Things got pretty dark and twisty on Sunday’s episode of Saving Hope, as things tend to do whenever you bring a child into the equation. And while it seems like there are often sick children on a show like this (it does take place in a hospital, after all), this week was particularly rough.
When a little boy showed up at Hope Zion in desperate need of a liver transplant, it pretty much broke our hearts. Between his jaundiced skin and the lesions on his face, it was obvious the poor guy was pretty sick… but still he tried to be in the best of spirits, as sick kids somehow often are.
The boy was only a few years older than Luke, so naturally Alex was his physician. And of course she wanted to do everything she could to help him and his mother. The problem was that everyone in the family they were able to test wasn’t a match to donate a piece of their liver. That left the boy’s father, Danny (Bitten’s Greg Bryk). Unfortunately he also happened to be the former member of a prominent biker gang who ratted to the cops in exchange for a deal; that left him in witness protection for the past six years and he was pretty much unreachable.
Or was he?
Despite knowing the risk he was putting himself in, Danny showed up at the hospital when he heard the news from his handler. For years he hadn’t wanted to risk meeting his son because he knew the gang was still trying to track him down, so he grabbed Alex as she was walking down the hallway and dragged her into a room to introduce himself instead. Luckily, of all the docs in the hospital he just so happened to grab her and she knew exactly who he was.
Naturally the man was a match and the mom figured out immediately who the “anonymous donor” was. So Danny got to meet his kid, and see his gal after all those years for a mini reunion. Sadly, it was to be short-lived because the gang realized where he was and “got him,” as Charlie announced to Alex and Palmer. But not before he had donated the liver, at least. And so the boy lived, Danny made the ultimate dad sacrifice and there were no dry eyes in the house.
And that wasn’t the only parental relationship to be analyzed in the episode; as Alex worried about her patient, Charlie was concerned about the time – or lack thereof – that he was getting with Luke. So rather than sit down with his ex and discuss it like an adult he bribed the sitter and put Luke into a trial run at daycare. His reasoning? Having home-care only meant Charlie could only see his son at Alex’s condo, and he didn’t want to have to see her. She did break his heart and all, but it was a bit… rash. Kids need time to adjust to daycare, y’all. It was no wonder they called Alex when Luke wouldn’t stop screaming.
In the end Alex (who seems to be quickly on the rebound with Palmer, we might add) attempted to find some middle ground, to which Charlie agreed. But only for now, it seems. Because, as we saw thanks to a savvy camera shot of the computer, Charlie is now wondering if Luke is his son. If you’ll recall, he told Alex he didn’t need to know whether he or Joel was the father because the boy felt like his own, but that was when he and Alex were still together. Now all the poor doctor is left with is doubts and it seems like he’s ready to resolve them.
Oh the drama.
Speaking of, there were a few other key dramatic moments that went down in the episode:
- Looks like we may be getting a new chief of surgery now that Dawn defied Leffering’s orders and operated on her patient anyhow. We have a feeling things are going to be pretty rough for the doctor in the coming weeks.
- We’ve decided that while Zach is one of our favourite characters, we’re not so sure we’d ever want him operating on us. He kind of freaks out under pressure, especially when he needs things to go perfectly.
- Maggie is one of the most underrated characters on this show. We love that we get to keep up with her and the patients in her cancer trial, and couldn’t help but smile at the scene where she was playing cards with her patient so that she wouldn’t have to puke in a cab post-treatment. Heart of gold, that one.
- Do we smell the beginnings of a romance between Cassie and Leffering? Or was that exchange at the end pure sympathy? Either way it can’t bode well for Cassie and Dev shippers out there.
Like we said, oh the drama.