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Sullivan’s Crossing Season 1 Episode 5 Review – Pressure Drop

Sullivan’s Crossing -- “Pressure Drop” -- Image Number: SUL105_0058r -- Pictured (L-R): Chad Michael Murray as Cal Jones -- Photo: Fremantle -- © 2023 Fremantle. All Rights Reserved.



Maggie and Sully’s relationship hit a critical point on Sullivan’s Crossing Season 1 Episode 5, and the fallout from it will either push them further away or bring them closer together. 

Of course, in the final moments of the episode, as Maggie packs up her bags and gets into a taxi to leave with her stepdad Walter, it doesn’t look like a reconciliation with her father is even on the horizon. 

And it makes sense why Maggie reacted the way she did the moment Walter stormed into the house calling Sully barbaric for breaking his nose as she’s been raised to view Sully as the enemy. As we saw in the last few seconds of the episode via a throwback, Sully’s watched Maggie drive away from her childhood home once before, but back then, she was ripped from his hands and forced into the car while screaming in protest. 

Her mother essentially drove the divide between Maggie and Sully, never allowing him to see his daughter and likely making it seem like he abandoned them and had no interest. We also saw through Sully’s tense confrontation with Walter, who arrived at the campground to “support” Maggie but had no issue with riling up Sully, the stepdad essentially admitted to playing an active role in Sully’s estrangement from his ex-wife and Maggie. 

Thus, Maggie has lived much of her whole life likely blocking the traumatic memories of being pried away from her father, replacing them with the idea that he didn’t care or make an effort to be in her life. 

We know that isn’t the case, as we saw that he demanded to see Maggie and fought to be included in flashbacks, however, Phoebe already made up her mind that he didn’t deserve it. 

And the whole situation, past and present, culminated with Sully falling off the bandwagon and having a drink. What an extremely heartbreaking moment, but one that was inevitably coming as Sully’s problems, both personal and financial, continued to pile on. Losing Maggie, again, and squandering the second chance, was the final nail. I hope he doesn’t continue spiraling after that sip and gets back on track with his sobriety sooner rather than later if he has any chance of fixing things. 

However, I do think that this is Maggie’s chance to get some insight into the situation and possibly accept that Sully isn’t entirely to blame. She’s not a little girl anymore, so she can seek out her own information and make her own decisions. I know she was mad about Sully’s actions, and in her mind, it’s on brand for him to do something like that, but I wish she’d taken a moment to hear him out and attempt to understand what Walter could’ve said to set Sully off in such a way. 

I never condone violence, but Walter was asking for it—especially when he reduced him to a drunk loser, throwing all of Sully’s demons, insecurities, and heartbreak right in his face. 

Walter may really love Maggie like his own daughter, but he had no right to try to split up a family or convince Phoebe to cut Maggie’s father out of the picture and try to replace him.

Sully could’ve used a lesson with Cal about keeping his cool and not letting things get to him because much like the lawyer in Maggie’s deposition, Walter was trying to get a reaction out of Sully, and unfortunately, Sully took the bait. Now, he has to pay the steep consequences, which I hope aren’t permanent. 

May this be a lesson to Maggie about how to not behave in court, though as someone who was so easily triggered by her past being thrown in her face, she should be slightly more understanding when it comes to her father.

There were themes of control present in the episode, with Frank telling Maggie to relinquish control so that she can see where life wants to take her, while Walter told Maggie that staying in control was the key to success. 

The right answer likely lands somewhere right in the middle, with Maggie finding a way to control her emotions during the deposition, but not controlling the outcome of where she ends up. She might think that going back to Boston and her old life is what she wants, but when she gets there, I think she’ll find that isn’t the case. 

There’s a clarity in Sullivan’s Crossing, not to mention a need for her not only for the people (there’s a need for a doctor on site) but also for her father, who will need a hand digging Sullivan’s Crossing out of a financial hole while also needing moral support and a chance to right many of his wrongs. 

Plus, there’s no way she’s going to just forget about the connection she forged with Cal—the most like-minded individual she’s met thus far. Andrew might be the “Prince Charming” in her mind, but Cal’s the one she needs in real life. Once she reunites with Andrew, I have a feeling she’ll start to notice that things aren’t as peachy as she thought they were; her heart will be somewhere else.

Throughout the episode, we also got to know a little more about Cal the mystery man, including what brought him to Sullivan’s Crossing, and it turns out that his backstory is a bit more somber than we imagined.

