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'The Night Shift' recap: 'Coming Home' and coming out

Season 1 | Episode 6 | “Coming Home” | Aired July 1, 2014

At the start of “Coming Home,” Drew definitely isn’t ready to let the world in on his secret. When Kenny interrupts a call Drew is sharing with Rick (Luke Macfarlane), Drew cuts Rick short with, “Yeah, so if you could have those windows fixed this week, that’d be great.” Rick replies with a sarcastic, “I love you too.” Rick is riding a bus into San Antonio with a lot of other military personnel, and he looks just super. Considering the preview with him in a hospital gown, I’m immediately suspicious that the bus isn’t going to reach its destination.

What was so important that Kenny interrupted? One of the nurses found Ragosa’s dating profile. “Santana2001” features a photo with his ex-wife’s arm draped across his shoulder. Not the best photo, but cutting her off makes sense. Drew suggests they keep this one close to the vest. Not everything needs to be common knowledge.

At home, Jordan hears a knock at the door. It’s TC. “I’ve been walking around all night, trying to get you out of my mind,” he says as he shakes his head. “But I can’t, I can’t stop thinking about ya, about that kiss.” Jordan asks what she’s supposed to do with that. TC doesn’t know. He just wants to tell her the truth. That seems like a nice start.

Back at Memorial, Scott is holding his first staff meeting. Jordan and TC are missing. As expected, a call comes in—there has been a bus accident full of soldiers. Expect the first patient in 20 minutes. The patients are such a mess upon arrival that some don’t make it off the ambulance before the work starts. Jordan and TC pulling up in her car stops Scott in his tracks.

As everyone calls for Drew’s help, he spots Rick. “T! I need you over here!” This is Rick, he tells his friend. “Rick?” TC shows surprise. Yeah, that Rick. Rick’s legs are crushed and Scott wants Topher to take over TC’s case. TC uses the excuse that Drew is Army Reserve and what TC can teach him will be used in the field to stay on Rick’s case. Scott wants to amputate. Drew is, rightfully, freaking out. Kenny is totally confused about Drew’s reaction, and TC sends Drew out of the room.

Krista attends to a flirty Pvt. Wilson (Devon Graye), who asks Topher if he has a shot with Krista. Topher dolls out this nugget of wisdom: “If you don’t give it a try, it might just pass you by.” Pour that syrup on liberally, Topher!

TC pulls a Hail Mary on Rick with an external bypass, keeping blood flowing to his foot. The amputation is still scheduled, and what makes it worse is Scott’s lingering confusion about Jordan pulling up with TC in the car. For Scott, TC calling her for a ride once is one time too many. How are things going to roll when TC tries to stop the amputation?

Ragosa is doing his best to keep the ER flowing. He calmly reminds Paul that Paul needs to earn the respect of the soldiers (who are chanting “Doogie, Doogie, Doogie” in reference to his youthful looks) before Kenny pulls Ragosa aside. Kenny reveals what he knows about Ragosa’s horrible, pathetic dating profile, adding that he’s willing to fix it for the next two Saturdays off. Ragosa is not the only one taking to online dating. Working their hours makes meeting someone the natural way next to impossible. “You’re like Johnny Depp to the single moms out there,” Kenny says, scoring his free Saturdays.

The Night Shift - Season 1The privates are all razzing Wilson and, in turn, Krista. “Do it!” Since Wilson hasn’t been out with a girl since high school prom, he’d like the honor of taking Krista on a date. She’s not allowed to, given their doctor-patient relationship, but she gives him props for the ask. The rest of his buddies just stared at her ass. Wilson is so pleased, his eyes bleed. Say what? Yes. He has more than a wrecked arm. Topher does an assessment, and I start to think Wilson isn’t going to survive his trip to the ER.

Rick is awake and Drew is still holding up the veil around their relationship. Confused, Rick wonders why Drew is there and says he was going to make him an omelet. TC ushers the other soldiers out before Rick panics. Rick takes a look at his leg, and Drew has to talk him off the ledge. While Drew tells him he has their best guy on it, he slips a syringe into Rick’s IV to calm him down. Their reunion is not what either of them expected.

Punching the locker room isn’t much help, but Krista reaches out to Drew. He can’t talk to Rick like he wants to, but she doesn’t think anyone would care. He refuses to be the “gay doctor.” Krista’s advice to “just try and breathe” earns her a hug from her friend.

Omelets are back on the table as Kenny gives Ragosa profile advice. Ragosa hasn’t dated in 15 years; he met his wife in high school. Kenny puts it out there: “Well, unless you want to get arrested, you need to meet the next one somewhere else.” Kenny may think he’s just doing this to get two Saturdays off, but I like the friendly banter here. Ragosa needs more of the staff on his side. It’s funny that Ragosa and Kenny are on the same dating site when both have chances at Memorial. I still feel Ragosa and Landry are destined as are Kenny and Krista. I’m not far off base. As Ragosa describes his ideal woman, he’s gazing at Landry, and their descriptions match.

TC doesn’t think he can save Rick’s leg. He hasn’t told Drew, but he asks Landry to help by talking to Rick. Topher needs help with Wilson. Jordan wonders about Drew’s friend and needs a moment to tell TC the story (lie) she told Scott. She doesn’t know how she feels about the kiss, but she hates that she lied. As Jordan is called to the operating room, TC is summoned by Scott.

