The Night Shift
upped its ante with the newest episode, ‘Second Chances.’ Every second was action packed and ripe with emotion. The scenes shown heightened the drama and moved the story forward all the while aided in character development.
This episode started with a bang! One truck ran into an ambulance (with a spoiled woman inside), a knifing, and a shootout all the while the interns examine sexually active geriatric patients, a kid comes in with a broken arm, and a druggie begs for pain pills. What an hour.
We quickly learn that one of the patients is connected to Macken's character. Nick, a police officer, comes in with a stab wound to his heart. This man was in the same unit as our rogue doctor. TC actually performed a heart transplant on Nick while stationed overseas. The heart within him had been the doc's brother's organ. We find out that the brother (Thaddeus) fought alongside TC, but died in action, and Thaddeus’s heart went into Nick. If Nick died from than TC would lose his brother all over again.
While the elderly patients were in need of treatment, they were fine. The woman in the ambulance as well as the gunshot victim also ended up living. The druggie and the kid patients also had struggles, which were compelling.
The young man begging for pills was a veteran with PTSD. He ended up jumping from the hospital roof because he couldn't take it anymore. Leung's character, feeling exceedingly guilty about how he treated him, did everything to keep the druggie alive. It almost did not work. After being declared brain dead, the plug was pulled and he lived.
The child, who does not remember getting the broken arm, turns out to be a kid with multiple personality disorder. The therapist discovered he has at least two other personalities. This disorder was brought on by an abusive home life (his father being the abuser). Now that they know, they can treat it.
By the end, viewers also learn that Ragrosa's wife left him and took the kids, thus part of the reason he acts out. Drew struggles to keep his sexuality and his boyfriend a secret. We learn Nick doesn't live through the heart repair, but the druggie gets a second chance.
I could not take my eyes off the program. The acting was just as good as on the pilot. It leaves me wanting more, what about you?
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