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We hear a lot about the harsh realities of police brutality in the news, but it’s not so often that a scripted series tackles the issue with depth and vigour. But that’s exactly what Saving Hope (Thursdays at 9 p.m. on CTV) did with its most recent episode, “Problem Child.”

The best part? The series did it in a way that wasn’t over-the-top and in your face about it, weaving the storyline into several others so that it was relevant and poignant, without feeling like a TV movie/special of the week, if you know what we mean.

It all started when Dr. Dev Sekara, who hasn’t had much screen time with everything else going on so far this season, fielded a call from his mother who needed help with her iPad. Like most busy sons he failed to make time for his mum, despite some scolding from Cassie. The conversation quickly faded though when a policeman brought in a victim who had been beaten to near death. As it turned out, the victim was Dev’s former best friend and school buddy from another life.

Talk about a blast from the past.

As the doctors worked to save the man, it quickly became apparent that he had actually been the victim of a police brutality attack, and the officer who brought him in had witnessed the scene, but not participated. That put it on him to report on his fellow officers, something he was loathe to do given the fact that his coworkers would probably receive no punishment and he would have a black mark on his record. Essentially, he felt like he was damned if he did and damned if he didn’t.

Obviously that didn’t sit well with Dev, or with Shahir who was also on the case. While Dev took out his frustrations on the cop and basically yelled at him, Shahir was actually the calm, cool and collected one in the situation, showing the cop the exact damage that had been caused, and in the end, finally convincing him to come clean to his boss. And here Shahir was worried that he wouldn’t make a good father.

Although it was a sad ending to be sure, at least the situation made Dev realize just how much his own parents had done for him over the years, and that realization pushed him to call his mom and arrange a visit for that very evening.

‘Saving Hope’ tackles police brutality
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Meanwhile, in the rest of the hospital, Zach and Dawn attempted to repair their relationship after Dawn found out that Zach’s kids don’t exactly love her last week, and they wondered what their future could hold.

And speaking of futures, Alex got a cold, hard look at hers when Luke started acting up at school and she dealt with pregnancy hormones, all while Charlie was noticeably absent. Again. That’s because Charlie is still going through his ghost problems, and they’re getting worse.

Thanks to the arrival of the new hospital staff psychiatrist (played by Don McKellar), Charlie was beginning to question his own sanity. Frankly, we’re not convinced that this doctor is real, since no one else has interacted with him yet (he may be Sixth Sense-ing Charlie here), but he is forcing Charlie to take a good, hard look at how this “gift” is affecting him. If he looks hard enough, he’ll realize that it’s affecting Alex too, but maybe that’s a conversation for another time.

One step closer to the end of this series, and those lovebirds still aren’t back together. Sigh.

 

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