I thought that CTV made a huge mistake when it released images from the season 4 finale that revealed that Charlie would be alright following his surgery. But really, Charlie’s fate was not the cliffhanger of the season. More on that later.
Cassie and Jeremy
After hooking up in the last episode, Cassie meets Jeremy’s ex during a healthy heart fair in the lobby of Hope Zion. Natasha senses that Cassie is sleeping with Jeremy and calls him on it when she sneaks into his bowel resection surgery with Dev. Despite leaving him, Natasha says she made a mistake, that she still loves him and will fight to get him back.
After the surgery, Dev tells Jeremy not to hurt Cassie as he knows guys like him. Jeremy responds to Dev that he doesn’t know anything about his situation.
So what happens to Cassie and Jeremy? Since Peter Mooney isn’t listed as a season 5 cast member, you can probably guess not good news. More on that towards the end of this recap.
Maggie, Zach and Dawn
When Maggie kissed Zach and Dawn saw it, I assumed that the show was going to start another love triangle but I am glad that wasn’t the case. But at the beginning of the episode, Dawn and Zach are not together and Zach has no clue what he has done wrong after she rejected his gift of a teddy bear. Zach tells Dawn that he is probably going to move to Vancouver as his ex wants to move there with his sons. Zach is heading to Vancouver for the weekend for private school interviews and he has lined up a job interview at a local hospital.
Dawn and Maggie treat a teen singer/songwriter/YouTube sensation DeShawn, who has come to Toronto for a songwriter showcase from Halifax. DeShawn’s mother has no clue he is in TO or the Six as Drake calls Toronto. DeShawn has breathing difficulties and Dawn determines that he has a hole in his heart that requires surgery. DeShawn was hoping he could still go to the showcase but alas Dawn says fixing his heart is more important.
Maggie wonders if they can give DeShawn some medication instead so he can still make the showcase. Dawn coldly rejects that idea.
The operation to fix DeShawn heart is a success and he tells Dawn the reason why his mom is against his singing. His dad was a trumpet player and died of an overdose and she fears the same fate for DeShawn. DeShawn seeks some advice on how to tell his mom and Dawn suggests using music to do so. DeShawn starts to sing about a secret heart and this gets Dawn to realize that she shouldn’t be afraid to let her guard down and be vulnerable. Later, we see DeShawn performs the song for his adoring fans in his room when his mom arrives to hear her talented son and seems to accept his choice to become a musician.
As Dawn leaves DeShawn’s room, Maggie approaches her to see what she might have done wrong as she sensed a negative vibe between them. Dawn admits she was seeing Zach and she saw them kissing. Maggie admits that she did kiss Zach and that he told her about Dawn. Dawn seemed surprised at that and that Zach rejected Maggie. Maggie promises there is nothing between her and Zach except for friendship.
Dawn then rushes down to the ER in hopes to find Zach only to be told by Jackson that he left for Vancouver already. Dawn finds the teddy bear Zach was going to give her and returns to her office to find Zach there. Dawn apologizes for being an idiot, to which Zach agrees. Dawn then tells Zach that Maggie told her about their kiss. Zach says it meant nothing and Dawn knows that. Dawn wants Zach to stay at Hope Zion and that she will travel back and forth as many times to Vancouver so Zach can be with his sons. The two then share a sweet kiss and are back together. Man, I really love those two crazy kids together.
Charlie and Alex
Charlie is in his tux looking at Shahir performing his surgery while spouting factoids about Beethoven.
Charlie is narrating his thoughts as the surgery is on going and talks about the sense of Deja Vu. We then see Alex give a successful fellowship pitch. Alex knows that everyone at Hope Zion about Charlie when Dawn pulled her aside to asking her something but really it was just concern over Charlie.
Alex is in the hospital chapel and Charlie is there. His voice over tells us that he will make it back to Alex.
