All Saints

Season 9 Episode 15

The Way of It

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Aired Tuesday 8:30 PM Jun 06, 2006 on Seven Network
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Mike Vlasek is the new Head of Surgery which is appointed to the Emergency Department. A girl is admitted with a mysterious illness which has the doctors puzzled, but together Sean and Cate are determined to solve it.

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  • We meet the new surgical consultant, and life goes on - albeit bumpily - without Nelson.

    9.0
    The episode opens with Charlotte catching Frank with donuts for breakfast, which become a bone of contention all day between him, Charlotte and Von. Bart attempts to ingratiate himslef with Frank, suggesting Frank be his mentor, which gets him laughed at.



    Things go from bad to worse for Bart when a groundskeper drops a whipper-snipper on his foot and Frank does his best to keep Bart from getting a look-in. Then Alison shows up, her primarily concern covering the hospital should they be sued. She and Frank have a blow-up, and he gives Alison an ultimatum; one of them has to go. Alison decides to go to Europe - and take Kathleen with her. I knew Alison was on her way out, she's become increasingly cold and uncaring in the last few episodes, but I'm interested in seeing how Frank deals with her plan to take Kathleen, or kathleen's absence if she does go.



    The larger issue regarding Frank and the donuts is his stress with Nelson's departure. Not only is he missing a respected colleague - even friend - the ward is now a NUM. Frank is insenced none of the four nurses will volunteer for the job - even as a temp - and bullies Dan into it. How he handles it proves interesting, if a little predictable, in the following episode.



    Bart gets a 'regular', a drifter who presents every few months to the ED with a fresh litany of problems. He shows he can be innovative, unorthodox and put his health - and neck - on the line in his search to diagnose the man's baffling illness, which earns him Frank's respect - and mentorship. A bit disappointed Frank warmed up to him so quickly, would have liked to have sene that relationship develop over a few more weeks, but glad to know Bart's settling in, and showing a less arrogant, presumptous side.



    A little girl is brought it who's salmonella has no obvious cause; her house is spotless. Off Sean and Cate go on one of their renegade missions. The comaraderie between the two of them in this double episode didn't sit well with me. Of course, I'm biased, I want to see her with Jack (and love the chemistry, although hopefully platonic, he has with Charlotte), but I think he's a little too crazy for her, and she's too short sighted to realise how much trouble she can get into because of him.



    Erica shows her bedside manner with the child in a nice scene. I like this character, although I'm a little concerned that she'll evolve into the 'nice' character like Stephanie was.



    The hospital gets a new surgical consultant, Mike Vlasek, the guy Jack woke up at one in the morning last week. Jack compounds his initial error by bad-mouthing Vlasek to Vlasek, not realising who he is. It's kind of amusing in a 'glad its not me' kinda way; Jack seems to have no judgement, weather its women or the people he expresses his opinions to... Mike seems none too impressed, and later has a little 'chat' with Jack. He is not going to be Jack's friend the way Vincent was. In fact, their relationship is going to be more like master and slave; whatever Mike wants, Jack does. If Mike wants to throw Jack out of a plum surgery to get his camera out of his car, off Jack goes.



    But they talk about Jack's motivations, and I got the impression that Jack's been drifting for some time now. I remember when he first started, he was challenging and out-smarting Charlotte, who had ten years practical experience on him, was so focused, and now he seems content to potter along. I wonder how much Terri, Charlotte and the miscarriage had to do with this rut? Mike seems a bit crass, pushing Jack for his motivations - does he have a God complex, does a succesful surgery make him want to get laid? - and Jack seems put out, but mike definitely seems to want to extract from Jack his full potential, even if that means, to paraphrase him, taking a cattle prod to his ass.I'd like to see a more motivated Jack. Especially if it helps him find a girlfriend who's not emotionally unavailable, or a manipulative user.



    A really good episode. Good character development, and one you want to watch if you get it later then Australia for its introduction of Mike. 9/10moreless
Jolene Anderson

Jolene Anderson

Erica Templeton

Guest Star

Henry Jennings

Henry Jennings

Glen Lee

Guest Star

Alan Russell

Alan Russell

Older Surgeon

Guest Star

Elizabeth Alexander

Elizabeth Alexander

Dr Alison Newell

Recurring Role

Andrew Supanz

Andrew Supanz

Dr Bartholomew West

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John Waters (II)

John Waters (II)

Dr Miklos Vlasek

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