Warning: we are about to spoil the events of Monday 9-1-1: Lone Star. Haven’t you watched? You have been warned.
Gina Torres is “not happy” with Charles’s fate after Monday’s episode of 9-1-1: Lone Star. ” Not at all. “
“I have so much respect and affection for Derek Webster, who plays Charles,” Torres tells TVLine. “I’m so happy for him that he had a great new gig [on Paramount+’s Mayor of Kingstown] and he is not left behind. In fact, it is car he’s such a wonderful actor that he can’t play with us anymore.
Torres continues, “One of the things that attracted me to this role was that Tommy had an intact family. This was another fine example of a multiethnic family on TV loving and pulling out for each other. They were tragically nothing but tragically in love. So I feel the loss of that. And we didn’t get to spend a lot of time with Charles, but this episode’s flashbacks really fill those voids. You understand his loss and what they had, even more.
Picking up where last week’s cliffhanger left us, Monday’s episode began with Tommy in first responder mode, stoically assessing her husband’s status with a 9-1-1 dispatcher. When it became clear that he was dead, Tommy sent his body to the morgue before making breakfast for their daughters. Business as usual.
“I absolutely loved it and was okay with it,” Torres says of Tommy’s unexpected reaction. “I was absolutely guilty of doing the same. I lost both of my parents. It’s something that you can’t vocalize and don’t want. It takes so much more energy to share this and deal with everyone’s grief. This is the position you find yourself in when this happens to you. You don’t just face your own grief. Because she is a caregiver and a first responder, this is what she is ready to do. So you see that the training is starting, which I have found quite appropriate. And it gives the audience another take on how people deal with grief. We don’t all treat it the same.
Tommy couldn’t even bring himself to tell the whole story to the medical examiner, who was a close friend. It wasn’t until she opened Charles’ body bag and recognized his face that she realized Tommy was talking about her own husband.
“There have been so many court cases where the jury said, ‘We didn’t believe them because they didn’t react the way a person who did that would react.’ It’s an incredibly damning statement, and it immediately puts that person on the defensive, ”Torres says. “The trick for me was to go to this place. This is to the grieving process. It’s not that she’s cold, it’s not that she doesn’t like this man, it’s not that she’s an insensitive sociopath. This is how she does it.
During a much-needed mask break, Tommy met a man (special guest star Greg Grunberg) whose son was being abducted. He couldn’t bring himself to say goodbye to his son, but with Tommy’s support, he went upstairs and pulled out a gun! He and his ex-wife apparently disagreed over their son’s fate; he believed that their son could still wake up if they just gave him time.
“The writers offered a great distraction for Tommy, didn’t they? Torres said. “As I read this script, I was like, ‘What? And then what happens? And now what ?! ‘ At first you think, “I can’t believe she has to deal with all of this,” then you realize, “Oh, she wants at.’ And of course she does, because then she doesn’t have to think about anything else.
Desperate for a miracle, Tommy sat down with the man until Owen could no longer hold the FBI at bay. The son of man eventually woke up from his coma, but that only forced Tommy to finally face his own situation, at which point she fell to the ground in grief. “I didn’t want to do a lot of takes of that one at all,” Torres admits. “But I’m so glad we had this moment. We all have to let go.
Going forward, Torres says we’ll see Tommy continue to overcome his grief, noting that a “little time jump” will help speed up this process. “There is an acceptance, I’ll put it that way,” she said. “Now this is the sequel. And that’s going to be the theme of the season finale, the “What Next? ” of all that.
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