One of the steps in the evaluation process for Andy and Jack’s captain aspirations is peer review. This is difficult for the other team members, given the close-knit relationship of the team, but even more so because they have to pick sides, a battle between loyalty and truth.
On Station 19 Season 1 Episode 8, “Every Second Counts,” Fire Chief Ripley conducts peer review to evaluate Jack and Andy from the perspectives of their colleagues, Andy and Ryan become friends with benefits, Pruitt continues his treatment, and Andy handles a tough road accident, which may determine her fate in the contest.
Andy’s Romantic Arc
Ambitious, Determined, Opinionated. Andy checks all these boxes, but turning down Jack’s proposal and her decision to leave Jack, coupled with her current relationship status with Ryan, paint her as someone scared of commitment. It is interesting to see a character like that on TV, a complex character, a complicated woman, who is more focused on her career than romance. Jack and Ryan are great guys, so it is hard to tell what she really wants, but as it stands, Ryan is top on her list. At the same time, she is keeping the information away from Jack, as though she is keeping her options open. Talk about trying to eat your cake and have it at the same time!
Before Jack and Ryan, we don’t know anything about her past relationships, or why she has a problem with going all the way in. Pruitt’s overprotective tendencies are relatable, mostly because Andy still lives with him in her childhood home. I’m hoping that there are no other reasons for that, besides a father’s natural inclination to protect his daughter from wayward men. More than anything, there have to be conversations around the motivations for Andy’s romantic decisions.
Has she always been that way? Or is she dealing with baggage from the past?
The Plot Twists
It’s hard to imagine that this peer review would go the way it did, most especially in the cases of Bishop, Miller, and Montgomery. The truth is that the team is united, but there are also closer, small relationships, as can be found in most groups. It was always left to Bishop to support Andy, and for Miller and Montgomery to support Gibson, given their relationships with one another. But I love that the writers decided to thwart the expectations of viewers, because I can tell that the outcome shook everyone to the core. Seeing how difficult it is for them to pick a side is well depicted and wouldn’t have been realistic if done otherwise.
What is most striking is the fact that Pruitt thinks none of them deserve a shot at the position. As shocking as it is given his relationship with Andy, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise, especially because he has worked with them and has studied them closely. I also didn’t expect him to endorse Andy because that would have been dubbed favoritism once again. But, his decision may have been informed by the indiscretionary behavior associated with Andy and Jack’s previous romantic involvement.
Time will tell what his true reasons are, but from many indications, his opinion is not far from the truth. Jack and Andy seem like they have more learning to do, especially with respect to their egos and emotional maturity. Given their history and temperaments, it would be unhealthy to make one of them the captain at the expense of the other. Jack may adapt if he loses out, but there is no telling what Andy will do if she doesn’t make it. By the way, did anybody expect Hughes to yell at Ripley like she did? It wouldn’t be unexpected if she gets further sanctions for that singular action. At the same time, her arguments are valid and could probably be helpful in the end. Hughes and Warren are the two who don’t outright pick sides, but what is inspiring to see is even those who had to had a difficult time doing so. You can see the conflict and the difficulty with which they pick their answers, not wanting to sabotage either Andy or Jack. Ultimately, they want the position to remain within the team, and they all operate from a place of love in their relationship as a team, but with Ripley’s psychological evaluation skills, their choices are incredibly limited.
Will Every Second Count?
With “Every Second Counts,” it is obvious that timing is important in every situation, meaning that wrong timing can be disastrous. In the same vein, one would assume every second either Andy or Jack has invested in this contest would be analyzed and taken into consideration. It then follows that making a judgment based off of a particular call is not entirely laudable. With the way things stand, Andy seems to be on the winning edge, having surprisingly won the votes of Miller and Montgomery, which is unfair to Jack because, so far, he has been more organized and, frankly, the better choice, in my opinion.
Montgomery has been a distinctive voice of wisdom and reason in the group, and his endorsement of Herrera speaks a lot. Unfortunately, it could make a huge impact on the results. However, Pruitt’s is more likely to be the decider with his wealth of experience and status. At this point, the stage has been set for an interesting series of events as the contest gets close to the finish line. With peer review done and dusted, what’s next for the group? If, by any chance, Andy loses out, Bishop will forever regret her unintentional endorsement of Gibson. How will that outcome affect her relationship with Andy? And what will Gibson say to Miller and Montgomery? Picturing how this entire peer review situation could affect the entire group is a relationship dynamic that should be explored further.
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