HAWTHORNE ''The Match'' Review Season 2, Episode 5


Tough choices are made in “The Match” episode of HAWTHORNE where twin girls each need a kidney and there is only one match: their brother. Christina tells volunteer Camille to help Kelly on the case, but she instead goes above and beyond by posting a video asking for donors on the internet. Much to Gail’s chagrin, the ER is soon flooded with people wanting to help. Meanwhile, Tom remains in denial about his arm’s lack of improvement until Erin forces him to face reality. Christina is in denial about the precariousness of her relationship with Tom following her rejection of his proposal and John Salley is denied respect from a pediatric cancer patient who was expecting Dwayne Wade instead. Oh, and Candy orders construction workers and Dr. Morrissey around, alluding for the ten millionth time to her tour in Afghanistan.


Tom calling out Christina for berating Camille after Camille prematurely blabbed to the mom that a match had been found may be my favorite Hawthorne moment ever. Tom is absolutely right:

Christina pulls stunts like that every day, so the hypocrisy was stunning and Christina’s heartfelt apology to Camille at the end of the episode is overdue. Too often Tom comes across as too Mr. Perfect and to see the cracks tonight (“I wanted to get married, not watch a movie”) made me like him that much more. While I’m glad Christina said no to the too-impulsive proposal, I’m also pleased Tom isn’t being a (total) doormat. Christina does look a bit too smug when she snuggles up to Tom on the couch to watch Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, but I don’t think she’ll stay smug for long. Something is brewing between clueless Tom and the increasingly likeable Erin and I can’t wait for all kinds of sparks to fly.


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