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"Monday Mornings" Discussion: Chapters 41-48
At last! We're here! The end of "Monday Mornings"! Sorry, for the delay in posting. The day got away from me. But it is still Monday! I choose to look at it as the sun setting, at long last, on "Monday Mornings". The Book because it looks like we are one step closer to "Monday Mornings", the series. :)

But back to the book, Ty, I love you, but what are you thinking?

Here's the briefest of reactions to my reading:


Now, to explain those reactions.

What Part 1 (AKA: Really, Ty, Really?): Though I found the psychology dodgy, it was great to see Ty getting it together, believing his surgical mojo had returned and that he was ready to head back into the OR. However, as he feels better about himself and his surgical skills he decides to ask Allison out on a date?! I had actually feared that might happen, but told myself, repeatedly, Sanjay would NOT go there. OK, I'm apparently wrong, once in awhile.

Even if Ty's error was one another doctor could have easily made. Even if Quinn was going to die anyway (possibly even from some totally unavoidable surgical complication), to ask out the still grieving mother is inconceivable to many on SO MANY levels. Does he plan on telling her Quinn's death in the OR was avoidable? What if something did develop between them? Does he keep his mistake a secret forever? And she said yes! I don't care how hot and nice and financially stable he is, it's weird.

What Part 2 (AKA: I actually though Sanjay was going here, but, still.): Tina is viciously beateng by the scary, violent clinic guy. Who also happens to be the same guy Villanueva stopped from beating up his girlfriend. O_o That's not a clever twist. That's reaching for a twist.

Sadly, while I really wanted to feel horrible for Tina, to be as shocked and sickened as her co-workers, too much of this turn of events was telegraphed. Working at a clinic with little to no security. Working with just one other staff member present much of the time. Choosing to lock up the place, alone, late at night. And the repeated pronouncements by Ty as to how Tina was the most beautiful woman he'd ever seen. So, of course, her face was going to be beaten beyond recognition.

Even in her last moments in the novel, Sanjay found a way to make me actively dislike Tina. Sure, I suppose it's good she admitted she wasn't much of a mother and treated Ashley as a responsibility. But now it felt as if she was treating her as a badge of honor, showing the world how awesome she, as she leaves her other two children behind, to single-handedly take care of her special needs child.

Ultimately, the only part of Tina's story I liked was her decision to move to Vermont to be some overly idealistic 'country' doctor. Not because of what it meant for Dr. Tina Ridgeway in the novel, but because it was a clear indication the TV series would have to handle Tina differently.

What Part 3 (AKA: OK, I didn't see this coming): THEY KILLED OFF VILLANUEVA! This was probably the one plot twist which paid off since it was only hinted at in the novel. As his ex explained to Nick, this was a man who did not take care of himself and it was simply a matter of time before something like this to happen. Unfortunately, Nick had to be there when it did happen and now carries the guilt of thinking he was the cause.

While I doubt Ving Rhames will be exiting MM anytime soon, if he ever tired of doing a weekly series, Villanueva's life of excess and resulting death in the novel would provide a good out. Then we can watch people complain about his death online and explain IT WAS IN THE BOOK. ;)

You're probably thinking, Hooting's career ending humiliating mistake didn't warrant a WHAT? No, because, more than anything for me that was foreshadowed. Not that I didn't respect how he forced doctors to face their errors in order to make them better doctors (or weed out the bad ones), but he was also so quick to judge. So demanding in his quest for perfection. Add to that his thoughts of retirement and quest for a successor, it seemed inevitable he'd make a stupid, careless mistake himself (one could say a rookie mistake), which would lead to his downfall.

While much of the writing of the middle section of the book was repetitive and the storylines had little momentum, the final eight chapters felt very rushed. That feeling was compounded by the book suddenly going from covering what seemed like weeks in the characters lives, to jumping ahead months, then a year by the books end. SG really needs to work on pacing.

Even as SG seemed in a rush to tie up loose ends, we were left with many unanswered questions. Michelle the Plot Convenience reappeared briefly in order to be at the right place at the right time, only to disappear again once Tina arrived in the ER. Park is seemingly alive at the end of the novel, but, through Ty, we learn he isn't around to perform surgery. Did the tumor grow back? Is he no longer allowed to operate? Did he choose to give up doing surgery in order to spend more time with his family? Nick was seemingly suicidal before his father's death, how is he holding up? And what of the newlyweds, Monique and Sanford? Did they have a boy or a girl? I need to know!

