An accident at a street fair means a very busy week for the Code Black staff and a solid, if predictable, episode which, to its credit, never seems rushed despite the inordinately high number of sub-plots/ patients featured.
The continuing, mysterious lack of any Psych staff – “They don’t have anyone here tonight,” or EVER – means that Angus forgets his dithering for the week, takes charge of the driver responsible for the accident and makes all the right sympathetic noises before making an obvious mistake that will probably haunt him forever. Or maybe for a couple of episodes. Whatever. I’m sure this means his confidence will be gone and he’ll be back to dithering next week, but at least it’s because he actually cares about his patients. Unlike the bafflingly unpleasant Mario Savetti who finds a new way to be a jerk just about every single week.
This time around, Mario gets all huffy about treating a man with priapism, on the basis that his own comfort is more important than his patient’s. Lovely Dr Neal (Raza Jaffrey) sets him straight – twice, because Savetti is too dense to get it the first time – and the show tries to excuse Mario’s lack of empathy by attributing it to Impostor Syndrome, but it seems more like Asshat Syndrome to me.
Lovely Dr Neal is making something of a speciality of talking people round, actually; he also has to manage the (justifiably) irate wife of a patient who was at the street fair with someone other than her. Oops. Leanne, meanwhile, de-bulges a pilot’s bulgy eye, and Christa (Bonnie Somerville) looks after a little boy with both health and immigration issues. Or, to put it more accurately, Christa is terrific with the boy, begs Leanne to help with the immigration difficulty and Leanne swoops in and takes the credit. Bah.
But Christa gets her reward anyway – breakfast with Dr Neal! And a lot of excited squeeing from the direction of my sofa. Swoon. I LOVE THESE TWO. Although they have some competition in the adorable stakes this week from the wonderful June Squibb’s Dorothy, an irresistible old lady in her 80’s who lights up every scene she’s in. Bless. If Dorothy could come back every week and just hang out with the equally charming Neal and Christa, Code Black would be amazing. As it is, it’s mostly just ok.