[S5E21] The Marriage Doctor |LINK|
When Mike finds out Kyle is afraid to meet with the church's new minister, Mike suggests Kyle use him and Vanessa as a strong marriage example. But a recent argument has them seeking counsel from the minister instead.
[S5E21] The Marriage Doctor
While they are having breakfast in his cabin, Dr. Crusher objects to the Enterprise crew essentially facilitating the "sale" of Kamala, a sentient being, into "a life of virtual prostitution." Picard rejoins that arranged marriage has been a diplomatic tool for centuries, including on Earth. Crusher does not relent, and Picard sarcastically suggests that they throw the Prime Directive to the winds, stop the marriage, and allow the two cultures' war to continue. But Crusher has the last word, informing him that Briam has confined Kamala to her quarters like a prisoner. Picard is taken aback, and disturbed, to hear this.
Set in the 24th century, the series follows the adventures of the Starfleet crew of the Federation starship Enterprise-D. In this episode, Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) develops feelings for Kamala (Famke Janssen), a woman destined from childhood for an arranged marriage which hopefully might end a war between two planets. Picard steps in to help in the peace ceremony and later gives Kamala away at her wedding.
Kriosian ambassador Briam (Tim O'Connor) comes on board the Enterprise with some cargo, ready for a peace ceremony with the Valtian. As the ship heads to the rendezvous, they save two Ferengi from a failing ship. Despite security being assigned, the Ferengi enter the cargo bay and deactivate the stasis field on Briam's cargo, revealing a young Kriosian woman named Kamala (Famke Janssen). With the Ferengi secured, it is revealed that she is an empathic metamorph who can sense what males around her desire and react appropriately. She was being brought for an arranged marriage to the Valtian representative. Kamala generates pheromones that can affect males around her, which was why she was kept in stasis until the ceremony.
They meet with the Valtian ambassador, Chancellor Alrik (Mickey Cottrell), who is uninterested in the marriage and wants to pursue trade agreements. With the arrangements made, Picard visits Kamala to say goodbye; she tells him that she has permanently bonded with him instead of Alrik. Kamala explains that he has changed her for the better, and she will continue in her duty for her people to marry Alrik. At the wedding ceremony, Picard escorts Kamala down the aisle and watches as she marries Alrik. After the newlyweds have returned to the planet, Picard says goodbye to Briam in the transporter room. When asked how he resisted Kamala, Picard's face remains expressionless as he wishes the ambassador a safe trip home.
Cox is athletic, often found playing basketball in the hospital's parking lot with younger employees. In "My Friend the Doctor", he shows off by slam-dunking a basketball, but injures his back when he lands, a reminder that he is middle-aged. Out of vanity, he tries to hide his injury. He is also extremely narcissistic and egocentric; when named by a magazine as the best doctor in the city, he lines up every staff member beneath him, and his ex-wife, to consecutively praise him, or risk a physical reprisal from the Janitor (Neil Flynn).
He berates J.D. from their first meeting and emphatically denies being his mentor, despite J.D.'s repeated attempts to win his favor. Nonetheless, Cox has shown concern for J.D.'s welfare, such as telling him not to blame himself for a patient's death and (reluctantly) comforting him when his father dies. He also tells J.D. that he trusts him as a doctor and a person and has taken an interest in him from the start because he seems "to actually give a crap". Cox also recommends him as a promising, skilled, and hard-working doctor to a review board. In "My Finale", Cox finally admits that he considers J.D. a talented doctor, a good person, and a friend, although he has to be tricked into it. He refuses to say this directly to J.D. or to hug him. A flash-forward scene at the end of the episode suggests that Cox will be a part of J.D.'s life well into the future (reluctantly, of course).
Cox was apparently legally divorced from Jordan Sullivan (Christa Miller Lawrence), but the two have lived together in an exclusive relationship since Jordan discovered she was pregnant. The marriage appears to have started out strongly, but went downhill after Jordan cheated on him with Dr. Peter Fisher (Jay Mohr). They were originally to have divorced after their first child died in infancy, but this plot point was omitted because the network decided that it was too dark a twist in the story. Later in the series, it is revealed that Sacred Heart's incompetent lawyer Ted Buckland (Sam Lloyd) did not submit the divorce papers properly, so Cox and Jordan have been married during the entire run of the show. They immediately resume the role of husband and wife since they have already reconciled, but they quickly become dissatisfied with being an ordinary married couple, so they agree to go back to acting as though they were divorced, even going so far as to actually legally divorce, with Ted (again) ending their marriage. In later seasons, Cox quietly resumes wearing his wedding ring, and Jordan soon acquiesces to the marriage title after the birth of their second child, and it is implied that they have remarried.
