Sorry for the late post, real life jumped in the way of my fangirling this weekend. Mucho thanks to Ess for understanding and not firing me! Onto this week’s recap – my last one 😦
Patient #1 – Sanegun, a Korean woman in need of cornea transplants
Patient #2 – Jill Hollis, a young pregnant woman caught shoplifting
Patient #3 – Lester Dimes – congenital heart failure patient of Dr. Andy’s
Medical issue – There are multiples in this episode, but they all swirl around embracing your past and change for the future. The future in taking better care of yourself, and the future of surgical advancements.
A Korean woman is on a plane looking at the Korean version of Sky Mall. The pilot announces that they will be running into some turbulence and suddenly the plane lurches violently, causing the oxygen masks to drop.
At Three Rivers, Dr. Foster, Dr. Andy and Dr.Lee come across a debonair surgeon telling a story in the hallway. Oh NO! There’s another cardio thoracic wizard in da house! Dr. Luc Bovell, who trained with Andy under the elder Dr. Fosters tutelage back in the day, is recounting a surgery story to an enraptured group. We definitely get the vibe that Dr Andy is not a fan, and Dr. Miranda is REALLY not a fan.
Is Andy jealous? We find out immediately that Dr. Bovell has a much different manner than our dear Dr. Andy. In telling his story, Dr. Luc fails to mention that the patient in the story died a week after the transplant . Dr. Luc didn’t mention it because he didn’t remember that part. So, now we see it… Dr Luc is not a people person. Our wonderful Dr. Andy shines through in this scene, and I’m not just talking about the epic eyerolls!(seriously, there was EPIC eyerolling in this episode) We find out from Dr. Jordan that Dr. Luc is at Three Rivers to oversee installation and training on the new Raposo robotic surgical system. (All I could think about was that commercial wanting you to be a part of the “Bad Robot Surgery” lawsuit. Bad Robot!)
A very pregnant woman is shoplifting in Babies R Us and is caught by security. She tries to run, but goes through a plate glass window and is cut badly. Her name is Jill Hollis and she arrives at Three Rivers with a severed artery in her forearm. Dr. Lisa takes her case and they can’t find a heartbeat on the baby. Come to find out, there never was a baby. It’s just…”fluid” this girl had been retaining a LOT of water y’all! Dr. Lisa asks Dr. Miranda for a consult and Jill tells them that she hasn’t seen a Dr. since she found out she was pregnant – because she couldn’t afford it.
Dr. Luc is talking to Dr. Lisa and OH NO he ISN’T poaching Dr. Andy s girl! Dr. Luc tries his smarmy wiles on Dr. Lisa, asks her how long she’s been at TR but Dr. Andy struts in, like a peacock with its feathers flying, and says “long enough to meet me” which, in reality for most of us would be, oh .0034 seconds.
Dr. Andy sees his patient Lester Dimes in the hallway and he’s having a heart pain. He asks Lester if he had been exercising and Lester tells Dr Andy that he’s been at the driving range. Dr Andy says that’s not exercise and I yell “yes it is!” Even though im pretty sure it’s not. Lester is eventually going to need a heart transplant in the future, but it might not be his heart this time…..
Dr. Jordan and Dr. Luc see Lester getting a stress test. Dr. Luc says that he is a good candidate for bypass grafting surgery with the Raposo. He tells Lester that the surgery could postpone the need for a transplant by a decade. Dr. Sophia has the good grace to look uncomfortable with Dr. Luc speaking about this in front of Dr. Andy’s patient.
Ryan and Dr. Lee are at the elevator when Dr. Guerreri the opthamologist asks for help..it’s the woman from the plane! She’s blind after the turbulence. She had shoddy lasik done and after the loss of pressure in the cabin she ruptured her corneas. Confused as to why Dr. Guerreri is telling him this, Dr Lee drops that he’s the owner and pilot of a Cessna (!) – clearly Dr. Lee is from a priveledged family. Alas, the eyedoc just wants him because the woman only speaks Korean and he needs Dr Lee to translate. Dr. Lee seems reluctant to help.
Dr. Lee tries to tells her that she is blind because of the plane issue, but it becomes apparent that his Korean is not fluent. She believes that she will be permanently blinded when Dr Lee has a hard time coming up with the translation for cornea transplant and she gets increasingly agitated and asks him to leave. This is the first time that we see a vulnerable side to Dr. Lee, and I find it quite intriguing.
