Best. Episode. Yet.
And hopefully with many more to come. This show is back with a vengeance! Red Band Society was slowly teetering back up to its pilot promise. Some feared it wouldn’t heal fast enough. But tonight, it made a full recovery, surpassing even the quality of the pilot. Chills, giggles, and drivels galore in “Get outta my dreams, get into my car.” (Yup, the titles still need some work.)
Lest you forget, Red Band Society ended on quite the cliffhanger: Charlie opened his eyes. Now he is somewhat responding through blinks, though not yet moving or talking. Seeing the joy and hope of Nurse Jackson and all the other Red Banders gave me the chills. For as annoying as Charlie is, he is the glue of the characters and the show, connecting them all in hoping the improbable/impossible will happen for them. His parents instantly come to his bedside, but the scene of them speaking over each other felt belabored. Luckily, the much-anticipated Dr. Naday (Adrian Lester) arrives.
Dr. Grace and Nurse Jackson hope this famed man will be the solution to all of Charlie’s problems—but instead are taken aback when he seems to be more witch doctor than medical doctor. Dr. McAndrew describes the guitar slinging doctor as an arrogant charlatan. Rather than look at Charlie’s stats, Dr. Naday serenades. Dr. McAndrew is instantly skeptical, but Nurse Jackson says that that is his ego getting in the way. But to his surprise, Dr. Grace agrees that Dr. Naday is a quack. Nurse Brittany looks on jealously as they bond over Naday’s weird practices.
After too much singing and being called “Dina Dina bo-bina,” Nurse Jackson’s B.S. meter has maxed out. She confronts Dr. Naday for being a fraud. He responds by flirting with her, calling her “Funky Cold Medina.” Somehow, his bizarre ’80s reference works on Nurse Jackson, who softens toward him. He explains that all his singing brought peace between Charlie’s arguing parents, showing them singing together to Charlie, thus giving Charlie something to yearn to wake up to. Very Kumbaya.
NEXT: Kara chases her heart