Any time you see that Missy Peregrym is going to guest star in an episode of something, you know it’s going to be a pretty meaty role. After all, the former Rookie Blue lead did capture our hearts on that series for six glorious seasons.
So when Peregrym’s name popped up on this week’s Saving Hope (Thursdays at 9 p.m. on CTV) we knew we were in for something pretty epic. Sure enough, her arc as Layla Rowland – the self-healing guru – was a memorable one, especially when she came to Hope Zion with a strangulated hernia.
Her refusal to be put under (due to some pretty heavy personal reasons involving a previous assault), was all about not wanting to give up control. Layla wanted to be able to have a say in the decision-making as Alex “sliced her open” and was adamant that she could breathe through it.
Although the case was an extreme one, it did open up the interesting question of western medicine and some doctors’ penchant for prescribing drugs rather than taking a holistic approach with proper food and meditation. Given that there’s been a ton of debate about this kind of thing in the news lately, it seemed like a pretty relevant and timely topic, and one that would have been cool to dig a little more into had there been time. Sadly, this show is only an hour long and there were plenty of other stories to follow up on.
Like Shahir, who wanted to work on his people skills in order to improve his chances at adoption. (Which you can’t blame him for, given how poorly his interview went.) Dana made it her mission to help him by enlisting the help of a couple of kids with a video camera who found their way to the hospital, but she wound up potentially changing her own career path instead when the kids’ father turned out to be a big time TV producer who was interested in hiring her for a new show.
And then there was Charlie. Poor, about-to-break Charlie.
We knew things had been accumulating in a pretty bad way for the doc, but it seems as though he’s hit his limit with this ghost business. Just when he thought he had things in control, a ghost came to him in the middle of the street and tricked Charlie into thinking he was real. As a result Charlie didn’t see that the man was the ghost of a drunk driver who had hit a kid; had Charlie seen the situation for what it was earlier he may have been able to save the kid, rather than have him show up in the morgue.
Furthermore, just when Charlie thought he was making progress by talking to Dr. Amos Carver about his problems, it turned out that we were right in our guess last week and Carver was indeed Sixth-Sensing Charlie. Yup, the doctor was a ghost too, and Dawn caught Charlie having an epic meltdown when he believed he was talking out his problems. Talk about awkward.
At that point, Dawn had done pretty much everything she could to help her ex-husband. She had told him to take time off, pointing out that every surgeon in the hospital had a Charlie story at this point. She asked him to go home and sleep it off after he worked a couple of crazy long shifts. And finally, when she calmed him down following his episode, she realized that he failed to listen to her and pushed up a couple of surgeries anyhow. Really, what other choice did she have left but to call the board? People’s lives are in danger here.
We won’t know the fallout of that call until next week, but things aren’t looking great for Charlie. He’s going to have to get rid of this ghost business once and for all… if he can. In the spirit of positive thinking, here’s hoping he figures it out in the few episodes of this show we have left.