B) Hey look, I had forgotten there was once a whole different version of Off The Map (how you replace Enrique Murciano and get BETTER, I have no idea). It's one where you see a glimpse of backstory on the new doctors before they leave (Mina's room has a collection of Breyers, my life is complete), and Ryan doesn't exist so Ben/Lily is absolutely ON. Ben also seems more like the jerk I originally imagined him to be:
--See, that's the kind of thing I spent the premiere dreading was coming, and was so relieved when it never materialized
C) While we're on the topic, I found the interview I was looking for last week, the one circa mid-February featuring all the really lovely actor insights about their characters/characters' relationships:
First, Lefevre, who is fast becoming my favorite interview candidate anywhere:
I don’t think that he can let go of her. I really think their relationship was a very, very deep bond and it was her idea initially to come down and set up this clinic, so in many ways he’s left alone carrying on the dream that she initiated. So symbolically, she kind of is the clinic to him. So his whole life is about her in many, many ways.
For him to let go of her, obviously there’s the pragmatic outlook: she’s funding the place and then it would be problematic. But you know, he’s a grown man. He’s smart. I think he would come up with other ways of financing it. It’s as much emotional as it is practical, but it is a quandary and I think it keeps him up at night, and probably why he drinks a lot and he’s very obsessed with doing what he does.”
There's some solid stuff about Otis & Zee too, but I can't quite come around on them enough to make myself quote it here. Maybe later, after I un-bog myself from the quagmire that is my latest review, as each gets unwieldier than the last. Remember back around episode 7, when I was still able to contain my thoughts to less than one screen's worth, including a picture? Quaint times.
Way to care, Sam. "[Addison]'s in Seattle delivering a baby." No further elaboration is ever given, despite the fact that she is actually on an emergency trip to go save the premature baby of a good friend, the result of a car accident that's left said friend ON THE BRINK OF DEATH.
Fortunately, this show can apparently survive the simultaneous absence of both Addison and Naomi without leaving so much as a ripple, mostly by creating interesting conversation pieces of its patients.
1. Come on, show. You are like 3 years behind the pregnancy-pact times. The only way this works is if you...hey, snag a neat actress like Vanessa Marano to be one of your girls. Storyline approved!
2. 14-year-old piano prodigy: I don't understand why they acted like his music was some childhood whim, or why the ultimate conclusion was that he only wanted the surgery with greater leg-paralysis risk because he thought he needed to play piano to have a connection with his grandfather. Why couldn't he have just genuinely felt that music was more important than walking, if he had to choose? It's not like either surgery guaranteed paralysis of various limbs. Pretty sure lots of people exist just fine in wheelchairs, anyway. Music could have been to him what writing/typing is to me, and in a choice between a wheelchair and difficulty using a keyboard with ease, I would choose the former in an instant.
I don't know. It just really annoyed me that no allowance was made for him being incredibly, unusually talented as opposed to just being some kid who likes playing. "You can't close yourself off to the idea that other things could become equally if not more important"?? Hadn't he been playing since he was 6 years old? He didn't seem likely to drop everything sophomore year and try out for football.
3. Pete's dying mom, where my interest was limited mostly to how much of this I could transpose onto Clark's failing heart over on Off the Map, until suddenly he'd brought Lucas in to meet his grandmother and there were all kinds of lovely Pete/Violet moments and/or discussions about family. None of which I can remember because I was too busy being distracted by the end.
Pete breaking down crying was spectacularly awful -- do you need to take lessons from Eric Dane, Daly? Because normally I think of you as the better actor, but dude nailed his cues on GA earlier -- but I don't care; my malleable memory will be able to correct that like a Photoshop tool. You see this kind of thing happen so often in fanfic that you forget it can ever be done for real! And this part is lovely regardless:
Huh, apparently Memmo's creepily realistic old-guy mask wasn't just something glitzy Miami made up for kicks. Great teaser! Felt like a little glimmer of the good old days when Flack was still my favorite character, instead of a substitute with alien hair. The rest of the con artist/identity theft storyline did not live up, except maybe when Flack socked a guy attempting to stab him.
The subplot (or main plot - it took over everything) was worse. I held my tongue back in the fall, but it's time for the long-overdue statement: Jo, you are not the Catherine of New York. She is not a mom figure in the slightest, and forced attempts to make her that way with a PC-perfect adopted child change nothing in that department. And again I say: for THIS we forgot about getting Mac a new love interest and dropped Aubrey into the abyss of lost storylines with nary another mention? These are my final words on the subject of Jo's stupid, dull family life.
[edit: The previous statement was a lie. What do you mean you'll "go another time," you'll go when she's ready? No! Go now! Going another time implies that we will be forced to revisit this garbage. And -- D'AHHHHHH. JO. "You would make a great father"?! As Jim Halpert would say: that's really sweet, and you can think that, but you don't say that out loud and you definitely don't say it to him. Decorum, woman. It's enough when we see him interact with kids on cases and head up this team. It is understood that we already have Reed for his surrogate son, Lucy for him to spoil, the memories of Claire to sadden us and Aubrey for future hope. OH WAIT. SOMEBODY'S ARRIVAL DERAILED THAT LAST ONE.]
Danny & Lindsay's family life is usually still acceptable, such as when Adam screws around with age-progression software to turn Lindsay into a heavyset gray-haired older woman, which Danny finds hilarious despite Lindsay's shoving and reminders that he'll be married to her. Extended good-natured squabbling ensues right under Mac's nose. I always forget that they're capable of being cute.
[Edit 2: Oh, hell to the no: "Because we dealt with Danny and Lindsay so heavily at the end of last season with Shane Casey and everything that happened up at the lighthouse with Lucy, the truth is we kind of took a step back so we could pay a little more attention to Jo and her relationship with her kids and the daughter that she adopted.” [from this spoilery article]
I don't regret the end of last season for one second, but COME ON. See? I'm not just being cranky and/or paranoid, this is a conscious decision on their parts. A terrible, conscious decision.]