Three Rivers

Season 1 Episode 5

Alone Together

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Nov 01, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When Detective Phillip Lombardi, Rena's (Andy's wife) partner needs a new heart due to an aortic aneurysm, Andy ends up risking everything by trying a new procedure to save him. An old patient returns to Three Rivers with a secret about Dr. Jordan.

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  • Three Rivers is a hospital for transplant patients where a team of doctors fight to save transplant patients and nab for the A list of organs that become available. Two Thumbs Up!moreless

    This is a really good show. The team of doctors is great. Alex O'Laughlin (Andy on the show) is great. Those of us who have followed him since the last show he was on already knew he had the perfect bedside manner for a show like this. (and gosh how we miss THAT show!!!) I would like to see this show progress a little more into the personal side of the main characters. But this show is still very young, and I am anxious to see it grow. The technology on the show is really cool too. The show offers both sides of the whole transplant thing. From the organ donor side to the patient side. Very nicely done. If you like hospital dramas, you gotta watch this show!moreless
  • Andy's wife Rena, a Detective on the Pittsburgh Police force partner gets shot during an arrest. Andy works to save his life under multiple problems. A man who's liver is failing gets on the nerves of the staff and needs some understanding.moreless

    Slightly better episode than the last two with still some huge problems. In a lot of ways you can see this show trying to identify itself and come to some semblance of a regular storyline. Initially we saw transplants, transplants, and more transplants. The show seems to have morphed more to an emergency room show with the transplant being one part of the the two or so major storylines.

    We meet Rena, Andy's wife. The characterizations are such that we understand that the two are truly in love. This storyline makes no sense and just doesn't work. Based on their interaction they belong together, but obviously we are not privy to the many years they have known each other before. OK, we get it. Doctor's can be obnoxious, very uncaring, seemly robot type people. So can Detectives! Pu two together and kaboom! Andy's character seems like none of those things though. There is no basis for the characters to be walking away from each other. Very disappointing and chicken way of dealing with this storyline.

    We finally have a really empathetic patient in the Detective partner and his fiancee. Good job on this storyline and a well thought out plot line. This part of the episode really shined in general.

    The other story was based on another obnoxious character who is dying of liver failure. This seems to the commonality of many of the characters this series is writing about. Who really wants to watch a show about patients no one likes being saved by miraculous means. OK, so by the end we are suppose to now understand why he was the way he was, but really the whole bit about throwing up all over the place and making the racial comments etc. was probably too much for most people. There is just something extremely ironic about this type of story.

    The other part of this story with the West Virginia hospital was a little weird as well. It made the hospital there look backwards, and not being from West Virginia myself, sort of made it look pretty bad in general. That's like the pot calling the kettle black in my opinion as Three Rivers is in Western Pennsylvania, but to each his own. Reality is what you make of it.

    So no real surprise and some additional mediocrity to deal with again this week. I am beginning to like the hospital characters better. Especially Dr. Reed who should be a regular and Dr. Jordan. It will be interesting to see where they go from here. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • There were moments,

    ...but not enough of them, and so scattered throughout a disjointed script that it didn't really matter that they ever existed.

    I have the same issues as always: trying to tell too much in too short a time to do it justice, too much dramatic embellishment to do the topic the service it deserves, and too many glaring inaccuracies to allow me to invest in the show or the characters. And on top of all that there is not enough depth to give the actors a storyline to sink their teeth into...and most of them are quite capable of turning in excellent performances if given the right stuff.

    This series just doesn't have any of the right stuff.moreless
Kelly Overton

Kelly Overton


Guest Star

Kari Coleman

Kari Coleman


Guest Star

Paul Walia

Paul Walia

Dr. Indar

Guest Star

Owiso Odera

Owiso Odera

Kuol Adebe Ketebo

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Kuol: Look, Dr. Yablonski, Rock and roll computer game. My church bought it for me. I need the key to your hotel room.
      Andy: My room in the Meds Stay Inn?
      Kuol: I heard those rooms have forty-two inch flat screens, I could crank it up in there, you know.
      Andy: Oh.
      Kuol: Oddly, I find most transplant patients are not big fans of this game.
      Andy: It's crazy, isn't it. They don't want to spend what could be the last hours on earth playing Welcome to the Jungle.
      Kuol: (to Ryan) Is there a heart for me yet?
      Ryan: Not since you asked me an hour ago.
      Kuol: (to Andy) Please let me have your key.
      Andy: Whoa, you can't be alone in my room
      Kuol: Andy, the rock gods are in my sol, KISS, AD/DC, Moterhead
      Andy: Moterhead? You're Sudanese. What is up with you?
      Kuol: It's a final request from a young man with a serve congenital heart condition that could cause my death at any moment.
      Andy: (to Ryan) Cancel his heart transplant
      Ryan: Transplant canceled
      Kuol: You have both hurt me, deeply.
      (Kuol walks away, Andy walks in the other direction, feels his pocket)
      Andy: Son of a bitch; he took my keys!

