Miami Medical, Down to the Bone review

27 Jun

Last week, we left Mike Vogel’s Dr C being given some very bad news by colleague and friend Eva Zambrano (Lana Parrilla). This week (which follows straight on) his brother Rick was not mentioned (he’s back for next week’s episode), but we can assume the bad news has made Chris feel more than a little vulnerable. The only father-figure he has is Proctor, who finds revealing anything about himself excruciatingly difficult. So, when a giant sinkhole opens up on a construction site and Proctor expressly forbids Chris from attending, Chris disobeys Proctor in an attempt to impress him, and heads down the sinkhole to rescue, and operate on, a trapped worker. As ever with a Jerry Bruckheimer production, the special effects are very convincingly rendered and no expense seems to be spared in the creation of the devastation caused by the sinkhole.

Dr C rebelliously but heroically heads down the sinkhole

These extra episodes, especially last week’s, have really helped build the character and cement our affection for Dr Chris Deleo, and Mike Vogel has imbued him with a lot of heart and warmth as well as the cockiness and bravado (and baulking at Proctor’s authority) that we saw in the main 8 episodes.

Joe waits anxiously for the commercial break

Needless to say, things don’t go completely to plan down the sinkhole, and we cut to Chris’s progress throughout the episode as he both attends to and gets to know his patient, Joe (Joshua Biton). Construction workers, like trauma surgeons, have little time for outside work relationships, it seems, and Joe confides that his boss is a father figure to him and has even had him over for dinner.

Colin comes a close second in the 'beautiful speaking voice competition'.

Joe’s boss, Colin, played beautifully by Jonathan Adams, is already at MT1 and being cared for by Alpha Team’s father-figure, Proctor. There are some lovely scenes between these two as they wait for news, and confront and compare their own situations. Proctor is every bit as anxious as Colin about his own particular man down the hole, especially after Eva has clued him in to why Chris did it, but he shows it in a much more British way (it’s all in those beautiful brown eyes…).

Eva explains...

Eva is much more overtly anxious about Chris. If Proctor’s his father, then Eva’s his big sister. Here’s a quick bravo to the writers for giving Eva the boyfriend line (and to Lana Parrilla for delivering it so perfectly!). Eva is involved in an interesting subplot, about women in male dominated professions, with her patient Meg (Rose Rollins, another strong guest performance). The discussion about women in both of their professions comes about when Meg takes exception to being assigned a male surgeon named “Angry Ortho” to repair her broken bones. Who’d blame her when you realise he’s none other than Dr Bruce Kaye (Michael O’Neill, whose face must have hurt from all that frowning) who we first met way back in the early episode entitled 88 Seconds. You’ll recall his extreme rudeness to a then very green Serena Warren. It turns out that extreme rudeness is his default mood, and he gets so steamed up and grumpy with Serena that he suffers a heart attack in surgery. Of course, Serena saves him, and they embark on an unusual and rather amusing friendship. “Angry Ortho” even manages a disturbing smile. Once again, Lis Harnois shows her quality as an actress. She can make you laugh or cry with equal ease.

I'm not sure that I didn't prefer him angry...

Although this was Mike Vogel’s episode, and the sinkhole location, though possibly slightly protracted, provided an added excitement to the episode, it was my beloved Jeremy Northam as Proctor who once again stole the show in the very last scene. Almost despite himself, Proctor finds he can’t be cross with Chris for disobeying him without admitting his anger comes from a place of affection. Chris delightedly pounces on this admission and teases Proctor by asking if he can came round for dinner. Jeremy’s face is an absolute picture throughout this scene. Somebody please write this wonderful actor some comedy. Whatever he chooses to do next, it can’t come too soon.

Proctor squirms deliciously

Down to the Bone is Miami Medical episode 12 of 13, which means that next week’s will be our last episode ever. I’m afraid CBS are messing with our heads by billing next week’s episode as the season finale instead of the series finale, because I’m told by Jeffrey Lieber, the show’s creator and exec producer, that there are definitely no plans for any more episodes. The fact that Friday’s episode got more viewers than the previous week’s, even though the show is cancelled and getting no promotion, cuts no ice with CBS. I’ll leave you to apply your own expletives…but not here, go to the CBS website, scroll down to the bottom, click on Feedback, and deliver up the contents of your spleen.

by henrysmummy2003

7 Responses to “Miami Medical, Down to the Bone review”

  1. Jennythenipper June 30, 2010 at 5:33 pm #

    As usual, Gill, I ditto everything. Once again it’s Jeremy’s reaction that really sold the scene where Eva explains why Chris went down into the sink hole. I think JN stole the episode with his scenes with Colin and especially the priceless face at the end. Yes, yes, yes, somebody give Jeremy Northam something funny to do. He can really do comedy and he’s been given so little!

    The whole episode reminded me way too much of the season finale of House, and that may be why the network decided to pull this one out of the show’s official run.

    I thought the whole angry ortho subplot was kind of transparent and stupid. I think Lis is a great actor and that’s about the only thing that kept me from rolling my eyes throughout the whole thing.

    I totally got excited when I heard “series finale” even though I know it’s really the series finale. Sigh. I need to get a life.

    • henrysmummy2003 June 30, 2010 at 6:08 pm #

      Oh I thought Angry Ortho was a fun counterpoint to the drama down the big hole, and I love the way Lis Harnois can do kookie and make you laugh, but also hold her own in the big money sob scenes.

      I don’t watch House, I can’t bear what they did to dear Hugh Laurie…is it any good? I get the impression from what I read that it’s run a little dry on the ideas front (isn’t it in season 7 now?).

      If you go to the CBS (hack, spit…) website, they are billing the next episode as the series finale there. Obviously used an old promo and couldn’t be bothered to update it….what nce people they must NOT be to deal with…

      The last episode contains much wonderful Jeremyness, I’m told. At least it’ll be going out on a high…

      • Jennythenipper July 1, 2010 at 1:24 am #

        House is still good, I think. Probably the emphasis on his on again/off again relationship is getting tired but the House/Wilson ‘ship makes it always worth watching. Hugh Laurie is always good. It’s just a darker show, so they always have to top themselves and then it gets too heavy, I think.

        I think angry ortho bugged me because I could see all of it clicking into place ahead of time

        Oh CBS, don’t get me started. I did send them angry email when they canceled the show. I thinks it’s the first time I’ve ever been moved to do such a thing.

        I’m looking forward to the last episode being a big Jer fest!

    • ben December 11, 2010 at 8:23 pm #

      a little late but here’s a response to the House comment…

      i have inside scoop… this episode was written and shot before the House episode was even fully conceived. i was on set when one of the writers was talking to a House writer about the similarities (they were friends). all ideas are in the zeitgeist i guess.

      • Gill Fraser Lee December 11, 2010 at 11:15 pm #

        Hi Ben, thanks for this scoop (I always love a good scoop!). I think you’re right, especially in the med drama genre, there are bound to be similarities. I’m delighted to know Mr Lieber and Co were first, though! Lucky you, being on set. I hear it was a pretty impressive set up. Such a shame it got used for such a short time, everyone did such a great job on the show.

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