Mitch, feeling that his life has reached a midpoint from his failed marriage to the absent Neely, goes for a day-long tower swim along the beach and encounters various other problems which include, April and Craig's growing attraction for one another, and reluctant heroes Cody and J.D. refusing to take the credit for saving two girls and a pair of policemen after falling off a pier. Meanwhile, former medical supply salesman Ed Symes returns teaches Jessie the more important ropes of stunt working, and he nearly kills himself in doing so. Also, Newman tries wearing a variety of outrageous toupees to get a woman's attention who comes to his lifeguard tower every day.
- The title and story of this episode pays homage to the 1968 movie, The Swimmer, starring Burt Lancaster.