Posted: 07/31/2009


Third Watch Season 2 DVD Set


by Laura Tucker

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Everyday Heroes Leading Everyday Lives.

That’s the best way to explain the show Third Watch. While it’s been cancelled for a few years now, it didn’t take much to get back into it again watching the second season on DVD. It felt like a reunion with some old friends. You know those old friends of yours that you can go years without seeing or catching up with, but once you run into them again, it’s like the years haven’t even gone by, and you’re right in the thick of it again? That’s how this is.

Third Watch examines the lives of emergency workers in New York City, the police department, paramedics, and firefighters, all working the third sift, 3 to 11 PM. What the series shows us is that while these emergency workers put their lives on the line and have to deal with such tough things day in and day out on the job, explosions, murder, kidnapping, etc., they then have to go home and deal with their lives, always with problems of their own.

As I sat down to watch these episodes from the second season I kept saying, “Oh yeah!” I remembered it all. It was during this season that John “Sully” Sullivan first met Tatiana, and Ty Davis learned that his father had had a second life. Faith Yokas had it to “here” with her husband’s drinking and also faced a pregnancy scare, and Maurice “Bosco” Boscarelli dealt with his mom’s boyfriend who had beaten her up … badly.

Things weren’t any better for the paramedics and firemen. Alex Taylor started as a fireman, transferring over from being a paramedic, and saw Jimmy Doherty in a compromising position at his engagement party. Bobby Caffey got caught up trying to stop his old friend from the neighborhood from continuing on his path to being a junkie. Monte “Doc” Parker also faced some people from his past. Kim lost custody of her and Jimmy’s son for awhile after making some big mistakes, and Carlos Nieto had to go to sensitivity training.

Watching these characters in their everyday lives is like watching life. It makes me cheer for them and cry for them. Now I just have to wait for season three to come out, as that’s the one that starts off with 9/11 and its aftermath that they deal with so realistically on the show, as the people on the show never do get over it, just like the real emergency workers and citizens.

Everyday Heroes and Everyday Lives.

Laura Tucker Laura Tucker is the webmaster of Reality Shack, and its accompanying Reality Shack Blog, and is a freelance writer providing reviews of movies and television, among other things, at Viewpoints. She is also an Associate Instructor and 2nd dan black belt in tae kwon do with South Elgin Martial Arts. Laura can be reached at

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