It would seem to me that fortune actually favours the persistent: after many trials and tribulations with my new computer I have finally managed to watch the third episode of Miami Medical, What Lies Beneath, which aired on Friday night on CBS. Let me tell you, it was worth the wait; this show is getting better and better! Fortune, luck and four-leafed clovers were the order of the day…
What Lies Beneath has its casualties courtesy of freak weather at a wedding (read the previous post by SueVo who can tell you all about microbursts). Slightly predictably, there was the nervous and very young bride, her husband to be (played by Canadian actor David Alpay who will be familiar to some from his role as Mark Smeaton in Showtime’s The Tudors) and the father of the bride as our victims, plus a very touching turn by Valente Rodriguez as Fortunato, one of the wedding company’s workers. Much play was made of the name of this, on the surface, unfortunate man: Fortunato has quite the most spectacular injury, he is impaled on a large metal pole. More of him in a moment…
Of course, as well as our poor unfortunates, we are getting to know our doctors. Last week, I was feeling a little underwhelmed by Lana Parrilla’s character (she seemed to be too in control, always the right word for the right situation, never flustered), but this week, we get to know her a little better and the end of the episode sees her VERY flustered, and by a mere cup of coffee! I must say I warmed to her, and she seems to have warmed up too. Her scenes with the control freak mother of the bride were very well played, and of course there was more flirting with Dr C. I’m hoping that next week, Dr C may work similar magic on me… and that the excellent Omar Gooding will be back.
So, back to Fortunato and his pole. He is Doc Proc’s patient and, for me, this was the best strand of the episode. Please humour me for a moment whilst I say (because it HAS to be said…): “Jeremy Northam, what you DO to me!” Yes, I’m in love with HotDocProc already and I am loving the way Jeremy is playing him (and playing with us). This week, he was still “odd” but gone was the flippancy, the cocked eyebrow and the laughing eyes, and in was gravity, compassion and professionalism, and the occasional bit of fun: a little song in the operating theatre (I’m Looking Over a Four-leaf Clover) never hurt anyone, that was a lovely moment. The story of Fortunato and his pole is beautifully written and beautifully played throughout, but possibly my favourite scene is when Fortunato arrives at the hospital. Just watch Jeremy Northam’s face when he sees what’s in the back of the wedding caterer’s van… many another actor may just have looked shocked, but not Jeremy. We see shock, yes, we see fear, we see disbelief, realisation of what he has to deal with, we see compassion and sadness and we see that he is reminded of his Gulf War experiences, oh and probably lots more too. And all that in seconds. You watch again, you’ll see what I mean. Throughout the episode, Proctor is mentally revisiting his war experiences and his ‘deep, dark, awful secret’, but subtly, as ever with Jeremy; it’s nuance, he’s not wincing at loud noises and diving under tables, dribbling and raving. His references to “luck” give us a little more insight into why he is “slightly left of slightly left of centre” but we still have a lot more to find out than his explanation to a non-plussed Dr C gives us. I’ve said it before and yes, I’m sorry, but I am going to have to say it again, it is a real privilege to see this great actor at work.
As for this week’s ending, nicely done! Dr Zambrano, in bed, “nekkid” (as promised by show runner Jeffrey Lieber) cup of coffee, Dr Proctor…we have almost a week to drive ourselves insane working that one out! What do you think???
Tune in next week for episode 4, All Fall Down.
I’ll be back soon to whet your appetite for that one! Don’t forget, if you are in USA, you can watch episodes of Miami Medical plus lots of cool clips on the CBS website.
Check out SueVo’s great post about what happens at the end of this episode! Coffee In Bed
with thanks to Joan aka HazelP for the images
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