Itâ€™s a credit to Saving Hopeâ€™s writers that fans of the series get so invested in the showâ€™s relationships, with things even occasionally getting a bit nasty between Teams Joel and Charlie. Which is why itâ€™s such a shame that Season 3 has rarely allowed viewers to enjoy those couples once they finally happen.
In between watching Dawn do an about-face on a boyfriend twice in seven episodes, having Gavin go on a bender and take off after he and Maggie derailed, and Alex waking up without any sense of her feelings for Charlie, I suppose I shouldnâ€™t be surprised that things with Joel hit a rocky patch almost as soon as theyÂ started. Weâ€™ve barely had any screen time with the coupleâ€”which has been teased for over two seasons nowâ€”before another flashback triggered what I expect is the return of Alexâ€™s feelings for Charlie.
Though to be fair, Charlieâ€™s gracious acceptance of defeat went a long way toward making up for how I felt about him racing off to pick a fight over the issue at the beginning of the season. Seeing that side of Charlie, instead of the angry, jealous one might also have helped remind Alex of the time they were everything to each other before a series of comas, ghosts and other dramatics threw their relationship through the processer. And itâ€™s hard to deny the heat between Selena and Joel, which was back for another round.
But again, after wondering for so long when the other half of the love triangle would get its day (as they always do), itâ€™s a bit disappointing to have all that build up thrown out almost immediately. The payoff, even for fans of the obvious end game of Charlie and Alex, is always so small compared to the build up that itâ€™s going to make it hard to let myself get too invested in the charactersâ€™ personal lives should the trend keep up.
Thankfully, for a series thatâ€™s making a thing of the three-day work relationship, Wednesdayâ€™s â€œThe Heartbreak Kidâ€ did a much better job of picking up the continuity with some returning guests and cases. As a fan of Lexa Doig from her work on Arctic Air, seeing her back as the brash and charismatic Selena was a pleasure and her clinic is proving to be a rich resource for a completely different kind of patient and practice. Iâ€™d settle for seeing Joel commit more time to it since it fits well with his character history, but I wonâ€™t deny it would be interesting to see the rest of Hope Zionâ€™s doctors start helping out and getting a break from their usual clienteleâ€”and Iâ€™m wondering if that opening scene was enough to possibly lure Zach to its doors and give Benjamin Ayres something more meaty to chew on.
And even without Laraâ€™s ghost to milk the birth of Ezra Zarb for all its devastating emotional potential, having Joris Jarsky back to show us how David has been holding upÂ since deciding to keep his wife on lifeÂ support for their son was another welcome return. Itâ€™s not often we get to see how Charlieâ€™s patients and their families fare after their otherworldly intervention and this particular case was deserving of a follow up if only to see how far Davidâ€™s come since from angry, wall-punching person he was when we first met him.
Which also tied neatly into the evolving relationship between Maggie and Katz as they revisited their first case together and Maggie tried to prove she could be the kind of doctor Katz wanted her to be. I feel like just about everyone knows Maggie is ready to move onto the next step and having Katz hold her back suddenly was as frustrating to watch as Iâ€™m sure it was for the character. Iâ€™m hoping that endingâ€”as unexpected and random as it wasâ€”means Katz realized it too and might changeÂ her brusque black-and-white emotionless approach (which saw her encouraging David to punch a wall in the first place). As for what else that kiss could mean, Iâ€™d read into it but Iâ€™m sure theyâ€™ll break up soon enough.
- Joel: â€œI guess a guy could pull a knife on me again.â€
- â€œLaRouchedâ€ is now a thing.
- â€œHang up, and itâ€™s lady not gentleman.â€ I was really impressed with how Saving Hope handled the issue of pronouns with Teddy and would love to see more shows be this direct and comfortable with it.
- â€œI look like an exploded burrito.â€ Tatumâ€™s sass, especially with Charlie, was surprisingly fun.
- That being said, the opening scene of her screaming as they examined her legs was almost too real. I canâ€™t say enough about the effects and make up team on this series.
Saving Hope airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on CTV.