    • Sally: (to her brain dead husband) You know all the BS about if you love something set it free. Well I was lying in our waterbed thinking about all that and it hit me. You know if you ever left me cold and you went off with that tramp, that's what she is Jackson. I'm sorry but I saw her shoe collection.

    • (Miranda is just old she has the run)
      Miranda: New York…Chicago (looks at paper) West Virginia, the land of coal mining.
      Ryan: And the first federal prison for women in the United States.
      Pam: Have you ever sex, ever?

    • Dr. Jordan: Your going to stay and do Mr. Boyles pre-op.
      David: And I'm being punished because?
      Dr. Jordan: You have done lots of procurements. I think it's time for you to start treating patients that aren't brain dead. It's got a whole different feel to it.

    • (Boyles partially sedated in the OR about Miranda's dad)
      Boyles: You loved him, you loved Dr. Foster.
      Pam: Everybody loved him.
      Boyles: No, not like her, (to Dr. Jordan) it's so sad to lose your lover, I should know.
      Dr. Jordan: He's sedated.
      Pam: Yeah, he's sedated.
      Anesthesiologist: People say crazy things.
      Pam: Nutty things
      (Miranda enters the OR)
      Miranda: Oaky, here you go. (Everyone looks at her) What's up?
      Boyles: Image her, night after night, lying there alone in an empty bed, needing Dr. Foster.
      Anesthesiologist: I think we're ready to put Mr. Boyles under.
      Dr. Jordan: Oh, Yeah!
      Miranda: What's he saying about my father?
      Dr. Jordan: He's Sedated!

    • (Andy's sleeping in his room is awakened by Kuol playing "Rock Band", Andy gets up and walks over )
      Kuol: Excellent, you've come to join me .
      Andy: Turn it off! I don't understand you stole my keys, then you wake me up. Kuol, why don't you just play in the hospital, play in the common room?
      Kuol: But then I would be alone.
      (Andy has an understanding look on his face )
      Andy: Give me the guitar. Watch a rock star do it.
      Kuol: I don't think you're a rock star, Andy.
      Andy: Really, my wife thinks I'm a rock star, what do you think of that?
      Kuol: Why do you live here if you have a wife?
      Andy: well, uh, that's a good question, Kuol. The truth is I don't think I have a wife anymore.
      Kuol: Dr. Yablonski, let the rock gods soothe your troubled soul.
      Andy: Thank you very much.. Watch this (Andy begins to play "Mississippi Queen") This is awesome…. Hey Kuol?
      Kuol: Yeah
      Andy: I think you should leave this here in my room.
      Kuol: I don't think so Andy.
      Andy: Do you want a heart?
      Kuol: That's not fair.
      (They both laugh and play)

    • Boyle: Life is watching your lover of fifteen years die of AIDS in a hospital room that you can't get into, because you are not... so-called immediate family. I know first-hand about life, Dr. Lee. (Raises voice) So don't you dare... tell me why I don't have flowers in my room!

    • Lombardi: Andy, don't let me die.
      Andy: I'm gonna dance at your wedding, pal.

    • Miranda: When my father was treating you, you weren't as sick as you are now.
      Boyle: Maybe your father touched me like I was a human being and not a ball of pizza dough.

    • Falo: My name is Falo Matafi. I'm the organ procurement coordinator here at the hospital. You understand your husband is now brain dead.
      Sally White: I learned that on my honeymoon in Puerto Rico.
      Falo: That's a joke? Good!

    • Dr. Jordan: David, you've got the potential of being a great doctor! You're smart as hell. You've got good instincts. And you work hard. But one of the most important things about being a great physician is loving the unlovable.

    • Dr. Jordan: Sometimes, Andy, you have to rip it all apart to fix it.

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