The Night Shift

The Night Shift Season 4 Premiere Recap: Let's Make a Deal

NBC’s The Night Shift resumed on Thursday with Part 1 of its Season 4 premiere. Picking up just 48 hours after the walkout triggered by Topher’s firing, was the splintered staff able to reassemble?

Setting a potential detente in motion was Jordan and Drew’s daring rescue of Mac from the forest fire. After failing to get him properly tended to at the nearby (but shoddy) VA hospital, they transferred him to San Antonio Memorial, where Jordan levered Julian into performing life-saving surgery on the war hero by puffing him up in front of the press. In private, Julian argues that the possibility of extending cancer patient Mac’s life by maybe nine months isn’t worth the resources/cost. When Jordan pushes him to reconsider, Julian offers to deliver — if the entire staff returns, with Jordan in charge.

Jordan lies, for the time being, to get Mac operated on, and in doing so gets an earful from Scott, who was the recipient of his own offer from Julian — to head up a specialty surgery center. In doing so, Scott could write his own ticket, and maybe finally plant some roots. Jordan meanwhile explains her TC-like deception by noting that “coloring inside the lines” all her life has gotten her very little, except near-deaths and misery. After Mac’s surgery, Julian calls Jordan on her lie — at which point she proffers a solution: the VA is looking for a partner hospital to take its backlog. It’d be a steady stream of patients and, more importantly, non-bouncing government checks. She’s game to manage the transition, and thus get everyone back — including Topher, though just as a doctor.

Elsewhere during Part 1 of the premiere:

* In the geographically separate storyline that apparently is not going away, TC after that missle attack in Syria came to in the back of a pick-up truck, and then found himself on the business end of a terrorist’s gun. A dropped bomb cut short that standoff, after which TC was rescued by some locals, including a doctor named Amira. TC wanted to treat the injured gunman, if only to get intel on where MIA Syd might be, but Amira and her friends were more interested in killing the guy. But after they were done with torturing him, TC leaned on the terrorist for info on Syd, then sped off in a truck….

* Kenny returned to work, but Paul refused to, as they lugged into the ER a gunshot victim who had been literally dropped at their feet. There, Paul was snubbed by Shannon, his father, and then Scott (who noted, “You walked out on me, too”). When Paul shares his plan to find a new gig elsewhere, Scott notes that doing so would set his residency back a year, best case, if not find him starting completely over. Scott invites Paul to come back to work with him, and do some great medicine together.

* A traveling nurse named Cain (recurring guest star Mark Consuelos) ruffled some feathers by 1) making Shannon and Kenny question their knee-jerk assumption that a drugged-out cellist was some no-good addict, and then 2) extubating the guy without a doctor’s order. Turns out, the new guy’s instincts were right: the patient is a good guy who had been drugged by a spiteful neighbor, who then called the cops.

* The episode ended with Drew arriving at the scene of an amusement park accident, where two girls were poised to tumble out of a derailed roller-coaster car. Ascending in a cherry-picker, Drew coaxed one girl to climb into his arms, but the other one chose not to fall to the inflated mat below, but instead grab onto and dangle from the cherry-picker — which casued it to start to topple….

To be continued!

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15 Comments
  1. Wrstlgirl says:

    Awesome premiere although I’m missing Topher already :-( Looking forward to the season.

  2. So happy the show is back! I love this show so much, but will try to be constructive in commenting.

    As others have said, could definitely do without the war stuff. I hate having TC separate from the rest of the cast for so long – one or two episodes is fine, but it sounds like this year it’s gonna be for most season, which sucks. And that’s on top of the final episodes from last season :( It feels like watching two separate shows.

    Other than that, the main storyline was great (although I do wish they’d stop adding so many new cast members, it makes the screen time witht the main characters feel super limited).

    Really looking forward to the rest of the season – hopefully TC is back before the last episode! Will be so pissed if TC and Jordan don’t even have a scene together.

  3. Joey Padron says:

    Season premiere was so good. Glad T.C. Is ok. Good he will find Syd in the next episode. Hope they make out ok in the next episode!

  4. Gloria Taylor says:

    Really enjoyed thenew season episode of”Nightwatch”. The spectacular scene of the drugged out Cellist was so scary ,believable, good acting which held your attention. To find out that he was a good guy, & competent Cellist was nice. The ending messageof justice for him doing his audition, his music integrated with the other characters & themes, helping people in a amusement park crisis, war conflict…wow- will watch next week.

  5. lee rush says:

    I am sick of the war plot!!!!

    • A Y says:

      War is out there everyday.read the paper watch the news. Glad the show shows focus on helping hurt people wheather a vet or not. People need medical care. What ever the issue is. Nice to see the horror of the VA hospital care that is never there for the vets that protect our rights. Keepthe show going with good stories.how can you let anyone be told you can’t get medical care .thats why they went into medical care.

  6. Henry Robles says:

    Who is Dr. Zika? That mentioned got killed!

  7. Cassie says:

    Seriously what are they trying to do with Scott and jordan ? Lol let them stop! I thought jordan needed some space.
    And eventually get back with tc..

  8. penny says:

    Can’t remember the person and daughter at the end that die? can you show a picture please. thanks

  9. Who did Jordan say died at the very end of the episode?