During the surgery, Shahir notices that the tumor is more aggressive than first thought and it is malignant. Shahir tells Alex of the cancerous tumor and there are two choices. Stop the surgery, use radiation to reduce the tumor and Charlie will only have a year to live. Or perform the surgery to remove the tumor but the way it it could result in Charlie dying on the operating table. Shahir gives Alex 20 minutes to decide. Alex is doing research to see what people did on similar cases but can’t find anything. Alex then asks Jeremy what Charlie would do as normally he would be the person she would go to for advice. Jeremy suggests that Alex talk to Charlie. So back in the chapel, Alex asks Charlie what she should do. Charlie tells her he wants to grow old with her and to fight for him. Alex asks for a sign and a petal from a flower fell. Alex is 10 minutes later from Shahir’s deadline and tells him to take the tumor out.
Throughout, Charlie is going through the halls of Hope Zion talking about all the spirits he has helped and doesn’t want to find out what is on the other side just yet. We also see glimpses of Charlie at the beach and always talking about the feeling of warmth.
Shahir lets Alex in the surgery despite his better judgement. Alex knows things are good because she can still feel Charlie’s presence. Shahir removes the tumor but his brain starts to bleed and Alex acts as second hands to stop the bleeding. Charlie senses something is wrong with his surgery and tries to get back to the OR to see what is going on but finds himself running in circles around Hope Zion. Charlie ends up in the morgue and sees the ME about to perform an autopsy on him and he tells that he isn’t dead yet. Charlie is now in the OR and sees that Shahir and Alex stopped the bleeding but he disappears while we see his spirit going into the ocean as talks about feeling cold. Alex can no longer feel Charlie’s presence and thinks something is wrong and begs Shahir to double check but he instead kicks her out of his OR.
Dana arrives to offer some comfort to Alex. Dana seems to be in remission from her cancer and is itching to get back to Earth. Dana gives some word of encourage to Alex but then we hear a cold blue in Charlie’s ICU room. Alex rushes in and starts performing CPR on him and Shahir comes with the paddles top shock his heart. At first it doesn’t look good to Alex goes into an empty room and prays to God for Him to make sure Charlie is okay. Alex believes she is cursed and vows to stay away from him, if God make sure he is okay.
A nurse comes in to tell Alex that Charlie has gotten a pulse.
3 months later
After 3 months of rehab, Charlie is doing fine and his ghost free. Charlie and Alex are getting ready to go to the fellowship awards dinner. Alex is a bundle of nerves but our favourite couple are doing a okay.
Meanwhile, at Hope Zion, we see that Tom Crenshaw has returned, whether he escaped from prison or got released, we will find out next season. Crenshaw is asking of Charlie or Alex is on shift. A nurse tells him but they are probably at the fellowship awards dinner along with half of the hospital. I was thinkin the nurse really shouldn’t be telling him that information at all. As Crenshaw was making his way to the nurses station, we see that Crenshaw clearly remembers his time in the spirit world and Charlie no loner helping him.
At the Royal York, we learn the awards dinner is being held on Valentine’s Day (the day this episode aired). And the doctor’s cheering over their single status. Maggie doesn’t want to get too drunk to make her acceptance speech and we learn that she and Alex combined their pitches and won the fellowship.
Dawn and Zach have just flown in from Vancouver just in time for the dinner. Alex notices Dawn wearing sneakers and that is because Zach’s son, Jacob, threw up on her Minolo’s as he was excited to see them off. So glad that these two are still going very strong and after her shoes have dried off, takes her for a spin on the dance floor.
As for Cassie and Jeremy, well he got back together with Natasha as he didn’t realize how much he still loved her. We learn that Jeremy and Natasha are moving back to LA in the morning and he apologizes to Cassie for what happened. Cassie doesn’t really want to hear it and leaves the dinner.
Dawn introduces Dana who gives a nice speech about Maggie and Alex. Throughout the speech, we see Crenshaw arrive and watching the speech. When Alex and Maggie go up to make their speech, Charlie gives Alex a hug but then he sees a spirit telling he shouldn’t be here. Charlie turns around and see Crenshaw pointing a gun at him saying he broke his promise and he is now going to pay and we see him pull the trigger. And this is the end of season 4!!!
Not quite as explosive as last season with Joel being blown to pits but we won’t know the fate of our Hope Zion doctors until next season. Who got shot? Charlie? Alex? Maggie? The whole ballroom? I really don’t know how much tragedy can one take.