Jill is telling her not baby daddy Bobby the news and pushing him away. Dr Miranda comes in to drain the fluid from Jill’s abdomen, which doesn’t sound fun at all. Jill crashes and after she is stabilized, Miranda sees Bobby in the hallway and tries to find out about Jill’s family life. He says that Jill has had a rough life, but that she really straightened out when she thought she was pregnant. Aww…. Bobby seems like a really good kid!!! Jill’s condition is being caused by end stage liver disease and she needs a transplant. She realizes that she has done this to herself with too much partying. First she finds out that she wasn’t pregnant and now she needs a liver…girls got some heavy stuff to process.
Andy isn’t thrilled that Luc has spoken about treatment with his patient and he confronts Luc. Andy lists out the ways that Luc has failed his patients, and we see that they are polar opposites. Andy sees patients as people, Luc sees them as surgeries and accolades. Andy storms off to Dr. Jordan to complain and although she can’t argue with the issues, she tells him that it’s all up to Lester to decide now. Despite Dr. Andy’s arguments, Lester decides on the robotic surgery.
Lester is in trouble. He’s got a huge clot from surgery. They only way to save him is to have another surgery with Dr. Andy operating from one end of the clot and Dr. Luc operating the Raposo from the other end. The symbolism here is great – the hands on Dr. AND the detatched surgeon need to work together to save a patient. I love this about Three Rivers because it would be so easy to vilify the “heartless” doctor to make the Dr. Andy character look like a hero, but they don’t do that. They show that robotic “emotionally detached”” surgery is just as necessary as a hands on surgeon. They perform surgery and looking as if they were snapping a wishbone, Dr. Andy gets his piece and Dr. Luc grabs the other piece. Lester is saved
Lester survives the surgery. Dr Andy’s bedside manner wins again. Dr. Luc’s meanwhile…not so much as he hasn’t gone to see Lester. Dr. Jordan slaps him down a notch and tells him that he will be seeing Lester, and that’s why he isn’t as good as Andy..and why Andy will eventually be running Three Rivers Hospital and Dr. Luc never will. You see in his eyes that he knows that this is true.
Dr Lee is seeing the Korean girl off in the plane. I dont think I would be that quick to get on a plane again, would you? I mean, isn’t that how she got here in the first place? I’d be taking another week’s vacation at least
Andy and Luc are toasting one another for their success. Andy keeps asking Luc when he is leaving, but we hear that Luc is planning on staying to cover for another doctor who is out on leave with an ill mother. Andy is less than thrilled, and toasts the mother to have a speedy recovery
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Bone Marrow From the website for the National Bone Marrow Donor Program. “For people with life-threatening blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma or other diseases, a cure exists. Be The Matchconnects patients with their donor match for a life-saving marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant.” Imagine if your bone marrow could cure a child with leukemia! I encourage you to visit this website and register as a donor. This is a donation you make while still living and in the words of Rebecca from episode 5, “Alone Together,” “if you save one life, you save the world.”
Interesting episode, in that it was quite different from the others. We get a bit of background on Dr. Andy, Dr. Miranda, and Dr. Lee – and I think that this might have led to a bigger story arc in the future. I was especially interested in hearing more about Dr.Lee’s upbringing, and why he felt almost guilty about not having much interest in his Korean ancestry. He mentioned something about needing to “fit in” and I’d like to have learned more about that.
There was no donor story! I guess that they went to the cornea store to get Sanegun’s new corneas. Also, Jill only got listed for transplant – her storyline was more about her medical issues and her past than it was about her transplant. That’s a departure from the norm. I wonder if she was meant to be a recurring patient.
I loved >> LOVED the reactions of Andy to Luc. Andy has never been one to flaunt his superiority over others, but he sure did it around Dr. Luc, and he did it with his usual grace. From being the one to recognize the patient had not lived in Dr Luc’s transplant story, to claiming Dr. Lisa as his, and finally – claiming Three Rivers as HIS. It was great to see him triumph over someone who it seemed he may have let have the spotlight in the past. NO MORE!!
Alex took his “GORGEOUS” pills in this episode too. The eyerolls killed me dead, and he was stunning in every shot. Which leads me to… PICSPAM!!!