Sirens (USA) Review “The Finger”

Sirens (USA) Episode 6 The Finger (2)

Previously, each episode of Sirens has had a discernible, unifying theme; however, this week’s outing was a little different. The theme loosely seemed to be family, but the point was not driven home as forcefully as it has been in the past. Not coincidentally, “The Finger” was also the best episode of the series thus far and the first one that utilized Hank, Johnny and Brian fully.

Brian, who I once thought was too cartoon-like for this world, stole the episode. From his enthusiasm for one patient’s birdhouse obsession (“I’ll take six!”) to his fascination with Voodoo, one of our chorus of additional EMT workers who often say funny things, but disappear for the majority of the episode. Voodoo is openly asexual (a possible first for television given The Big Bang Theory‘s approach to Sheldon in recent years), and Brian has a huge crush on her. The combination of her deadpan line delivery with his unabated enthusiasm for everything reminds me of the dynamic between Rosa and Boyle on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. In the grossest sweet scene I have ever watched, Brian showed up at Voodoo’s apartment with a birdhouse and a human finger to tell her that he loved being around her and he didn’t care whether or not they ever had sex. The scenario was a lovely acknowledgement of Brian’s big heart, while still being respectful to Voodoo’s asexuality. It was capped off with a hilarious moment where the pair sat on Voodoo’s couch gleefully waiting for the severed finger to “twitch.”

Brian’s character development was outstanding, but he was not the only one who got in on the action. As a last resort, Hank took Cash to dinner at his mother’s house as an attempt to keep her from being too upset over church politics. Unbeknownst to Hank, he was actually setting his mom and his boss up. The two argued through dinner as a weird sort of foreplay and forced Hank to leave and shut the blinds on his way out. I cannot get enough of Kevin Daniels’ Hank, so watching his bewilderment and fear grow by the minute was an utter delight.

Finally, Johnny, who usually takes the spotlight, was given the C story this week, when he ended up bonding with his little brother. There was lots of sweetness to be found in watching Theresa and Johnny play with the kid, but not a lot of laughs. That’s okay though because it reinforced Johnny’s yearning for a less fractured family. He is healing and we got to see that play out in a real way this week.

The only other running theme the episode had was the station’s love for frequent flyer Harriet, an elderly woman who called the station routinely out of loneliness or a need for a ride to the hospital. Every time the paramedics show up, Harriet has cookies waiting for them and they joke around with her, bringing a small a bit of joy to her life while scarfing baked goods. During the second call, they find Harriet dead and proceed to eat all of her cookies anyway (out of respect, of course). Maybe Harriet was our theme this week: no one should be alone, and so our boys found friends, family and in Hank’s case a companion for his mother.

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