The Natural

Season 9, Ep 5, Aired 10/19/98
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  • Episode Description
  • The episode starts with someone rescuing a surfer in trouble. When the rescue has been completed, the phantom lifeguard is nowhere to be seen. A minute later, J.D. arrives in a lifeguard truck and he is able to see tracks in the sand showing clearly that someone else made the rescue. He tells Cody, Sheryl and Bridget about the incident. Later during a role call, Mitch is surprised to find out that Alex has hired a new maintenance person. Her name is Jessie Owens. Everyone likes her at first, especially Cody and J.D. While they are on patrol, they are surprised to see Jessie jumping off a pier. It turns out that she wants to become a stuntwoman. Later, it turns out that Jessie is the phantom lifeguard when she rescues a little girl named Beth and then disappears mysteriously. But Jessie turns out to be a bad maintenance person and she is fired when the lifeguard clothes has shrunk to infant size, and tons of soap bubbles start bubbling out of the washing machine and onto the floor and the hallway. She accidentally dropped a laundry detergent bottle into the washing machine. After that Alex is forced to fire her but not before she notices some scars on her arm. Beth had the same kind of scars. Later Jessie is forced to make another rescue when a future fraternity guy named Sean, almost dies on the beach. When two of his future fraternity pals bury him up to his neck, he starts sinking into a sinkhole. Mitch, Alex, J.D. and Cody assist Jessie during the rescue. She then gets the opportunity to join rookie school that is supposed to start next week. One day, Alex approaches Mitch and tells him that she wants to come out from behind her desk. Mitch knows that she is a lifeguard and a certified paramedic, but still he lets her stay at headquarters. Much to Mitch´s surprise, Ed Symes is back (8.18 Quarantine). Ed offers Mitch some free medical supplies if he lets him ride in the call car with him. To get even with Alex, he lets her go with him as well. After all, she did want to get out of the office. Ed keeps bothering Alex all the time. When Sheryl calls them from her tower about a man with a possible heart attack, they drive to her tower. Once there, it turns out that the man just has cramps from a too-vigorous workout. Ed who wants to be a hero, rushes towards them with the defibrillator. Trying to save the jogger, Mitch is shocked instead. This really upsets him and to get even with Ed, he and Alex ask him to demonstrate a sling/stretcher victim. When Ed is completely tied up and helpless, Mitch and Alex leave him on the beach.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Hasselhoff

    Lt. Mitch Buchannon (seasons 1-10, 1989-1990/1991-2000; <i>Baywatch Hawaiian Wedding</i>, 2003)

  • David Chokachi

    Cody Madison (seasons 6-9, 1995-1999)

  • Jeremy Jackson

    Hobie Buchannon #2 (seasons 2-9, 1991-1999; <i>Baywatch Hawaiian Wedding</i>, 2003)

  • Michael Bergin

    Jack "J.D." Darius (1997-2001; <i>Baywatch Hawaiian Wedding</i>, 2003)

  • Brooke Burns

    Jessica "Jessie" Owens (seasons 9-10, 1998-2000)

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  • Notes (1)

    • New castmember Brooke Burns makes her first appearance on the series as Jessica "Jesse" Owens in this episode.

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