After an emotional heart-to-heart with Roy (and I’d love to see them expand on this sweet relationship because elderly people can teach us so much about life), who told Cal he hoped his head was clear when he stumbled upon his second chance,  Cal apologized to Maggie about cutting their dinner short before revealing that he used to be married. His wife, Lynne, died following a battle with ALS a few years ago, which is when he took a sabbatical from his practice and ended up working with his hands in the beautiful outdoors of SC. 

Maggie is supportive and understanding as they toast to Lynne—and hopefully, the genuine and tender moment between them helps to realize that they’ve unknowingly stumbled upon their second chance… and it’s up to them to make something of it rather than squander it (which is much easier!). 

Sullivan’s Crossing is their second chance at love and happiness; it provides a fresh start if they are willing to take it and leave the rest behind. 

Maggie simply has to be brave enough to face the mess instead of running from it because as we’ve learned, life is always going to be messy until you find the beauty in the mess. 

Now that she’s “officially” left Sullivan’s Crossing, what do you think will convince her to come back? Will Cal, Frank or Edna call her about Sully’s troubles? Will Sully find his way back or will his problems continue caving in on him?

What did you think about the episode?

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Sullivan’s Crossing Season 1 Finale Episode 10 Review – Sins of the Father



Sullivan's Crossing Season 1 Finale Episode 10 Review Sins of the Father

Maggie was going through a whirlwind of emotions on the  Sullivan’s Crossing Season 1 finale (Ep 10 titled ‘Sins of the Father), but that could simply sum up the whole season for the poor girl. 

While the trial ended favorably for her, things didn’t exactly pan out the way she’d hoped once she got back to Sullivan’s Crossing with a renewed optimism that was quickly shattered for a few reasons. 

But first—the lawsuit by Mrs. Markiff, which had Maggie feeling a world of guilt, especially when her lawyer went into full takedown mode by shifting the narrative and placing the blame back on the mother. 

The truth is that this was a terrible situation all around and there was no telling whether Maggie’s additional steps would’ve saved Kevin’s life, particularly since he was a football player who suffered many concussions prior to the accident, and even reported suffering a headache hours before it happened.

Maggie did what she thought was right that day, but in the process, she also acknowledged her faults that likely happen in the medical industry all too often: she stopped viewing her patients as people. 

The realization came to her mostly while helping Jackson in Sullivan’s Crossing, but seeing Mrs. Markiff get so emotional when confronted with her own guilt, Maggie knew that the only outcome for the case (and the only one she could live with) was for her to take the blame. However, by showing Mrs. Markiff how genuinely sorry and heartbroken she was by it all, the plaintiff asked to dismiss the case, acknowledging that Maggie is a good doctor even if mistakes happen along the way. 

No one would come out of the case a winner as nothing could bring Kevin back, but both parties walked away with the capacity to understand what the other was going through.

It’s evident that Maggie is too sweet and kind for the cutthroat medical world in Boston, especially dealing with all the politics. When Walter told her to grow thicker skin, it was an immediate red flag that this isn’t the world she belongs in, though I’m glad there are doctors out there like her who don’t just look out for themselves. 

Sullivan's Crossing Season 1 Finale Episode 8 Review Sins of the Father

Sullivan’s Crossing — “Sins of the Father” — Image Number: SUL110_0349r — Pictured (L-R): Morgan Kohan as Maggie Sullivan — Photo: Fremantle — © 2023 Fremantle. All Rights Reserved.

Lots will be unraveled with Walter in the second season as Bob finally got hold of Maggie briefly to inform him that he was offered immunity in exchange for bringing down bigger fish in the industry, namely Walter. And Walter was immediately there to scare Bob away before he could tell Maggie too much. It seems as though Sully’s gut reaction about Walter has always been on point!

Andrew also apologized for his actions in Sullivan’s Crossing, explaining that he was working through it all in therapy and promising to wait for Maggie for as long as it would take, even though I assumed that there was no chance for these two to get back together. I thought (read: hoped) this was the last we saw of him, that is until the positive pregnancy test came back. While I wish it was Cal’s, Maggie and Cal never did more than kiss, so the baby is definitely Andrew’s, which, paired with Cal’s silent exit without even saying goodbye (though he didn’t know she was coming back so why would he reach out? And, in his defense, he did try to call amid the trial), convinced Maggie that she needs to move back to Boston and take the job offered to her by Walter’s buddy (likely one of the big fish Bob is out there trying to bring down). 

The pregnancy definitely came out of left field, which has been my biggest gripe with the series. There were no smooth transitions from one scene to the next during this episode—it was so jarring and all over the place: one moment Maggie is weeping over Cal’s departure and the next scene she’s sitting on a toilet with a positive pregnancy test despite having absolutely no symptoms or indication that this could be the next step in the plot.

