This is the last episode Before 911. It opens with Sully waxing poetic. I quote verbatim:
It's the Mysteries that elude us that excite us.
Some how we just can't ever figure life out.
I guess that's why it's still worth living.
Surprise party full of twist and turns.
We don't ever see coming.
That we never really understand.
Maybe can't understand.
Like Two guys, both of them heading for the same plane.
One gets there a little early.
The other guy gets caught behind an accident on the Van Wicken.
Ends up missing the flight, the next plane is not for three hours.
Bad luck right?
Except The Plane blows up and crashes into the Atlantic Ocean, no survivors.
What's that all about?
I saw the guy who missed the plane interviewed on NY One.
He didn't know either. Just sort of stared off into space.
Nothing was different for him, but then again everything was different for him.
Episode opens with school shooter stealing the gun from his home and heading to school entering with the rest of the students before the start of school. On this journey he passes many of the Third Watch characters driving: the EMT bus, cop cars and so forth while great for drama there is a major timing issue with this plot line. Third Watch shifts start at 3 p.m. School starts at 9 a.m.
Bosco: You know, I understand it. What happened today, I understand it. I don't agree with it, but I understand it. I remember when I was in high school it was brutal. I was pissed off all time. I had rage. You know, that feeling, the feeling that you could actually kill somebody.
Faith: Well, you didn't.
Bosco: No, I didn't.
Faith: You know, you send your kids to school and you expect them to be safe. You know, those people seemed normal, they had a nice house. They weren't drug addicts or anything, I mean the kid had his own room, he had a closet full of clothes.
Bosco: You can't know what goes on behind closed doors.
Faith: What if they didn't do anything wrong? What if they did exactly what they were supposed to do? Y'know, they raised the kid right, they raised the kid with love and then all these things that happened are things that they had no control over.
Bosco: You and Fred have done a really good job with Emily and little Charlie, Faith.
Faith: Should we wait for ESU or should we go in?
Bosco: We should go in.
Faith: What if he's down there with hostages?
Bosco: What if he starts shootin' people while we're just standin' here waitin' for ESU? Huh?
Sully: Why don't we go down there, take our positions, see what we see.
Carlos: What are you gonna do about your aparment? I mean, it's a big place. Can you afford it without Morales carrying most of the load?
Doc: Wait, hold up. Morales didn't carry most of the load, okay?
Carlos: You know, I've been lookin' for another place... you got three bedrooms.
Doc: No, no.
Carlos: I could take the bedroom in the back, I don't have that much stuff.
Doc: Absolutley not.
Carlos: You miss her? Yeah, I bet you miss her. She was one fine piece of woman and a meal ticket to boot.
Sully (voiceover): It's the mysteries that elude us that excite us. Some how we just can't ever figure life out. I guess that's why it's still worth living. Surprise party full of twist and turns. We don't ever see coming. That we never really understand. Maybe can't understand. Like Two guys, both of them heading for the same plane. One gets there a little early. The other guy gets caught behind an accident on the Van Wicken. Ends up missing the flight, the next plane is not for three hours. Bad luck right? Except The Plane blows up and crashes into the Atlantic Ocean, no survivors. What's that all about? I saw the guy who missed the plane interviewed on New York One. He didn't know either. Just sort of stared off into space. Nothing was different for him, but then again everything was different for him. The tall guy from Jurissic Park, I can't remember his name, but he talked about chaos theory. I don't know that I understand the theory part of it, but I get the chaos. The way that everything can seem to be okay one second and then the next, nothing is.
(Emily is wearing a very short shirt)
Faith: Uh, excuse me, I don't think so.
Faith: What happened, Em? Your shirt shrink?
Emily: This is how everybody dresses.
Faith: Really? Well, maybe if you were like some 30-year-old divorcee desperate for a husband, maybe, maybe, I'd let you dress like that.
Emily: I can wear what I want.
Faith: Since when? What, did I die and suddenly this became a democracy? Go! Right now, go!
Lombardo: It's the media, all the stuff the kids are watchin'.
DK: I don't buy that. I grew up on Scwatchinagger and Stallone, I never killed anyone.
Lombardo: Video games.
Carlos: Oh, now we're blaming society's moral decline on Nintendo?
Lombardo: It teaches 'ya how to shoot.
Jimmy: Sure, if you use your thumbs and a video console to kill somebody.
Taylor: It desentizes you. They use video games to train soliders.
Jimmy: Joey and I play video games all the time, he's 7. He knows the difference between a game and what's real.
Lombardo: You sure?
Jimmy: Yeah, I'm sure. Stop being so damn patronizing, kids aren't that stupid.
Doc: So now what? We ban video games, TV and movies, but we leave the guns on the street for any kid with 50 bucks?
Carlos: The right to bear arms is in the Constitution, Doc.
Doc: Oh, yeah, yeah. So was slavery, we changed that.
Carlos: After a civil war, where I think, like, half of a million people died.
Lombardo: The media plays some role, Doc.
Doc: So do hormones. What are we gonna do, lock up all teenage boys?
Walsh: That's not such a bad idea.
Faith (to Bos, Davis, and Sully): What the hell has happened to us? When did we let this happen? I mean, how do we let happen? What the hell is the matter with everyone? I mean, it's a school, it's supposed to be safe, and we got 14 year old kids with guns, killin' other kids. What are we doin'? What are we doin'? It's not supposed to be like this. This isn't the world we want. This isn't the world I want. It's not supposed to be like this.
Kim: I thought I was gonna be okay, you know? I think if I can see more of Joey, I'd be doing better.
Jimmy: He's only 7, Kimmy, he doesn't understand. He gets scared. You think you're ready to take on more resposiblity?
Kim: I keep thinking that it will go away, but it doesn't. I close my eyes and it's there. ... He shot Bobby, and I, um, I thought he was gonna kill me too. I just can't get it out of my head, you know? I miss him, Jimmy. I miss him everyday, so much.
(they found the school shooter and ESU has shown up)
Faith: Now what?
Sully: Ask the Marines.
Yokas: We gotta hold our kids, Fred. We got to.
Fred: We will.
Bosco: Have you gone four-wheelin' yet?
Bosco: In Fred's new truck. Have you gone out to Jersey and gone off-road?
Faith: Oh, yeah, we're gonna do that right after the tractor pull.
Bosco: It's fun!
Faith: You should've seen this outfit that Emily had on this mornin'.
Faith: Faith: I swear to God, I think the government should regulate, like, access to Britney Spears for minors like they do tobacco and alcohol and x-rated movies.
Bosco: That's what you get for lettin' her watch MTV.
Faith (sees an AD on the bus): Look at that. Look at that little girl on the side of the bus. I mean, she can't be anymore than what, 15 years old? I mean, where were her parents when they were takin' that picture?
Bosco: At the bank, cashin' the check. You cut yourself? You got a band-aid.
Faith: No, I had a physical this mornin' they couldn't find a vein in my arm.
Bosco: She's cute.
Bosco: Emily. She's gonna have nice legs.
Faith: She's twelve.
Bosco: If I was twelve, I'd do her.
Faith: This conversation's over!
Interestingly, the season six finale of "ER" [aired the year before this finale], another show created by John Wells [who also created Third Watch], also dealt heavily with a school shooting.
During the episode, the FDNY showed up because of the fire alarms being pulled. In reality they would have been immediately dispatched to the scene of the shooting in the very beginning.
Music: Disturbed did "Voices".