This episode of 9-1-1: Lone Star revolved around anger management. It started off funny as one man found himself stuck, literally, in a drive thru window and bleachers. But things quickly took a tragic turn as “Impulse Control” shows us what anger can do when it’s not managed or treated. Plus, we got to meet Charles’ younger brother. And there’s a LOT to unpack about him. Let’s review.
Tommy and Julius
We’ll start with Charles’ younger brother, Julius. To say that he’s not Tommy’s favorite person would be an understatement. She’s furious that Julius didn’t come to Charles’ funeral. She also thinks Charles made excuses for Julius his whole life. But it turns out Julius isn’t really that bad. He did show up to the funeral, but he couldn’t get out of the car. He really did love Charles, and he loves his nieces. We’re glad that Tommy decided to let Julius visit the girls after all.
But what about that kiss? We weren’t expecting that! And it was kind of weird….Will this be revisited in the future? We definitely wouldn’t mind Nathan Owens again. But kissing your husband’s brother? That’s a complicated situation.
Most of this episode was about Al and his anger issues. He got so mad at the drive thru about the fast food worker shorting them three chicken nuggets that he tried to attack the worker! Of course, he got stuck in the drive thru window. We laughed when they put lard on his butt and pants, which caused him to get the nickname “Lard Ass.” And we laughed when Al spotted the chicken nuggets after the employee said they were out of them.
We did feel bad for Al as this must have been humiliating. We also felt bad for his wife and son. But we lost our sympathy for him after he attacked a wrestler. We get that this wrestler hurt his son, but this guy is a teenager! There was no reason for Al to attack him! Plus, he just caused himself and his family more humiliation by getting caught in the bleachers.
At this point Al agrees to go to therapy. Unfortunately on his way to see a counselor, his family gets into a wreck. It wasn’t Al’s fault; the other driver was drinking and driving erratically. The other driver has a gun, too. He loses control and crashes his truck, but the 126 manages to save him. Just when you think everything is going to be okay, Al takes the gun from the truck and fatally shoots the other man.
This ending was tragic. A man is dead, Al is going jail, and his wife and son will never be the same. Of course, the entire 126 is shaken especially Nancy who was in the ambulance and could have been killed, too. This whole thing could have been prevented if Al could have just kept his temper in check.
After this horrible event, Owen decides to see his therapist again for his anger management problem. He doesn’t want to turn out like Al. So at least this story had one good thing come out of it.
- Al was completely out of line for trying to attack the fast food worker, but that worker was really rude, too. Al was just checking his order like many people do at restaurants. And his order was wrong. Why can’t everyone just be nice? Being kind to someone actually goes a long way.
- Nancy and Mateo? That’s new. Both are really great people and deserve happiness. We’ll have to keep our eyes on this.
What did you think of “Impulse Control”? Leave a comment and let us know.