We meet our Essential 8: Neiko, sanitation worker; Eric, subway conductor; Angelica, maternity nurse; Brad, letter carrier; Carlos, concierge; Syed, a doctor; Tom and Ally both intensive care unit nurses.
Manny, a police officer recovers from COVID-19 and joins the cast. Eric shares his greatest fear. Angelica fails to comfort a COVID positive mother. Tom struggles being separated from his family. Carlos shares how he's managed social isolation.
Syed talks protest and whispers "I love you." Ally hears a symphony of medical machines and Angelica works on a newborn ward with no diapers. Neiko reminds us New Yorkers do not want to be told what to do. Manny talks about the crime happening behind closed doors.