Sometimes shows hit the ground running at the start of new seasons, and sometimes they… don’t. This wasn’t terrible by any means – it was perfectly watchable – but it was very clearly intended to do little more than remind us of where we left everyone at the end of the show’s first year, then set a course for season 2. Which meant the episode was on quite a low flame throughout.
It’s Jared’s last day – it does look as if he’s definitely leaving – and his going-away present is running, with Shaun, a mobile clinic for the homeless. They drag a volatile man called Harry to the hospital, then misdiagnose and release him. Shaun then realises that Harry has a brain tumour, so he needs to be found and treated. Andrews, now hospital president, is sabre-rattling throughout. By the time Harry is operated on, his wife and daughter – who kicked him out because of his behaviour – have been found and are waiting at his bedside as he comes round from the anaesthetic. Will Harry wake up cured? It turns out to be a straightforwardly feel-good plot, but I can’t help but feel that the show at its season 1 best would have taken a couple more chances with it.
Andrews, meantime, has tempted a high-profile (I missed exactly why) patient to the hospital with the promise of a dazzling cure for her heart problem. This, he hopes, is going to launch the San Jose St. Bonaventure as a centre for cutting-edge surgical excellence. The proposal is to piggy-back a second heart onto her first, which is pretty cool, but there’s a complication and Melendez – now, presumably, chief of surgery? – decides not to go ahead. He and Andrews butt heads, and Melendez then goes ahead, conjuring a successful outcome with an assist from Claire and some masterful passive-aggression from Reznick. I hope that Andrews and Melendez can now move on, as I don’t want a season of them comparing penis size.
In other news, Lea is back, which is good. And Glassman’s oncologist is played by Lisa Edelstein, which is even better.