OK, what are everyone else's last words? :)

Discussion of Chapters 1-8
Discussion of Chapters 9-16
Discussion of Chapters 17-24
Discussion of Chapters 25-32
Discussion of Chapters 33-40


zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: May 8th, 2012 04:08 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Once again, particularly in light of the fact that we are SO close to finding out if MM/CG is going to series, I want to stress the fact that I think there is a great show in here somewhere. It's very difficult gauging *precisely* where the show's strengths might take root without having the pilot script to look at, but I can certainly see limitless potential for correcting the problems in the storytelling in the book and strengthening the character arcs. Not to mention jettisoning some of the more WTF bits.

SUCH AS... yeah. Ty/Allison. It's just... immensely awkward. And let me throw this out there: I don't want to completely discredit the notion that maybe, just maybe, she is the kind of person who *might* be receptive to socializing with the doctor who was responsible for her child's death. Maybe there is something in her background which would allow her to get past that ENORMOUS emotional gulf and go there. But the problem in the book is that we simply don't know enough about Allison. Like most of the supporting characters (and some of the principle ones - hi, Tina!) we have a strong enough notion of her personality through her interactions with the other characters but we don't know nearly enough about what made her who she is and what makes her tick in order to go with SG when he makes these ginormous storytelling leaps. Noooo, no Doc - help me understand this one. Reeally need to understand it! (Particularly because I just recently realized that Alison is being played by Tara Summers, who I like very much and I want her and Jamie to do some really awesome, emotionally raw work that rings true and doesn't take a sharp left turn into "The HELL you say?!" ;) )

I agree that Tina's attack seemed foreshadowed a mile off, and actually the part of the entire sequence that annoyed me the most was probably the Michelle bit, i.e., as you say, she just happened to be there at just the right time to make sure Tina got to the hospital and survived the attack. Sure, I think what SG was going for was mostly to demonstrate that Michelle was, indeed, a really good doctor in the making who unfortunately got screwed by the system - yet, because she only ever seems to ultimately exist to serve other characters's arcs, having her perform that particular necessity in Tina's story seemed like salt in the wound. I really want the show to go to series for... well, reasons (obviously ;) ), but now pretty high up the list is to see Emily Swallow hopefully get to make something way more complex out of Michelle. Like so many elements of the book, there is potential for greatness there, if she can be allowed to be her own entity.

Otherwise, again... a lot of my feelings reflect the same ones I had before. Tina feeling like Ashley was a "responsibility" rather than a daughter didn't quite ring true to me, either - the way SG wrote that dinner table scene sure seemed like she was leaving responsibility for everything, Ashley included, to Mark - but like I said previously, if the show can make me understand *why* Tina made the choices she made, it will go a very long way toward me accepting her. Even if I dislike her. Same with Villanueva and Nick, I want to see that storyline flourish even if it takes a while for George to own up to how his behavior is really affecting the kid, not just try to bond with him over shared experiences.

I will say this - I would not put it past the show to try and incorporate some of the more "shocking" elements of the book, if it goes a full season, into some high-stakes season-ending drama. Having Tina fall victim to an attack, whether she's doing free clinic work at the time or not, is practically built-in cliffhanger material and exactly the kind of thing DEK & co. might zero in on. Ditto George's heart attack (didn't see that coming, either) - which could easily be altered into a near-death experience that sets up a nice emotional second season arc for ol' Ving. (Or, who knows, maybe it will be the plan all along to pull the rug out from under the audience and kill him in the first season finale. It's not like that's without precedent. I see you, Sean Bean. XD )

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zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: May 8th, 2012 04:09 am (UTC) (Link Me)

Once again, Sydney ended up with the most satisfying and believable arc. Albeit a conclusion which I do doubt they will integrate into the show anytime soon. ;) But I would very much like to see her sort of kindred-spirit bond with Hooten become something the show plays with a little. Does that eventually become an issue with the way the other doctors perceive her? Like she's in too deep with the boss man, and that alienates her? Good potential there. Ditto Park, who I'm really starting to think might have a better potential on the show if he had a less Defcon-5 level illness, you know? Something that would force him to take a leave but not keep him out of the OR indefinitely, and certainly not have such a short-term survival rate; there's wonderful potential for an ongoing storyline about a doctor struggling to maintain their passion despite a physical limitation.

OK, as usual, way too much blather from me. Someone else say something. ;)
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Stephanie Wilke From: Stephanie Wilke Date: May 8th, 2012 04:35 pm (UTC) (Link Me)


Yes there is not much back ground on Allison . Allison may not see Ty as the doctor who killed her son, but they knew him at different points in his life, they did share his life in different ways but they did share his life. She would be the first one to know Quinn, Ty was the last one to know him.

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