‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ 1×08 Review: “Monster Inside”

This week’s episode of 9-1-1: Lone Star, “Monsters Inside”, gave me all the feels.  I cried, I laughed, and I cried again.  Michelle learns shocking news about her sister; Owen brings a new member into the firehouse; and the team responds to some seriously weird cases this week.  Oh, and one of our favorites is in danger.  But we’ll get to that later.

Michelle and Iris

9-1-1: LONE STAR: Liv Tyler in the “Monster Inside” episode of 9-1-1: LONE STAR airing Monday, March 2 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2020 Fox Media LLC. CR: Jack Zeman/FOX.

The episode begins with a flashback with Michelle and her sister at a bar.  We then come back to the present where the police have pulled items from the truck they found last week.  Michelle recognizes Iris’s bracelet and listens to a 9-1-1 call where Iris was convinced someone was following her.  She called 9-1-1 multiple times as she was paranoid that someone was out to get her.  Michelle realizes her sister was mentally ill and displayed signs of schizophrenia.  Michelle feels guilty and thinks that she should have recognized the signs.

My heart broke for Michelle as she thinks her sister’s death was her fault.   However, at the end of the episode, we see someone in the tent at the homeless community that looks like Iris.  Is her sister still alive?  If this is Iris, hopefully Michelle can get her help and bring her back home.  However, I do still want Michelle to have another story line that doesn’t involve her sister.  She deserves some happiness.

I did enjoy the flashbacks as it allowed us some insight into Michelle’s past and her relationship with Iris. I also really liked that Carlos was by Michelle’s side as usual. What a great friendship.


9-1-1: LONE STAR: L-R: Julian Works, Rob Lowe, Jim Parrack and Natacha Karam in the “Monster Inside” episode of 9-1-1: LONE STAR airing Monday, March 2 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2020 Fox Media LLC. CR: Jack Zeman/FOX.

During “Monsters Inside” Owen learns good news: his tumor is shrinking.  The doctor also shares that there’s a dog who has the exact same type of cancer. So naturally Owen adopts the dog and brings him to the firehouse.  Everyone is thrilled about having Buttercup at the house until TK learns the dog has cancer.  Even though TK tried to not bond with him, Buttercup clearly loves him and chooses to tear up his shoes and lay on his bed. 

I completely understood why TK was upset.  He didn’t hate Buttercup; he was just afraid Buttercup was going to die of cancer, just like his dad.  TK is absolutely terrified of losing Owen.  This conversation was so touching.  And Owen is right: he could die from cancer.  But he could also die at a call.  Tomorrow isn’t guaranteed, and we just have to show our loved ones how much we care while we can. 

I really hope Buttercup sticks around.  It’ll be fun to have a dog at the house.  Plus, he’s cute.

Strange and Dangerous Calls

9-1-1: LONE STAR: Ronen Rubinstein in the “Monster Inside” episode of 9-1-1: LONE STAR airing Monday, March 2 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2020 Fox Media LLC. CR: Jack Zeman/FOX.

9-1-1: Lone Star always has interesting rescues, and this week was no different.  First, they had to save a kid from a rattlesnake.  When the team got to the house, they learned that this family didn’t just have one rattlesnake; it had an infestation of snakes.  Yuck.  This completely freaked me out, and I was glad to see that Judd felt the same way.

The second call of “Monsters Inside” was from a guy who was concerned about his mom.  Turns out, his mom has been dead for a few days.  He completely freaks out when Michelle and the paramedics tell him they can’t help.  He threatens them and makes them help.  So they end up having to use the paddles on him.  This was definitely one of the weirdest calls of the show so far, and while it was funny that they used the paddles on him, this guy clearly has mental health issues, and I hope he gets help.

The last call of the episode was the most devastating.  Bruce reports a break in, but Grace quickly learns he was the one who broke in.  Bruce has dementia and went to his old house by mistake.  Grace is calm everyone down and makes Bruce remember that he doesn’t live there anymore.  I think I say this every week, but Grace is truly amazing.

Unfortunately, the owner of the house collapses, and when the 126 responds, the kid grabs his dad’s gun and shoots TK.  While I think TK will be okay (they can’t kill him off, can they?) it was heartbreaking watching everyone at the hospital, especially Owen and Carlos, worry about TK. I’m glad Grace showed up to comfort Judd, too.

But, really, TK has to be okay. It would be devastating if he couldn’t be a firefighter anymore. Also, I could also rant about how awful it is that the kid was able to get to the gun and shoot someone, but that’s a different story for a different day.

Favorite Quotes:

“I don’t think Wade Caldwell was Iris’s monster.  I think the monster was inside of her.”

“You fought for her.  In the end that’s all we can do.”

“You’re Cowboy Judd. I thought you grew up with snakes.” “Yeah, that’s why I hate them.”

Next week is the two-hour season finale.  What do you all think will happen? I’ve really fallen in love with some of these characters, and I’m not ready to say goodbye yet.

Agree?  Disagree?  What did you think about “Monster Inside”?  Share with us in the comments below.

9-1-1: Lone Star airs Mondays at 8/7c on FOX.

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1 Comment

  1. I’m really loving this show. I came here to see if others also were thinking that might be her sister. Afterward I was thinking that was just a homeless woman looking out, until my son said he he thought that was her sister to. As far as the gun goes, I could see how that could happen. The woman was trying to take care of her husband and not paying attention to the gun. When the boy heard them breaking through the door he grabbed the gun.

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