Exploding Egg

Miami Medical – What Lies Beneath and Fun With Weather

As a fully confirmed weather nerd, I have to say the inclusion of a microburst in the latest episode of Miami Medical struck me as pretty damned cool.

A microburst in action

In part that’s because when I first saw the thing rip through a tent in the show’s wedding from hell — causing the chocolate box full of traumas for our intrepid team of doctors to open in surgery — I thought to myself “uh, how realistic is that?”

But once one of the characters commented that it was a microburst, my National Weather Service spotter training came back to me and I realized that not only is it a real phenomenon, but something like that is entirely plausible.

Yay for good science.

Episode three, What Lies Beneath, seems to play around a bit more with relationships between the show’s boys — Doctor Proctor (played by Jeremy Northam) and Doctor Deleo (played by Mike Vogel) — and between the show’s girls — Doctor Warren (played by Elisabeth Harnois) and Doctor Zambrana (played by Lana Parrilla). There’s a bit of sex talk, a bit of flirting and an ending that had me rolling around laughing.

I’ll try not to be too much of a spoiler here, but Jeffrey Lieber’s promise on his unofficial MM site that: “We’re telling you now… (looks over both shoulders)… somebody’s getting nekkid!” is delivered as advertised, with a twist.

I’m not too sure what he means about Northam being a good sport in surgery, although breaking out into a rendition of I’m Looking Over a Four-leaf Clover by Art Mooney while working on a guy with a rod stuck through his torso was pretty funny. It’s always good to hear Northam flex the golden pipes (pun intended).

The episode also investigates the whole concept of what it means to be lucky. If you get speared through with a tent pole but you don’t die, are you lucky or unlucky? Doc Proc has his own take on that, and it leads us back into more of his mysterious past and that scar on his chest.

Lucky for this guy he was hit by a flying pole...

Personally, I’ve never been lucky. But then again, nobody ever talks about the luck of the German Jews. Still, I’ve never been skewered by a large flying object, either, so I guess I should count my blessings.

Anyway, overall another upward step for the young show in my humble opinion — although I wish there were a couple roof shots in this one. I like the idea of Proctor holding court up there.

Let’s hope the audience continues to build and the show cements itself firmly as a keeper in coming weeks.


April 16, 2010 - Posted by | Miami Medical | , , , , ,


  1. Dear Sue Vo, I have been glad about the quick portrayal of 3. episodes happy. I also agree with what you write about the luck, you know from which land I come. But it makes me sad if you shout, you would never have had luck? If it is not segen and big luck, if one thinks so and writes like you.

    Comment by Mary | April 16, 2010 | Reply

  2. Hallo Mary. Ich bin mir nicht sicher, ob ich Ihren Beitrag richtig verstanden. Ich nehme an, das Glück ist eine subjektive Sache. Aber das sagte ich nicht glaube, ich bin besonders glücklich.

    Comment by SueVo | April 16, 2010 | Reply

  3. Hello, SueVo!

    The concept of being lucky, that episode 3 is about, reminds me of a story a greek woman once told me. (It was on the Hippie beach on a beautiful island in the Aegean Sea, I will never forget this summer.)

    The story was about an old chinese man whose cow runs away. Everyone pities him and tells him how unlucky he is. A few days later the cow comes back together with a herd of cows. Now everyone envys him and tells him how lucky he is.
    Later his son has an accident and loses his arm. Everyone pities the man. Soon there is war and all the other sons have to go to war – except the old mans’s son …

    The idea of it is that we never know if we are lucky or unlucky, we are too small to see every detail of the whole picture. Trust in fate can make life more agreeable. For example someone who is suffering because a relationship has ended is not nesessarily unlucky. Actually it could turn out that he was lucky because he could soon meet the love of his lifetime he otherwise never would have met. And so on.

    By the way, there might be a misunderstanding between Mary and you. In German to be lucky means: “Glück haben”. “Glücklich sein” is “to be happy”.

    Comment by Glaros | April 17, 2010 | Reply

    • Hi Glaros,
      Yes I remember that story myself! Almost stuck it in my post, actually.
      I’m not so sure that trusting in fate is a good thing — at least not for me. I tend to think we all have to make our own luck or fate — and we all have to find our own ways to recover from it when things go bad.
      That said, my best friend is Irish American, and I swear she has the best luck whenever we go casino hopping, lol. 😉
      Thanks for the help with the German — I understand it some, but speak very little of it. I actually used a translation program for my reply, so bad google…
      Thanks for the comments!
      Take care,

      Comment by SueVo | April 17, 2010 | Reply

  4. Hi, SueVo!

    When I said “trust in fate” I didn’t mean to be passive. (I suppose “fate” is not the right word, my mother tongue is German.) Of course we have to make our own luck or fate but the trust that the glass is half full, not half empty and that everything will go well can help a lot that indeed it will. Therefore I think it’s helpful to always consider the fact that bad luck could turn out to actually be good luck.

    It’s not a matter of what I believe, rather a matter of what I want to believe because it makes more sense like that than the other way round. 🙂

    Liebe Grüße,

    Comment by Glaros | April 17, 2010 | Reply

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