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Relationships make ‘The Night Shift’ must-see TV

At the heart of The Night Shift are the relationships. The entire hour tends to go down during one night shift at San Antonio Memorial, but inside those walls are people who depend on each other to get through some of the roughest cases they’ll ever encounter on both the professional and emotional levels. Remember when NBC used the phrase “must-see TV”? Personal lives trump the medical cases at Memorial, forcing us to tune in every week.

Whether they come into the job knowing each other, as many of them did, or grow closer after meeting on shift, the feelings they develop are intense. Imagine working that closely with people while you’re on an adrenaline rush. Would it even be possible to keep your personal life out of the equation?

In the latest episode, “Storm Watch,” lines were drawn and broken, and emotions were running rampant. Jordan’s boyfriend, Scott, took a job as the new head of trauma. Landry’s father came to Memorial looking for money. Drew’s boyfriend sent a text; he’s on his way home from Afghanistan. Take a look at how the last minutes of the episode played out.

From these simple moments come great angst. As viewers, we’ve learned relatively little about Scott. In passing, we know Jordan is skittish about committing because of what’s happened in the past. She and Scott haven’t lived together and have had a long-distance relationship, and she’s been growing closer to her former love, TC.

TC and Jordan have a long and strenuous past. It’s no secret they’re the epic love on The Night Shift. TC is the cool rebel that everyone wants to be or be with. Jordan is the trustworthy heroine with a heart of gold. TC’s time in Afghanistan changed him. It was enough that Jordan shared with Landry how difficult it was after he got back. They went through hell together and it tore them apart.

tumblr_n7qwdfvhVF1snp1vwo3_250TC messed it up so badly that Jordan didn’t even consider him a friend until they found each other again at Memorial. We can only imagine how hurt and beaten down she must have felt while TC struggled with his return home. TC’s fling with Landry ended just in time for Scott to come on board and press the issue. Realizing time was no longer on his side and after sharing the incredible experience of bringing Topher’s daughter into the world, TC grabbed Jordan for a passionate kiss. The only thing that tore them apart this time was Kenny entering the room.

As Landry struggled at the sudden appearance of her father, she turned to the person she had been helping — Ragosa. Ragosa has only shared anything personal with one person — Landry. She knows all of his secrets, has helped him through the breakup of his marriage and knows about his blindness. His friendship with her is the real thing, but I have a sneaking suspicion he sees more in their future.

Of all the people Landry could pick, she chose Ragosa when the steaming pile of crap that comes with her father got too deep. When Ragosa told her she’s been hanging around with the wrong people, he wasn’t kidding. If his actions were the nicest she’s ever been treated, she was making poor choices. Are they on the path to something more intimate? Landry finally understands that being with TC was wrong for her, and it makes room for the door to open for this interesting couple.

tumblr_n7r9t33GIV1sjwwemo4_250Meanwhile, Krista was instantly taken with Drew. Drew gives off the wrong signals, but he does it on purpose to keep his homosexuality hidden. The military and sexuality have a long history together, and it tends to end about as well as Jordan and TC after his return from Afghanistan.

After Krista’s pass at Drew, he shared with her who he is, and she’s been playing the role of his new BFF since. Krista is in so deep, she doesn’t know which end is up. She’s clearly fallen in love with Drew despite his honesty. His lives are about to collide as his boyfriend, Rick, is coming home from Afghanistan.

With so many of the Memorial staff adrift and uncertain in their personal affairs, expect things to get heated. It’s difficult not to worry about the patients. Being in a good place emotionally can bring your best forward, but being troubled can cause mistakes.

In the next episode, “Coming Home,” it looks like things come to a head. TC’s emotions are all over the place. While he wants to swoop back into Jordan’s life, his friend Topher tells him to walk away. As is not unusual when TC is around, there will be punches thrown. It will be only the second time since the premiere that we’ll see a sliver of their home life, as TC knocks on Jordan’s door. It’s too soon for Jordan to make a choice, so what will her decision be when faced with two men in her corner? We want her with TC, but rushing this kind of romance can kill it. We want the magic to last, right?

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The other major plot line will be Rick’s return from Afghanistan. It appears he has some injuries, but Rick’s fate won’t turn any tides for Krista. Drew doesn’t question who he is; even if, God forbid, something terrible happens with Rick, Drew won’t go to Krista for anything more than friendship. Will she finally see the man who has been waiting in the wings? Kenny fell for Krista as quickly as she did for Drew, but he maintained his distance. Kenny is the admirable good guy who can be there for Krista in many ways. That’s a relationship worth exploring.

Yes, the medical cases are at times shocking, funny and incredibly inspirational, but it’s the hearts beating in the chests of the staff at San Antonio Memorial that make the most noise. Check out the clip for next week’s episode, and be sure to come back for a recap as soon as it airs!

The Night Shift 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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