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“Red Band Society” Recap: Farewell, show


When a show begins with a quote by Tupac Shakur, one can expect it to be somewhat relevant to the episode as well as foreshadow the rest of the plot. However, this cannot be said for tonight’s episode of “Red Band Society.” I am not shocked at this lack of clarity since almost none of the show’s ten episodes have made much sense this season. Yet despite the confusion, “Red Band” continues to lure me in by introducing a new romance every week. Apparently hospitals are the perfect place to meet a lover. Take note, singles!

We see a new side of Nurse Jackson (Octavia Spencer, “The Help”) as she and the new specialist, Dr. Naday (Adrian Lester, “Hustle”) get closer at work. Although both are wearing scrubs and their flirtatious conversation is happening in front of a comatose patient, the chemistry is hard to ignore. Finally, Nurse Jackson gets to have some fun!

After learning Hunter (Daren Kagasoff, “The Secret Life of The American Teenager”) may leave the hospital, Kara (Zoe Levin, “Palo Alto”) becomes more moody than normal. She and Leo (Charlie Rowe, “Neverland”) escape for a few hours to get away from their heartbreak. Going back to high school wouldn’t be my first choice at relaxation, but this was Kara’s entire world. Apparently going back to her old stomping grounds cheered her up because she and Leo end up in a compromising position in the front seat of her car. Hunter who?

Emma (Ciara Bravo, “Big Time Rush”) officially left Ocean Park hospital this week and arrives home for the first time in months, greeted by her younger sister with open arms and a “welcome back” banner. Her mother does not show the same appreciation and hugs her with disdain. A blow-up at family dinner sends Emma to her room, locking herself in her bathroom with her hands grabbing the first toothbrush she sees. It is Emma’s father who ends up breaking down the door to find Emma unconscious on the tile floor.

As the last episode of “Red Band Society” (the show recently was pulled from production by FOX), the cliffhanger ending is to be expected. While FOX could still order a second season, it’s unlikely that the show will return. While my Wednesday nights just became a bit more free, a tiny part of me (the part that still enjoys a solid young adult novel) will miss the Red Banders and the nonsensical drama that surrounds them.

Observations/things worth chuckling about:

*Not only did the show start with a Tupac quote, it ended with a Biggie Smalls lyric. They really went all out for this finale.

*I am still confused by the weird side plot of Jordi (Nolan Sotillo, “Prom”) becoming a drug dealer in order to fund his emancipation bills as well as his potential music career. I am sad I will never know what any of this actually means!

*A woman who buys drugs from Jordi calls him “sexy” but also “vaguely Hispanic.” Again: What?

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