“Saving Hope” returns tonight with the highly anticipated Season 4 premiere, “Sympathy for the Devil.” With an ominous title like that, you can be sure that chaos will ensue. The episode picks up 11 months after the contrastingly tragic and blissful events in the heart-pounding Season 3 finale. Although no one can ever take the place of Dr. Joel Goran (Daniel Gillies), we all know that the world of Hope Zion will keep on turning and someone will have to fill his shoes at the hospital. We are also super excited to see how Alex and Charlie are doing with sweet Baby Luke. The season opener marks Alex’s big comeback from maternity leave. No matter how hard Alex tries to take it “slow and steady,” the universe proves to have other pans in mind.
CTV/Bell Media’s episode description teases some of the obstacles in store,
“Dr. Alex Reid (Erica Durance) returns to work, arriving at Hope Zion Hospital with a car crash victim she encountered en route, and she’s forced to play nice with new General Surgeon on call, Dr. Patrick Curtis (Max Bennett, Anna Karenina). The day gets even more chaotic when Alex is called away to treat Ted Crenshaw (Travis Milne, ROOKIE BLUE), a convicted murderer brought in for emergency treatment. Meanwhile, Dr. Charlie Harris (Michael Shanks) begins to confront his feelings about the paternity of Alex’s child, all while juggling an insistent Dr. Shahir Hamza (Huse Madhavji) who is looking for backup on his proposal for a new Alzheimer’s study. In the ER, Dr. Zach Miller’s (Benjamin Ayres) patient is admitted with symptoms mirroring those of Ebola – putting himself and Dr. Maggie Lin (Julia Taylor Ross) at risk of exposure to the deadly virus.”
It is probably safe to assume that Alex’s murderous patient is the said “Devil” we’re supposed to sympathize with throughout the episode. You can’t help but wonder if Alex’s newly found maternal instincts will kick in as she treats patients this season, including this mysterious murderer. It is no surprise to see that the question of Baby Luke’s paternity weighs heavy on Charlie’s heart. We’re all dying to know who the birth father is, even though we all know Charlie will always be the boy’s daddy regardless of his genes. And, of course, this wouldn’t be a medical drama without the threat of a dangerous outbreak. Let’s hope Zach and Maggie can keep a lid on their crazy case.
We’ve also got some awesome sneak peeks from the premiere. Woohoo! First up, we see Alex struggle to say goodbye to her little one as she leaves for her first day back at work. This gives us a sweet snippet into Charlie and Alex’s family dynamic and it is adorable! Watch sneak peek #1 HERE. Later we get to meet Alex’s competition and one of Hope Zion’s new docs, General Surgeon Dr. Patrick Curtis. Watch the second sneak peek HERE. Lastly, Charlie and Alex wonder if they should have Baby Luke take a paternity test. Watch the moving scene HERE. (Reminder: Fans outside of Canada can download Hola to view the videos).
Take a look at the slideshow for images from the episode. Obviously, Charlie with Baby Luke will be a fan-favorite snapshot. How precious! What do you think, Hopefuls? Should ChAlex check Baby Luke’s paternity? Do you want to know who the father is? Would it make a difference in how Baby Luke is raised? What are you most excited to see in the premiere? Share your thoughts below!
“Saving Hope” premieres Thursday, Sept. 24 at 9 p.m. on CTV.