In episode 66, what continued to surprise me was Devon’s lack of concern for Nate Hasting’s hand.
Becoming a surgeon requires more study time than I can conceive of. My dad and sister are surgeons and socially challenged from spending ages 18-28 studying and working non-stop with virtually no time to socialize.
Devon, the 2.3 Billion Dollar [Man] has no remorse for ruining a career over punching someone that slept with a girlfriend, Elena Dawson, that he had for about 2 months.
I had always seen Devon as a kind empathetic man. How he has injured Nate and cares not is such a strange and interesting storyline that even though Nate is not in episode 66, seeing Devon trying to solve relatively preposterous problems with Amanda Sinclair, the identical twin of his ex-wife Hilary Curtis makes Devon look like Mr. Selfish (very unlike Devon – maybe he is still venting in sorrow over the tragedy of the death of his uncle, who raised Devon as a father despite Tucker McCall being his biological father, something Devon only learned after think for 25 years that his biological father was Neil’s brother fashion photographer Malcolm Winters).
This episode had comic relief from Rey and Sharon as she had a touching attempt at making Cuban tamales.
Where does the Machiavelli statement about “dealing out severities all at once” versus “giving out benefits slowly” apply to this episode?
I included the idea because Devon, upon being betrayed by two people, both of whom he gave out benefits slowly, dealt his reaction with a sudden harshness. Many would say, “How very un-Devon! He should be quick to forgive, he has made mistakes himself.”
This “nice-guy” Devon was being kinder by dealing his responses swiftly, harshly and directly. The alternative is the Billy Abbott personality flaw: instead of confronting the person or people with whom he wants to settle an issue or right a wrong, he sneaks around, takes his time, uses secret surveillance, lowering himself beneath the person he even went after, as Adam is more sympathetic at this point than Billy.
Devon is a true adult. he was not going to sneak around and sabatoge with Dr. Nate Hastings or live-in partner Dr. Elena Dawson slowly, drawing out pain for a woman he loved with all his heart, a cousin he trusted with all his mind, and a free-clinic completed with the two that helped the most in need of that health care, feeding Devon’s spirit.