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Man, it’s a good thing we all know that this is the last season of Saving Hope (Thursdays at 9 p.m. on CTV) otherwise we’d wonder why all of the doctors at Hope Zion suddenly seem to be jumping ship this season.

Following Maggie’s big exit a few weeks ago, this week marked the last episode for Chief Resident Cassie Williams after a prominent New York surgeon invited her to come and learn under her. Obviously it was too good of an opportunity to pass up (the doc was Cassie’s idol, after all), but a few warm beers in the cafeteria didn’t seem like a celebratory enough goodbye.

As a whole though, the episode definitely focused a lot on the doctor and her various relationships that got her to the point of leaving. That included a big return by Dr. Jeremy Bishop (guest-star Peter Mooney), who broke Cassie’s heart when he left the hospital to work on his marriage, and the return of Jake the mercury poisoned wrestler, who has been stalking the good doc, convinced they’re in love. (Spoiler alert: they weren’t, and he learned that the hard way when he wound up in surgery thanks to an accidental stabbing when Billy came to Cassie’s rescue.)

Not exactly a stress-free shift at the hospital, huh? Especially considering Cassie was also working on a groundbreaking surgery that was going to open up new doors in her career.

‘Saving Hope’ bids farewell to another one of its own
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Also working on that surgery were Alex, Dana (who pushed her way in at the last minute) and a newly reappointed chief Dawn. It was a fun, all-female quartet of surgeons with the guys coming in to assist, and it came with a fun back story for the patient, too. She was a 65 year-old Italian grandmother who had a supposedly incurable form of stomach cancer; this surgery would give her 10 more years as opposed to two more weeks.

Of course it wouldn’t be an episode of Saving Hope without a little ghost action, so while Charlie was adamant that he still wanted to resign from his job, he hung around the hospital during the surgery and came across the Nonna’s ghost. Turns out she needed to set things right with her son-in-law, whom she fought for custody of her granddaughter after her daughter’s untimely death. Talk about family drama. Good thing there was plenty of manicotti to go around and keep up everyone’s strength.

Thankfully, it was all one big happy ending (and family reunion) by the end of the episode though, as the surgery went well, the son-in-law was welcomed back into the family fold, and Alex and Charlie decided to put their own family first and finally get married. About time, we say.

‘Saving Hope’ bids farewell to another one of its own
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Unfortunately, it wasn’t as happy of an ending for Shahir, whose own heart was left in pieces after the girl who wanted him to adopt her baby changed her mind, kidnapping the kid in the process. In the end Shahir realized that if the mother wanted to be with her son he shouldn’t be the one to stop her, but Jonathan wasn’t as understanding. Here’s hoping that with just two episodes left, that power couple can not only sort out their differences, but also get the child they so obviously want.

We’re going to be optimists and save our hope until then.

 

Saving Hope airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on CTV.