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, abruptly. Within the February 15 episode of Fox’s 9-1-1: Lone Star, titled “Tough Conversations”, the couple wrestles with the choice of whether or not or to not have the child.

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 problems and dangers posed to each Gwyn and the child on account of her age. When Owen asks the physician what most {couples} do on this state of affairs, 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 may be a physician’s response, however the couple could be going through stress to abortion in different liberal areas.

 

Dr. Evans: You two actually beat the percentages. 

Owen: By no means inform me the percentages! 

Gwyneth: Han Solo. It is a–it’s a factor he does. -So I assume it isn’t menopause.

Dr. Evans: Nope. Seems like someone acquired in slightly below the wire.
Gwyneth: How about that? And the way far alongside? 

Dr. Evans: Primarily based in your hcg ranges, I would say about 4 weeks, however the ultrasound will slender 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 isn’t like we crashed. There have been a few collisions, you already know? I imply, there have been a number of accidents that might’ve—

Gwyneth: Okay.

Dr. Evans: Nicely, there is not any straightforward option 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 a number of scary numbers on it.

Gwyneth: Yeah, I Googled.

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

Gwyneth:  The dangers are heightened.

Dr. Evans: And never only for the child. There are critical problems that might come up for you as effectively. Elevated danger of coronary heart circumstances, blood clots, preeclampsia, even maternal mortality. And I am certain you have learn {that a} important proportion of those pregnancies finish in stillbirth or miscarriage.

Owen:  Nicely, that is bleak. So what do {couples} in our state of affairs 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 appears at previous photos of their now grown son, T.Okay., he and Gwyneth focus on what might be the “logical selection” for them. The logical factor. For professional-abortion activists, unborn infants are disposable, particularly in powerful instances, and so they’ve succeeded in convincing people who killing their youngsters is the rational, anticipated factor to do.

 

Owen: Are you able to think about doing this over again?

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 search out in order that they know they’re liked.

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 already know? 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 educating them to parallel park.

Gwyneth: Nicely, it will be a ability that turns out to be useful when one among us breaks a hip shifting them right into a dorm and so they need to 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 with no mother or father.

Gwyneth: That is terrible.

Owen: So wouldn’t it be truthful 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 child. For you. Perhaps we must always simply do the logical factor.

Gwyneth: Schedule an appointment.

Luckily, on the day of the abortion appointment, they confess to one another that they actually do need this child and determine 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 would like.

Owen: Late lunch.

Gwyneth: So dinner.

Owen: Early dinner. I am going to purchase. I do know a fantastic 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’ll be able to 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 type 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 certain?

Owen: I feel so.

Gwyneth: But it surely’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, similar to that, a contented ending. Washington Publish columnist Kate Cohen, who complained based mostly on outdated info that there aren’t enough abortions on TV, might be so upset when she finds out about this in a number of years. 

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