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!
My initial impression of this episode: Wow! I really liked it, much more than episode 1 in fact and since Ryan’s First Day WAS technically the first eppy I am not sure why they premiered with Place of Life instead. This episode had background story and it had plenty of drama. I loved the witty banter between the docs and their patients as well as with each other. It shows how much they like each other and how much they care for their patients.
In this episode we follow the stories of a young man killed in a car accident, an 18 year old girl who needs a double lung transplant, an ex football player who needs a double bypass, and a father who needs a new kidney. Of course all the cases are fraught with drama. The young man killed in an accident will be the one to give life to the kidney and lung patients at Three Rivers but this is complicated when the police decide to take possession of his body in a murder investigation. It is heartbreaking for the mom of this young man to realize that he wasn’t the “good boy” she always thought he was.
The 18 year old girl who needs new lungs is unfortunately not able to be placed on the donor waiting list because she had cancer less than 5 years previous. It is only because a questionable set of lungs that no else has a need for become available that she has a chance.
The father who needs a kidney is ready to get his life back after 5 years of dialysis, during which he lost a lot of time with his daughters.
The ex football player is doubtful he will ever get to reconcile with his son, whose life he was never a part of while he played football and wined and dined women.
In this eppy we also learn that Dr. Andy (Alex) is staying in a hotel attached to the hospital, since he and his wife are having problems. He insists that they will work it out and he will eventually move back into their home. Next week we get to meet his wife! Meanwhile I am digging the chemistry he has with the pretty ER doctor.
Miranda Foster has another soul searching episode as the death of one her patients hits her hard and reminds her that she was not speaking to her Dad when he died.
The episode ends with Dr. Andy telling her they need to take their wins that day and feel good about those. He, Miranda, and Dr. Lee look out over the rivers and shoot the breeze as the scenes closes.
I am not sure what other fans will feel but I personally think this was one stellar showing…