Third Watch

Falling

Season 3, Ep 17, Aired 4/8/02
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  • Episode Description
  • Bosco's emotional turmoil escalates when he begins to experience panic attacks and flashbacks, but continues to deny that there's anything wrong. After he has a panic attack while driving the patrol car and nearly causes a crash, Sully insists that Bosco see his friend Brian O'Malley, who's a therapist and a former cop. Bosco angrily resists O'Malley's suggestion that the panic attacks and flashbacks to the incidents with Shaquana Golden, Jared McKinley and Glen Hobart are the result of September 11th post-traumatic stress disorder, and storms out of the counseling session. His personal crisis comes to a head when he is suspended from duty for a week and ordered into mandatory counseling for punching a suspect already in custody. Shaken, he visits Faith at home and finally breaks down, relating the horror of watching people fall to their deaths from the Towers, unable to help them, ashamed that his fear left him frozen and unable to go back and help anyone else for several hours. Carlos starts an open adoption process for Kylie, but fails to follow through on appointments to meet prospective parents as he becomes more attached to her. Ty pitches in to help with the babysitting, and saves Kylie's life when she suddenly becomes very ill and stops breathing. Fred invests his hopes for a better future for his family on Faith's passing the sergeant's exam, and reacts angrily when he learns that Faith's preoccupation with Bosco's well-being may have caused her to fail the exam.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Coby Bell

    Ty Davis Jr.

  • Michael Beach

    Doc Parker (Episodes 1-103)

  • Eddie Cibrian

    Jimmy Doherty (Episodes 1-101)

  • Molly Price

    Officer (Now Detective) Faith Yokas

  • Kim Raver

    Kim Zambrano (Episodes 1-111)

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • absolutely one of my favorite episodes!!!!!

    By meljas, Sep 14, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (16)

    • Sully: Don't you have a test to take? Faith: What's goin' on? Sully: Well, your informant paid off. The Fed's just took down our bank robber who Boscorelli promptly punched in the face. Faith: What? Sully: Yeah. In front of everybody. Faith: Well, what the hell was he doing at a stakeout anyway? Sully: He wasn't on a stakeout. We weren't supposed to be there. He couldn't help himself. He's not right in the head, Faith. There's something really wrong with him. He'll be lucky to get off with a suspension. And forget about ESU. Faith: Do you think Swersky would let me talk to him for a minute if I asked him? Sully: No. Faith, no. Go take your test.

    • Fred: You can just stand there and tell me that Bosco distracted you from nailing this test? Is that what happened? Faith: I don't know, maybe I just choked. Fred: That's crap. You don't choke. You could've taken this test hanging by your ankles and you would've passed it. Faith: Fred, you know what, this is my career… Fred: No, it's not! It's our life! It's about better life for yourself, for your kids and for me. You let Bosco get in the way of that. Faith: No, Bosco had nothing to do with this. It was me. Fred: Yeah, yeah, defend him as usual.

    • Brian O'Malley (about Bosco's panic attacks): It's like a little mini-movie, right? All the worst crap you've ever seen in your life, running out before your eyes in fast motion. Bosco: So you're a cop? Brian O'Malley: I was a cop. Now, I counsel guys like you. Bosco: Listen, I really don't want the department knowing. Brian O'Malley: Like I said, guys like you. These episodes, are they effecting your job? Bosco: No. Brian O'Malley: Okay, bye. Bosco: Excuse me? Brian O'Malley: Get out. If you're gonna stand there and lie to me, you might as well go home. Why waste our time? … You drinking? Bosco: Not too much. A few days a week, maybe. A few shots. Brian O'Malley: Bourbon. Bosco: How'd you know? Brian O'Malley: Goes down great, doesn't it? Like little razor blades scraping away at that bile in the back of your throat. Bosco: Yeah. Definitely. Brian O'Malley: Quit. Definitely. Unless you wanna end up in AA with another problem to solve. Life's hard enough.

