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"Monday Mornings" Episode 1x03 Discussion Thread: "Who's Sorry Now?"
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asta77 From: asta77 Date: February 19th, 2013 05:03 am (UTC) (Link Me)
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. ;)
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: February 19th, 2013 06:31 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Yes, precisely because his emotional tether has been so short for the first two episodes, I feel like we finally, actually met the real Ty tonight. And he is pretty much exactly as I wanted him to be... rather heroic, and also rather an asshat. ;) Which you are correct in noting that Jamie is particularly good at pulling off while still remaining likeable and engaging. Still, noble asshattery is still asshattery; the way he oh-so cavalierly chatted Brian (or whatever he said his name was at the time) through signing that consent form was pure tsk-tsk material. And Hooten rightly called him out for it just as much as Michelle rightly stuck up for him, despite her own personal misgivings, for making a call that no one else would have the balls to make. The pendulum actually does swing both ways here, and I really appreciated that the episode managed to capture all of that. (Good point, though, with the "how long was he supposed to wait?" angle; how many families of men with the wrong name might they have contacted instead, besides?)

Keong had a LOT to work with in this episode, and though in the context of everything else going on it felt a bit rushed, he managed to pull off a pretty believable transition from Park, standoffishness with the pamphlet lady to his remorseful conclusion. The script this week, IMO, also made big strides toward balancing his language struggle with the other aspects of his character.

You know, for all the cuteness of Sydney & Lieberman and her barking at Gato (hee!) in the hallway, etc. I think my favorite bit was the end of the Sydney/Hooten moment and that little smile he sneaks in. I remember saying I thought it would be interesting if the show played with the notion in the book that Hooten sees a bit of a kindred spirit in Sydney and she is sort of his favorite; that could be something that creates friction with her colleagues but could be played out in interesting ways.

Advocating one way or the other or not, we do know he *is* involved with Tina. ;) IMO, though, we still have yet to really see the two of them engage without Ty's guilt hanging over them like a shroud; the only real moment we got that is the first OR scene in the pilot before it all went to hell. I feel like we still haven't been given a clear enough picture of how that relationship works yet. Maybe next week?

That's a hellhole? Maybe the MM location scout cleaned it up a little, but it looks like a fairly innocuous, cozy little dive bar. My kind of place. ;)

Edited at 2013-02-19 07:14 am (UTC)
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