I’ve just finished watching the latest episode of Miami Medical, An Arm and a Leg, and I am left both elated and bereaved, kind of like I’ve attended a wake. However, I’m saving the contents of my spleen and the aching of my heart for another time and instead we’ll be concentrating on limbs, amphibious reptiles, deeply unpleasant bacterial infections, and a great vibe.
Did you play ‘who’s going to die/survive’ during the opening scene? Hard not to, and a fun part of any medical drama like this. And was this not the coolest opening Miami Medical has had? ‘In the water…In The Water’…splash, thrash, chomp!
An Arm and a Leg was written by Christina M. Kim and Scott Williams, and they did a great job. Once again, the show was peppered with wit and humour amongst the adrenaline and emotion, and this week it wasn’t necessarily Proctor who got the best lines. Fans of Mike Vogel’s work will have been delighted to see so much focus on Dr C in this episode. It was only fair, given that all the others have had their moment in the spotlight, and Mike took his opportunity and ran with it, delivering a touching and genuine performance. Previously, we’ve seen him being a little snippy about Proctor, flirty with Eva, and being caught with his pants down during Calle Cubana, but Proctor has always been the Alpha male and has been given the patients we’ve focused on. And of course, that’s allowed Jeremy Northam to treat us to some wonderfully moving and powerful scenes in that quiet but devastating way of his.
Not so this week; Mike Vogel finally got to show us what he can do, and it worked well. The benefit of having a strong ensemble cast has definitely meant that the writers can play with the focus effectively in this way. Praise should also be reserved for the A Martinez: I wept with him when he saw his daughter Lucy after her operation, and I was particularly moved when he explained that his daughter, though legally old enough to make her own decisions, was ‘too young to realise that she’s mortal’. It’s moments like these that lift a drama out of the good and into the special.
This week, instead of Proctor being outside doing something odd, we had Dr C riding in circles on Proctor’s bike as Proctor himself got dizzy watching (or at least I was dizzy watching him watching…). There is definitely method in DocProc’s madness, as Dr C has realised. This scene also added another line to my hall of fame of quotable lines. Yes, it’s what Proctor’s grandmother had to say; I don’t need to repeat it, you know what he said!
Lana Parrilla as Eva Zambrano and her Black Eyed Peas tickets provided another interesting and ultimately very moving strand to the story. I like the way that a little fun scene has been popped in at the beginning of each episode, just as the team are waiting for the patients to arrive, and this week’s was particularly enjoyable with Proctor (who the others had been ignoring, no doubt thinking him far too old to be interested in the Black Eyed Peas) dropping in his backstage story just before they all rushed to greet the incoming. Doctors, like police officers, are forever trashing their social lives and it was touching that the only people Eva could ask to share her tickets were her work colleagues and possibly a patient who then tragically and unexpectedly dies before she can save him. Lana Parrilla played this strand beautifully, and as she stood alone, accompanied by Law of Numbers’ wonderful track 7 Seconds, once again yours truly shed a little tear. Lis Harnois as Serena Warren had some lovely girly bonding scenes with Eva this week, and she seems to have recovered her confidence after her challenging experiences in the two previous episodes.
And so, on to our chomped man and his missing foot…strong stomachs were certainly required all around for this episode, and as if necrotizing fasciitis wasn’t enough, we also had a gruesome looking stump and Proctor fishing a human foot out of a gator…happily, a dead gator, but unhappily, accompanied by David Kronenberg-esque squelching noises.
Which neatly brings me on to our fledgling romance between Proctor and Dr Sable, played by Kari Matchett. Once again, the banter and the chemistry was there. Didn’t you love Proctor confidently using his charm to ask Sable out, only to be told she’d have to think about it? I adore verbal foreplay! Serena Warren’s reaction to the two of them: ‘should I be doing…something?’ was fun. Such a shame that this is the last we’ll see of these two together. Oh, and I have to congratulate whichever of the writers it was who gave us the ‘crude shunt’. Bravo for sheer audacity!
This was a wonderful episode, I can find little to fault in it, it was thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. A wonderful upbeat end to the show with the young medics dancing to the Black Eyed Peas, and a fitting way for the show to bow out. If I have any quibbles, it’s perhaps that I didn’t get to see my beloved Proctor deliver one of his quiet speeches this time around, and he was in rather shorter supply than I would have liked. However, once again I find myself having to say congratulations to all involved with this show, you all did a great job and you’re right to be proud of what you achieved. I’m going to miss my weekly dose of Jeremy Northam dreadfully, but it has been wonderful while it’s lasted.
And so, that’s that. Well…sort of. Next week, same time, we get to see the pilot episode again, and then on June 4 CBS are starting to screen the episodes that would have constituted part of season 2. As Jeffrey Lieber, creator and exec producer, explained to us, the episodes will seem a little out of sequence, but Jeffrey will be providing us with a bit of an explanation ahead of each of them so that we know where we are. The Jer Blog will be sure to keep you updated on that nearer the time.
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Sue has a great review of this episode up at The Exploding Egg, do go and check it out.