A routine surgical procedure goes awry when Alex’s patient, a soon-to-be-wed young woman, falls into a coma. While Alex struggles with a case that hits close to home, Joel treats a patient who does his own body modifications, and Charlie finds himself drawn to Alex’s coma patient in the spirit world. Meanwhile, a young woman comes into the E.R. with a neck injury, but it’s Hope Z’s psych resident, Gavin who knows how to help her.
because that winds up being his problem. He's not doing it on purpose but we find out a few eps later that his fear of losing Alex is part of what's keeping him in his coma after his trauma heals.
The only thing I didn't like in this episode was Dana's rant at Alex. I know why she was upset with her and I agree that Alex said too much, but Dana crossed the line when she said Alex had no idea how Sandya's family felt. Just because Alex is only one person and not a group of family members doesn't mean she can't feel that same pain. Charlie and Alex are family to each other and both have been suffering a great deal this whole time.
I think it was her way of getting Alex to put on her doctors head. In an interview with Erica she said she thought it was strange how 'cold' doctors seemed to be and it was explained to her that they have to act professional no matter how they feel on the inside. Showing how hard it is to be professional when you are hurting so much.
Forgetting what episode it was (maybe Little Piggies) and I think it was Dawn that Alex was talking to, but she said that she couldn't help feeling for patients and wearing her heart on her sleeve and that wasn't going to change. Sandya's situation was certainly very familiar so as you said that was extra hard on Alex.
Still a little fuzzy, but from this episode and Ride Hard or Go Home this is what I'm getting:
After his parents' deaths, Charlie shut down and didn't talk for a whole year. His aunt and uncle weren't able or willing to deal with him so he spent a few years 'in the system' (I think that's what he said in this episode).
I'm guessing that after a few years his aunt and uncle took him in once they saw he was 'normal' or were more equipped to raise a kid.
Wonder if his aunt, uncle, or caretakers will ever make an appearance on the show.
Interesting that Charlie Harris and Daniel Jackson have similar backgrounds.
I am wondering if he was adopted or not? It was strange that nobody from his family came to visit him whilst he was in the coma... although they probably had not written all his background story by then...
This happens with a lot of shows particularly US ones imo, mainly because they want to keep the focus on the main protagonists. Stargate was terrible at introducing characters for one episode and then never bringing them up again e.g. Nyan.
The barn in this case was never supposed to part of anything else other than to show how Alex is committed to Charlie and to tell the audience that Charlie had blocked out most of his childhood memories. We go back to that barn in the last episodes but its from Charlie's repressed memories.
that Charlie could convert it into a living space. Anyone ever read The Cat Who mystery series? At one time the main character lived in a big barn with his cats, the whole town loved it. That is of course providing they ever bought it or it's still for sale, or that Charlie would still want to own it after reliving the repressed memory in RHOGH. Hope he moves on soon and moves out of the hotel at any rate if he doesn't wind up back with Alex.