THERE’S a new discovery on Rescue: Special Ops this season – beneath all that cool, steely professionalism, Lara ( Gigi Edgley) has a heart.
For two seasons the rescue paramedic with the smart mouth and stunt moves, a long-term partner in the wings and a ‘‘ will-they-or-won’t they?’’ relationship with co-worker and confidante Dean ( Les Hill, pictured with Edgley) has managed to guard that heart under the veneer of work.
But just three episodes into season three, viewers will see Lara shaken from her customary cool.
This week, she is conflicted but trying to get on with the job, until an accident in which a shaken husband professes his love for his soulmate wife causes Lara’s doubts and secrets to bubble to the surface.
With her husband Hamish ( Wil Traval) away working overseas, a new face on the rival rescue team, Cam ( Todd Lasance), flirting outrageously with her, and Dean butting heads with Cam, Lara seems to be at the centre of an uneasy emotional triangle.
It makes her day job of scaling cliffs and saving lives seem positively easy by comparison. Easier than harbouring a secret from Hamish about her relationship.
Dean isn’t fooled. He’s noticed the unreturned messages from Hamish. Cam isn’t fazed. Cocky and flirtatious, he’s making no secret of his attraction to her. It’s Lara who is clearly struggling.
‘‘ Suffice to say, with three complicated personal relationships on the boil, Lara is going to be forced to unveil her heart,’’ Edgley says.
‘‘ And ultimately,’’ she laughs, ‘‘ that means her character could end up getting some action that doesn’t include abseiling down cliffs.’’
The complicated scenario seems set to amp up the already adrenalin-charged series.
‘‘ Lara has married Hamish, but she’s questioning her marriage and her role in Hamish’s life,’’ Edgley says.
‘‘ There are times she talks to Dean about that marriage, about trying hard enough and whether she’s the best wife.
‘‘ She does that because Dean has such a beautiful way of looking at things, and he’s pretty much the biggest light she has in her life – although she’d hate to admit it.’’ And then there’s Cam. ‘‘ He’s more cowboy-esque, a really exciting character. He eats challenges for breakfast,’’ Edgley says.
‘‘ He’s a complete risk-taker and a thrillseeker and that’s something she adores because . . . every day she’s looking at life and death.
‘‘ She knows it could all end in an instant, so why not live in the here and now? Cameron really brings that out in her.’’
The Cam/ Dean dynamic adds extra spice to Rescue: Special Ops.
It’s a recipe for stand-offs, humorous blokey posturing, uneasy, unspoken truces and, occasionally, grudging respect. All are on show in this week’s double episode.
For Lara, the casualties could well include her own – or someone else’s – heart.