If we’ve learned anything from this final season of Saving Hope it’s that the doctors of Hope Zion have been clearly divided into two camps: those that care way too much, and those that don’t care enough.
At least that’s the impression we have after Sunday night’s “Robot Doctor” episode, in which Charlie was named the new chief of surgery and Alex’s mom came to town. You see, ever since the young hot-shot CEO Leffering decided the hospital was in severe need of budget cuts, it seems like his cuts have divided everyone involved.
On one hand you have people like Dawn, who care so much about their patients that they’re willing to risk their jobs for them. The former chief of surgery was absent this week following her demotion, but Zach took up her cause as his ER was being ripped to shreds and machines were being sold off. Although he seemed intent to buckle down and do what he could to motivate his staff (he does have all that child support and alimony to pay, after all), in the end he just couldn’t do it and he hung up his stethoscope as his patient streaked through the ambulance bay.
Then there’s Maggie, who is developing way too many feelings for the patients in her cancer study. When one of them grew worse this week she took it entirely too hard, and played God by giving the patient blood thinners when what she really needed was surgery. We get why Maggie did what she did: surgery would have taken the patient out of the clinical trial and Maggie wanted to do whatever she could to give her the best shot in the long run. Unfortunately the gamble didn’t pay off and she wound up in a coma instead.
Alex, who had no invested emotion in the situation and fought for the surgery from the beginning hated to say “I told you so,” but she pretty much did anyhow. She can’t help it, she’s a hot shot and she’s good at what she does. But for all of her skill and know-how, she had us thinking that maybe she could use a dose of Maggie influence and care a little bit more.
We may be getting that wish now that Alex’s mom seems to be sick herself; the character came back to town just in time to have some sort of a mental collapse while she was watching her grandson. We don’t know what’s worse: watching your mom be sick or knowing that something could have happened to your own child on her watch. Really they’re both pretty terrible situations, which would be why Alex will have a lot on her mind in the coming weeks as brain doc Shahir tries to figure out what’s going on. Never mind the fact that Charlie is also now potentially back with his former fling (guest star Kristin Lehman). Seriously, how much can a girl have going on at once?
Anyhow, as for the aforementioned hot shot CEO? Well, it seems as though he cares about some things too… namely Cassie, who has been flirting with the enemy. That’s one relationship that happened super quick — even for a TV show — but we kind of dig it. It makes Leffering that much more likeable and let’s be honest: after his brutal ending on Blindspot and basic disappearance from Grey’s Anatomy, we really want to love guest star Joe Dinicol in something again. Let’s hope this can be that role.
Or, maybe deep down we’re just Maggies and Zachs and Dawns, and we care way too much.