Off the Map

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On the Mean Streets of San Miguel

Mina and Dr. Ed Begley Jr. stand at the end of the dock, next to the dentist chair, waiting for his boat to arrive. He's busy making the dead-end case for her to become a dental hygienist when Cole comes bounding down the dock, asking for last-minute dental work. Dr. Ed Begley Jr., hilariously, is all, "No problem! Let's dig out that impacted wisdom tooth right here on the dock!" I'm sorry ... no. We're so close to the finish line, I can't even begin to talk about the implausibility of this. Suffice it to say, yes, I do find it stretches credibility some that anyone would conduct a major dental procedure anywhere outside a medical facility -- much less perched out on a dock -- if they didn't have to. Call me crazy. But anyway, that's not even the craziest part. The craziest part is when Cole refuses the morphine and makes Dr. Ed perform the surgery -- bone-digging, root-yanking, tooth-scraping surgery -- with only a topical Novocain. It's, frankly, insane, even when Mina susses out that it's because Cole is a recovering addict and he doesn't want the morphine to trigger him. I know TV shows go to this well a lot, and it's always supposed to make the painkiller-refuser seem strong and dedicated and whatnot, but it always comes across to me as cheap drama, and I never understand why the doctors aren't like "Tough titty, you're getting it." Having the willpower to take only the professionally-administered dose of painkillers and nothing more has got to be fucking HARD. But so is letting a man dig into your jawbone while you can feel it. How is one brave and the other less brave?

ANYWAY, Mina thinks Cole is being awesomely brave, and she takes his hand to help him grit through the insane pain. Aw, damn it! We're in Shondaland. Please, please, please, please, please let these two just have a professional relationship with each other. I know she's the Cristina and he's the Burke and you've got a chance to do that whole thing over again without anyone calling anyone else a faggot, but ... please don't. Professionals! Colleagues! Mentor/student! These relationships can be interesting without romance! I promise! Ugh.

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