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Erica Durance and Michael Shanks in CTV's 'Saving Hope.' Episode 302 'Kiss Me Goodbye.' Photo from Bell Media.

Review: Alex’s awkward return on Saving Hope

My biggest fear going into the third season of Saving Hope with Alex on the operating table was that she’d spend most of the season in a coma, expanding on a premise set up in Season 1. Thankfully, Alex woke up after only two episodes. Less fortunately for her, she might have a bit of a mess on her hands—assuming she remembers anything.

I can’t think of an episode of Saving Hope that has managed to put together as many awkward moments as this one. Just as Alex and Charlie seem to have made up from the fallout of last season’s reveal and decided they wanted to have a baby together, Joel decided to go in for the Sleeping Beauty kiss and we were left wondering which of the two (if any) were responsible for waking the good doctor up. In between this and last week’s fisticuffs, I’ve got a feeling our quietly simmering love triangle is about to explode—at least on the men’s side of things, that is, since we don’t know how much of her time with Charlie that Alex is going to remember, or if she’s even aware of Joel planting one on her.

Hopefully her subconscious will at least do Dawn the service of forgetting about her early morning routine. As adorable as it was to watch her sing to the pet she grudgingly took on to help one of Gavin’s patients, I couldn’t help but feel like this was some gross violation of her privacy. And while it’s not the first time Charlie has tried using a ghost to get intel on someone in the hospital, I was a bit surprised Alex went along with it. Maybe she was expecting something as simple as an early morning nap, and maybe she’ll keep that info to herself, but a woman should be allowed to sing a lullaby to her guinea pig in the privacy of her own office without her ghost of a colleague butting in. Or at least she should be, if there’s any decency in the world.

Also high on the awkward spectrum was almost the entirety of Maggie’s day, now that she’s got a new doctor in the form of Degrassi’s Stacey Farber (also lately a troublemaker on Rookie Blue). While I was enjoying Dr. Katz’ directness, especially about the Kalfis debacle, it was definitely throwing Maggie off in a way I appreciated after she not only broke up with Gavin (understandable under the circumstances) but then kept twisting the knife in. I was really hoping that split would be a blip in things after losing the baby, but her strange elevator proposition to Joel—along with her new residency on the couch—are starting to worry me. Not only does it spell the end of my favourite Saving Hope couple, but I suspect it just might put a damper on Gavin’s trademark sass.

As for the two cases of the week, Joel had a gruesome (and I do mean gruesome, thanks to the graphic effects) infected plate to deal with—before opting out of an amputation to try and save the leg of his drug addict patient. Meanwhile, Maggie and Katz were trying to convince David (Vampire High’s Joris Jarsky) to keep his wife on life support long enough for their baby to live. With Charlie’s help, David finally conceded that as much as he hated people (and kids) he just might like his own, but unfortunately Joel’s string of bad luck only continued. Now that Alex is back, things just might turn around for him, but it’s far more likely he’ll be ending up with another black eye.

Saving Hope airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on CTV.

Link: Saving Hope vs Grey’s Anatomy

From Amber Dowling of The Loop:

Who’s better at love: Dr. Alex Reid or Dr. Meredith Grey?
With Saving Hope officially back and Grey’s Anatomy returning Thursday night, we figured it was about time we pitted the show’s two leading ladies against each other in the “Love Doctor” spotlight. So who is better at love, Alex Reid (Erica Durance) or Meredith Grey (Ellen Popeo)? Continue reading.


Tonight: Saving Hope, Haven, Bachelor Canada

Saving Hope, CTV – “Kiss Me Goodbye”
In Part 2 of the Season 3 premiere event entitled “Kiss Me Goodbye”, airing Sept. 25 in the series’ regular Thursday at 9 p.m. ET/PT timeslot, with her body still in a coma, spirit form Alex (Erica Durance) shares an emotional journey with Charlie (Michael Shanks) in the spirit world as he ‘ghost-doctors’ a brain-dead mother-to-be. Meanwhile, Joel (Daniel Gillies) forms a tight bond with a lively drug addict while trying to treat his necrotic leg. Hope Zion Hospital also welcomes its new OB/GYN, Dr. Sydney Katz (Stacey Farber), who throws Maggie (Julia Taylor Ross) off her game.

Haven, Showcase – “Spotlight”
Nathan makes a desperate play to protect Mara from the furious citizens of Haven, leaving Dwight and Duke to deal with a deadly trouble that threatens to burn the town to the ground.

The Bachelor Canada, City
As the 15 remaining bachelorettes settle into mansion life, Tim whisks one lucky lady away for a date that will take them to the very pinnacle of romance. Later, a group date heats things up as Tim and the girls pose for a steamy photo shoot – until one of the women makes an abrupt departure. Plus, Tim and one lucky bachelorette are treated to a private concert by none other than Canadian singer-songwriter Andrew Allen. A high intensity cocktail party and rose ceremony sees three ladies sent home without roses, leaving the remaining 12 to prepare for another exciting week ahead.