Code Black Season 2 Episode 4 Review: Demons and Angels

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I have to to say, I did not see that coming.

My money was on Mike to be the one to bite the dust on Code Black Season 2 Episode 4. Not that I was rooting for him to kick the bucket. It just seemed like the logical option.

But the writers really pulled the rug out from underneath me. And they didn't stop with the great dead doctor switcheroo of 2016. I felt for sure that Ethan would hold onto his secret for a little while longer, and that when he spilled his guts, it would be Leanne he would turn to.

The Haunted Theater Incident - Code Black

I can't believe that we were so invested in Charlotte only to have her knocked off so quickly. I mean, if you're going to kill a character, it does make sense to take out somebody the audience is invested in, but seriously? It's only been four episodes. 

I thought we were over all the cast changes after Christa and Neal exited. Wasn't the point of booting them to bring in three new peeps (and pay Rob Lowe's assumedly exorbitant salary)? 

Not only am I going to miss the promising young Charlotte, but I'll also be mourning the story of Jessamine. I was looking forward to finding out more about those books, and also seeing Charlotte come up with some kind of Clark Kent disguise. That poor little girl had her fandom ruined forever.

Ethan: Are you a surgeon or not?
Heather: I can't just throw away my career.
Ethan: This is your career. Right here. This is a patient, you're a doctor. Make a decision.

The sting of Charlotte's loss is tempered by Mike's survival. Now, we're still not positive that there isn't any brain damage. It's hard to imagine that he'll be back to heading up the ER anytime soon. Which is too bad, because Campbell's micro managing is driving everyone batty.

Seriously, I wouldn't be surprised if there was walk-out because of him. Also, how does he get away scott-free with all the administrative screw ups he's made? The patient who shot Charlotte was only able to because he basically shelved the dude.

I just really want Leanne to take him to task. With the symmetry between the heart attack case and Charlotte's, it would have been fitting for Leanne to call Campbell out and blame him before she blamed herself. 

Ethan: Guys, work fast, work safe, work together. Don't make any mistakes. Don't kill anybody.
Noa: Good teaching style.

Ethan finally opened up about what brought him to Angels -- and what we were expecting to be a MOAS turned out to be...touching. Honestly, I don't know why he's been shy to talk about it. That's the kind of story he could pick up ladies with, in the bizarre event that a person who looks like Rob Lowe would need helping picking anybody up.

It felt a little weird that he revealed it to a) a shrink who b) he's only had brief encounters with. It wasn't the most awkward thing, but it wasn't the most organic to me either.

Honestly, it was a lot more believable than a seven or eight year old being able to tie a tourniquet on his own leg, with the right materials conveniently within reach. I like Amanda, but she needs to reevaluate what proper entertainment for a kid that age is. 

Amanda: Criminal act of kindness. You were a Robin Hood of medicine.
Ethan: My superior officers didn't see it as an act of kindness. They saw it as an act of defiance.

Other Thoughts

  • What is going on with Rollie? Parkinson's seems like the obvious answer. Fingers crossed it's not withdrawal. At least that weird penis engagement ring story makes sense now.
  • Didn't Heather have some pretty good blackmail material on Campbell? She's no saint, but he just continues to rub me the wrong way.
  • The parallels between the teenage boy's guilt and Leanne's were just at *tad* too on the nose. More subtly next time please.
  • Steven Culp is so good a playing a douche of a bully. 
  • I loved how Mario supported Angus in making a decision about Mike. I wish the show went out of the hospital more so we could have more of their #bromance on screen.

You know what your problem is, Dr. Pinkney? Your mouth is smarter than your brain.


Code Black Season 2 Episode 5 ("Landslide") will take advantage of it's California setting for some unique storylines. Although, it might end up being the anti Visit California ad. Mudslides and measles outbreaks aren't exactly hot selling points in the tourism industry after all.

There'll be some good guest stars on "Landslide," if a natural disaster and a potential epidemic aren't enough to draw you in. Emma Robert's real life dad and Michael J Fox's TV mom will both be making appearances. 

If you missed Rob Lowe Col. Ethan jumping out of his skin at the haunted house, no worries, you can watch Code Black online. Once you're all caught up, let us know what you thought of "Demons and Angels" (and Charlotte's untimely demise) in the comments section!

Demons and Angels Review

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Elizabeth Harlow was a staff writer for TV Fanatic. She left the organization in October 2018.

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Code Black Season 2 Episode 4 Quotes

Ethan: Guys, work fast, work safe, work together. Don't make any mistakes. Don't kill anybody.
Noa: Good teaching style.

You know what your problem is, Dr. Pinkney? Your mouth is smarter than your brain.