Season 1 Episode 2

I Make Myself Into Something New

Aired Monday 12:00 AM Jun 25, 2007 on TNT
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I Make Myself Into Something New
Dr. Grant is now the chief of staff of the St. Jude Regional Transplant Center due to his friend and mentor Bart Jacobs retirement because of poor health. Meanwhile as Kate waits for clearance to remove the organs of a "Jane Doe" murder victim, she spends the day with her daughter Thea who is nervous about an upcoming party. Dr. Grant refuses to perform a living donation for a son who wants to give part of his liver to his dying alcoholic father. The episode also introduces us to Dr. Tom Jonas, who joins St Jude taking Grant's old position.moreless

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  • Nathan discovers that Bart made a deal for Nathan to get chairmanship: that a once-fired doctor—Tom Jonas—gets Nathan’s old job. Kate must track down the parents of a brain-dead prostitute. And Simon must deal with his first patient.moreless

    The episode is a significant improvement over the pilot. The new characters—nurse Mary Singletary and Dr. Tom Jonas—add movement, and acting depth to Heartland. And most importantly, we begin to discover the cause of Dr. Grant’s periodic lulls: he tortures himself over every troubled hosted organ and transplant recipient.

    The most interesting story ark comes is the briefest: Jessica and Thea bonding. Talking about a children’s book, Jessica instructs Thea to focus on the story itself—not the ending. This is a clear metaphor to the troubled relationship between Thea and her parents, and Jessica’s relationship with Thea’s father Nathan. While very different, Jessica and Thea are quite common: Both looking for meaning in life and both love Nathan deeply.

    Kate’s role also thankfully expands as she tracks down the mother of a brain-dead prostitute. This painful component of the transplant process may just give this series legs.

    Watching her reactions off an Mrs. Snow--an incredible guest performance--was genuinely moving. What seems to be missing is Nathan's bad side. This is a man who's a horrible family man. But besides camera-time, Nathan seems a caring, compassionate man. Hopefully this side of his character will develop. Not only would it add spice to the Kate and Nathan ark, it would make Nathan a much more solid protagonist. Granted making a compassionate flawed man is difficult. But merely showing Nathan assaulted by patients, and Nathan's stoic stares in the distance won't cut it.

    But I have hope. I could never imagine the pilot to be so effectively salvaged. If the rest of the season can build on the improvements in plot, acting, writing and focus, this could be one of the best shows now on television.moreless
Bernard White

Bernard White

Dr. Christopher Weiss

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Heather Hartog

Heather Hartog

Ali Hillis

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Kay Lenz

Kay Lenz


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