Third Watch

Season 3 Episode 19

The Greater Good

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Apr 22, 2002 on NBC
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Hopelessly in love with Kylie and concerned that she will lose her Filipina heritage if she is adopted by a white couple, Carlos considers raising her until he realizes that the couple can give her the sister, the grandparents, and the extended family that he cannot; Kim's preoccupation with her new PDA drives Alex crazy until they are able to use it to save a very sick man, thus redeeming themselves in the eyes of a hypercritical Dr. Peterson; Faith and Fred are still on uneven ground about the sergeant's exam; in an effort to shake Chevchenko's tree, Faith and Sully execute a clever plan to disrupt the Russian's bookmaking operation, which also opens the door to the possibility of the still-missing Tatiana's return; Bosco is cleared for duty, and he and Faith agree to be partners again as soon as he returns.moreless

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  • Carlos has a big and heartbreaking decision to make and it makes for great scenes and character developments.

    9.5
    I'm gonna say it right now, I'm not a big Carlos fan. To be honest, most of the time, I pretty much hate him. But lately, and especially this episode, we can see him grow and it makes him really likable.

    The scene where he has to give up Kylie was simply heartbreaking. I had not cry for Third Watch since Bobby's death but that went straight to my heart. The scene where he's feeding her and talking to her was also very touching.

    I personally don't think he should have had to give her up. I understand why he felt she had to, he saw for her the opportunity to have a "real" family, with grand-parents, a sister and a house, and he can't give her that. But I don't think it's necessary for a child to have all of that. Sure, if you can, it's great, but if not, it's ok too. He obviously loves her very very much and more importantly wants to take care of her. That should be enough. Sure, he needs help and he's struggling right now, but he would have adjusted and gotten the help needed. And she would have been as happy with him than with her new family, because she would have had a dad who loves her. But that is obviously just my opinion.

    I didn't like Doc in that episode at all. He was not helping Carlos at all. He should have been a lot more supportive instead of just telling him he couldn't do it and point out all of his flaws. If he had been more supportive, maybe Carlos wouldn't have had to get free babysitting in unethical ways.



    As for the other characters, Kim's storyline was uninteresting, but Alex's was good. Who likes doctors who think they are superior anyway? Good thing she gave him a lesson in humility.moreless
Coby Bell

Coby Bell

Ty Davis Jr.

Michael Beach

Michael Beach

Doc Parker (Episodes 1-103)

Eddie Cibrian

Eddie Cibrian

Jimmy Doherty (Episodes 1-101)

Molly Price

Molly Price

Officer (Now Detective) Faith Yokas

Kim Raver

Kim Raver

Kim Zambrano (Episodes 1-111)

Anthony Ruivivar

Anthony Ruivivar

Carlos Nieto

Haviland Morris

Haviland Morris

Barbara Kenney

Guest Star

Tim Ransom

Tim Ransom

Mike Kenney

Guest Star

Ronald Guttman

Ronald Guttman

Andrei Resnick

Guest Star

Joe Lisi

Joe Lisi

Lt. Swersky

Recurring Role

Saundra McClain

Saundra McClain

Mary Proctor

Recurring Role

Stephen Singer

Stephen Singer

Dr. Peterson

Recurring Role

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    • Taylor: Who does Peterson think he is?
      Kim: Yeah, he used to get to me, too. But that's just Peterson. He's moody.
      Taylor: He checks tube placement and then he wants it confirmed? I mean…
      Kim: Well, if it was in the right place, what difference does it make?
      Taylor: And I was right about the pneumo. Of course he'll never admit.
      Kim: Yeah, well, he's got problems with women.

    • Kim: This connection is sooo slow. Can't we get a DSL line up here?
      Taylor: Oh, yeah, like that'll happen.
      Jimmy: Since when you'd get all techno? (reaches for her palm pilot)
      Kim: Whoa, don't touch. It's downloading.
      Jimmy: What's it do?
      Kim: Oh, I got everything in there. Joey's class schedule, notes from his doctor's appointments, dental visits.
      Jimmy: Mm. Sounds complicated. I think I'll stick to good 'ol paper and pen; less aggravation.
      Kim: Yeah, compared to some things.

    • Kim (playing with her palm pilot): This thing is gonna change my life. No wonder I can't ever find anybody. I got listings under last names, first names. I got you under 'P' for 'Paramedic'.
      Taylor: Why not 'D' for 'delightful'?

    • Faith: Three days out and that junkie mother never even reported her missing.
      Sully: First time the needle goes into the arm they should have their reproductive organs ripped out.

    • Kim (about her palm pilot): This thing even beeps reminders. I can't forget my own birthday again.

