The Night Shift 2×01, “Recovery”

We’re back, and oh, crap- T.C. is already rappelling down a mountain. Well, that escalated quickly. Somehow, a child has gotten himself into a bind and is lying in some sort of canyon with a broken leg. T.C.’s objective is to rappel down the mountain, stabilize the injury and then ascend the mountain with the injured kid in tow. Easy enough, right?

… WRONG!

The child begins to choke on the way up, but T.C. doesn’t sweat it. He uses a tube to remove the obstruction (a cotton ball), and alls well that ends well. One minute into the episode. ONE MINUTE IN.

Welcome to the Thunderdome season two, y’all!

Man, I’m rusty- I forgot how insanely fast this show moves!

The Night Shift returned for its sophomore season on Monday night, and picked up right where it left off with crazy, non-stop action. SO MUCH HAPPENED that we have to dive right in and talk about it before T.C. has to save someone else.

We need to talk about Scott.

It turns out that Jordan broke it off with Scott sometime between last summer and now. He’s taking it well, I think.

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“We’ll handle it from here, Jordan. This is a surgical case- you can go back to the ER.”

Just kidding, Scott is a moody brat the entire episode- so imagine his excitement when he is called to a courthouse where a man is trapped under an elevator (yes, UNDER an elevator), and Jordan and T.C. want to perform a procedure only ever performed in an operating room.

When T.C. advocates the procedure, Scott is a straight-up bitch and asks why he would take his advice- seeing as the last time the men saw each other, T.C. was “having a mental breakdown in [the] O.R.” For the record, I am Team T.C., but I love when somebody is an asshole- in this case, Scott- by doing nothing more than speaking the truth. I laughed- not even sorry.

Scott- like everyone else on the show- eventually gives in to T.C.’s dreaminess and agrees to proceed. They extract the man, get him to surgery and eventually save his life, so much ado about nothing, right? Of course not. Jordan chooses the middle of surgery of all times to apologize, and Scott utilizes his ex-fiancee’s extremely poor timing to get the last word in:

“Yea, well, you got what you wanted.”

You’re a SURGEON, Clemmens, not Regina George. Get over it. Nobody likes a sad Scott Wolf!

… and Ragosa.

I go back and forth on Ragosa- to the point that even I’m getting frustrated about it. Early in season one, I found him expendable. Towards the end of the season, however, I started to come around. Now…

Ragosa had surgery in the “offseason,” and has become REALLY obnoxious. He practically skips into the hospital, and then insists on shadowing Topher like a puppy. When he gets in trouble for approving the surgery in the elevator, however, his mood does a complete 180 and he QUITS. Like straight up, “I quit” then storms out. I am so confused that it’s making me hate him again.

Later, Topher finds Ragosa flipping out about what he has just done. It turns out that Ragosa is studying up for his Boards to become a doctor. Topher reminds him that the guy in the elevator is alive because of him, and tells him that the hospital is looking for a Physicians Assistant. Hmm.

T.C. and Jordan-

I love Scott Wolf, but it looks like the breakup did the show a lot of good. T.C. and Jordan- while not *officially* back together- have become quite the dreamy little ship. T.C. is technically still suspended, but keeps finding excuses to show up to the hospital. None of us are disappointed: not Topher, not Paul, not the fans and definitely not Jordan:

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“I like it when you stop by.”

Preach, girl.

Later on, Jordan and T.C. have a moment in the parking lot. Jordan tells T.C. about the earlier case with the couple impaled by rebar and how the husband was only worried about his wife. It’s just another story until T.C. drops one line to make us all swoon.

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“I guess if you find the right woman, you’ll do anything for her.”

OMG, T.C., stop it!

T.C. tells Jordan not to make any plans for two weeks from Friday, and then disappears. Gwen later reveals to Jordan that he scored them front row tickets for the Spice Girls’ fictional reunion tour. Adorbs.

The episode ends with a Grey’s-style elevator hookup. I’m not even mad about the Grey’s similarity. These two are kind of hot together.

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New Characters-

Gwen- Gwen is a paramedic who apparently goes back with Jordan and T.C. I’m guessing that she was in the military, too.

Trisha- A fellow veteran and a friend of T.C.’s. We learn in the episode that she has a tumor on her lung. The team has to figure out a way to get her the surgery she needs, and T.C. ends up selling his brother’s motorcycle to do so.

Dr. Chavez- The newest surgeon on the block and the new character with the most promise. He’s laid back and quite charming, but also has a military background. Chavez is the new character with the most promise and the one I’m most looking forward to getting to know.

Other Stuff-

Drew and Rick have moved in together, Kenny and Krista are sleeping together, and there’s an epic prank war going on between Kenny, Paul and Drew. I’m not a huge prankster, but I all of a sudden feel the urge to try and saran-wrap somebody to a wall:

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While I wish there had been some military flashbacks and an explanation as to where Landry disappeared to, season two’s premiere was a solid episode. The Night Shift stuck to its roots and gave us a crazy dose of action in a short amount of time, and gave us an added bonus of “will they, won’t they?” with Jordan and T.C.

What did you think of The Night Shift’s return? Are you happy that T.C. and Jordan seem to be getting back together? Let me know! Drop me a comment or a tweet @GinaWatchesTV and I will see you for the live-tweet tomorrow night!

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