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'The Night Shift' 1x08 'Save Me': Losing control

Jordan: "I had no idea what TC went through in that war. I thought I knew."
Jordan: "I had no idea what TC went through in that war. I thought I knew."
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Topher: “You’re not going to kiss me, are you?”

TC: "He can't die. He can't die."
Photo Courtesy Of Lewis Jacobs/NBC

TC: “Just try and stop me.”

“Save Me” is the July 15 season finale of “The Night Shift.” Reminder: this article has spoilers, so read at your own risk. Be sure to check out the slideshow for more quotes from tonight's episode. “The Night Shift” returns next summer on NBC.

Oh my goodness, where to start. Let’s cover the least interesting part first – the chemical fire. Let’s face it, when we've got storylines centering on Topher, TC, and Jordan dealing with Milo, the shooter, spending time watching chemical workers get treated isn't all that interesting. We’re all here for the characters, and so in a finale, let’s focus on them. Sure, we can still show how the chemical explosion is stretching the staff thin, but we don’t need to watch Landry notify the families or the obvious patient mix up and the heartache of the husband. It’s a just too much.

Topher made me so nervous. Once he was doing well like fifteen minutes into the episode, I know by the end of it, something would go wrong. His scene with TC is fantastic because Topher knows what TC is going through, and it is the first time we really have a conversation on what happened. It allows us to see a new side of Topher and TC, and get to see how Topher has been doing since being overseas. We focus on TC and his flashes throughout the series, but obviously he isn't the only one dealing with these issues. Did anyone else just love Paul and Topher’s scenes?

Here’s the thing, I don’t quite know if Jordan is at fault for Milo dying. Aside from the fact that most of us don’t know anything about medicine, it seemed like Jordan made the right call with him. Aside from not giving him pain meds, he looked like he was recovering well. Maybe someone should have checked on his sutures more often. Plus, if you are like me, the less time spent dealing with Milo, the better. I was concerned about Topher and TC, not him! This sets up a very interesting problem for Jordan going into the second season. Do you think Jordan screwed up?

TC is not in good shape. The flashes are happening more and more often, and TC is zoning out a lot. I’m glad that we see some of Drew looking in on TC. Even though we don’t see much of them, we are told that they are close. After all, TC knew that Drew was gay way during the pilot. Their friendship isn't really focused on, which is a shame and something that I hope happens in season two. Would you like to see more of TC and Drew’s friendship?

TC’s confession to Jordan at the end is heartbreaking. What’s nice is that Jordan goes to him as a friend. As Jill Flint as said, they are “bound together,” and so it is nice that every interaction between the two of them isn't romantically charged. It would be great if we stopped having the scenes where Scott or TC happen to walk by while Jordan is doing something intimate with the other person though. Do you think TC and Jordan as friends or lovers better?

What did you think of the episode? Leave me your thoughts in a comment below.