    • Dr. Peterson: Look, stop running a diagnostics lab and follow base station's orders.
      Taylor: We're not robots.
      Dr. Peterson: Well, you're certainly not doctors.
      Taylor: Ah, there it is.

    • Doc: I just had a little sit-down with your good friend, Dr. Peterson.
      Taylor: What does that mean?
      Doc: Well, I had to talk him out of filing a complaint against you.
      Taylor: Against me? A complaint?
      Doc: Did you ignore telemetry order?
      Taylor: It was wrong.
      Doc: Like or not, he's the doctor.
      Taylor: Doesn't it ever piss you off to get treated like a cab driver?
      Doc: No one ever treats me like that.
      Taylor: Not even Dr. Peterson?
      Doc: Look, I know he's a little intense sometimes but that doesn't make him a bad guy.
      Taylor: Mmhmm. (to Kim) You see that? It is about women.
      Doc: Oh, come on.
      Kim: He was kind of being a jerk.
      Taylor: Doc, he questions everything that we do. He double checks our vitals. He checks positions on tubes and IVs
      Doc: And are they right?
      Taylor: Oh, you know they are.
      Doc: Then so what if he checks?
      Kim: That's what I said.
      Taylor: Whose side are you on?
      Doc: Look, follow telemetry's orders. The job's hard enough. Don't give this guy a reason to make it any harder.

    • (Kim is downloading things to her Palm Pilot)
      Kim: That's it, instant access to every city phone number you could possibly need. Ha ha, look at that.
      Taylor: Good. You can call someone who cares.

    • Taylor: Hey, what about this junk?
      Kim (playing on her palm pilot): Oh, yeah. Take it.
      Taylor: No problem. I love cleanin' up other people's crap.
      Kim: Hey, I got a surprise for you.
      Taylor: Does it involve trashing that thing?
      Kim: Last night I downloaded the emergency medicine database off the net. It's like med school in a bottle.
      Taylor: Seriously?
      Kim: You're gonna love this thing. Come on, ask me anything.
      Taylor: Okay. Why don't you clean up after yourself?
      Kim: Come on, something medical, one question.
      Taylor: Alright, what's the differential diagnosis of Ebola? (Kim gives her a look) Hey, you asked.
      Kim: Alright. (gets the answer on her palm pilot) Got it. Ready? Influenza, malaria, Marburg hemorrhagic fever, typhoid fever , dengue fever, and any of the arboviral encephalopathies
      Taylor: Arboviral encephalopathies? Yeah. That's gonna do us a lot of good out here.

    • (Carlos is talking to Kylie about the adoptive family, the Kenney's)
      Carlos: Hey, they even come with grandparents. Their job is to spoil you. Or so I hear. I never had grandparents. I wouldn't have them for you either. No, I wouldn't, and you know what? You deserve that. You deserve a real home and a mom and a sister. And me too. You'll always have me. That'll never change Kylie. Never.

    • Dr. Peterson (talking to Kim): When you hear hoof beats think horses, not zebras. You understand what that means?
      Taylor: See, he's doing it to you now.

    • (Taylor has just convinced Peterson to run tests on a patient)
      Kim: I need you. He needs you.
      Taylor: Hey, it... worked.
      Kim: Oh, it brought tears to my eyes.
      Taylor: It's all for the greater good, right?
      Kim: Mm hmm, greater good.
      Taylor: I'll do the run sheet.
      Kim: Oh, no, come on, Alex, I want to, I need to. (they both laugh)

    • Bosco: I was cleared for duty today.
      Faith: Yeah?
      Bosco: I'm back tomorrow.
      Faith: Well, that's great.
      Bosco: So, how's it been?
      Faith: Oh, you know. Just, uh, seven hours of complete boredom mixed with one hour of sheer terror.
      Bosco: Yeah. I miss it.
      Faith: How could you not?
      Bosco: So, I talked to the boss. He wanted to know if you and I would be hooking back up.
      Faith: Absolutely. We'll work together tomorrow
      Bosco: Good. Good, that's good. That's uh…you know. That's good, 'cause uh…. (he looks at Faith)
      Faith (looks back at Bosco): Yeah, me too.
      Bosco: So, what, I'll see you tomorrow?
      Faith: With bells on.
      Bosco: What the hell does that mean, 'with bells on'? (Faith smiles at him and walks off)

    • Kim: Hot synch, hot synch, hot synch. How do you hot sync this thing?
      Jimmy: Oh, no that doesn't sound good.
      Kim: Oh, no, it's gone. Everything is gone. Four days of data entry.
      Jimmy: Maybe you should just turn it off. (Kim looks at him blankly) What?

    • Carlos (to himself after he leaves Kylie with Kenney's): Bye-bye Kylie. Daddy loves you.

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