Season four saw a multitude of highs and lows as the heroes at Chastain struggled to overcome the impossible, including the unprecedented and devastating Covid-19 pandemic. Now, in a propulsive and emotional season five, the ante is upped, as the doctors continue to save patients and fight corruption in the healthcare system, this time with a partner. The alliance with Big Pharma that found a cure for sickle cell disease last season proves in season five to be a very sharp double-edged sword.
During an OR session, a Colonel Bidwell arrives demanding to see Potter; he tells him that he is looking for a private doctor for his commander, one Lt. General Theodore A. Korshak, and he wants the best doctor the 4077th has got - namely Hawkeye. Potter tries to dissuade Bidwell, trying to get across just how un-military Hawkeye is. But Bidwell refuses to listen and asks to watch Hawkeye at work.
Later that night, Potter joins Hawkeye and B.J. for drinks in the Swamp, and explains to Hawkeye the reason for Bidwell's visit to camp, adding that when Korshak found out that another Lieutenant General had gotten himself a personal doctor, Korshak decided he wanted one of his own for image and prestige. Potter calls out Hawkeye on his bad behavior in OR - then offers to buy him a drink. The next day, Bidwell is in a Jeep with General Korshak, on their way to the 4077th.
Things get more serious when Korshak formally says he wants Hawkeye as his doctor, but Hawkeye refuses, saying he is not interested in being Korshak's "court jester" while there are wounded kids he can save if he stays at the 4077th. Korshak shows Hawkeye his rank on his collar, which he got through hard work and "not taking 'no' for an answer", but Hawkeye counters by showing Korshak his own empty collar, where his caduceus (medical insignia) should be; Korshak correctly guesses that Hawkeye got his caduceus from hard work as well, and Hawkeye argues that if he has to be in Korea, then he should do the work he was trained for.
Later, Frank asks Potter to recommend him for the job of Korshak's personal doctor. Potter agrees, and starts writing down the various bursts of salacious material and assorted professional faux pas on Frank's part that Hawkeye and B.J. offer up, leading Frank to protest getting what he asked for.
At their breakfast, Lola angrily talks about how Carol should have told her about William being her dad so they could figure out what kind of relationship they wanted to have. However, William admits that he was a bad father to Serena and Eric and that they should focus on their relationship in the future. He says that despite what Carol wants, she can tell everyone if she wants but Lola thinks it's best not to tell the family yet. At the loft, Lily tells Rufus that the will was invalidated and she's there to celebrate with him. She invites him to the family dinner, and that it's time to move on from their fighting. He says that's not a real apology, and she says she doesn't need to apologize and he does for helping Ivy behind her back. He tells Lily to call when she's ready to be a partner in their marriage and shows her the door. At The Empire, Serena waits for William in the lobby. She asks him to explain why he lied to her and was hanging out with Lola. He says he bonded with Lola at CeCe's wake and wants to be there for her since she's lonely. He says he lied abut where he was because he heard the rumors about Lily and Rufus, and he knows that his presence would only hurt their relationship. He apologizes about lying to her, and accepts her invitation to the dinner. Serena also says she's going to invite Lola.
At the VDW's, Serena tells Lily about Lola being her half sister. She explains to Lily her entire morning, and Lily asks if any of them know that they know. Serena says no, and Lily asks her to keep it that way until after the reporter comes and they can all talk maturely after dinner. She instructs Serena to get ready for the party and come back with a happy face, and she agrees. When she leaves, Lily makes a phone call to someone with a potential business proposition. At The Spectator, Nate has been calling Elizabeth Fisher repeatedly wanting answers. Andrew informs Nate that any record of Diana Payne was three years ago and before that, she was basically nonexistent. At The Waldorf's, Dorota notes that Blair looks suspicious as she's very dressed up for a casual event. Blair explains that the highbrow people Dan was listed with are doctors and philanthropists, and no one very exciting and that she wants to be despicably highbrow again. She shows Dorota a list of talking points for when the press calls. Dorota realizes she's going to try and steal Dan's spotlight. At the loft, Rufus has taken Dan's advice and calls Lily to say he'll come to the dinner after all. She lies and says the party was cancelled, but promises to call her later. When she hangs up, Ivy has arrived and wants to know about the partnership Lily proposed. 041b061a72