Johnny (Michael Mosely/@MikeGeneMose) and Hank (Kevin Daniels/@KevinDaniels) work at Eminent Ambulance in the beautiful city of Chicago. At the start of the episode they’re ordered to go pick up “new guy” Brian (Kevin Bigley/@KevinBigley). Together they respond to a potential cardiac arrest where the first newly popular EMS catchphrase is uttered… “Charge up the toaster!” While working the faux arrest/actual food allergy, we’re introduced to Johnny’s ex-girlfriend, Theresa (Jessica McNamee/@jessica_mcnamee) who also happens to be a public safety jobber as a police officer.
The episode takes a number of fast paced turns from there. We get our first glimpse at the station where there’s a roundtable discussion regarding Brian’s living situation (with his parents), land a typical sexual deviant call utilizing a real thing foreign object, have a post shift happy hour, and stalk previously mentioned ex-girlfriend/police officer on a date. The episode was FILLED with hilarious one-liners, quips, and dialogue interchanges that generated UNCONTROLLABLE laughs and further solidified the characters on the show as people I can identify with. It also helped promote the use of ICE (In Case of Emergency) contacts in your cellphone. Not only is Sirens entertaining, it’s educational!
The Sirens LOL Call – ColaVac5000
“We barely get dental, let alone anal.”
Within the half-hour of Sirens, the crew finds themselves coming across two patients. The Sirens LOL Call of the episode has to do with a portly gentleman who has found himself bored at home and decided to experiment with sending objects up the wrong way of the body’s one way system. Instead of choosing something simple and organic like a zucchini or a cucumber (which he had but wanted to reserve that for a salad), the patient chose an empty bottle of cola.
After having Brian do the exam, where he confirms, “It’s up there. It’s really up there!”, Hank then sends him down to the rig for the ColaVac 5000. The patient makes a few comments before having the bad news broken that the truth is the ColaVac 5000 does not exist, and even if it did the crew probably couldn’t afford it within their budget.
Not only does this scene provide the Sirens LOL Call of the episode, but it reveals a frustrating truth that many providers feel when it comes to equipment. I did previously complain that everything looked a bit too shiny and new, which it still does, but at least they are recognizing the economic challenges that we face on a day to day basis.
While I really enjoyed the episode, I do have one criticism. I understand why Brian needs to sit in what we used to call the “milk crate” seat (between the front seats) of the cab, but I wish they would show him wearing a seatbelt somehow too. I know it seems minor, and maybe it’s because I came home from a day of teaching CEVO III to a class of new hires, but it irked me a bit. Thankfully both Johnny and Hank wore their seat belts the whole time.
The only other thing that caught me a bit off guard was the language. I kind of knew Leary was going to be pushing the envelope, but to be honest I thought for a minute I was watching HBO. Still, I found the language to be realistic to society today, not just the industry.
In the end, I thought this was a great start to what will hopefully become a long running entertaining and educational series.