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Miami Medical: Golden Hour — A Golden Episode

A guy from a bike crash, the driver and passenger from the car that crashed into him and a homeless man with a nail in his foot go into a trauma center…

This might sound like the start of a weird joke, but it’s not.

Rather, this is how Jeremy Northam’s Doctor Proctor character on Miami Medical approaches a rubber chicken fundraising event.

Doctor Proctor gets ready to pose the show's big riddle of a question

The question he poses from this — which patient didn’t survive at the end of the shift? — subtly weaves its way through the rest of the episode, creating a mystery for us to ponder as we follow the action.

Coming into its fifth week, Miami Medical continues to cement itself through improving cast chemistry, fast and interesting plot lines and great writing.

There’s a deeper question at work in Golden Hour. It’s a question of the randomness of events, accidents, trauma.

And the writers, Jeffrey Lieber & Scott Shapiro, go at it both through an investigation of a mysterious illness that has worked its way through three brothers and through beating the hell out of Doctor Zambrano, played by Lana Parrilla.

It's just not a good day for Doctor Z

Zambrano spills coffee on herself, loses one of her mother’s earrings and gets barfed on, all in the first few minutes of the show. After that, she’s threatened by a gunman, gets whacked in the head, gets her foot run over by a rogue wheelchair and is soaked with rain, amongst a variety of other unpleasant things.

Bad day? Maybe. Full of randomness? Yes. But in the end things come full circle for Zambrano and she finds a not-so-random personal meaning in all the chaos.

And as for the three brothers, well the misfortune of one and the injury to another ends up, in an odd way, saving two of their lives.

But don’t be so quick to jump up and say you’ve answered Proctor’s initial riddle of who died just yet.

There’s still the homeless man with a nail in his foot and the two people in the car — one of whom was taken to a different hospital for care.

I won’t tell you exactly what happened or the answer to the riddle, since you can watch the show for yourself on CBS’ site or YouTube.

But I will say that I thought the writing for this episode in particular was just superb. The show moves back and forth between Proctor’s rubber chicken speech and the action in the trauma unit in an interesting and smooth way.

And watching Proctor perform surgery on a chicken dinner was also very fun:

First, you remove the chicken's head -- oh wait, they already did that...

Also, perhaps in a little hat tip to NCIS, we also get a private discussion between Proctor and Doctor Carl Willis, played by Mike Farrell, in an elevator-slash-office after Willis punches the emergency stop button.

If you don’t watch NCIS, Agent Gibbs, played by Mark Harmon, does this all the time.

Private meeting concluded, Proctor restarts the elevator

Of course, my big question for the end of the episode — how much money did Proctor raise?

Well, there’s a mysterious check, but who knows how much it’s for:

Money, can I have some?

For my own set of randomness, following the theme of Lieber, who is also one of the show’s executive producers, it looks like I was wrong twice as I speculated about the show.

First off, Lieber’s hint from the Executive Producer’s blog led me to believe that the riddle was in the show promo. So I thought the big question was “What’s the first thought that comes into your mind when you drive by an accident?” rather than “Which patient didn’t survive at the end of the shift?”

You’ll have to watch for the answer to that one.

And I was also wrong when I thought that Northam had been digitized. It looks like the effects folks used some other method that makes him appear digitized when the last shot of the episode pans off him and out of a window.

As a nice goody this morning, though, Lieber and co-executive producer Steven Maeda have a new visual effects commentary on the pan out here, which explains how the shot was done:

I also found a pair of cast interviews from Mike Vogel and Lana Parrilla on YouTube that I thought I’d pass on to you all.

Here’s the Mike Vogel interview on Hollywood 411:

And here’s the Lana Parrilla interview on Hollywood 411:

Here’s the promo for episode 6, Calle Cubana. Enjoy:

Here’s the CBS press release for the next episode:

A THUG ON THE LOOSE DURING MIAMI’S CALLE CUBANA CELEBRATION CAUSES HAVOC FOR THE ALPHA TEAM, ON “MIAMI MEDICAL,” FRIDAY, MAY 7

Chad Faust (“The 4400”) Guest Stars As Todd, a Trauma Patient

“Calle Cubana” – When Miami’s Calle Cubana celebration turns violent, the Alpha Team finds themselves battling an increased workload. Meanwhile, Dr. Zambrano takes special interest in a young teenager left for dead on the hospital’s driveway, on MIAMI MEDICAL, Friday, May 7 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Chad Faust (“The 4400”) guest stars as Todd, a trauma patient.

