty) this season with an epic undertaking — a crossover episode. Because what’s better than getting to finally watch some of your favorite characters meet and interact for the very first time?
The event kicked off at the end of 9-1-1’s episode “Future Tense” with Buck, Eddie, and Hen preparing to leave for Texas to assist with the massive wildfires. The crossover itself took place in the second hour during 9-1-1: Lone Star’s episode “Hold the Line” as many firefighters from near and far arrived in San Angelo to help contain the disaster. There’s only so much plot that can fit into a single episode of television, so unfortunately some characters from both shows were absent and dearly missed, but considering the excitement and overall success of this event amongst the fans and the cast alike … we’re hoping this won’t be the last crossover between 9-1-1 and 9-1-1: Lone Star.
To celebrate the phenomenal episode that was “Hold the Line,” we’ve picked out some of our favorite moments.
T.K Saves Buck
Mateo’s attempt to make conversation with Buck while they were digging eventually turned into a battle of “Craziest Calls” between Buck and T.K. Their banter was interrupted when a flaming car came tumbling down the side of the hill behind them. T.K. didn’t hesitate to dive toward Buck, quickly pushing him out of the way before he was crushed. Well, that’s one way to strike up a friendship. And we’d be remiss not to mention the adorable absurdity over the fact that it was a dog (who made it out of the car just fine) that accidentally unlocked the parking break.
Eddie’s Time to Shine
Eddie Diaz may be a firefighter, but he was also an army medic before he came to Los Angeles. Those skills of his normally aren’t needed on 9-1-1 with Hen and Chimney around, but his medic training certainly made him a welcome addition to Judd, Marjan, and Paul’s search team. When they located the group’s missing leader, Eddie was able to quickly diagnose the man’s condition and performed an escharotomy to save him. Marjan later complimented Eddie’s ability to remain calm despite the battlefield of fire that they were in the middle of — which is one of the things that makes him such a great firefighter overall.
Mission Strand & Wilson
Hen and Owen were really the team-up that we didn’t know we needed until it happened. Hen, forever ten steps ahead, took it upon herself to implore Captain Strand to deploy a helicopter to search for the missing kid after she heard the news from Eddie. And then she took things a step further by hopping right into that helicopter with Owen. Despite knowing how dangerous the flight would be, she bravely took on the mission in stride because she knew it was a bad idea for him to go out there without a paramedic (and she was right). Later in the mine, the two commiserated and shared some of the various traumas that haunt them. If nothing else, hopefully — moving forward — both can take comfort in knowing they’re not alone.
A Peace(za) Offering
Leave it to Buck to make a peace offering over pizza. As T.K. went to stew and stress over the fact that he couldn’t go and rescue his father from the helicopter crash himself, Buck came to find him and the two had a little heart-to-heart. Buck opened up to him and explained that his Captain (Bobby) may not be his father, but he might as well be. And neither Bobby nor Owen has ever given up on either of them. As a very Evan Buckley-esque footnote to their conversation, Buck revealed that had swiped the keys to a firetruck so that they could go after Hen and Owen after all.
The Ultimate Rescue
When Buck and T.K. were on their way to pilfer the 126’s firetruck, they were intercepted by Judd, Paul, Mateo, Marjan, and Eddie. Like the true family that these firefighters are, the group wasn’t trying to stop the pair, but rather they were there to join them on their mission (and 10 points to Eddie for handling this like just another day in the life of working alongside your headstrong and impulsive best friend — “You obviously don’t know Buck”).
Both 9-1-1 and Lone Star have had countless emotional rescues over the years, but this one has swiftly gained a top spot amongst the best. We won’t soon forget the crew digging through the rubble by hand and then triumphantly carrying out Hen, Owen, and the helicopter pilot.
#Tuck … Does Not Begin
As the 118 was packing up the truck to head back to California at the end of the episode, T.K. approached Buck to thank him for his part in their covert rescue mission. Buck proceeded to suggest that the two of them get together if T.K. ever finds himself in Los Angeles. T.K. was likely missing Carlos as much as we were this episode, and he casually made sure to inform Buck that he does have a boyfriend (and it’s pretty serious!) T.K. then said his goodbyes and left before a stunned and speechless Buck could get a word in edgewise. Eddie approached immediately after, none the wiser to Buck’s awkward fumble. Whoops.
“Hey dumbass, dumbasser!” – Judd to Buck and T.K.
“And … for the love of God … please follow Buck back on Insta.” – Eddie to Marjan
Mateo’s Cousin – Marvin Chavez
(How’s that for an Easter egg?)