If you wanted the series to end with Charlie and Alex getting married then you got your wish. If you wished for them to live happily ever after, then depending on your point of view, they did.
As far as series finales go, this definitely was a tear-jerker that I didn’t think I was going to cry but there were two moments that the tears were flowing. I am sure it was the same for most of you.
But before we get to the tears, lets start off with some happiness. We open the episode with Charlie and Alex making impromptu wedding rings out of some surgical tubing. We then see Charlie with Luke in the hospital chapel on the cusp of matrimony. At this point we don’t see the ceremony but we know they are married as Charlie, Alex and Luke are on their way up north to start their honeymoon.
However, they are waylaid by Zach who calls them asking them to help out at a scene of an accident until ambulances can come. The two don’t hesitate when they hear it is van filled with kids in a choir.
When Alex and Charlie arrive at the scene, Charlie gets out to tend to the victims while Alex stays in the car to stay with Luke.
Charlie first helps the teacher, Ryan Hines, out of the van then tends to Joe, who has a broken leg. Alex has to spring into action when a young woman, Michelle, collapses with something impaled in her abdomen. While Alex is tending to Michelle, Ryan makes his way over and he collapses. Alex switches to Ryan when she notices gasoline leaking out of the van and flames nearby. Alex yells for Charlie to leave the area ASAP. As smokes starts to envelope the van, Alex is relieved to see Charlie make it out with Joe to safety.
The ambulance and fire crews arrive. Charlie and Alex return to their car and tell Luke they are on their way to Bali. Unfortunately, as Charlie pulls out, he gets hit by a car.
Meanwhile at Hope Zion, people are starting to pour into the ER and Zach kicking non-emergency patients out. When the choir van starts to roll in, Dana tries to get Billy to help out with Michelle but he freezes so she turns to another doctor. Zach checks out Ryan but he collapses and Dawn is called in immediately as it is cardiac related.
Also, if you recall, Jackson was in the OR to give part of his liver to Randy but Jeremy had to stop the surgery as Jackson was having an allergic reaction to the anesthetic. Turns out Jackson is fine and in fact springs into action helping Zach out in the ER.
Also coming into Hope Zion is Alex, we see Charlie jump out of the ambulance to tell Dana what is wrong with her but the EMT tells Dana the same thing. Dana then asks where are the others and the EMT says they are coming. We then realize that all three: Charlie, Alex and Luke were seriously injured in the car accident. We see Charlie turn into his tux wearing spirit as we see his body being wheeled in along with Luke. Shahir and Dev handle Charlie’s brain injury while Jeremy handles Luke.
Alex is fine but learns that Charlie and Luke are in the OR. Against Dawn’s better judgement, she lets Alex go to Luke and Dana lets her observe the surgery. Jeremy works on repairing Luke’s spleen and liver and it is a success. Luke is going to be okay.
During Charlie’s surgery, it is bad news. There is too much bleeding and swelling in Charlie’s brain for Shahir to stop and is about to give up but Charlie’s spirit encourages him to go on and save him.
Unfortunately, Shahir has to give Alex the bad news that Charlie is in a coma. Alex sits by Charlie’s bedside as Shahir administers a series of tests for brain activity. During one of these tests, Charlie is all of a sudden in a hospital gown and in a knee brace being seeing by an orthopedic surgeon. The young woman tells Charlie how she is nervous about giving the best man speech at her brother’s wedding and asks if he has a son. Charlie mentions he has a two-year old son so this woman asks what would he say at his son’s wedding as she doesn’t have a father. It is at that point and the fact the actress cast to play this doctor looks remarkably like Erica Durance that I realize this is their daughter. Anyways, Charlie does give the speech and it is lovely about hope and trusting in the love between two people. When Charlie asks for the doctors name, she says her name is Charlotte Harris and was named after her father.
We are back to the present and the tests aren’t looking good. When Alex notes that Charlie’s hand starts to move, Shahir gets a glimmer of hope that is quickly dashed. Shahir tells Alex that Charlie is brain dead.
Back in the ER, Zach rummaged around Ryan’s things and found drugs. Earlier, Dawn and Zach were at a lost at how a 38-year old could have a heart attack with drugs being a possibility. Dawn isn’t happy that Zach was going through a patient’s belongings without their permission and believes he was looking for someone to blame for the accident that killed Charlie. Zach agrees that he was looking for someone to blame but that he blames himself because if he hadn’t called Charlie and Alex they would be fine. We do learn the truth, thanks to Billy, in that the drugs belonged to Joe and that Ryan found them and took it away to protect him. Joe blames himself but Zach tells him no one is to blame.
We then see Charlie going through the hallways of Hope Zion and chasing after Charlotte. We then see Charlotte meeting a very grown up Luke. The two of them have arrived at Hope Zion to say goodbye to their mom, Alex, who has grown into an elderly lady. The two Harris’ siblings admire their mother’s spirit thinking that she was immortal. Fun Fact: Paul Popowich, who played the older Luke, was in a TV movie with Erica Durance back in 2007 called I Me Wed and he played her love interest.
At the ICU, Alex is crying over Charlie when we see spirit Charlie touch her pregnant belly and Alex touches his hand, Charlie realizes that Alex can see him and queue waterworks #1. Charlie tells Alex that he has seen the future and everything is going to be fine with her and their children. I am not doing this part justice but trust me I was crying me eyes out. After one last kiss, Charlie’s spirit disappears.
Later at the chapel, Dana goes to comfort Alex. Alex tells Dana that she and Charlie were not cursed but blessed as they had 5 years together and two wonderful children.
Everyone at Hope Zion is grieving this loss and Alex asks Dawn for one final favour for Charlie. Alex gathers the surgeons at Hope Zion to organize which of Charlie’s organs goes to who. Part of Charlie’s liver goes to Randy, the other part goes to Michelle. Charlie’s kidneys goes to a Doctor Paul. Alex has a difficult time when talking about Charlie’s heart but manages to say it goes to Ryan.
As we see Charlie’s body getting wheeled into surgery, we see the staff of Hope Zion say farewell.
Sometime later, the Hope Zion family have gathered at Alex’s and Charlie’s for his funeral. After Jeremy makes Alex a smoothie, he finds her hiding in the bathroom. Jeremy tells Alex it is okay to grieve and tells her that everyone is here for her.
When Alex emerges, we intercut with her and Charlie’s wedding ceremony. We see Alex give beautiful wedding vows.
And we each see our Hope Zion family (which includes Jonathan and Shahir with their little baby girl) say goodbye to Alex until we just get her and Luke.
Luke is painting on the floor when he spills a paint bottle. Alex tells her son that it is okay and joins him on the floor and paints with him. Alex then proceeds to draw a heart on the floor.
We then are on the beach, with the waves coming in. Charlie is drawing hearts (and we see later it is many hearts) in the sand when he sees Alex all beautiful in white approach him. Charlie thinks it is too soon for Alex to be there with him and wonders about the kids. Alex assures Charlie that the kids are alright and that 50 years have passed and she is ready to be with him. Charlie feels like he just left Alex and the two kiss, finally together forever and I start crying again.
So what do you think about how Saving Hope ended? I think it could not have ended any other way. It was a nice way to end with just the two of them and their love. The heart of this show has always been the Charlie and Alex love story and it is fitting that the show ends with those two finally happy.