Scott is not happy TC did an emergency bypass to try to save Rick’s leg. Eoin Macken is so emotional that his Irish brogue starts dripping through TC’s voice, as he tells Scott to mind his own patients. TC’s patience is wearing thin. Of course, none of this is about two doctors butting heads; it’s all about Jordan. Scott wants to do the amputation now. TC grabs Scott by the shoulder: “No, you’re gonna wait until Landry has had a chance—” POW! Scott punches TC in the face, and the two are next grappling on the floor like teenagers. Good God, if their patients could see them now, they would lose all confidence.

Scott and TC standing in front of Ragosa don’t help matters. Ragosa has already had his run-in with TC. As head of the night shift, Ragosa hands it over to Jordan. Oh no, this is about to get even uglier! As soon as Ragosa’s butt is through the door, Scott lays it on the line. Whatever happened between TC and Jordan happened years ago, and it’s over. Jordan shuffles TC out of the room and tells Scott the truth about the ride. She lied to him. That TC went to her house isn’t nearly as bad as her lie, especially about TC.

TC is chatting with Topher, who is reading him his own riot act. Topher points out that TC knows he and Jordan are tied to each other in a “messed up, codependent relationship,” and TC has no idea what he is—he’s not a candidate for a good husband, father or boyfriend. Does he really want to put Jordan through another epic roller-coaster romance when she already has a guy?

Wilson is on a round of steroids and doing fine. Krista decides Topher will be Wilson’s doctor of record. The curtains are pulled back, and Krista announces she’s taking him out for a beer. The focus switches to Rick.

Drew tries talking with Rick, but Rick isn’t feeling a lot of love from Drew, given the circumstances. Scott comes in to look at Rick’s leg. It’s black, but Rick would rather die than lose his leg. Drew doesn’t have one to stand on in the conversation. Will coming out be his only chance to talk some sense into Rick?

When Jordan looks at Landry’s patient, who claims to be pregnant with Matt Damon’s baby, Landry takes a moment to offer her services to Jordan for the situation with Scott and TC. Jordan doesn’t have to say it, although she does. Girl, that would be awkward! Landry must have been interested in the gossip, because the professional side of her had to know that already.

When Ragosa shares his profile views with Kenny and they’re caught in the act by Landry, Kenny sees it—Ragosa has a thing for Landry! Kenny agrees with Ragosa that Landry is way out of his league. “Of course she is! But that doesn’t mean you can’t like her. I mean, you see plenty of ugly dudes with hot chicks.” Ragosa thanks him for the compliment and decides to answer the “nice” woman who checked out his profile.

In the gross-out moment of the night, Paul answers a call in the Jacuzzi tub area. One of the soldiers bumped his head and his eyeball is bulging out—like, really gross bulging, cartoon bulging. There’s bleeding back there, Paul wants to send for a doctor and the guy screams, “Help me, Doogie!” Poor Paul, always settled with the worst of the worst when he tends to steer clear from the outset. Jordan walks Doogie, err, Paul through the procedure. Success!

Drew and Landry are trying to reason with Rick about losing his leg or death, but Rick has had enough. The subject is too intense to be talking in riddles. Rick demands Drew tell him the truth, and he starts to out Drew to Landry. “Oh, now you’re afraid of something? It’s not so fun, is it?” Drew still doesn’t let down his guard and walks away.

Krista heads in to see Wilson. He is covered in open lesions. The steroids are making his situation worse. He caught something from sandflies in Afghanistan: visceral leishmaniasis. I looked it up; it’s also called black fever and is the second-largest parasitic killer after malaria. Wilson doesn’t make it. Dammit! I knew he wasn’t going to make it, and it still doesn’t help with the feels.

Drew wants Rick to sign the papers for his amputation. Rick reaches out to him, but Drew turns away again. The music starts up. We’re nearing the end of the hour. It’s going to be make-it-or-break-it time for Drew. Will he have the guts to stand up for the most important thing in his life?

After seeing the “poor kid” die, Scott thinks his argument with Jordan seems silly in comparison. He tells Jordan to never lie to him again, and he’ll see her back at her place after Rick’s surgery.

The Night Shift - Season 1Taps is playing as they wheel Wilson from the ER with a folded flag over his body. He made it all the way back to the U.S., but he didn’t make it home. Krista falls tearfully into Kenny’s arms. I’m proud of him for remaining calm.

TC grabs Jordan to apologize. When they kissed the other day, she didn’t stop what he started, so he knows she feels something too. He promises not to say anything to Scott because he doesn’t want to ruin it for her, if that’s what she wants. She can make her own decision, and she knows where to find TC.

As Rick is being wheeled into surgery, Krista urges Drew to go with him: “He’s terrified!” Drew refuses. Not in front of people. He’s not willing to come out, even for the man he loves. “Don’t you ever tell me how tough you are again, you understand? All that MMA talk, all that Ranger talk—it doesn’t mean crap if you let him go through this alone,” Krista argues. You have to hand it to Krista: She’s successfully put her feelings for Drew aside as she urges him to do the right thing—what’s in his heart. As his men salute him, all Rick wants is Drew. Drew finally stops the gurney. “I am going to be there for you, I promise. I love you,” he tells Rick before reaching down for a kiss. Strength comes from within, and Drew just found his.

I’ll end this recap with some fantastic news: The Night Shift was just renewed for a second season and six additional episodes, bringing the total number for season 2 to 14. Congrats to all involved!

The Night Shift airs Tuesdays at 10/9C on NBC. 

Cast and producer season 2 celebrations on social media:

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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