But am I the only one who felt like that moment played out way too over the top? He has to OPERATE, how can he do so if he's under that much mental duress?
No, not the only one. The patient is only thinking her doctor didn't like something she said or is a bit distracted (a doctor lost in his/her thoughts is not uncommon), but we are seeing a surgeon hallucinating and thinking, "OMG! He shouldn't be operating!" Really, they should have just had him flashback to Quinn's surgery and left it at that. It would be troublesome to know his mind is not entirely on what he is about to do, but that's better (and more believable) than seeing people who are not there and thinking they really are. O_o
The most troublesome close-ups to me were on Tara's lips during the phone call. Ty is calling her about her dead son and focusing on that particular part of her face while they are setting up a meeting gave it a romantic vibe which is inappropriate and creepy. And these are actors who I want to see act. Extreme close-ups makes it impossible to tell if they are doing their job well! ;p
The scene with Buck and Michelle in the ER - specifically with with Buck rising on the balls of his feet while the future donor gave him the finger - felt like vintage DEK to me. And I mean that in the best possible way. I want to see some quirkiness. I don't want to see the cast break out into song, but Harding having a piano is a nice touch (and I assume this is in lieu of the extensive art collection he had in the book).