It's Christmas Eve in Chicago. While the ordinary world celebrates, Dr. Grace Devlin's (Jordana Spiro's) two opposing worlds – the mob and medicine- observe the occasion in their own distinct ways. Tonight’s drama never stops as Grace gets caught once more in the crossfire between Franco (James Carpinello) and Constantine (William Forsythe) which climaxed with an unforeseen revelation.
The Mob Doctor starring Jordana Spiro, William Forsythe and Zach Gilford airs on FOX Mondays at 9:00 pm ET.
Undercover Cop Franco Serves a New Boss
Franco never fails to get under his old boss Constantine's skin. Franco has just forged an alliance with a new mob lord, Russell Smith (Michael Madsen), who happens to be Constantine's nemesis in order to keep Franco's cover intact and to keep the FBI from pulling him out of Constantine's case. It's funny how Constantine still has not realized that Franco is an agent despite his intricate connections with local government. After all, didn't he pay his way to get Smith and his men drowned in the sewers? Russell Smith seems like a nice guy compared to the slick Constantine whose deceiving, mild demeanor disguises a cruel man within.
Medical Drama Still Shines
This series, despite its holes, should feel proud of its well-researched medical themes. Tonight’s chaos in the ER was particularly exciting as Grace delivered Smith to emergency surgery. The inclusion of the storyline involving another surgeon who seemingly questioned Grace's unordinary patients and her puzzling behavior provides the series with some reality. In real life, Dr. Grace's mysterious behavior should have been questioned by her peers at the onset.
Fathers Know Best
According to Grace's mobster patient, Smith, he and Constantine have the same principles. They are both fathers first. It's easy to see that trait in Russell Smith as he obviously showed his love for his daughter despite the risks on his own life. However, we have yet to see Constantine playing the role of a loving father. It would be quite the twist if Constantine indeed fathered a child in the past and it turned out to be Grace.
Medical Chief Stafford White (Zeljko Ivanek) was reminded of his depressing past as a father tonight. Hopefully, he permanently connects with his neuro-patient that reminded him of his deceased son. I appreciate the Chief's fatherly demeanor in this hospital. He deserves a break from being the most hardworking and seemingly the most stable medical persona among the staff. The show's producers should give him a present: a life outside of his hospital gown and clipboard.
Grace and Franco Reunite
Franco is a better partner for Grace than Brett (Zach Gilford), in my opinion, not just because he understands Grace's world better but more importantly, he conveys a deeper and more meaningful devotion to Grace. When they both worked on Smith to save his life after an abdominal rupture, Franco seemed horrified by Grace's intrusive medical procedures yet he adapted without hesitation. I wasn't surprised when Grace finally showed up in his pad for a passionate rekindling of their relationship. Knowing the complicated mess that is Grace's mind, she may opt out of their relationship in the future. I'm guessing Franco who is far more sensitive than Grace will then have to accept Grace's decision. But then again, it may be just the beginning of a complex yet profound union between the two.