Miami Medical, Time of Death review, from the heart

21 Jun

Though I only have eyes for Proctor, I allowed myself a glance at guest star Bailey Chase

For me, this week’s episode of Miami Medical marked another staging post in its journey from good to special. Nominally about Serena Warren’s first experience of calling time of death, the heart of the show was the visit to MT1 of Chris Deleo’s big brother Rick (played to perfection by chisel-jawed hottie Bailey Chase). At first, we think he’s a one-dimensional flirt, hitting on Eva through a competitive need to steal his brother’s girl, but as the show progresses, we learn that Rick is not well and has come to Eva for help. He wants his predicament kept secret, which leads to misunderstandings when Chris disturbs Eva and Rick together. Chris even diagnoses his brother’s complaint, not realising who Eva is scanning. Mike Vogel is wonderful throughout the episode, but in this strand in particular we realise just how much affection we have for Dr C. Jeffrey Lieber cited M*A*S*H as one of his inspirations for the show, and this week, as the chopper containing Rick took to the skies and Eva slipped her arm around Chris and began to tell him his brother’s secret, Miami Medical was not found wanting by the comparison.

Eva has something to tell Chris

We also see Dr C in a mentoring role, helping Serena Warren come to terms with calling her first time of death, as the various victims of a freak boating accident find themselves rushed to the trauma hospital. Sadly, one of a pair of twins fails to make it, despite Serena’s best efforts, and she is left devastated but with no opportunity to stop and deal with it. Proctor, as her boss, offers her (in typical quirky style) an analogy involving hot coals, in an attempt to explain that it never stops hurting, you just get used to it. She probably needed a hug (and, definitely, he’s a man who could do with several…).

The remaining twin has some odd symptoms, which are eventually diagnosed as Broken Heart Syndrome, a weakening of the heart muscle brought on by severe emotional stress. Proctor explains that our emotional state, though we may not believe it, does have an effect on our bodies. This is the man, don’t forget, whose own heart stopped. More of Proctor and his heart later…

Lis Harnois’ Serena Warren is such an appealing character, and Lis has been excellent in the role every week.

Poor Serena has a tough shift

Our other trauma patient, Carla (Michaela Watkins) causes some consternation when both her husband and boyfriend arrive at MT1. The boyfriend, on learning that Carla may be paralysed for life, categorises himself as a ‘fling’ and a ‘fun guy’ and soon can’t be seen for dust. Needless to say, Carla’s estranged husband (beautifully played by Eric Lutes) comes up trumps. Okay, so slightly cliched, but it was a well played strand to the episode, the emotion was pitched just right (and you know how sensitive I am to these things!). Of course, Jeremy Northam’s presence as Proctor always ensures emotional authenticity, and he was prominent in these scenes. I can’t finish this part of my review without congratulating whoever it was that applied the alarming lump to Carla’s head!

Carla's ex-husband Greg (Eric Lutes) with Proctor

And so we return to my favourite, the endlessly fascinating Proctor, and matters of the heart. We see him playing anatomical darts and we find out what happened on that date with Dr Sable. The poor man arrives at work the morning after the date asking for a saline drip to re-hydrate himself, and looks so genuinely wretched that his team can’t bring themselves to tease him too much about it. And in any case, there’s no point because, as usual, he’s not giving much away.

The morning after the night before, it's not only the jellyfish that are all washed up

We were promised a peek into Proctor’s darkness, and I hope no-one missed it, during all the emotion surrounding the Rick storyline. It was beautifully handled by Jeremy, as Proctor revealed to Eva a little of what went wrong on his date. Even the accomplished heart surgeon wasn’t able to warm Proctor’s ailing heart, it seems, and the hangover wasn’t the result of a good night, but of Proctor’s attempts to loosen up and take the opportunity…

Proctor is a fascinating character, ‘the anti-House’, as someone described him, no less complex, but so much more appealing and intriguing, and of course (sorry Hugh) played by a far better actor. I adore this mixed up guy, and I suspect it won’t only be me who suffers from Broken Heart Syndrome in a couple of week’s time…

Lonely heart Proctor

Despite the drop in viewing figures for this episode, Miami Medical still did well against the competition in the ratings. We wait to see what, if any, action CBS will take now that the cancellation of this great show seems to have been way too premature.

