The year is 1976 and the show Charlie's Angels hit the air. Little did the creators know that this show left a lasting impression on my childhood. Nope, I did not grow up in the 70s, my mom did. I suppose it was because my mother had her children at a young age that the nostalgia of the shows she watched as a teen comforted her into adulthood. Thus, I watched every season and every episode of Charlie's Angels growing up. Witnessing the ups of the original Farrah years, and the whuck seasons of Tiffany and Julie. We also watched a lot of Alice and Columbo...Are you jealous, yet?
Enter The Night Shift nurses squad - you have the Head of the nurses' station, Nurse Mollie Ramos, played by Esodie Geiger, Nurse Jocelyn Diaz trauma extradinore, played by Alma Sisneros, and finally the girl rocking braids in her hair, Nurse Heather Bardocz, played by moi. Let's see that's 1-2-3 of us. BING! And Ragosa's Angels were born. Nurse Mollie is the leader, and naturally is the Kate Jackson - practical and efficient. Nurse Jocelyn is the Farrah Fawcett, beautiful and intelligent. Nurse Heather is the Jacyln Smith - smiley and versatile. Our Bosley is Dwayne the MRI tech with amazing comedic timing, played by Marc Comstock. Of course that leaves Charlie, the mysterious, yet charming ring leader. Without a doubt this has to go to Michael Ragosa, played by Freddy Rodriguez.
We have the quirky and exciting hospitalized Ragosa's Angels. We solve trauma surgery mysteries, go hand-to-hand combat with the healthcare system, and we do it all with flawless poise and grace. Catch Ragosa's Angels on channel Xanadu, check your local listing.
Nurse Heather Bardocz works late. She is a badass with stitching up gashes, delivering vital information, and holding the space. Her favorite part of her job is that it could vanish at any moment. Working as a recurring character on a network show means anything can happen. Working 1 day a week or maybe all 5, you really never know.
Playing Nurse Heather is my first experience of working weekly on a television show. A gift in many ways - I paid off my college loans, understood how pilots work, acted along actors who work a lot, the list goes on. The Night Shift had the best premiere ratings for a NBC drama within the last five years. It has held it's audience numbers for a third week in a row. Let's see how it unfolds. I will always be grateful for this adventure, and Heather, thank you for enduring no matter what.
Bringing a little more Xanadu into the world.