Since Maggie has a lot of abandonment issues due to her fraught relationship with Sully, she immediately jumped to conclusions when she found out Cal checked out without saying a word. Of course, had she just called him, the whole thing could’ve been figured out, but she instead figured that the feelings she had for him weren’t worth pursuing. 

On top of that, Lola, who was cleaning out Cal’s place, and kept the letter he left addressed to Maggie, which likely would’ve shed the necessary light on everything. My money is on Lola also reading it and getting jealous because Cal likely disclosed his feelings in it but told her he needed to handle this official goodbye before taking the next step). 

It’s a bummer because the feelings Maggie was feeling for Cal, he was also feeling for her. And they were so strong, he finally arrived at the moment where he felt comfortable letting go of Lynne and saying goodbye to her. He was ready to move on with someone that makes him happy, knowing that it’s what she wanted for him.

It was gut-wrenching seeing him honor her wishes and spread her ashes in the most beautiful place he found, juxtaposed with the scenes of her death, one she was ready for because it was on her own terms. Cal truly is one of the good guys and deserves the world! 

Sullivan's Crossing Season 1 Finale Episode 8 Review Sins of the Father

Sullivan’s Crossing — “Sins of the Father” — Image Number: SUL110_0050 — Pictured (L-R): Chad Michael Murray as Cal Jones — Photo: Fremantle — © 2023 Fremantle. All Rights Reserved.

After missing Cal and taking a pregnancy test, Maggie decided that the best thing to do was leave everything in Sullivan’s Crossing behind (because while it may be simpler here, it also forces her to confront so many things she’s repressing) and return to Boston, but not before once again rehashing the past with Sully. Communication isn’t their strong suit, so I wish they’d just calmly sit down and talk things through for once. So much goes unsaid when they bring things up in passing when emotions are running high. But essentially, Maggie once again placed all the blame on Sully for not coming after her decades ago, while he had every chance to run after her and stop her but stood in place just taking it.

On the heels of yet another rift with Maggie, the stress became too much for Sully and he suffered a heart attack in his home, with no one around. During the medical emergency, he was recalling the events of that fated day—and now we know why he’s always been so secretive about it to Maggie. My suspicions were finally confirmed that Sully was the person who was behind the wheel of the car that hit Lola. He was driving recklessly trying to chase down Maggie’s taxi when Lola came onto the road, and despite doing his best to swerve the car, he hit her anyway, which also explains why he took Lola and her mother in and has been treating her like a second daughter since.

It’s yet another ugly moment from the past that Sully’s been carrying with him all this time, likely knowing that if the truth ever got out, it would do more damage than good. He’s a flawed man who has made many mistakes, many of which are coming to haunt him. 

And while I feel for Lola and what happened to her, she makes it so hard to like her when she’s being shady and trying to sabotage Maggie and Cal’s romance despite the two of them making amends. 

Sullivan’s Crossing Season 2 is “coming soon,” according to the message displayed at the end of the episode, which is a good thing because we were left with so many cliffhangers.

Will someone find Sully in time to save his life? Will Maggie turn the car around? Will his medical incident cause her to give him another chance? Will Maggie keep the baby or opt for an abortion? Or will she suffer a miscarriage? Will she tell Andrew? Will the pregnancy news force her to push aside her feelings for Cal? Will she actually take the job in Boston or meet with Bob to find out what he was trying so desperately to tell her?

I was hoping Cal and Maggie would finally get their moment in the season finale, but it seems the series is going to keep us holding out for a little longer, which means I’m just that much grateful that a season 2 is coming! 

What did you think of the finale—and the season overall? 

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Sullivan’s Crossing Season 1 Episode 9 Review – Can’t Help Falling



Sullivan's Crossing Season 1 Episode 9 Review - Can't Help Falling

Sullivan’s Crossing Season 1 Episode 9, which also served as the series’ penultimate episode (Dec 13th marks the season finale), definitely raised heart rates as Maggie jumped into action to use her expertise to save Jackson following a fall while climbing. 

Here’s the thing—I like the show, and I know that I’m signing up for melodramatic storylines, but would I be asking too much for the acting to be just a smidge more believable? I don’t have a problem with the core three—Maggie, Cal or Sully—as they’ve got this down, but Jackson’s fall encroached into bad soap opera territory. It was cringeworthy. And I get that they don’t have the same budget as Virgin River or streaming shows, but it was so brutal that I struggled to get into the storyline, all the while knowing that everything would turn out just fine. 

Jackson’s fall was utilized as more of a tool for Maggie to learn a bit more about herself and her abilities. 

