SPOILER WARNING: Don’t read if you haven’t seen “Child Care”, the second episode of “9-1-1: Lonely Star. ”
Baby made a dad for Judd (Jim Parrack) and Grace (Sierra McClain) on last week’s “9-1-1: Lone Star” — and on Monday’s episode, an estranged teenage son and his mother made five. Unbeknownst to Judd and Grace, he has a son Wyatt (Jackson Pace) with Marlene Harris (Robyn Lively), a barrel racer he can hardly remember meeting at the 2005 San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo.
On Monday “9-1-1: Lone Star,” that boy came to find Judd with the help of an online DNA ancestry website, and Judd and Grace, just taking care of their newborn daughter Charlie after her birth at the end of Fox’s multi-week ice storm storyline.
“It’s wild,” said Parrack Diversity. “When [showrunner] Tim Minear told me, I immediately said, dammit, we just introduced our little trio. For the first time we get to see the baby, mother and father together. By the time we see the next episode, something will be thrown in there. “
“Lone Star” really doesn’t waste time throwing that wrench in, because at the beginning of the episode Wyatt talks about Station 126 to tell Judd he’s his father. Judd is naturally suspicious, but when Grace shows up with baby Charlie in tow and Wyatt leaves and tries to talk to Judd another time, Judd asks him to stay and continues explaining, as Judd insists he didn’t want to keep Grace. in the dark at all.
“Judd is thinking, ‘We’re not going to have any secrets. Let’s take the Band-Aid out,” Parrack said. “And it’s also helped by the fact that at that point in the story, I’m still going, ‘What’s the angle? This can’t really be a boy. Who is this little scammer with a story someone cooked up?’”
The skepticism continues throughout the episode, as Judd works on what he – and certainly Grace – already knows to be true: This is Judd’s son. Parrack said that accepting that was difficult for Judd not only because of the shock of the news but also his deep fear of what he could lose if he believed it to be true.
“It’s always been clear that Grace is a human being of a certain caliber, and if that happens to her and Judd, then Judd has to stretch. He has to stretch morally, he has to make some adjustments. And she was patient and confident with that,” Parrack said.
“So I thought the idea of adding a kid to that, I fantasized a lot about, what would it be like for me? I was engaged to be married, if my fiancé and I had a child a few years later, and then I found out that maybe some carelessness in the past made a life other people and it happened and I didn’t. ‘t know about it. I was like, damn it, the first thing I thought I was going to get hit was, I hope that’s not true,” he continued. “Just because it seems like it leaves the small family vulnerable to confusion and analysis and all that. And that’s what I did most of that episode, something in myself said, I really, really hope there’s a way to keep what’s precious to me intact. And the second thing is, and I want to be right by other people, I want to be right by this kid, if I can. But really it’s like, not if it caused damage to Grace and my daughter. I want these guys to do the right thing, but not if it’s going to cost me these two. “
Of course, Grace isn’t going anywhere, and she does what Parrack calls an act of “really considerate” by inviting Wyatt’s mother over for dinner, meeting and eating with her and Judd and getting to know each other. with them and their daughter.
“To start that while I was still reeling, she just said look, ‘What we’re definitely not going to do is alienate these people.’ And what she does in the episode, by taking that step and removing the reins for a minute is that she softens the shock of it all and allows us to start boiling things down with just the links. simple human relationships,” said Parrack. “And she took all the notoriety out of it and everything was like, ‘Look, this is life now. How would you like to do it? ‘ It’s a really, really well structured story. And what happened next after I got the green light from my family that I could have a relationship with this kid without destroying what we had, what followed was Judd’s attempt to connect with the child could not be more different from him. . ”
Parrack says that for advice on that topic, Judd is going to “9-1-1: Lone Star” teen parenting expert Owen Strand (Rob Lowe). “In episode 6, you see that effort. And all I can say is that I went to Owen to get some fatherly advice. He raised a son so he’s a nice guy to help me try to make this connection. “
As for Judd’s relationship with his other new baby, Parrack says he’s really excited about what the “Lonely Star” writers have prepared for Judd’s early plots and Grace as first-time parents.
“We are both public servants and we have pretty demanding jobs, jobs that pay pretty well,” Parrack said. “We’re not in a world where we can bring a nanny or something like that. And without much hype about it, needless to say much about it, what you will see is the real couple’s collaboration and taking turns. You won’t see the roles assigned: dad takes care of this, mom takes care of that. Not talking about it, we’re just proving that both mom and dad will have to do it all. And I know for a fact that there are a lot of families out there that work like that, because they have to.”
Parrack added: “Just yesterday, we shot a scene with [the infant actors], and I walked in after a long change of scenery and Grace just handed me the child and said, ‘Your turn.’ And I said, ‘OK, let’s go.’ No complaints, that’s life. So I think the screenwriters did a great job of letting us start off as good and strong parents. So I think they did a great job of letting us get started as these strong and good parents.”
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