This is a full recap and review so there are spoilers galore. Avert your eyes NOW if you do not want a blow by blow of this episode!
First off… critics be damned… I thought this episode rocked. We have had so many poor reviews and nasty words about the show that I am left to believe that some of these people have lost cotton pickin minds… it was GOOD. Was it AMAZING? No, but it did follow the CBS formulaic approach very well. It was interesting and IMO every bit as good as CSI, NCIS, Cold Case, etc. In fact I think it was a lot better than many of their other shows. Once we get into back stories and personal stuff among the doctors I think this show could be every bit as good as ER too.
Alex O’LoughlinÂ (Andy Yablonski) is in his element as a doctor. His acting was superb and I thought he played the part of hot shot doctor very well. I especially loved to see how he balances his obvious ability and skill with empathy for his patients AND recognition that he too must playÂ by the rules and be accountable to a boss (Sophia Jordon – Alfre Woodward).
Katherine Moennig as Miranda Foster was also a HUGE surprise to me. I have never seen in her anything else. I LOVED her character. Her throaty voice and spunk make her a winner in my book.
Daniel Henney as David Lee… well you can’t have too much eye candy. When I am not looking at Alex and I am looking at Daniel. I am really looking forward to seeing his back story and getting to know his character more.
Christopher J. Hanke as Ryan Abbott was pretty darn cute. His impulsive, do gooder attitude is very believable. He seems to let his mouth run before his brain can catch up.
The story in Place of Life revolved around 3 cases. Dr. Any Yablonski is caring for a pregnant women who needs a heart transplant. Her pregnancy and her rare blood type make caring for her difficult at best. Dr. Andy also has a young African patient who also needs a heart transplant but the monkey wrench is that he has no citizenship and no health insurance. Dr. Foster is caring for a 14 year old boy who comes in vomiting blood. It is determined that he is eating metal objects and Miranda battles her first instincts that parental absence is causing the boy to act out.
The scenes were well acted and there were many humorous and touching moments as well. Dr. Andy’s surprise ring tone was funny as was Dr. Lee having to remind Ryan not to run with the cooler that had a heart in it. I even had a moment of anger when the adult daughter of a donor basically accuses the hospital of letting her father die in order to harvest his organs. The scene where Ryan gets in their face to tell them they could be letting a pregnant woman die while they hem and haw was realistic to me.
Miranda Foster worked out some of her own issues during the show regarding her absent father. She also managed to get to the root cause of her patient’s problem because she was willing to talk to him and really listen. Their moments of kinship at the end were very well played.
I was touched by the scenes where Dr. Andy had to be supportive to the husband of the pregnant woman and his moments with the mom at the end were priceless. I have been hospitalized many times and had several surgeries… to find Dr. Andy sitting on my bed waking me up, holding my hand… aahhh! Can you say hyperventilation? Dr. Andy should have been more careful… he could have given the woman palpitations!
Anyway it was a great episode and a great intro. I see NO reason why this show cannot be a success. I hope that they continue to turn out these good episodes.
AND remember to thank the advertisers with a quick email! Let them know you saw their ad during Three Rivers and that you like to see them supporting such a good show with such an important message. This will be a tough one for me since I am a very political person and I boycott and or despise 3/4 of the companies I saw advertising but anything for Alex ya know?
The advertisers I saw were: Allstate, Toviaz, McDonalds, Disneyparks.com, Dove, GMC, Pristiq, Outback Steakhouse, Chase, AARP, Nexxus, Campbells, Giant Eagle, Lincoln, Kohler, Maybelline, Yoplait, Oxy Clean, Aquafresh, Kroger, Clorox, Chevy.