Tonight’s Saving Hope was the last one for 2014 and it sees one of its main characters possibly heading to the slammer. Who that may be, you will have to read on to find out.
Let’s start with…
Joel is MIA at Hope-Zion and Charlie is picking up his slack. Where is Joel? Well, he is at the Street clinic helping Selena out. While treating a patient, a man named Brad bursts in saying he wants to see Selena. Joel tells Brad that Selena isn’t there but will tell her that he was looking for her.
When Selena does return to the clinic is was from a meeting a city hall. Unfortunately, she couldn’t get an injunction to prevent the building where the clinic is housed from kicking them out. When Joel tells Selena that a man named Brad was looking for her, Selena starts rambling that Brad has been banned from the clinic.
Later, Joel wants to help Selena keep the clinic but she doesn’t want Joel’s help especially when he wants to treat her broken wrist that supposedly occurred from her bike accident in a previous episode.
As the clinic is closing up, Selena is screaming over the phone. When she gets off, Joel learns that there is no injunction, the clinic is being kicked out at the end of the week.
Later in the exam room, Selena finally relents and gets Joel to check her wrist. It is broken and as Joel puts it in the cast, Selena wants to know why he is at the clinic. Joel is evasive and Selena knows that he is at the clinic to avoid his woman problems after noting him ignore a text from Alex asking if he is okay. In answer, Joel plants and passionate kiss on Selena and the two proceed to have sex.
Afterwards, in the clinic’s parking lot, Joel offers to give Selena a lift so she won’t have to ride her bike with a broken wrist. Selena declines and tells Joel that their hook-up, while good, was a mistake.
Selena rides off and as Joel starts to get into his car, Brad appears and pulls him out and starts to beat the crap out of him. However, Joel fights back and punches him so hard that Brad falls back and its his head on a parking spot barrier. Joel sees his head bleeding and he does take off but to get help.
Brad is brought into Hope-Zion. Charlie and Zach try and save his life but Brad dies. Selena arrives and we discover that Brad was her abusive husband that she got a restraining order on.
Later, Joel comforts a mourning Selena who is the morgue with Brad’s body. Jackson informs Joel that the police want to speak to him so he leaves Selena to grieve.
Joel tries to explain to the police what happened but the police still need him to with them so they place him in handcuffs, apparently under arrest.
Alex and Charlie
Alex, Maggie and Dana are listening to renowned neurosurgeon Thor Maclead (Currie Graham) giving a lecture about his about that details his near death experience that involves an out of body experience of him watching his own surgery. Dana and Maggie snicker at the talk while Alex actually gets flashes of her own time in the spirit world and seeing her own body being operated on.
Alex goes to get a copy of Thor’s book signed and makes small talk to a man behind her, Robert, who happens to be a patient of Thor’s. Alex notes that he doesn’t look well but Robert assures her that he will be okay.
After Alex gets her booked signed, it is Robert’s turn. Thor is not happy that he is there but Robert insists on hearing Thor say that there is a heaven. Thor says there is and that is exactly what Robert wanted to hear so he then proceeds to pull out a drill and puts it to his skulls and pulls the trigger.
Robert is taken to the ER where a drill bit is sticking out of his skull. Thor tells Alex and Shahir that he is treating Robert for depression using DBS (deep brain stimumation) electrodes and that he was starting to get suicidal thoughts. Thor and Shahir argue over the best course of treatment but Alex comes up with an alternative that meets both their satisfaction.
As they scrub for the surgery, Thor tries to get Alex to tell of her near death experience but she is not up to sharing. Neither is Charlie when pressed by Thor to tell him about his near death experience.
As the surgery is going on, Charlie happens to see Robert’s spirit, begging for his help. Robert tells Charlie that Thor lied about there being a heaven. We also learn that Robert is afraid to go to sleep because he doesn’t want to miss his wife coming home, who apparently told him she would be back in an hour and that was a year ago. During their talk, Robert seems to go blank and it happens later during a conversation in an elevator.
Eventually, Alex does open up a bit about her time in the spirit world to Thor as they watch the surgery.
The surgery is a success but Shahir wants to perform an MRI to make sure there is no possibility of a stroke. Thor rather do the MRI himself after Robert is transferred back into his care.
Later there is some complications and Alex believes that Robert’s DBS implants were placed incorrectly that is possibly causing abnormal cortisol levels and not a tumour as originally suspected. Charlie also believes that is the cause of Robert’s insomnia.
In another conversation with Robert, Charlie learns that Robert’s wife was killed by a drunk driver and he blocked the news from his mind so he wouldn’t have to cope. Robert wonders if he will remember any of his time in the spirit world, Charlie hopes that he will.
We also learn that Thor deliberately placed the DBS implants incorrectly to try and trigger a near death experience in Robert to try and get him to have an out of body experience. Alex is disgusted at Thor for using Robert as a guinea pig. Shahir has to go in a fix Thor’s mistake.
When Robert wakes up, he does remember that his wife has died, so perhaps he does remember his time in the spirit world.
Later, Alex is about to tell Charlie that she does remember seeing him in the spirit world when Jackson interrupts to say that Joel has been arrested.
Dana and Maggie
Dana’s daughter, Molly, has gotten a job at Hope-Zion as a porter. Dana is thrilled especially after hearing that Molly wants to enter medical school at Dalhousie.
When Maggie and Katz go to see a patient who has recently given birth, Molly is there after helping the patient to the bathroom and also clears her meal trays. Maggie notes that some of the patient’s pain killer medications are missing.
Maggie first goes to Molly asking about it, which she denies taking. Maggie then goes to Dana to tell her about her suspicions, which Dana takes it nonchalantly. When Molly completes her first day and tells Dana about her encounter with Maggie. Dana says it is just a misunderstanding that can be cleared up. Dana isn’t quite ready to go home yet so she gives Molly some money for food. When Molly leaves, Dana goes through Molly’s purse to try and find the missing drugs. Molly returns and sees her mom rummaging through her stuff and is pissed at her mom for not trusting her and believing Maggie.
Dana then storms into the doctor’s lounge and reams out Maggie for accusing her daughter of stealing drugs and if she doesn’t it again, she will take legal action.
Maggie isn’t happy being yelled at by Dana so she goes to clear the air with her. Dana seems to have forgotten their past confrontation and the two doctors seem okay. Katz, who was in the lounge when Dana came in, gives Maggie a comforting hug.
Outside the hospital we see do see that Molly did actually steal the drugs and we her popping a pill before Dana comes out to take her home.
The episode ends as we see tonight’s cast watch Joel being led in handcuffs by the two cops outside of Hope-Zion.
So what will happen with Joel? We will find out on January 7, 2015. In the meantime, let me know what Joel’s fate will be in the comments.