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Combat Hospital Review: Did I Miss Something?

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Combat Hospital really ticked me off this week.

"Triage" was painful for many reasons. Watching Col. Marks struggle to save his friend should have been the sole origin of my angst. Unfortunately, it ranked second to the frustration of feeling like I'd missed something.

Elias Koteas on Combat Hospital

Oh, yes. I had missed something. An entire episode, in fact. For whatever reason, ABC pulled an hour of Combat Hospital, deciding not to air "Brothers in Arms." I've heard rumors that some affiliates chose to show the missing episode in the earlier time slot, but here in the NYC area it wasn't shown and, boy, did that make this show difficult to review.

So I was left with several questions and no way of answering them. What happened with Simon's DVDs? Since when does Bobby Trang have anger management issues? Didn't Araf go to his uncle? What is he doing back at the hospital? And Rebecca and Simon had some sort of aborted date which she is really pissed off about. 

Did ABC have to pull such a pivotal episode leaving fans lost and confused?  Like I said, I have lots of questions and no answers.

But on with our show. Even having to watch it out of context, "Triage" was a great episode. Col. Marks stopped being the consummate soldier and reacted as a man doing everything to save his friend. In turn, Rebecca stepped up to make the tough decisions Marks had taught her to make, even when it meant standing up to the man himself. The question was how many lives were expendable to save one? The answer was that it depended upon what that one life meant to you.

Marks' anguish was heartbreaking. It would be one thing to watch your friend die knowing you'd done everything in your power to save him. It was quite another knowing that he died due to a lack of resources. Marks was in hell, both from his friend's death and from admitting his own weakness.

I appreciated that Simon backed Rebecca when she made the tough call and told Marks his friend had to wait. Then, his open-ended invitation to her at the end was almost sweet.

I find it hard to comment on Bobby's breakdown because I have no idea what triggered it. But I really felt for poor Araf. The ice cream cone scene was both adorable and sad all at the same time.

As a fan who invested an entire summer into this show, I'm ticked. Couldn't ABC have at least aired the missing episode "Brothers in Arms" in the dead zone of Saturday night so fans could watch the entire series? I feel cheated that I missed so much storyline. This is really how the network wanted the series to go out? Lame.

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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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This episode is ending my interest in the show. I have no idea why a Coalition medical unit would favor treating local nationals over a coalition soldier (Deltas over Alphas). The woman who is always trying to save everyone suddenly is cold and wants to kill off officers. Even with the missed episode, everyone else is operating backwards from before. Skipping an episode to show us this was a big mistake.

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Many thanks to you, Mr. Petrie. Your explanation was as appreciated as it was unexpected. I don't think there are many Execs. that would take the time to offer such an explanation. I sure hope this doesn't hurt CH's chances for a second season here in the US. I don't know what it is about this series that stimulates my tear ducts. The only other show that has the same effect on a weekly basis is Flashpoint. Must be a Canadian TV show thing. IMO, both series are among the best shows on TV. If both are canceled in the US I just might move north of the border.

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I have really enjoyed this show and hope it comes out on DVD. Also - if anyone has seen Episode 11 - can someone provide a spoiler? I would love to know what happened. I feel confused about this week's episode.....too many unanswered questions Thanks!!!

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Thank you, Robert! It worked! Such a good show, hated to miss an episode!

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Oops, by above, apparently I mean Michelle's comment several below mine.

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If you follow the megavideo link above, the ENTIRE episode is online for US viewers, without a subscription. :) Enjoy!

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This is really shameful. ABC should do the right thing and broadcast the missing episode. Those of us who invested our tv viewing hours to ABC should be respected and appreciated by the network. This is no way to treat your viewers.

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Thank you C. Orlando for letting us know about the Brothers in Arms episode that did not air on TV! I too was confused after watching last night's episode. Just finished watching the Brother In Arms episode on megavideo. It all comes clear to me now ....

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I can't believe that they didn't show the Brother in Arms episode. From everything I read it seems to be a good episode. I am truly upset cause I really like this show!!!

Combat Hospital Season 1 Episode 11 Quotes

Marks: Cycling, you like cycling?
Fitz: Oh, I'd never get away with those skin tight shorts.

Just some good ole fashioned wrist action, big boy.

Pedersen