In the “other medical shows have done this better” corner this week, Mario and Heather take a short break from being gross to persuade a young girl to accept treatment that her domineering, dogmatic stereotype of a father has banned her from having (there was a chance here for the show to look at potential conflicts between faith and medicine in a thoughtful, interesting way but, disappointingly, they went the easy, full-on abusive cliche route instead), before going right back to being gross again. Note to Mario and Heather: STOP having sex in the locker room. We’ve all suffered enough.
Well, all except Angus, who hasn’t yet realised his “friend” is getting busy with the girl he’s incapable of talking to, but it can’t possibly be long now. This week, however, Dr Oblivious is otherwise distracted, as the “smug family member” slot vacated by Guthrie Jnr is filled, temporarily at least, by Angus’s brother – one of those people who can’t resist being terrific at everything and grinning about it all the time – which causes Angus himself to forget about ten episodes’ worth of character development and go back to dithering. Joy.
Also dithering is Leanne, who keeps cancelling what we’re supposed to think is a date, but is really an appointment with a therapist which might – might, let’s not get our hopes up too quickly now – mean that, OMG, the hospital actually does have a psych department after all. Except that it’s entirely possible that “Paul” a) works elsewhere and b) isn’t actually a proper psychiatrist at all. As far as we know, then, the current status of psychiatric services at Angels is still MIA.
No dithering or unexplained absence from my beloved Neal and Christa, though, who are as awesome as usual and twice as sweet. As well as saving a little boy’s life, Neal steps in to help the traumatised parents find their way back to each other because he’s lovely and sensitive like that, while also trusting best-doctor-in-the-hospital Christa’s judgement in relation to her treatment of another patient, because she’s earned it. And because she’s lovely and sensitive too. Unfortunately for the said patient, however, Neal and Christa are overruled by Gina, who is usually terrific but gets it spectacularly wrong this week because – I think – she wants Neal to look at her the way he looks at Christa instead. Aw, hon. We all know what that feels like, but, luckily, very few of us end up arguably being the cause of someone’s death as a result. Poor Gina, left with nothing but guilt, regret and the receipt for hospital linens to hold onto. Unlike Neal and Christa, who have guilt, regret, the knowledge that right was on their side, and also – oh my DAYS – each other. Which means – FINALLY – the kiss I’ve been waiting for since episode 2. THE KISS I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR SINCE EPISODE 2. OMG. SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!