My biggest fear going into the third season of Saving Hope with Alex on the operating table was that sheâ€™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 handsâ€”assuming she remembers anything.
I canâ€™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 seasonâ€™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 weekâ€™s fisticuffs, Iâ€™ve got a feeling our quietly simmering love triangle is about to explodeâ€”at least on the menâ€™s side of things, that is, since we donâ€™t know how much of her time with Charlie that Alex is going to remember, or if sheâ€™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 Gavinâ€™s patients, I couldnâ€™t help but feel like this was some gross violation of her privacy. And while itâ€™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 sheâ€™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 Maggieâ€™s day, now that sheâ€™s got a new doctor in the form of Degrassiâ€™s Stacey Farber (also lately a troublemaker on Rookie Blue). While I was enjoying Dr. Katzâ€™ 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 Joelâ€”along with her new residency on the couchâ€”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 Gavinâ€™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 withâ€”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 Highâ€™s Joris Jarsky) to keep his wife on life support long enough for their baby to live. With Charlieâ€™s help, David finally conceded that as much as he hated people (and kids) he just might like his own, but unfortunately Joelâ€™s string of bad luck only continued. Now that Alex is back, things just might turn around for him, but itâ€™s far more likely heâ€™ll be ending up with another black eye.
Saving Hope airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on CTV.