Monday, September 17, 2012

Review: The Mob Doctor

Plot Holes May Bump Off The Mob Doctor
Shari Anne Brill, TVFirstLook

Jordana Spiro
Now that House has hung up its shingle, Fox has launched a new medical drama in its place.

Instead of Princeton Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in New Jersey, The Mob Doctor is set at Chicago Roosevelt Medical Center. Instead of featuring a brilliant middle-aged drug addict named Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie), we get an attractive and morally conflicted thoracic surgeon.
Jordana Spiro (My Boys) is Dr. Grace Devlin, who leads a double life, juggling the demands of being a surgeon and working for the mafia. She's paying off her brother's mob debt.
Her ethics are constantly challenged, like deciding whether to snitch on a surgeon who went against her treatment plan, which resulted in the death of a young boy, or not tell the father of a 14 year-old girl that she is pregnant.
Jordana is appealing as Dr. Devlin. But several plot points defy belief and could spell trouble for The Mob Doctor. Accordingly, I give this show about 12 weeks to live.
For instance, both the chief of surgery and Dr. Devlin’s boyfriend are clueless about her mob job.  A federal witness who's about to rat out a high-ranking mob boss just so happens to need heart surgery. Improbably, a conflicted Dr. Devlin is his surgeon.
The mob orders her to kill the witness by administering a syringe full of epinephrine, but she makes sure the guy lives. The mob isn't happy, so they give Dr. Devlin an offer she can’t refuse.
There is also a big unanswered question, at least so far. Perhaps in upcoming episodes we'll find out more about Dr. Devlin, her brother and their father's involvement with the mob.

1 comment:

  1. I had a lot of trouble believing Spiro’s character, and I wish they gave us some background since this is the pilot. So much went on in this pilot that I never really got invested in what was going on. I was surprised at how much action there was, but I will admit that it was good. I was talking to a coworker at Dish about the show, and he thought that the parts about the mob were cool. I think that there have been too many medical dramas and if this show survives it will be because of the mob storylines. I decided to watch The Voice while this aired last night, but I was able to catch it on a recording that my Hopper automatically makes for Primetime Anytime. With all of the new primetime shows starting their fall seasons I love how I can watch them without setting a million timers. This one turned me off a bit with the pilot, but I will still watch a few more just to see where it goes.