The Mob Doctor — Family Secrets (S1E02)
This episode was not quite as good as the first, but, for what it was, it wasn’t bad.
We are given another glimpse at Grace’s childhood and how her life has been connected to the mob for a very long time. At her sixth birthday party, Grace saw her dad stumbling home drunk and passing out in the front yard. Her birthday wish was that her father would never come home again. Her wish came true. He was taken from the yard by (what we assume to be) Constantine’s men and the next time he was seen, he was dead. The fact that she didn’t mind that her father was killed was already an indication that she was made of steel and it’s no surprise that she ended up working for the mob. When she approaches Constantine and asks him directly whether or not he killed her father (her interested is finally piqued), he swears that it wasn’t him.
Grace’s lack of love for her father doesn’t spread to the rest of her family. She has done so much to protect and help her little brother Nate. She continuously insists that she hasn’t heard from Moretti and has no idea what happened. And she pushes him to go back to school. After some resistance, he goes to register for courses, but quickly regrets his decision. He then shows up at the hospital to yell at her for treating him like a little kid. Which, to me, seems like the only way to treat him. When he is being so resistant and stubborn he very closely resembles a child.
Grace’s mom continues to poke her head into Grace’s business. She invited Grace’s boyfriend, Brett, over for dinner. And she made sure to call his supervisor to make sure that he could attend that night and called him directly to ask what he wanted to be served. When Grace doesn’t show up for the dinner, her mother asks Brett all sorts of personal questions that Grace surely wouldn’t allow if she were there. And when she finds out that Brett isn’t close with his family, she decides that she has to make him close with hers. Though Brett is pissed that she showed up late for dinner and doesn’t believe her terrible excuse, her mom takes it a very different way. She brings Grace breakfast in bed the following morning, because she wants to appreciate how close the two of them are.
The medical case wasn’t too intriguing and not too much time was spent elaborating what was going on. Really all you need to know is that it appeared as though a bride had a panic attack at her own wedding and ran off. But it turns out that she actually had a tumor that her corset applied pressure to that just made her act crazy. That’s a regular occurrence, right?
The mobster aspect was much more interesting this week. Grace is pulled away from her work to go treat a man named Dante, who Constantine wants to do business with. And of course, Dante is sick. So Grace takes him to the hospital to piggyback on another patient’s chart. When an elderly patient dies, she has her friend Ro prevent them from calling his death. That way, she can bring Dante in for the necessary tests. When Dr. Flanigan starts snooping around, Franco saves the day by pretending to be the patient’s grandson. Once Dante is back home, Grace gets the results of the test back, just as Dante stops breathing. It turns out that he was poisoned, and it looks like his wife was the culprit. However, she soon shows up at the hospital with the same poison and her ring finger cut off.
Now that they finished dealing with Dante’s illness, they get to business. Constantine wants a 5% bump in his cut than Moretti had. When this request is refused, Constantine has to prove that it’s a good idea. Franco takes over a protected truck and burn the contents. But before they have a chance to do that, they notice that there are double the number of items than there should be. And now that Constantine knows about Dante’s brother’s double-dipping, he negotiates a 25% cut, that’s 15% more than Moretti got.
When Grace ushered Dante into the hospital, Nate happened to notice. So the next time she left, he followed her. He saw her go to both Constantine and Dante’s houses. And now Grace is forced to tell him everything. Rather than have any sort of intellect, Nate tells Constantine what he knows. He wants to get into the business.
Many of the characters seem pretty one-dimensional and bland (This goes for Nate and doubly for Brett). If they are toned out in the next few episodes, it would greatly increase the quality of the show, and if not, it will be a bust. But for now, the only characters that appear to have any sort of substance are Grace and Constantine. The only thing that sparks any sort of interest about the other characters is why they are so trusting. Everybody beside Flanigan allows Grace to get away with anything. Why would Ro allow Grace to piggyback a patient’s medical information without any sort of knowledge of what’s going on?
If the hospital aspect of the show doesn’t get interesting soon, I think that the show will be better off if it drops the “doctor” bit and focuses on the mobsters. That half of the show is much more interesting than the hospital cases. If I want an interesting medical drama, I’ll go rewatch House.
Posted on September 29, 2012, in Drama, The Mob Doctor and tagged brett, constantine, dante, devlin, doctor, drama, grace, hospital, jordana spiro, mob, mob doctor, nate, poison, robinson, saracen. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.