Veteran lifeguard Jack "J.D." Darius arrives at Baywatch and competes with Taylor Walsh, an attractive newcomer, for Mitch's old job as lieutenant and Mitch must make his own decision as to which one will be the most eligible one for his former job. Although J.D. has more experience as a lifeguard than Taylor, he is plagued by haunting memory of failing in a rescue at Daytona Beach where he worked some years ago.
- New castmembers Michael Bergin (J.D.) and Angelica Bridges (Taylor) are introduced in this episode and make their first appearances on the series. Of the eighth season regulars, Bergin was the only one to last until the end of the series.