Monday Mornings Season 1 Finale Review “Family Ties”

The first season finale of Monday Mornings, ‘Family Ties’, saw things really hit home for the folks of Chelsea General. When a painkiller addict attacked Ridgeway, she was left fighting for her life. But as everyone rallied around their friend, there were other situations to deal with: a sixteen year old boy who had a heart attack, and a son who did not want his mother’s organs to be harvested.

The latter two plots were a bit of a mixed bag. The son not wanting his mother’s organs to be harvested, despite her being on the donor register, was a particularly compelling case. Alas, it sort of fell flat with Buck Tierney’s big speech in court. While it was obviously heartfelt, it was nothing compared to the sort of dramatic blow to the gut that Hooten could have delivered — and which the situation required.

The boy who had a heart attack was yet another of those MM plots that seem utterly pointless. After Napur showed her usual tactlessness in dealing with a patient whose situation was probably avoidable, she opted to call child services to report the boy’s grandmother for feeding him the wrong foods and not ensuring he got enough exercise. Napur may have had a point about lifestyle changes needing to be made, but she dealt with the situation crassly. Hooten calling her out on her behaviour was much needed, but interrupted by Ridgeway’s waking up. What happened to the boy and his grandmother? We’ll perhaps never know.

The main patient of the episode was Ridgeway, who found herself in a hospital bed after being attacked by a painkiller addict who wanted her to write him a prescription. She suffered a blow to the head, required surgery, and then woke up surrounded by her friends. It was a decent plot and one that was fairly well done, but the impact it had was probably down to whether you like and connect with the characters. As someone who doesn’t like Ridgeway and finds both Wilson and Napur irritating a lot of the time, I couldn’t muster up enough sympathy for her or them. This is less the fault of the individual episode, which was again well done, but the season overall; there are only a couple of episodes where I found the characters of Chelsea General remotely likeable, and even then not enough to worry when their characters were hurt/in peril.

Overall, a decent episode, but one which relies on the viewer having connected with the characters. I don’t think I will be watching a potential second season; there were just too many loose ends and badly formed characters in the first season to warrant a return visit to Chelsea General for me. How about you, dear reader?

What did you think about ‘Family Ties’ and Monday Mornings first season? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!