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'The Night Shift' recap: Never regret and keep moving forward

Season 1 | Episode 2 | “Second Chances” | Aired June 3, 2014

It’s been two weeks since Jordan took over the night shift, and while things are under control, it’s still not smooth sailing between Ragosa and TC. Overall, however, it feels as if those on the shift are working as a cohesive unit, exactly as Jordan predicted.  “Second Chances” reminds us that we should never regret a minute of the time we get and to always keep moving forward.

Once again, the entire hour takes place over the course of one shift. It’s not only patients who appear feverish, as the pacing takes some getting used to. Covering 12 hours in 42 minutes (or so) means you’re not going to get the meat of the stories delivered to you on a silver platter. You’ll have to work at putting together all of the pieces that will fully flesh out the characters and their backstories while they work through the crazy cases that come through San Antonio Memorial.

The night shift starts at 7 p.m., but the gang is already hanging together in their rooftop oasis. Five minutes before the action, a nurse rallies the troops, and we get a look at how they’re preparing for another busy night. Drew is sparring and showing off his athletic prowess. Krista gets in just before the bell rings and kicks his partner in the stomach, proving she, too, is ready for a fight. Topher is lounging alongside his buddy, TC, who is (thank you, God) relaxing in a kiddie pool.

TC Pool

Of course Jordan asks if he’ll use any excuse to take his shirt off, and he reminds her of a time she used to look for any excuse for him to take his shirt off. Touché! Female viewers are just happy to be here. Clap your hands for a show that caters to its audience!

The Night Shift make San Antonio feel small and quaint. Although I’ve visited, I don’t have a lot of experience outside the city center, so I don’t know how true that statement is. But when a deputy, Nick, is gunned down, he also happens to have been in combat with TC and his brother, Thad. Thad was killed while they looked for Nick’s shooters. TC had Thad’s heart directly donated to Nick; in a way, that kept Thad alive for TC long after his death.

TC needs to do whatever he can to save Nick, which includes going over Ragosa’s head to call in the woman who performed Nick’s initial surgery, Dr. Flannery Mills (Katherine LaNasa). Ragosa is a closer. If you need something done, whether it’s calling the state police to expedite a background check or trying to get a woman out of an ambulance when she refuses to budge, Ragosa’s your guy. He’s the guy we want to hate, but just can’t.

The Night Shift - Season 1

Flannery isn’t authorized to work at Memorial, and Ragosa pitches a fit. He’s not an unreasonable man — just uninformed. When he discovers the story behind the victim and that Flannery performed the transplant, Ragosa is stunned. “I didn’t know that. It would have been good to know that,” he tells Topher. No kidding.

There’s a brain-dead junkie/jumper who is a match for Nick, and TC takes it upon himself to start prepping the kid for surgery. If his parents directly donate, Nick can be saved again. It won’t save Thad’s heart, but it would still be a win.

It becomes an agonizing waiting game that turns into a miracle for one family and hell for another. When the jumper, or “William,” as Topher reminds TC, is removed from life support, he starts breathing on his own. He needs surgery, and TC and Topher are the ones to perform it. I couldn’t have been the only person who had a stray thought that TC might go off the deep end and fudge the surgery to secure the heart. TC’s a wildcard, but he’s a good doctor. He won’t do anything to jeopardize a patient, even if it means saving the only piece left of his brother.

The only hope for Nick is that Flannery can work a second miracle. She can’t. We’re spared the words to his family, but not the flood of pain that washes over TC. He’s tough and does his best to hide his feelings, but his first stop after the shift is Thad’s grave. He just lost a friend and the last piece of his brother in one night. It even takes a toll on Eoin Macken, who plays TC. No, really, take a look (if you’re watching and not following along on Twitter, you’re missing out):

That’s not the only case, of course, although it is the most personal. The case of the bearded Nazi is shocking. Being in an accident isn’t the worst thing that can happen on your wedding day. That award would go to the wedding party shaving your husband’s beard off to reveal a face full of Nazi tattoos. Don’t say that what you do as a teen can’t come back to haunt you or that tattoos will express your feelings for as long as you bear them, because that could come back and bite you in the butt.


Equally bizarre is a case Drew and Landry are working on, involving a boy who appears to be abused. While Landry tries to determine the root of the abuse, the 12-year-old boy goes to sleep and awakes with the personality of a girl. It’s not a question of gender identity; he has multiple personality disorder.

Drew and Landry question the boy’s mother, but it’s revealed that she, too, is being abused — by her son. Landry uses his mother’s potential arrest to instigate a personality change, and the kid is enraged, throwing himself against the wall and trying to attack everyone in the room. Ragosa talks to child services and closes another case; the boy can get treatment and the mother will not be charged for withholding information that could have helped him sooner for fear he might be taken away.

Landry has several run-ins with Ragosa and sees in him what we do too — he’s a decent guy with something chipping away at him. She offers her services as a therapist and, although initially hesitant, he decides to talk with her. Not only is he going blind, as we learned last week, but his wife left him three months ago and took his kids. They sneak into rooms away from her to call their daddy. It’s always best to have as much information as possible about someone before making a judgment call.

Ragosa is under so much pressure, and yet still works through it at the hospital. TC is the same way, especially tonight, as he has to deal with so much loss. I’m betting the two will find some common ground and might even become friends. Have you ever noticed how some of your best friends are people you initially disliked? Don’t say that’s just me.

There were some other puzzle pieces out on the table forming this family of doctors, as well. Landry and TC have kept their affair casual, and the way things are between TC and Jordan, I’d say that’s a good thing. The less people know when they eventually break things off, the better. It also helped that Ragosa wasn’t informed, as he wouldn’t have asked Landry’s professional opinion on TC and missed his talk with her.

Kenny asked Drew when he was going to break up with his girlfriend, and Drew later received an email with a photo of him and another handsome guy — his boyfriend Rick. I caught the email so you can take a look! This crew is so close and they rely on each other very heavily, but they have a lot of secrets squirreled away. Thankfully, they aren’t kept from us!


I really enjoy the micro world of the hospital, but I’d like to see more of the macro world outside it as well. Knowing Jordan and Topher were going to be keeping TC company made me wonder what Landry would be doing with her time. Drew and Kenny were taking Krista and Paul out to show them the town. After spending the day treating elderly patients from a nearby retirement home for STDs, they should have let Paul have his day at the Riverwalk like the tourist in him desired, but he’s vetoed.

The Night Shift is so jam-packed full of adrenaline and emotions that it’s impossible to cover all the fun details. Let me know how you like the coverage. If you think I should spend more time on different stories in the same amount of space, point me there. Let’s celebrate finding an electrifying new show together!

The Night Shift, rated TV-14, airs Tuesdays at 10/9 C on NBC.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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