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Synopsis: Dr. Murphy and Dr. Reznick must deal with two brothers who are bargaining over life and death; Dr. Brown’s friend who is dying of cancer asks her for something she doesn’t think she can give her; Dr. Glassman deals with the effects of his treatment. (TV Guide)
Writer: David Renaud
Director: Marisol Adler
Running Time: 41mins
Airs: Mondays at 10pm on CTV (Canada)/ABC (United States)
More Browne outside the hospital is always a good thing.
The episode started with Murphy and Lea getting a pet and settled on a goldfish that Lea named Hubert. Browne brought a pie to her friend Kayla’s house, a friend who happens to have cancer. She pleaded to Melendez to help her friend with her pain and he agreed to see her and then help. Meanwhile, Lim, Murphy, and Reznick had a man full of nails after a construction accident.
Once the doctors removed a tumor that was causing the pain, Kayla’s cancer diagnosis wasn’t as severe as it seemed and she may have a chance at more time. Any additional surgery would be risky and she could die but she agreed to continue. Barring whatever happens in the future, Kayla offered her husband Dash to date. They had a date. Despite everything, Kayla continued to press Browne. There were complications during Kayla’s latest surgery so Browne was called in and saved the day. She made sure that Kayla wasn’t alone.
The nails did more damage than the doctors expected, including to their patient’s kidney, and they also discovered that their patient was born with one kidney so they needed another. Meanwhile, Lea interrupted Murphy for help with Hubert who later died which Lea took hard. The doctors needed a living donor for a kidney to help their patient’s deep vein thrombosis so they turned to his brother. A family squabble involving their family business complicated things but they were running out of time. Browne and Reznick tried to mediate their issues while finding a way around them. Things were getting worse between the brothers until they got to the bottom of their issues.
Glassman learned the yo-yo while waiting for Blaize then disappeared for a while (in the episode) before being subject to scans. He later lost his wallet, claiming that it was stolen, but he gave it to Blaize earlier in case anything happened.
Saving the day wasn’t enough for Browne to get back into Melendez’ good graces. Meanwhile, Murphy has Hubert tested to prove that he was already sick so Lea didn’t kill him.
Overall, this was a good episode that saw some much needed backstory for Browne by bringing in some of her friends. She may have saved the day but it wasn’t enough for Melendez. Whatever is going on between them can’t last forever. Murphy and Lea grew closer with Murphy showing some empathy towards her. The family squabble was something different but lacked any tension, however, it was fun to watch Murphy put himself between them. Glassman was kind of useless in this episode as his subplot felt out of place with everything else. With a network season, there are some dips though this series is consistent and hasn’t dipped too much so it will be interesting to see where things go from here.