'Monday Mornings' Recap: 'Deus Ex Machina'
How does Monday Mornings follow up its excellent debut episode? With a second chapter that builds on that success, fleshing out its ensemble and again providing storylines that engage audiences like any great drama should.
Wilson's center stage at another M&M meeting again, except this one is in his head. He's still being tormented by the death of Quinn McDaniels, the young soccer player from the pilot, and wakes up in a cold sweat.
At Chelsea General, Sydney and Lieberman (guest star Jonathan Silverman) are conferring over another patient, with him hoping that she can have another breakthrough like she did with his difficult case previously. She tells him to call Villanueva. He does, and Villanueva diagnoses the patient as having worms in a matter of minutes. It seems the only person who can't figure out Lieberman's patients is Lieberman.
Meanwhile, Park is trying to convince a young woman named Tricia to have surgery, but she's not budging. With his usual lack of bedside manner - and complete sentences - he tells her that if she doesn't have the procedure, she's going to die. He's like House, only without the cutting humor to go with the blunt observations.
The one person more abrasive than Park is Tierney, who grabs Michelle and tells her she needs to pronounce a shooting victim dead so that he can make use of the man's organ donor card. She's unconvinced, especially after the allegedly braindead guy grabs her hand and then gives Tierney the finger.
Chief of Staff Hooten convenes another M&M meeting and this time he calls Tina up to the front of the class to discuss a patient named Francine Cash. Hooten grills her about the potential risks involved in the surgery that the patient underwent, and who made her aware of those risks. Tina tells Hooten that it was Michelle's responsibility to educate the patient, and Michelle squirms in her chair.
Hooten, however, presses Tina further and she says that Michelle also operated on the patient. The Chief of Staff is incredulous that the neurosurgeon let the resident perform the procedure, especially since she'd never before attempted it on her own. "That's what a teaching hospital is," Tina retorts.
We find out from her subsequent use of the past tense that Francine was a chef, and so the loss of smell she incurred as a result of the surgery was pretty darn important. Hooten chastizes Tina for passing so much of the work off to Michelle. "Or am I out of line, Dr. Ridgeway?" he asks, and she's smart enough not to respond.