Exploring the art of storytelling.
Last episode of “Red Band Society,” we saw Emma try to combat her disease by eating candy. Since then, she’s been attempting to eat with Leo. Unfortunately, in “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car,” Emma’s eating streak came to an end. We knew it was too good to be true. We watched as Emma’s anxiety took hold; throughout the episode, she glared down at her cheese covered fingers. Emma’s breaking point occurred when she received her dinner from Nurse Brittany and threw it across the room. The heart-shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwich smeared down the window. I applaud Ciara Bravo (who plays Emma). Her thoughtful acting illustrated Emma’s emotion and hardship. She didn’t exaggerate Emma’s illness, but represented it with truth and grace. Bravo tackles this difficult role beautifully.
A central conflict in “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car” was Hunter’s argument with his sister. She offered to donate part of her liver to him, but Hunter declined. At first, I thought Hunter was crazy. His sister had the opportunity to save his life. When Kara confronted him about it, we got to hear Hunter’s side of the conflict. Hunter already lost his little brother and didn’t want to risk losing his sister as well. After hearing this, Kara had a change of heart and approached Hunter’s sister about her request. Kara explained, “Look, when you’re a sick person, you want to be sick on your own terms, so you try to find things that you can control. This decision is one last thing Hunter can control. It’s not much, but it’s all he’s got, and I wouldn’t take that away from him because he may never forgive you if you do.” Suddenly, I was on the fence about the situation. I understood Hunter’s sister’s frustration, but then I understood where Hunter was coming from. This is definitely a situation I would never want to be in. This conflict deepened the meaning of “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car” by providing an example of a difficult decision that patients like Hunter have to make. I’m glad that the writers explored the effects of organ donation on patients, in particular, the complexity of it.