    • Brian O'Malley: Why don't you tell me about the episodes? The images you can't shake. The things that make your chest go tight and cut off your air. What is it you see? Close your eyes. Bosco: I don't wanna do this. I don't wanna close my eyes. Brian O'Malley: I'm serious. Close your eyes. (Bosco reluctantly does) What is it that you see? Bosco: Blood. I'm on the ground. This guy cornered me in a building and he hit my vest. Brian O'Malley: And then what? Bosco: Shaquana. Brian O'Malley: She's there, too? Your girlfriend? Bosco: No, it's a separate thing. She's uh… Shaquana, she's-- she's a long story. See, we didn't think she was being raped and she was. Then I always move onto Hobart. Brian O'Malley: Glennie Hobart. Knew he really well. He was a good cop. Bosco: So then you know what happened. Brian O'Malley: Yeah. Bang. So this other stuff-- You getting shot, the girl getting raped, is that around the same time as this thing with Hobart? Bosco: Hobart was the latest and the other stuff happened a few months before. Brian O'Malley: A few months before but after September 11th. Bosco: Why bring that into this? Brian O'Malley: Why not? It's a big deal. Bosco: It was about the biggest. You know what? I'm pretty much over that. This isn't about that. Brian O'Malley: Really? You were on duty? Bosco: Why we even goin' there? Brian O'Malley: There more you won't, the more I want to. Bosco: I was off duty. I woke up at some chick's place. I heard the roaring of the plane by, so I ran down. Brian O'Malley: Down what street? Bosco: I don't remember the street. Brian O'Malley: Most guys know exactly where they were. Bosco: I was pulling people out. Brian O'Malley: Out of the rubble? What tower? Bosco: See, people don't know. You watch channel four news, and you think you know, but listen to me, you don't know. Brian O'Malley: Okay, I don't know. Yet everything that causes your PTSD happened after the 11th. Bosco: Who said anything about PTSD? Brian O'Malley: I did. Post-traumatic stress disorder. Bosco: I know what it is. Listen, to me, a bank bag exploded in my face. That's it. That's all. Brian O'Malley: Okay, thank you for coming. Bosco: That's it? Brian O'Malley: Yeah, that's it. I told you not to lie to me. That's it. Bosco: I'm-- I'm not coming back. Brian O'Malley: You're not invited.

    • Bosco: Hi. Faith: Hi. I thought you were Fred… He um… he locked himself out. Faith: Are you alright? Bosco: Can we talk? Faith: Yeah. Come in. Bosco: How'd the test go? Faith: Not so good. Bosco: Really? Faith: Yeah, and Fred's really upset. Bosco: I can't imagine you not passin'. Faith: Yeah, well, anyway… You alright? Swersky came down pretty hard? Bosco: Suspended for a week. Desk duty for another week after that. Mandatory counseling. Faith: That's not so bad Bosco, considering. Bosco: You know, I got down there right when the second tower was being hit--- Faith: What? Bosco: ---and they were already jumping from the North Tower. People falling, you know? And I'm watching them, all the way down. There was nothing that I could do. Faith: There was nothing that any of us could do. Bosco: They were just falling. But so hard and so fast and then, it seemed like it took forever, 10 seconds, 15, I don't really know. I saw a couple people holding hands. Faith, I saw women holding their dresses down. And that sound, that thump. And I'm just standing there. I'm just standing there doing nothing. I pointed a few people this way and that way, but… I was frozen. It was like I was frozen. I was numb. I couldn't believe it. And then, and then there was this rumble. It was like nothing I ever heard before. This huge wave of sound. So I ran. I ran away, Faith. Faith: Bosco, the tower was coming down. Bosco: I just… I ran. I kept running. I remember I just kept running. I kept running. And that, that, that, that cloud came. And I couldn't see a thing. I could see nothin'. It was just pitch black. But I was still running. (starts crying) I couldn't breathe. I thought that was it. I must have run right into a building 'cause that's when I finally stopped running. Faith: Everybody ran. Bosco: I didn't go back. Faith: Yes you did. Bosco: I sat on the street and I just, I couldn't… I couldn't, I could not go back. Faith: Bosco, I saw you there. Bosco: I sat there. I was…I was afraid. Faith: Bosco, I saw you there. You were helping people. Bosco: No, later, you saw me later. 'Cause I sat there. And it must have been for like… it just must've been for an hour. I was there sitting, for an hour. I don't know how long. I could have been there for two hours. Faith: Bosco, you were probably in shock. Bosco (starts crying harder): Faith, I ran. God help me, I ran… Faith (softly): Bosco… (hugs him and soothes him) It's okay, it's okay. Bosco, it's okay.

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    Notes (1)

    • Kim (Kim Raver) and Jimmy (Eddie Cibrian) do not appear in this episode

    Trivia (2)

    • When Faith answers the door for Bosco, she says she thought it was Fred because he locked himself out, he forgot his keys. Not long after, when Bosco's breaking down with tears and is in Faith's arms, we see Fred coming in the apartment. If he left his keys and is locked out, how can he just walk into the apartment like that?

    • Unless he was panicking, it seems unlikely that Ty wouldn't know rescue breathing without Carlos' guidance. Police, as the first on the scene, would often be required to administer primary medical care, up to and including CPR, before EMS arrives.

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