Carrie (to Sean): "But that's the thing about falling in love. There are no boundaries. My life was transformed. You think I would have picked Ricky if I had a choice? It was like I finally found happiness and I was not going to let that go."
This show's penchant for the inappropriate continued this week when this week's patient is revealed to be an eighteen old boy who married his former teacher. Not only that but he got former teacher pregnant and now wants to look older so he can be taken much seriously.
There are a few things wrong with this picture but the age factor is certainly one. As someone who generally is attracted to older people themselves, even I'm somewhat grossed out by Ricky and Carrie's origins of love. She was his teacher and she violated a trust there. Plus she got sent to jail and still continued to violate that trust.
Even when Carrie defends her actions, it's still hard to believe her. I know you can fall for the strangest of people but the guy was a child, so it's hard not to feel uncomfortable when watching these scenes.
It also doesn't help that everything surrounding Ricky's case feels incredibly telegraphed as well. Liz bemoans the futility of Ricky's reasons for surgery and when he does look more adult, you can feel the horror illuminating from Carrie as her young lover now looks the same age as her.
It's also painfully predictable to then watch as Ricky walks in on Carrie sleeping with his younger brother, Chris. Maybe this will finally snap Ricky out of the delusion that his relationship with Carrie is normal. Her penchant for younger boys is indicative as to why she should be behind bars.
Speaking of inappropriate relationships, the Gods were obviously kind on us this week. Given that absolutely no-one wants to see Liz and Christian have any form of sexual contact, it is beyond relieving that their new relationship implodes just as quickly as it had began.
Liz herself isn't exactly sexually satisfying Christian and her attempts of a makeover are wasted on him. Liz learned that the hard way when she walked in on him screwing some random girl. Adding insult to injury was said random girl repeatedly calling her Mama.
While Liz has a right to be upset with Christian, it does need to be pointed out that she knew exactly what she was getting into herself. Christian will never stop screwing around, his treatment of women is appalling and as he pointed out himself, he never promised her fidelity. All of this stuff is immaterial to Liz due to the fact that he didn't respect her. That's her main issue.
The episode has the sense not to see Liz too hung up on things. After all, if Christian can screw around, there's no reason why Liz shouldn't be able to do the same. In fact she doesn't waste time when Christian catches her with a woman herself. Nice to know that Liz is still gay viewers.
Unfortunately there is a sucky bit and that's Liz leaving the practice to head back to Miami. Her last scene with Sean was sweet and it was nice that Sean read Christian the riot act. However everything Sean did say to Christian will inevitably fall on deaf ears anyway so maybe he shouldn't have bothered.
As glad as I am that Christian and Liz will no longer be sleeping with each other, I'm bummed that Liz is gone. For the time being, I think it's temporary and that we'll probably see her in the finale. It would've been leaked if Roma Maffia was leaving the show permanently anyway.
When love matters weren't concerning this episode, then there's Rajesh. While his first two episodes were more comedic, this one gave him such much needed depth as his overbearing father surfaced in LA and instantly put pressure on his only child to be the best surgeon.
Luckily none of the dialogue between Rajesh and Vijay sounds as nauseating as anything from Grey's Anatomy but needless to say that Vijay is irritating and unyielding. In other words, he's the kind of parent who bully and belittle their children in order for them to attain success and mask it as guidance.
Rajesh is pretty intimidated by his father and when he's asked to perform a penis enlargement surgery on his father, he's appropriately freaked out by the idea. He also makes a half baked attempt to get out of it but it's his screw up with Christian's sutures that really heralds a bad moment between him and Vijay.
It was nice to see Rajesh stand up to his father and be man enough to admit his own mistakes but it's not surprising that Vijay wouldn't back down. Still at least for a small bit, Sean acted like a temporary dad to Rajesh by taking him out for some chicken wings and beers.
It was because of Sean and Rajesh's bond that got Matt quite jealous too. Matt wanting to ditch the pre-med thing after barely entering it was hardly a shocker. Matt tends to spend his whole either screwing up or bailing on things. However his jealousy for Rajesh was handled surprisingly well.
There was a good scene between the two of them in the car where they discussed both Vijay and Sean's faults as well as their own. The only thing that ruined it was Matt being goaded into smashing Rajesh's hand. Matt at least looked guilty after carrying out the deed but he really should've rose above Rajesh's baiting.
Rajesh might have wanted to escape his father's dreams of medicine but surely he could've a way of doing that without destroying his hand. It's not as gory as Roxy's self mastectomy but it was certainly something I could've done without seeing as well.
Surprisingly enough there's a good moment between Sean and Matt where the latter confesses to wanting to be an actor. Not to poke too much fun at John Hensley's but I sure as hell hope to God that Matt's acting is somewhat expressive. However to me it just seems to be a way of bringing back a certain spoiled actor from earlier on in this season.
Also in "Ricky Wells"
The majority of the previously on moments focused on Sean, Matt, Christian, Liz and Rajesh.
Liz: "You can't even look at me naked."
Christian: "It's chilly. I don't want you to get cold."
I didn't actually realise that Rajesh graduated 12 days early from Harvard until after I saw this week's previously on bit.
Rajesh: "Have you lost a few pounds?"
Liz: "I have. Now I have to figure out to do something with the hair."
Rajesh: "Yes and your clothes."
Rajesh: "Father to ask me to perform this sort of surgery, I'm, I'm very -"
Vijay: "- Honoured?"
Rajesh: "Freaked out."
Nice to see that Liz did something with her hair and her selection of dresses. Better than the fellatio lessons anyway.
Liz: "What is wrong with you? Has chemo killed every bit of class you ever had?"
Christian: "Settle down, killer. We never talked about a monogamous relationship. That was never even on the table."
Liz: "Who is it?"
Christian: "It's Christian."
Liz: "Don't you believe in calling?"
Christian: "It's a little late to call after twelve."
Who was the lucky lady that Liz was getting friendly with when Christian called? Can Liz also have a normal girlfriend when she returns?
Sean (to Christian): "You ruined your sutures. What the hell did you do, run a marathon?"
Liz: "Banged another bimbo."
Matt: "You're already a plastic surgeon. That's a pretty sweet way to live a life, Raj."
Rajesh: "But it's not my dream, Matt. I know I'm seventeen and I already have my life planned out for me. Should I not have a choice?"
Standout music: I think REM's "Superman" stood out the most for me.
Christian (to Sean): "Love and sex don't have to be interchangeable. Lizzie should know that."
Chronology: A couple of weeks since the events of "Ricky Wells".
I have to admit that while this season is still not really jumping at me, "Ricky Wells" is probably the best episode we've had since its return last month. The show does need to cool down on the sex and the crazies though.