Check out SueVo’s review of this episode at The Exploding Egg.

The next episode of Miami Medical is Down to the Bone, originally intended to follow on from this week’s episode. More on that soon.

by henrysmummy2003

12 Responses to “Miami Medical, Time of Death review, from the heart”

  1. Mary June 21, 2010 at 1:27 pm #

    Thank you, again explained very well, I need it. Oh Dr. Proc, him I need also.

    • henrysmummy2003 June 21, 2010 at 1:36 pm #

      Thanks Mary. Yes, I think we’re all in love with Proctor…

  2. Martina June 21, 2010 at 1:38 pm #

    Excellent review, Gill, as always! Nothing to add, apart from some personal gushing about Jeremy: great, funny mimic of a beautiful face, looks so cute and sexy in this scrubs and is such a loveable character in this show (and I think in nature).

  3. henrysmummy2003 June 21, 2010 at 1:43 pm #

    Thanks Martina. I agree, and I think it would be right to say that there’s a lot of Jeremy in Proctor. And yes, he is very loveable.

  4. Ansie June 21, 2010 at 3:59 pm #

    Another excellent episode. I’m left, once again, feeling sad and angry CBS pulled the plug on Miami Medical. Imagine all the rich possibilities of storyline as Chris’s brother begins medical treatment. And as Doc Proc continues to battle his own personal demons. And Serena matures as an individual and as a trauma surgeon. The list of potential stories goes on and on.

    Yes, the ratings dip was down just a bit, but it is summer time and was shown late on a Friday evening. Imagine what kind of numbers the show would draw on an evening in October or January!

    Only two shows left. What a shame we’ll never see this young show unfold and develop all its rich and tantalizing potential.

    Thanks for another terrific post, Gill!

    • henrysmummy2003 June 21, 2010 at 5:16 pm #

      Thanks Ansie. Agree totally with what you say, and I feel sad and angry too…

  5. Jennythenipper June 21, 2010 at 10:06 pm #

    For me the big moment in the show was the very brief scene in which Proctor reveals that his date didn’t go well with Dr. Sable. It hinted at impotence or perhaps just an ennui that he can’t get past. Somehow that makes Proctor even more appealing. Crazy, I know.

    I was fairly ambivalent about the Rick Deleo storyline. I liked the scene at the end when Eva put her arm around Chris though.

    I cried like a baby at the whole twin death thing. I don’t know why other than Lis is a really good actor and she sold that storyline really well. I loved the scene between Dr. Warren and Dr. Proctor. He puts his arm on her shoulder at least once a week in a paternal protective sort of way. Just sayin.

    It was great to see Eric Lutes again. Yeah, I watched Caroline in the City. So sue me.

    I think my favorite moment of the show was Dr. Proctor checked himself in for a saline drip and Dr. Warren had to put in the line. They were so cute together. It’s too bad we’ll never get to see what develops there.

    Also, I liked the mention of his mispent youth in Oxfordshire. Yay Proctor.

    • henrysmummy2003 June 21, 2010 at 10:32 pm #

      Hi Jenny! Proctor impotent….I can’t even contemplate THAT possibility!! lol! As for his misspent youth in Oxfordshire…that’s quite funny because Oxfordshire has pretty limited options as far as being able to have a misspent youth there!
      Agree with you about the chemistry between Proctor and Serena. Those two are great together. Maybe I let him off for not giving her a hug if the shoulder pat count is as high as you say!
      Good to hear from you. 🙂

  6. Jennythenipper June 22, 2010 at 1:22 am #

    “It’s not that it didn’t take. It’s that I didn’t take it. That’s pretty much par for the course according to a certain woman in Baltimore.” What does that say to you? Like I said, it weirdly makes me like him even more.

    It must be an American thing, but when he said Oxfordshire, I automatically assumed he meant Oxford and student pubs there.

    • henrysmummy2003 June 22, 2010 at 10:28 am #

      I guess I interpreted it as an emotional response, that he has trouble committing to relationships…but as ever with Proctor, it’s so enigmatic, we can only guess…and I’m completely in Proctor’s thrall too, hook, line and sinker.

      There are lots of student pubs in Oxford (I live in Cambridge which is very similar). But even so, Oxford is a pretty well-to-do, respectable place, even on its most badly behaved days.


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