Monday Mornings recap: Problems on the home front

Feb 26, 2013 at 11:12 a.m. ET

Dr. Ridgeway's marital problems and her affair become the talk of the hospital when Dr. Hooten outs her in front of her peers.

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Monday Mornings has a few really good things going for it. No. 1, it tries to distinguish itself from other popular medical dramas by not turning into a steamy nighttime soap opera. So, instead of having Dr. Tyler Wilson (Jamie Bamber) and Dr. Tina Ridgeway (Jennifer Finnigan) getting it on in the utility closet, they mostly exchange subtle glances and we hear whisperings of rumors.

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This approach makes it all the more shocking when Dr. Harding Hooten (Abduction's Alfred Molina) calls her out about her affair in front of all her peers. When Dr. Ridgeway wants to do a crazy brain surgery that could easily be labeled a lobotomy, Dr. Hooten (how can we take him seriously with a name that sounds like Dr. Seuss character?) suggests she wants to do something extraordinary at work because things aren't good on the home front.

At home that evening, she surprisingly confesses her affair to her husband. This is the first we've seen of Mark so we don't have any emotional investment in him, he just kind of seems like a bit of a boring jerk. He moves out and then serves Ridgeway divorce papers right in front of Dr. Wilson.

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Now she has a boyfriend she works with (who is apparently a better surgeon than she is), no husband, and an empty home. The only thing really going well for her is that she gets to do the experimental surgery on a patient whose brain has him so paranoid he can't be a part of everyday society. She and Dr. Hooten preform the surgery and it's a success. So, maybe he was right. Maybe she does want to be a success at work because she isn't at home, but at least that makes her transform lives in the process.

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Other interesting tidbits from this episode include Dr. Park (Keong Sim) telling a couple, "Sex good. Make pee better," after a patient developed an overactive sex drive from a brain surgery. He's by far the funniest character with the best quotes on the show.

Also, Dr. Villanueva (Ving Rhames) made the controversial decision to treat a patient whose religious beliefs forbid her from having any kind of medical treatment. She would have died without it so he saved her life, but quite possibly at the cost of her faith.

It was good to see more of the very likable Ving Rhames this week! The cast and the ethical debates definitely set this show apart from other medical dramas, but is it juicy enough for fans?

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