"The Night Shift" Three-Two-One (TV Episode 2016) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • As the city erupts in violence over an impending jury verdict, the night shift becomes ground zero when they have to take in the man suspected of the racially-motivated shooting at the source of the unrest. His presence in the emergency room sparks sharp conversation and disagreements among the staff over the highly-charged topic and even close friends Kenny and Paul find themselves at odds. Topher does his best to control the mounting chaos in the ER while out in the field, TC makes a decision as to which of two patients to bring in, leaving Paul and Scott to question TC's motives.

  • When the trial of a man who shot and killed a black man is underway, the city is in chaos because a lot of people want to see the man hanged. TC goes to be with the police in case something happens. And the defendant collapses and is brought to the hospital. Some people think he's faking to get away, like Kenny who is among the ones who hate him. But he says he's not faking and Jordan treats him fairly and wants to make sure nothing is wrong with him but when the tests show nothing, Topher wants him out. At the courthouse, there's a shooting wherein a cop confronted someone with a gun, who shot him and his partner shot the shooter. TC says they need to get them out but the crowd is in their way, He needs more help so he sends for Scott who brings Paul along. When they get there and they assess them and when the chopper arrives Scott wants to bring the shooter first but TC wants to bring the cop first. Paul and Scott take exception to TC's decision. TC wins so Scott and Paul have to wait but things are getting hot. So they take refuge in a store. The owner knows the shooter and says he's not a bad guy. Scott tries to stabilize him till the chopper returns. But the crowd finds them and are out for blood so Paul goes out and tries to reason with them. Topher tries to deal with the press speculating that TC chose the cop because he's white. But they refuse to back down so Shannon asks them to help locate the mother of a boy who was brought to the hospital.

  • Steven Benedict, a white man on trial for shooting a black man who he thought was a mugger, is brought to the hospital. While there, the black members of the staff (except Paul) presumed him to be guilty. Neighborhood tensions over the case escalate into a riot. During the melee, a cop is shot badly, according to his patrol partner, by a black teenager, whom she shoots as badly. The teen is later revealed to be a neighborhood delivery person named Sean who just happened to be working when the riot started. The cop and the delivery guy are both in need of MEDEVAC, but only one can go at a time. TC and Scott disagree who needs help first, but TC decides that the cop should fly back first in the medical chopper. Scott and Paul must operate on Sean on site as the riot ensues around them. In an effort to save their patient, Paul bravely holds off the violent mob. Meanwhile, Topher must deal with the press and insinuations of hospital favoritism during triage. TC makes a grim discovery when he examines the bullets from the neighborhood shooting.


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