[Warning! The following recap contains spoilers to Saving Hope’s season 3 finale. If you don’t want to know what happens then stop reading now!]
CTV teased that the season 3 finale of Saving Hope would be tragic and boy were they ever right.
So let’s dive right into it
Alex is getting her final checkup from Dr. Katz, with Shahir by her side. Shahir wants the three of them to wear Team Shalex (Shahir + Alex) t-shirts when it comes time for Alex to give birth, which apparently is a week from now.
Not only is Alex ready to pop. today is the day she, Maggie and Rian take their board exams.
As Alex goes to leave for it, she meets up with Joel, who is on his way to an emergency offsite with Zach (more on that later), gives her words of encouragement.
At the board exams, the written exam is over and now comes the oral examination part. As they await their instructions on part 2, three discuss the written test when Alex’s water breaks.
In the woman’s washroom, Maggie exams Alex and the good news she hasn’t dilated yet. Maggie thinks that Alex should postpone taking her boards until the next year. Alex doesn’t want to as she doesn’t want to be a new mom and a resident. So Maggie tells Alex that if her contractions become 5 minutes apart then it is time to head to the hospital to give birth.
We then see three doctors answer the same board question differently. And it really looks like Alex’s contractions are starting to get closer together but she wants to push through as she only has two more questions. In one room, the board asks her a question but it was during a contraction that it takes her a while to answer. Then in her last question, Alex is pushing through the pain and answering the question quite well and hilariously says thanks to board but she is leaving to deliver her baby.
In the ambulance, Maggie is trying to call Joel but no answer (there is a reason why that is) and then calls Shahir to page Sydney. Charlie is also called. It should be noted that Maggie skipped out on her final board question to help Alex. Alex is also panicking as she isn’t ready to be a mom as she and Joel come from screwed families and Charlie is an orphan. Maggie assures her that everything will be fine.
While on their way to Hope-Zion, there is some complications as the baby’s shoulder gets stuck in Alex’s pubic bone but eventually Maggie does safely deliver a healthy baby boy.
When Alex, the baby and Maggie arrive at Hope-Zion, Sydney asks Maggie what procedure did she do to deliver Alex’s baby. When Maggie outlines what she did, Sydney informs her that she had just answered her final board question and has passed, much to Maggie’s delight.
I will get to the rest of Alex’s storyline after I recap what happened to Charlie and Joel.
Charlie is sleeping in an empty office when he wakes up, he sees a white horse outside in the halls. Charlie’s patient is a young man who comes in pretty much frozen as he fell in a lake going after a guitar. When Charlie asks Graham why he fell in the river, he keeps on saying mystery. Charlie asks for Dawn’s help with Graham as it looks like his heart is frozen. While in surgery, everything with Graham’s heart goes fine but unfortunately three of Graham’s fingers or so frost bitten that it has to be amputated. Also during the surgery, Charlie gets a call that Alex is in labour. After the second call, Dawn gets Charlie to go while she finishes up with Graham’s surgery.
When Charlie goes to the ER to meet the ambulance, he sees the white horse again. And in the ambulance bay, Charlie tells Shahir that he feels something bad is going to happen. Alex and baby are brought in and Charlie and Shahir go to be with her. More on Charlie and Alex later.
Later as Graham recovers, Dawn finds him playing his guitar with his remaining fingers. Dawn learns that Graham wasn’t saying mystery but Misty his ex-girlfriend. Graham threw her guitar in the river but changed his mind and a whole set of comedy of errors occurred and he ended up almost frozen at Hope-Zion. Graham notes that Dawn seems sad and she says that her ex-husband just became a father (she thinks – she bet on Charlie as the baby daddy) and she is truly happy for him.
Charlie and Joel are called to the ER where Zach informs the two he needs an orthopedic surgeon to come with him to an army base to remove a mortal shell out of the gut of a soldier. Both men want to go so Zach tosses a coin that Joel wins.
