Older Couple in Fox Drama Rejects ‘Logical Factor,’ Chooses Life in Face of ‘Bleak’ Odds




An unplanned being pregnant catches Austin Fireplace Division Captain Owen Strand and his ex-wife, Gwyneth, without warning. Within the February 15 episode of Fox’s 9-1-1: Lone Star, titled “Troublesome Conversations”, the couple wrestles with the choice of whether or not or to not have the newborn.

Gwyneth (Lisa Edelstein) and Owen (Rob Lowe) make an appointment with an OB-GYN and he confirms that Gwyneth is 4 weeks pregnant. Labeled a geriatric being pregnant (Gwyn is effectively over 40), the physician advises the couple of the doable issues and dangers posed to each Gwyn and the newborn on account of her age. When Owen asks the physician what most {couples} do on this scenario, Gwyn chimes in that they often terminate the being pregnant. The physician takes a move on providing his recommendation on that. “That’s actually a dialog for the 2 of you,” he says. Perhaps in Texas that will be a health care provider’s response, however the couple could be dealing with strain to abortion in different liberal areas.


Dr. Evans: You two actually beat the chances. 

Owen: By no means inform me the chances! 

Gwyneth: Han Solo. It is a–it’s a factor he does. -So I suppose it is not menopause.

Dr. Evans: Nope. Appears to be like like someone bought in slightly below the wire.
Gwyneth: How about that? And the way far alongside? 

Dr. Evans: Primarily based in your hcg ranges, I might say about 4 weeks, however the ultrasound will slim the window. I take it this wasn’t one thing you deliberate.

Gwyneth: No. This was a– a complete, full accident. 

Owen: Uh, effectively, it is not like we crashed. There have been a few collisions, you understand? I imply, there have been a number of accidents that might’ve—

Gwyneth: Okay.

Dr. Evans: Nicely, there isn’t any straightforward technique to say this subsequent half. Whereas geriatric pregnancies are usually not unusual, they’re uncommon. There is a piece of paper on this folder that has plenty of scary numbers on it.

Gwyneth: Yeah, I Googled.

Owen: You have got? You’ve got Googled? I’ve not but Googled.

Gwyneth:  The dangers are heightened.

Dr. Evans: And never only for the newborn. There are critical issues that might come up for you as effectively. Elevated threat of coronary heart situations, blood clots, preeclampsia, even maternal mortality. And I am positive you have learn {that a} important share of those pregnancies finish in stillbirth or miscarriage.

Owen:  Nicely, that is bleak. So what do {couples} in our scenario usually do?

Dr. Evan: Actually?

Gwyneth: Terminate the being pregnant.

Owen: Is that what you are recommending?

Dr. Evans: I am not recommending something. It is actually a dialog for the 2 of you.

As Owen seems to be at previous photos of their now grown son, T.Ok., he and Gwyneth talk about what might be the “logical alternative” for them. The logical factor. For professional-abortion activists, unborn infants are disposable, particularly in powerful instances, and so they’ve succeeded in convincing those who killing their kids is the rational, anticipated factor to do.


Owen: Are you able to think about doing this once more?

Gwyneth: Hmm. Little tiny physique resting in your chest.

Owen:  Chasing a toddler round. First day of faculty.

Gwyneth: Hiding little notes of their lunch field for them to seek out so that they know they’re cherished.

Owen: You probably did that for him too?
Gwyneth: Are we truly contemplating this?

Owen: I–I do not know. Are we?

Gwyneth:  Looks as if we’re contemplating it.

Owen: Look, we’re younger for our age, you understand? We do all of the wholesome issues.

Gwyneth: Yeah. 50’s the brand new 40.
Owen: Is 67 the brand new something? As a result of that is how previous I will be once I’m instructing them to parallel park.

Gwyneth: Nicely, it’s going to be a ability that turns out to be useful when one in every of us breaks a hip transferring them right into a dorm and so they should rush us to an er.
Owen: Yeah, I had a case right this moment. It was horrible.Dad. I could not save him.

Gwyneth: MM.

Owen: And his daughter was perhaps 19, and now she’s left and not using a mother or father.

Gwyneth: That is terrible.

Owen: So wouldn’t it be honest to try this to our child?

Gwyneth: Nicely, that is assuming the being pregnant goes effectively, which is—

Owen: an enormous assumption. I imply, the dangers—

Gwyneth: Yeah. No, you are proper, I—

Owen: Not only for the newborn. For you. Perhaps we must always simply do the logical factor.

Gwyneth: Schedule an appointment.

Fortuitously, on the day of the abortion appointment, they confess to one another that they actually do need this child and resolve to go ahead with out the abortion.


Gwyneth: You prepared?

Owen: What time’s the appointment?

Gwyneth: Nonetheless at 2:00.

Owen: Proper. 2:00. Most likely some visitors. 

Gwyneth: Sure. So ought to we go?

Owen: Yeah. We must always go. Have you ever eaten? Would you like one thing to eat?

Gwyneth: I am not alleged to eat earlier than.

Owen: Proper, proper, so we can– we will get one thing after.

Gwyneth: If you’d like.

Owen: Late lunch.

Gwyneth: So dinner.

Owen: Early dinner. I am going to purchase. I do know an incredible sushi place very near the place we’re going.

Gwyneth: No, I do not belief Texas sushi.

Owen: Oh, this place will disabuse you of that misapprehension. All proper, Mexican. You may have a margarita. Which is how this complete factor began.

Gwyneth: Tequila and ache meds.

Owen: Proper. Proper. Proper. Nicely, Italian. Pizza and pasta. Any form of consolation meals—

Gwyneth: Rattling it, I do not need pasta!

Owen: Nicely, what would you like?!

Gwyneth: I wanna have this child!

Owen: Good! So do I!

Gwyneth: Are you positive?

Owen: I feel so.

Gwyneth: However it’s loopy.

Owen: Oh, bananas.

Gwyneth: It is most likely a horrible mistake.

Owen: Oh, with out query.

Gwyneth: So, are we doing this?

Owen: I feel that is what we have been saying.

And, identical to that, a contented ending. Washington Submit columnist Kate Cohen, who complained primarily based on outdated data that there aren’t enough abortions on TV, will probably be so upset when she finds out about this in a number of years.