PREVIOUSLY on General Hospital: Night Shift--Dr. Ford hammed his way into the afterlife, leaving Patrick the new Chief of Staff; Leo Julian went from laidback and guitar playing to short and angry; Leo and his brother, Kyle, don't get along; Robin and Patrick were adorable again and some more; Billy Dee Williams returned from touring with The Saints and took a job as an orderly; Jagger Cates returned to Port Charles with his adorable son Stone in tow; the entire world was taken aback by how good the premiere episode of the second season was.
As much as I enjoying the second season of Night Shift, and not even just compared to the epic garbage that was the first season, there's still something off about it that I can't quite articulate: is it the shoddy editing? The continuing ripoffs of Grey's Anatomy? Have I just reached a point in my life where I'm unable to be wholly thrilled about anything? Have I become Maxine from the Hallmark cards?
That being said, it's certainly an entertaining way to spend an hour, and when was the last time I could say that about anything soap related?! And this week, the writers did the unthinkable: they made me like Epiphany. I KNOW! It's completely shocking!
Epiphany runs after Patrick asking for ten minutes of his hot, Chief of Staff-y time to go over a litany of hospital issues, and, in lieu of a real answer, he asks her if she likes pastrami. Befuddled, she says she doesn't particularly care for it, and he says that he does, because it reminds him of lunch, which he hasn't had in three days. Epiphany wants no part of Patrick's pity party and ignores him, choosing instead to run down the list of hospital problems. She mentions that she'd usually go to administration with all of this, but they're saying that it's Patrick's job now and, probably due to how palpable his hatred of life is, smiles gleefully and asks if he enjoys being Chief of Staff.
In response to his hot, stony silence, she playfully punches him on the arm (!!!)
and goes along her merry way with an extra spring in her step. I watched this scene half a dozen times, and I laughed out loud each time. They finally translated some of Sonya Eddy's awesomeness into her character! I didn't think that was possible. These people are miracle workers.
Patrick, for his part, spent the scene making the same face I usually make during Epiphany's scenes (a combination of Epiphany hatred, self hatred and soul-crushing dissatisfaction with life in general).