Rookie Blue’s Ben Bass guest-stars on Saving Hope’s return

Attention Saving Hope fans. Mark your calendars because the Hope Zion crew have moved to Thursday nights at 9 p.m. ET starting this week and continuing until the series finale in August. When we last left our doctors, Alex was reeling following the medicated death of her mother, Martha, and Charlie discovered the positive pregnancy test kit in her kitchen garbage.

Here’s what we know about this week’s return episode—that guest-stars Rookie Blue‘s Ben Bass—”Change of Heart,” written by Noelle Carbone and Katrina Saville and directed by David Wharnsby.

In the wake of her mother Martha’s (Jennifer Dale, WHAT WOULD SAL DO?) death, Dr. Alex Reid (Erica Durance) busies herself with work and memorial arrangements to distract her from her grief. Unbeknownst to Alex, Dr. Charlie Harris (Michael Shanks) and Dr. Shahir Hamza (Huse Madhavji) attempt to track down her pseudo-estranged brother Dougie (Ben Bass, ROOKIE BLUE) to get him to attend their mother’s funeral. Meanwhile, Alex treats a young girl, Erin (Josette Halpert, THE OTHER KINGDOM), who has had kidney failure her whole life and requires a transplant. Dr. Maggie Lin (Julia Taylor Ross) and Dr. Sydney Katz (Stacey Farber, DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION) work together to treat a young woman who contracted an STI on the eve of her wedding, after panicking about the prospect of “til death do us part.”

And here’s some non-spoilery info we gleaned from watching a screener!

Road trip for Charlie and Shahir
In an all-too-brief scene, we get a hint at what it’s like to be in the same car as Shahir … and man would we love to do that more often. It’s important to have your medical kit with you at all times. And snacks.

Alex’s backstory revealed
Having Dougie step back into Alex’s life allows Saving Hope‘s writers to give us a glimpse into her past, and how the death of their father affected those left behind.

Ethics explored
Ethics comes up almost every week on Saving Hope, but the case of a girl in need of a kidney transplant really threw me for a loop with the facts surrounding the situation and the decisions her parents made. Alex is deeply affected by it and it impacts on her relationship with Dougie. Oh, and Charlie plays a major part in the A-story too, for obvious reasons.

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