Off the Map Review: "It's a Leaf"

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A baby, a cursed mine, a gas explosion, and a drunken fling. Thanks to all of the above, this week's Off The Map was a fun, fast paced ride.

"It's a Leaf" was Mateo's defense to Lily when she found out he was farming the cocoa leaf for cocaine. Oh, and that leaf is used to treat altitude sickness and make herbal tea.

At least Lily called him on the bullsh!t. "That's where you make your profits? The herbal tea business." He played it off as though it was just the family business.

Yes, the family business that got him shot and had the local police questioning Lily. 

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At the end Mateo gave her some smooth talk about love not being perfect or easy and how she's worth the risk. Thankfully Lily walked away but in my opinion she should have run. Mateo's handsome and charming and nothing but trouble. 

Otis getting blinded by the gas explosion in the gold mine should have been a great segue for getting him back together with Zee but I thought he blew it.

She had tears streaming down her face because she was worried and moved by his words and then he laughed at her? Not the best way to get her to trust you.

The upside was that he made it clear he still cared about her and wanted another chance. We'll see next week if she decides to give it to him.

As soon as Zee explained what the godmother knife meant in the birthing ritual, I knew Mina was in trouble. Then it all lead to a drunken fling between her and Tommy.

I only wished we had gotten to see the morning after scene for that tryst. I've got my fingers crossed for next week.

I found Tommy punching Dr. Cameron very satisfying. This supposed doctor gave Morris false hope of a cure for ALS, almost killed him with the "treatment," tortured his already stressed out family, and charged him fifty grand for the privilege. I wanted to hit him myself.

When Ryan decided to head to New York to seek a heart transplant I was left with more questions than answers. Was Ben planning on going with her?

How long is he willing to stay away from his beloved clinic and incapacitated wife to be by Ryan's side? And once Ryan leaves, will she ever be healthy enough to return?

Ryan said she hates bagels? Seriously? NYC bagels are the best and don't even get me started on the pizza. Do you think we'll see this jungle duo head to the big city or will this story take a different turn? If the ride is as much fun as tonight's, I'm in.


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Although Mateo is HOT STUFF I think that having Lily walk away from him was the right idea from the show. Kind of gives it a more real feel. If it was a normal drama they would have run away together by now. But in real life, if your boyfriend grew the thing used to make cocaine, lied about it, got shot, and then lied about that too, I'd have walked away too. Although I cannot deny that whenever he come on screen I am VERY happy. He is a good looking boy.


I keep wondering where they're going with Ryan. I like her a lot but a heart transplant is a major operation with months of recovery time and meds for the rest of her life. If she has the surgery I'll guess it will be at the end of the season and then they'll do a time jump but it seems like a huge complication for this character. And will Ben stick around once she doesn't need him as much as she does now. He seems the kind to like to play hero but what happens once things calm down. And have they dropped his attraction to Lily completely? Lots of questions for the rest of the season.


fyi, shonda is just an executive producer, the women behind this awesome show is Jenna Banks. :)


@Elizabeth L Excellent insights. Ive been thinking the same thing! On top of what i consider to be an already complicated situation, we have Ben, a comatosed wife, Ryan and on the outskits we also have Lily who Ben has definite attraction to. Lets start exploring these characters in tandum with interesting escapades. Im waiting for OTM to hit its stride. Shonda certainly knows how. So lets hope this show survives long enough to see it comes to fruition!


Relationships make for any drama series, sometimes it is what viewers fall back on to carry them through each week. What was recognized with Shonda Rhimes' collection of drama hits; 'Grey Anatomy', 'Private Practice' now 'Off the Map', relationships drive each episode along. What made 'Off the Map' attractive in the beginning was the adventure; doing things you would not normally do in the average hospital. Adventure made the A plot and relationship fell into the B plot. Recently this scenario has been reversed and I am not certain how it pans for this series. The objective of relationships has been done and redone time and time again, but for a show that specializes in uniquity, it has jumped into the occasional romantic drama that is distracting from the overall plot. Although the HOT Mateo make for an interesting drool-a-ton, his undeveloped, opaque role can be confusing. He's supposed to be secretive and in hiding, yet we see him running around as though his 'bad boy' image is by pure word of mouth. What could make for a decent turnaround, is the center for an island drama instead. Something unique, yet simple enough to drive the series into a decent direction. Until that, I fear that a hit would lead to a seriously blow and I really like this idea of helping others with the nature of medicine.


It was a great show! I really hope Zee and Cole get back together!

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Off the Map Season 1 Episode 8 Quotes

Lily: It's an illegal drug.
Mateo: It's a leaf.
Lily: That gets made into an illegal drug.

I grew up on Nancy Reagan and just say no.