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Miami Medical: Like a Hurricane of Character Development

Sorry I’ve been procrastinating on my recap of Like a Hurricane, kids. It’s hard to get motivated when I find myself still torqued off that CBS killed Miami Medical for no good reason.

That said, though, I suppose I’ll still recap away.

Like a Hurricane, which would have gone third in the series after 88 Seconds, provides a lot of interesting and useful background on Doctors Zambrano and Deleo (played by Lana Parrilla and Mike Vogel) and helps us better understand how Alpha Team will come together in later episodes.

Well, it would have done that, anyway, if CBS didn’t have it out to kill the show from the get-go.


We begin our episode with a hurricane rapidly approaching Miami, scattering residents and causing at least one car to go flying into the air, which brings us our main course of trauma victims for the evening.

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's bad news from CBS? ... uh... duck?

As our faithful team of surgeons waits for the bloodied family of four to arrive, we learn that Doctor Zambrano’s dad is in one of the trauma bays, not for anything too serious, just to get a few stitches and to see his daughter.

Things get awkward, though, when Doctor Proctor (played by Jeremy Northam) walks in to meet “the original Doctor Zambrano” (yes, he was a doctor in Cuba) and gets accused of being “The Englishman who took my little girl’s job.”

Like, oh my god, Papi, I can't believe you just said that...

Proctor takes it in stride, flippantly saying “that would explain my rather awkward ascent” before wandering out of the room.

Hmmm... I think I forgot my cliky pen somewhere, gotto go...

Zambrano later catches up to Proctor to apologize for the “crack,” which gets a typical Proctor dodge of “Calling me an Englishman is hardly a crack.”

But he shrugs it off and says “we all have fathers.”

We all have fathers, and mine says clicky pens are the coolest

Zambrano’s plate of patients for the day is the father, who has a traumatic brain injury from the unfortunate car splattering, and the daughter, who is physically mostly unharmed except for a broken arm. The original Doctor Zambrano finds himself tending to the girl, who reminds him of his own daughter — and their unfortunate past when they left Cuba.

While this is going on, Doctor Warren (played by Elisabeth Harnois) and Proctor are tending to the mother from the crash, who has been impaled by “a blade.”

Always make sure your car is in proper working order... you never know when you might be impaled by part of it

The blade turns out to be a windshield wiper, which unfortunately has a small piece missing. This leads to a prolonged game of find the bit of rubber before it kills the patient.

I'll take the circulatory system for $6,000, Alex

The son of the couple, who requires a bit of creative doctoring, comes in with a stroke and a partially collapsed chest — which prompts Proctor to climb on top of the gurney with a pair of pliers in an attempt to yank the boys rib cage back into place.

Damnit, now my foot is stuck...

This deeply impresses Doctor Deleo, who seems finally to be starting to warm to Doc Proc. But when Deleo offers to write up the paperwork on the patient, Proctor says he’ll do it. He feels the bureaucratic work should be shared.

In his old office, he used to fill out way too much paperwork, he said. And the best part of his day was figuring out which sort of pen he liked best from the drug companies.

I like the multi-color clicky pens best, he tells Doctor C

Me, personally, I’m a gell ball kinda gal, but good for him.

Deleo then gets the driver of the flying car as a patient — who he’s been told is a drunk driver.

Deleo balks at treating a DUI because of “family issues,” he tells Proctor, who is unsympathetic and tells Deleo he has to treat the patient anyway.

Aw dad, do I have to treat this guy?

As for Doctor Warren’s conundrum for the episode, other than hunting for the lost wiper blade part, she also seems to have found herself in cliche hell. Every time she tries to tell a patient bad news, she ends up instead spouting things like “every cloud has a silver lining” and “it’s always darkest before the dawn.”

This gets a response from Tuck Brody (played by Omar Gooding), who tells her “that’s a nice weather thing you have going.”

He adds that the truth is always better than avoidance — a lesson she learns by the end of the show.

Comfort is no substitute for the truth, Nurse Brody tells her

As for the pair of Doctor Zambranos, the little girl’s story reminds the original Doctor Z of how he and his little girl got to America — on a rickety raft. The younger Doctor Z tells Proctor the story of how she was left in an ER to fend for herself for two days, at the age of 6, while both her parents were too ill to care for her. Finally, her father was able to get her, just in time to tell her that her mother “gave up fighting,” she said.

“Great work today,” Proctor says awkwardly of the story, followed by a pause and a “I’m sorry.”

“For praising my work?” Zambrano replies, teasing Proctor, before telling him not to worry about it.

As we get back to Deleo’s patient, we find he’s a National Guardsman who did nothing wrong — other than having a heart attack. But when Deleo goes to Proctor to get the chart signed, we learn a little more about why he’s so reluctant to take a DUI patient.

He hands Proctor a fancy looking pen, which he says was given to his father after many successful test flights at Langley.

“A momento from father to son?” Proctor asks.

Check out this clicky pen dude

Not quite. He picked it up from a pawn shop after his dad hit the booze, he tells Proctor.

“Family issues,” Deleo says with a shrug, walking off.

So, family in car wreck saved, a little more past revealed, and we end up back at the bar again for a comfortable chat and an explanation of why the younger Doctor Z has the nickname “peaches.”

Come on Papi, out with the tale of Peaches...

I’ve already given everything else up here, so I’ll let you watch for the answer to that one.

I have to say I really wish this episode had been shown in the proper order. It explains a lot and gives the characters a more realistic timeframe to come together.

But that’s the weird world of Network TV for you. I can’t say I understand it.

This Friday we get another new episode, Diver Down, which apparently deals with one of my larger fears, claustrophobia.

Ahem… can’t wait… I think.

I’ll post a preview of that one soon. Stay tuned. And thanks for bearing with me.



June 9, 2010 - Posted by | Miami Medical | , , , , , ,


  1. Great job Sue, definitely worth the wait πŸ™‚

    Comment by henrysmummy2003 | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  2. Thanks Gill πŸ™‚

    Comment by SueVo | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  3. Dear SuVo , thanks to your description, I have the episode “Like A Hurricane” better understood. My english is not good. Many thanks

    Comment by Mary | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  4. Thanks Mary. Glad you liked it πŸ™‚

    Comment by SueVo | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  5. Great stuff, Sue. This one gets the award for Funniest Picture Captions, for sure. lol!

    Comment by LauraP | June 10, 2010 | Reply

  6. lol thanks Laura πŸ™‚

    Comment by SueVo | June 10, 2010 | Reply

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