I may come back later with more thoughts after a second viewing, but there's a few things I want to say while they are fresh in my mind.
I'll start with Ty. We had lots of Ty. That's always a good thing. ;) And we got to see him be sarcastic, humorous (YAY!), cocky and smug. OK, let's be honest, he was a bit of an ass. Not only does Jamie play all that well - and doing so while still remaining likable is no easy task - but it's a Ty Wilson we very much needed to see. In fact, immediately after putting Dr Wong in his place (though I'd argue Dr Wong did the right thing in raising the concerns he did), it struck me that this is the Ty Wilson we should have seen in the pilot. I know Quinn's surgery and death came early in the novel, and it's an important moment in Ty's life and career that needs to be in the series, but I now feel it should have been shifted to the second episode. We didn't see the arrogant, over-confidant, I-can-do-no-wrong Ty prior to Quinn's surgery that we saw here. So, the verbal lashing he received in the M&M meeting didn't quite make sense. While I still think Hooten was too hard on him in this episode (I mean, really, what was the alternative? Leaving the guy in the psych ward with a tumor? How long was Ty to wait until family could be found given he had the wrong name?), at least I understood better where the criticism was coming from.
For the first time in the series I can say I like Michelle. That's not to say I didn't like her before, but she barely registered in the first two episodes. And while I found her rather meek and incompetent in the book, she has quite the backbone here! I thought she made a lot of valid points to Hooten (and, OK, she stuck up for Ty so she made points with me ;) regarding what other doctor's would - or would not have - done. The guy had been in and out of psych wards for years.
And while I am not advocating Ty be paired with anyone romantically on the series, if that were to occur down the road, I felt he had more chemistry with Michelle than Tina. I also really liked the moment where Ty handed over the surgical instrument to allow her to work directly on the tumor. It was a nice vote of confidence in her abilities (again, she came off as a failure, imho, in the novel), especially given he knows she, too, is still dealing with a surgery gone, if not wrong, not how they anticipated.
I find myself with more affection for Park each week. His lack of skill with the English bothers me less and less as time goes on. I'm now feeling it's not a matter of his inability to speak the language better, but he just doesn't see the necessity of all the extra words. If that makes sense. And full credit to the actor who conveys, under the rigid and seemingly uncaring exterior, there is a man who cares and is affected by his 'failures'. I think it's more of a matter of his belief that showing emotion isn't part of the job and has nothing to do with being a good surgeon.
Sydney continues to be awesome. Love her. And loved her "Am I getting 311'd?" line. :D She does seem like she may be the only person who can put Hooten in his place.
I honestly believe Buck doesn't see himself as an asshole. I'd really love to see he and Gato hanging out at the bar more. DEK seems to like bar settings. Just, please, no singing. ;)