Emo­tional res­cue

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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.

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