Joel and Zach arrive via helicopter to the military base. I was afraid that Zach or Joel’s arm would get cut off. I thank ER for that thought as I will never look at a helicopter the same again after seeing Dr. Romano’s arm get cut off.
I digress. Joel and Zach get updated on the field medic, who gets them to turn off their cells as anything could trigger all the bombs around. We see the unexploded mortal shell sticking out of Sergeant Marcel’s gut. Zach and Joel discuss disarming the bomb but Marcel is the bomb expert. Marcel tells the men that anything can set the bomb off so they need to be careful.
Zach and Joel try and remove the bomb out of Marcel but it deeply embedded in his pelvic bone. So Marcel is carefully moved to the medical tent where Joel dismisses the field medic so it just Zach, Joel and Marcel. Zach and Marcel bond over both being fathers to boys while Joel works to drill holes in Marcel’s pelvis to free the bomb.
The drilling does work and Joel starts to chisel some bone away to make sure the bomb can be removed. Each time Joel hit that hammer, I really thought the whole thing would blow and the three of them would be dead. But Joel’s last hit caused something to happen that he orders Zach to get some more supplies. Marcel knows that Joel sent Zach away to save him from what Joel is about to do. Halfway to the bases medical facility, Zach realizes that too and orders to be brought back.
Just before Joel pulls out the bomb, he gives Marcel his St. Christopher necklace and Marcel gives him dog tags. Just before pulling out the bomb, Joel tells Marcel that he is in love with a woman (Alex) and that he thinks he is going to be a father.
Joel manages to remove the bomb and slowly moves out of the tent. While outside, Zach is there and the soldiers there try and get the bomb safely from Joel. All of a sudden, Joel sees a white horse (the same one that Charlie saw) galloping on the field and the bomb goes off and Joel is gone as we see blood splatter everywhere.
Charlie and Alex Reunite
In her hospital room, Charlie comes in and gives Alex some burger and fries. Charlie asks what the baby’s name would be. Alex tells Charlie that it is going to be Luke. Alex then asks Charlie if he would like to hold Luke and of course he says yes. As Alex hands over Luke to Charlie, she fully remembers her time in the spirit world with him. Alex tells Charlie this and even says that she wanted to have a baby with him. Charlie nods that she did indeed say that to him. Alex then declares her love for Charlie and he reciprocates.
We all knew that Charlie and Alex would reunite. This show is built around their love story and now that she remembers her time in the spirit world, it should make next season interesting.
Farewell Dr. Goren
As Zach returns to Hope-Zion with Marcel, who is going to be okay, Maggie wants to know where Joel is. We don’t hear Zach deliver the news but we see Maggie visibly upset and grieving the loss.
Zach goes to tell Alex and Charlie and again we don’t hear him say the news. Instead, we see Charlie go to Marcel, who gives Charlie Joel’s necklace asking him to give it to Joel’s family.
We see Dawn in her office, grieving over Joel’s death and we then see Jackson deliver Joel’s body to the morgue as we hear Alex tell Maggie, who is holding baby Luke, how she first met Joel.
Joel’s spirit then enters the room, looks at baby Luke then goes over to Alex and kisses her on the forehead. Joel then sees Charlie and asks him to watch over Alex and the baby. Charlie doesn’t say anything and the episode ends as Alex and Charlie just look at each other.
And so ends season 3.
With Daniel Gillies having two major roles on two TV series, we always knew one show had to give and I guess Saving Hope was that show. It’s really too bad that they killed Joel off but it probably needed to be done. I think the show tapped out of the love triangle storylines and the way that Charlie and Alex declared their love near episode’s end, it was obvious Joel’s time on the show had come to an end. So fans of The Originals will now have Elijah on a full-time basis.
I am interested in seeing what a season 4 of Saving Hope would look like now without Daniel Gilles’ Joel Goren.
Tell me what your thought of the season finale. Sound off in the comments. Do you think Joel had to die?