When we talk about medical drama on TV, we tend to think about the phenomenal House MD that practically rebuilt Fox’s prestige from the ground up in the 2000’s, or Grey’s Anatomy, on the more soapy side with a heavier emphasis on romance arc, or a different route altogether – Scrubs, which is one of the best sitcoms of the last century even when we take it out of the medical drama genre. However, there is a very unique charm about Nine Network’s recent addition The Heart Guy (known in its home country as Doctor Doctor). Other than being the only Australian medical drama to break it into the mainstream overseas, i.e. on the US TV charts, the show has received immense praise for its masterful storyboard, its perfect rhythm of humour and serious themes. The show has a reputation for becoming the apple of the eye for the showrunners and network execs. So overwhelming was its reception that it earned a renewal on the day the second episode aired in its debut season.
The Heart Guy Season 3 Cast: Who’s in it?
Other than its unique premise, the show is also memorable for its famous cast and their outstanding chemistry, and as expected, this chemistry will be sustained throughout the new season, as the ensemble cast returns as it was with Roger Corser in the lead role.
The Heart Guy Season 3 Plot: What is it about?
It is typical of medical drama TV to centre upon one protagonist essentially – the eponymous Gregory House, or Scrub’s JD being delegated the status of the narrator stands testament to this. The trope does not deviate in The Heart Guy either with Hugh Knight, the heart surgeon. Hugh shares some traits with House – his machismo, charisma, talent, and offbeat bent of mind, but whereas House adopts nihilism, Hugh Knight is very Byron with his hedonism. The doc’s ‘work hard, play harder’ ethics sometimes even ups as bad karma that comes back to haunt him. The show casts him in a Jeff Winger-esque situation, where after a fall from grace, he is left with no choice but to work as a country GP in Whyhope (which is his town of origin). The blatant pun in the name must have caught your eye. The disaffected and disgruntled Hugh Knight now must work in an under-resourced small-town hospital among oddball patients, a recently married ex-lover, eccentric colleagues, estranged family and jealous brothers for a year as a punishment from Medical Tribunal.
In the third season, three months have elapsed since the events of ‘A Little Piece of Heaven’ (Season 2 finale), and the scene is set (heavy spoilers ahead!) with the news of Jim Knight’s death (from a heart attack, ironically) and Meryl struggles to cope with the loss. Hugh learns that the farm is under the crushing weight of a multi-million dollar debt, intensifying the family crisis, because of which Hugh decides to stay in Whyhope despite regaining his medical practice license in Sydney. The season also finds a fan-favourite ship answered, as Hugh and Penny finally engage in a sexcapade, albeit a short-lived one. The relationship meets an abrupt end, on the contrary, when it is discovered that Hugh’s ex, Harriet is pregnant.