Episode 7: “Know Thyself”
by Dan Tomasik
Leo takes Emma out to meet his friends, the others watch a surgery, and Nurse Jackson eases back into her pre-nurse life.
Maybe there’s hope for this show after all. A huge improvement over last week’s episode, thanks in part to the addition of Hunter, Kara’s new nihilist hunk crush. He calls the group out on most of the issues I myself brought up in my reviews. Is his delivery cheesy? Yes, but he’s getting the characters back on track. Break out of the relationship melodrama, bring up the issues and questions they should be asking. This has been the first episode in a great while to feature the group as billed, i.e., a “society”.
All the relationship drama is focused on Leo and Emma, but breaks out of the usual mold this week. Leo takes Emma out to meet his friends, but causes her extreme anxiety and embarrassment when her condition comes out. Leo’s friends are another example of well-written, likable, but clearly flawed characters. They mean well, but as in real life, mess up without realizing it. Taking a girl with anorexia out to a restaurant, it becomes clear the shame and pain Emma perpetually suffers from her condition. Leo seems to understand how hurt she is, although that doesn’t seem to stop him from stuffing his face at the same time. Their arc ends on a good note, a genuine step forward for their relationship.
As for Nurse Jackson, she’s back to the sassy, no-nonsense Octavia Spencer we know and love. Her bonding time with Brittany and Kenji is everything the show’s been missing all these weeks. It’s like seeing Kara out of her scrubs for the first time back during the Homecoming. The show spends so much time in an unwavering hospital setting that we sometimes forget there is a world outside of it, that these people have lives. This week has been a resurrection of Red Band Society, generating new hope that the show can improve and become what we all wanted it to be in the beginning.
A healthy dose of away-from-hospital time, daily togetherness between the society, and continued development between Leo and Emma.
Episode Score: 7.8