Trauma

Season 1 Episode 2

All's Fair

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 05, 2009 on NBC
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7.9
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5

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Episode Summary

Lives hang in the balance when a car crashes into a local street fair. Nancy is assigned a new partner and while Rabbit teaches Marisa a lesson.

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  • And you might learn something...

    9.0
    The difference in quality from the pilot premiere to this second episode followup is astounding. The first thing I want to commend the show on is tension. There were several scenes on All's Fair that really had me on the edge of my seat! Of course there was the opening with the guy crawling in the woodchipper, only to be surprised that it was the woman in the house who got hurt. The little boy here was adorable and showing his bonding with Rabbit was a nice touch for that character. We know he's a hot shot, and we know he knows his stuff, but scenes like the one with the kid and later where he shows Marisa how to 'drop in' a patient with an NPA, really open him up for the viewers. This time it was Marisa's argument that "people are messy" that didn't really hold up for me. Then what the heck are you doing in this line of work?

    bah.



    Another tense scene involved Derek Luke's character and his partner arriving at a gang shooting, but they are supposed to wait for the police to arrive (while the injured may be dying). Obviously it is a dangerous situation, and it was neat to see some practical procedure brought to the writing, as opposed to just what would have been more dramatic. Note: writing realistic and smartly = more dramatic. Another neat scene was Nancy and the new guy trying to save an old man who faked a heart attack just to get a morphine fix. This was a neat bit of business that I've never really seen before, and it was beautifully shot on one of San Fransisco's trademark steep hills.

    Nancy wasn't likable at all in the first episode, and here she is still a bit cold, but schooling the new guy, and the nice throw away line about why she didn't fully become a doctor really add to the character. She's growing on me. Let's hope she doesn't sleep with her cute partner and ruin all that.



    The big disaster happens when a man crashes into a fair. Naturally, it is all chaotic, and the EMTs are on the scene. The noob is out of his element for sure, and I liked the switch up of prioritizing the possible stroke victim (who turned out to be fine) over the man who needed a tourniquet, and eventually died. Also injured was a mother, who's young son is interested in being a doctor. These scenes surprisingly worked and weren't hammy at all, mostly thanks to the strength of the boy, and the poignancy of the situation. Trauma turned around for the better as quickly as I was about to shrug it off. The notable improvements mostly come from better character work, fascinating doc-talk, and less emphasis on wiz-bang action set pieces. Instead of one event, we got several, smaller, contained ones. I like that better. This show needs to be on Wed or Thur, or it will be lost in the shuffle for sure.moreless
  • A great installment that wipes out the badness of the pilot

    10
    Critics got it wrong. Viewers judged a show so quickly. This show is great. I like the development of the characters in this episode. This episode is like telling the each character description or job in this show. Unlike the pilot that's it's about explosion and accidents with no stories, this episode shows is different. Yes, the promo is right, it's a damn "Adrenaline Rush". I wish the show has more viewers and should stick around for a while. I'm looking for the next week episode. So people, stop watching people "dancing" and skip shows with the same formula. Don't let the pilot fool you, Trauma is more than accidents and explosion. Watch this until you can!moreless
  • Episode full of action and emotion

    8.7
    I am more and more liking this show. Honestly, this is good if you like emotion, maybe a cry (I think one moment they get with the depth of the story so far, that they will make me cry), and ofcourse, a lot of action. I am not sure about the unexpectedness. I thought it is has many unexpected storylines first, but then I got to the pattern - the things always happen with the ones you would not "normally" not expect.. So, in the end, you end, expect things to happen to those, mostly out of the arms way.



    I also liked the depth of the chars we are getting. Rabbit starts to have more layers than just the guy who does not care about rules. There is so much more, mostly those negative lines, but the end proved, there is much good and caring too. I really like that char.



    Also liked developments with Nancy. First she might have seemed like little too stereotyped but she is getting better. That kid in the helicopter and the whole storyline with it. It was good.



    And what a great way to end this episode.moreless
  • Nancy has to break in a new partner, the crews newbie Glen. A man has a stroke and drives through a downtown fair injuring five people critically. Cameron is going to marriage counseling. Finally Rabbit is trying to get Marisa up to speed.moreless

    9.5
    I think because of the crucial story starter from last week the show got off to a rocky start even though I personally thought it was terrific. This weeks episode seemed a little better with a smooth transition between the many disasters and the team members lives.



    Nancy and Rabbit continue to be the most scarred and interesting characters. Nancy has to break in the new partner and the under/over on her sleeping with him is seventeen days. I guess that's what Nancy has been known to do in the past. Rabbit on the other hand is trying to get back into the swing of things. He doesn't think he's good with kids or has little tolerance for them so he keeps getting thrust into situations where he has to interact with them. It's got to be a rough life dealing with these life and death decisions on a daily basis. Of course I'm sure we are seeing the worse or most spectacular cases all at once.



    The show is a thrill ride and you have to strap in to be ready. It's an emotional roller coaster as lives are in the balance and they are saved or lost on the smallest of decisions. Pretty heady stuff!



    Unfortunately this show is showing up DOA on the ratings scene so hopefully we start to see some interest. I have to admit though going up against Monday Night Football, the most popular hour of comedy on television with Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory, Dancing with the Stars, and even Lie to Me is not a recipe for success. I wonder if NBC will take that into account. I doubt it! Next weeks episode looks like a barn burner as it deals with one of the very weird and outlandish occurrences of the day. The workplace shooter. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Way better than the Pilot.

    10
    So the second episode of Trauma was way better than the pilot last week. It wasnt cheesy at all, and they focused a little more on the characters and who they are. I really liked the rookie Glenn. Not only is he freakin hot, but I like the idea of watching a rookie grow as a medic. Rabbit was nearly as annoying as he was on the pilot.... In all the whole cast had a different attitude on this episode. I actually liked some of the characters and cared about them. I'm not afraid to admit that I cried a little at the end with the little boy. That was pretty sad. I look forward to next week. San Francisco is a beautiful city to be set in..moreless
David Hodges

David Hodges

Bread Vendor

Guest Star

Patrick J. Crabb

Patrick J. Crabb

Pinwheel Vendor

Guest Star

Louis Martin Braga III

Louis Martin Braga III

Shot Gangbanger

Guest Star

Scottie Thompson

Scottie Thompson

Diana Van Dine

Recurring Role

Karl Antony

Karl Antony

ER Nurse

Recurring Role

Raul Bustamante

Raul Bustamante

EMT

Recurring Role

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