So for the second time this season ABC’s The Practice has crossed over to another TV show. One more time and I’m going to start referring to it as Who’s The Boss?
The first one, Boston Public, I didn’t watch. Last night I watched Gideon’s Crossing for the first time. My impression: I wasn’t impressed.
The poor poor boy with ADD. All he needed was a little love and attention and he would be A-OK. His mom, bless her heart, desperately wanted to get caught abusing Ritalin. All it took was that kind hearted doctor to show her the error of her ways. Notice she was calm and collected at the end, despite the stimulants still being in her system. But before that…cue music…bring in camera 1…and…we are go for passionate embrace between Doc and kid! Touching.
The Jewish Puerto Rican that was being stalked. Notice how she explained her ex. It was something along the lines of “He was smart, rich, went to all the right schools.” huh? You met in college right? He didn’t go to “all the right schools,” he went to one school. That one. Unless you actually cared where he went to high school, in which case you are a sad sad person. Basically what happened here is the writers were probably pressed for time and couldn’t think of anything convincing so they threw in this cliched explanation and hoped no one would notice it was cliche`.
Now for the main course: The Practice inside Gideon’s hospital. Strange that no one else from the law firm showed up for Elenor’s two seizures, but whatever. Gideon screwed up soooo many times during this episode. And he acted all non-chalant about it. “I tried to have my cake and eat it too,” he says all uncaring as if he had just gotten a gutter ball in bowling. No, you nearly killed a patient trying to go against not only her wishes but the advice of other doctors on the staff. That she lived wasn’t “sheer dumb luck” but the God-like abilities of the writers.
I don’t want to tune in every week to see “dumb luck.” I don’t want to see cliche and mediocre drama.
Maybe this was just a poor episode in an otherwise well done series. But if this was what they wanted to show me, a new viewer, I am quite disappointed.