Proof 1×05 ‘Memento Vivere’: Shared memories

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This show is important, and it has been proving that every week. This episode in particular was astounding in its frankness, and sensitive handling of something that happens in hospitals all too frequently. It was also another chance to see how one family’s loss is a near constant pain that has shaken all of them, but has also brought them together. I love that while these two plot points don’t look like they would connect on the surface became a perfectly connected episode.

Ah yes, they found a balance! Honestly the best way to find a balance within a show structured like this one is to try to connect as many storylines as possible. Last night both the main case and Cat’s family drama coalesced into something quite beautiful.

Source: TNT

Source: TNT

For example while Jane/Christie had the memories of a coma patient she never actually met or talked to, Sophie was having memories of her brother while staring at the person who now owns his lungs. It was all about memories, and how they can be shared and changed, and how they can do some pretty amazing things sometimes.

I’m still getting over that Dr. Nash had been screwing up on patients for a long time, usually to people who couldn’t afford for it to be fixed, and hadn’t been caught until the person who couldn’t remember her own name because of him called him out because of her NDE.

I loved the plot to this episode because it really came out of the blue. I mean yeah I’ve heard of coma patients coming back with NDE’s, but I never heard of a coma patient coming back with everyone else’s memories. It’s such an interesting concept because as Turing said at the end, what if all of those patients died to give Jane/Christie enough energy to bring her back and find Nash out for what he is? Sadly, there aren’t a lot of patients who come back to tell when a doctor is negligent, but I do love how hopeful this show gets.

Source: TNT

Source: TNT

What isn’t hopeful is Cat’s investigation staying a secret for long. Charles finally noticed that Turing has been having some problems with his memory (hello connection to main plot), and as we already know the prognosis isn’t very good for Turing. I wonder how this will play out with what Cat is researching because sooner rather than later Charles will find out the real reason that Turing is being very generous with his donations, and that’ll throw Cat into a sticky situation.

All in all, I enjoyed how seamless this episode was, and I really just enjoy this show in general.

Marnie Azzarelli

Marnie Azzarelli

is your average everyday horror writer and TV watcher, who finds herself connecting on a deep level with mythical monsters, and serial killers. She lives in a fantasy world that Joss Whedon created where she goes through a minimum of four character arcs per season, and Spike and Leo Fitz fight for her hand in marriage. When not glued to her TV or laptop, she talks to her cats about life, and writes characters that (she hopes) are crazier than herself. Check out her writing blog in the hopes that she’ll post more than once a week.

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