SERIES REGULARS

Dr. Matthew Proctor………….. Jeremy Northam
Dr. Chris Deleo……………………….. Mike Vogel
Dr. Eva Zambrano…………………… Lana Parrilla
Dr. Serena Warren……………. Elisabeth Harnois
Nurse Tuck Brody……………….. Omar Gooding

GUEST STARS

Todd……………………………………… Chad Faust
Fia………………………………… Angelic Zambrana
Lisa……………………………… Kendle Joi Watson
Susan ……………………………….. Tracey Heggins
Diego………………………………… Ricardo Molina
Janitor………………………….. Michael Bachmann

DIRECTED BY: Nathan Hope
WRITTEN BY: Pamela Davis
GENRE: DRAMA, MEDICAL
RATING: TV14-LV
On the Web: http://www.cbs.com/primetime/Miami_Medical

Once again, a very good show. Miami Medical continues to pick up steam. Here’s hoping it gets renewed for next season.

Cheers,
-SueVo

Update: Gill over at The Jer Blog has a new post up about the episode, as well. It’s here: Miami Medical, The Golden Hour, “my chap” takes the show to a new level

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May 1, 2010 - Posted by | Miami Medical | , , , , , ,

11 Comments »

  1. I loved this episode, too. I was fascinated as the story moved between JN’s speech and the events that he was referring to. Great job of writing, acting, and directing! What a treat to see Mike Farrell again.

    I enjoyed hearing the special effects commentary. It was a great way to end the show.

    Thanks SueVo!

    Comment by Ansie | May 2, 2010 | Reply

  2. Thanks Ansie! Yeah the show just keeps improving. Best episode yet 🙂

    Comment by SueVo | May 2, 2010 | Reply

  3. […] not just me who watched and liked, check out SueVo’s review over at The Exploding Egg as […]

    Pingback by Miami Medical, The Golden Hour, “my chap” takes the show to a new level « The Jer Blog, all about Jeremy Northam | May 2, 2010 | Reply

  4. It was fun to see JN, usually such a great orator in his roles, as “an appalling bad public speaker.” (Bonus points to those who get that reference.) I thought Mike Farrell was a bit wasted but it was nice to see him again.

    I keep saying “best episode yet” every week and this was no exception. As long as the episodes keep revolving around Doctor Proctor, I won’t complain.

    I’m still not sure I’d classify the writing on this show as “superb.” This was the first episode that moved from “cliched” to “competent” in my book.

    Comment by Jennythenipper | May 3, 2010 | Reply

  5. Thanks Jenny. Yup. I keep saying best episode yet myself. And I loved the whole bad speaker thing.

    What I liked about the writing in this one was the way the speech and the action of the prior day were woven together. There were a few cliche moments — like “no, Chris, lie to me.” — but in general I thought it was very well done.

    Comment by SueVo | May 3, 2010 | Reply

  6. Great show … including the sound byte at the end … Can you tell me the name of the song and the artist?

    Comment by Joe | May 4, 2010 | Reply

  7. A couple of people on the Television Without Pity blog brought up this episode’s similarity to an episode of House last season where he gives a speech and winds in the stories of three patients (one of whom is himself). I noticed the similarity too. Yet, this was a more straight forward use of the device. I think it really helped to break up the narrative flow and go out of time sequence a bit.

    Then again, House did a medical emergency at a wedding this week, so who’s to say they aren’t ripping of MM.

    Comment by Jennythenipper | May 4, 2010 | Reply

  8. Aah. I actually *gasp* haven’t watched House all that much. Although I do like the show. Guess I missed that one.
    Seems like a lot of stories on the medical shows get retold almost by necessity. Like the patient who refuses treatment thing, etc. The speech thing struck me as new, lol, but maybe not.
    Thanks for the comments 🙂

    Comment by SueVo | May 4, 2010 | Reply

  9. I sent a note to Jeffrey asking about it, Joe. I’ll let you know if and when I find out.

    Comment by SueVo | May 4, 2010 | Reply

  10. The song is by Sean McCue, and Jeffrey said it’s called “Rescue.” I haven’t been able to find it online yet, but I’m still looking.

    Comment by SueVo | May 4, 2010 | Reply

  11. I have a little more info on the song here: http://explodingegg.com/2010/05/04/miami-medical-and-now-for-a-brief-musical-interlude/
    And I’ll see if I can get it anywhere online and add it later.

    Comment by SueVo | May 4, 2010 | Reply


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