Shari Anne Brill, TVFirstLook
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.
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.