She didn’t hesitate when it came to saving Jackson’s life, though there was a moment of doubt when she heard Mrs. Markiff’s voice in her head blaming her for her son’s death, but it was temporary, and she knew that if she didn’t proceed with drilling the holes in Jackson’s skull to alleviate the pressure, he likely wouldn’t survive. 

It was also helpful that Cal was there to assist as he provided an additional layer of assurance. 

Operating on someone she knows reframed the trial for Maggie as she suddenly put herself in the shoes of the parents, thinking how Connie and Tom’s world would come crashing down if they lost their son. There’s a reason why doctors aren’t allowed to treat people they know as the personal connection can prove to be troubling, however, in this case, I think it gave Maggie some needed perspective. And now that her lawyer called that the trial has been moved up, her experience will likely shape how she proceeds in court.

In a promo for the finale, Maggie’s empathy seems to go against her lawyer’s best judgment, which may actually be helpful in a situation where the judge assigned to the case typically sides against doctors. If they see that Maggie is a human who shows remorse despite doing everything right to save a life, maybe she’ll be able to sway the judge’s mind. 

Sullivan's Crossing Season 1 Episode 9 Review - Can't Help Falling

Sullivan’s Crossing — “Can’t Help Falling” — Image Number: SUL109_0160 — Pictured (L-R): Scott Patterson as Sully Sullivan — Photo: Fremantle — © 2023 Fremantle. All Rights Reserved.

Jackson’s fall may have been a terrible accident, but it also mended a lot of fractured relationships. Not only did his parents put aside their differences and apologize for all the pain they’ve caused each other, but Maggie was also able to have a breakthrough with her father, who saw her in action for the first time and thought she was incredible. It’s the first time Sully ever disclosed that he was proud of her, something Maggie’s been waiting a majority of her life to hear.  I love that she and Sully are finding their footing once again.

My biggest gripe with this scene was that Lola was just standing there, scoffing at Maggie’s reunion with Sully, and no one seemed to notice she was there. How? And why is she so mad about a daughter and a father putting aside their differences after she just hit refresh on her friendship with Maggie? It doesn’t mean that Sully is going to have less space in his life for her as he’s gone out of his way to be there for her and take care of her over the years. The whole dynamic is just so weird, but everything about Lola has been kind of off since the beginning. 

Sully’s money woes might bring him and his daughter even closer as I can imagine Maggie will go above and beyond to help him save Sullivan’s Crossing and pay off his debts, not that she needs another thing to worry about at the current moment. Whatever Sully’s plan is, he has to act fast as the foreclosure notice gave him just over 30 days to set the record straight.

Sully also called Phoebe to thank her for all that she’s done for Maggie’s career and ask Walter to fight like hell to save Maggie’s license because she belongs in Boston helping people. While it was very big of Sully, the truth is that it’s up to Maggie to decide where she belongs—but she’s proven that she can help people wherever she is.

Then there’s the Cal of it all—he’s always there, willing to help, encourage, and lend a shoulder to cry on. He’s the perfect guy, so it’s no surprise that multiple women in Sullivan’s Crossing have a thing for him. Lola is pining over him even though he’s not interested in the slightest.

Maggie adamantly denied any feelings when she mentioned the kiss to Syd, despite not being able to stop thinking about it. And maybe it’s for the best for now because it doesn’t seem like Cal is ready just yet. 

When Maggie finally brought up the elephant in the room, Cal dismissed their kiss as something that occurred due to the emotions of the day, without letting her weigh in. It’s clear that he has feelings for her, but he’s grappling with the idea of moving on following Lynne’s death, as I’m guessing Maggie is the first woman he’s kissed after his wife, and the X’s on the calendar were a countdown to the one-year anniversary of her passing. 

Syd and Rob’s storyline has been one I’ve struggled to get into, even as they find themselves disagreeing about how to run the diner. Syd was right that Rob should spend more “fun” time with his son, who is clearly still dealing with the loss of his mother (and the “goodnight mom” scene to Syd was heartbreaking). He also wasn’t wrong about wanting to hire help so that they could both get some of their lives back, but he should’ve discussed it with her since she’s just as involved in the diner as he is and should get a say in the process. 

What did you think of the episode?

I can’t wait till we move past this case and get to see a version of Maggie that isn’t weighed down by guilt, fear, and anger. When her license is reinstated and she has every opportunity at her feet, what will she choose? Will she go back to Boston or stay in Sullivan’s Crossing?

I think she’s made strides during her time in Sullivan’s Crossing and she won’t be able to shake them, especially her feelings for Cal, which she’ll be able to pursue once she gets some proper closure with Andrew. Will Cal go with her to the trail? And if so, how will Andrew react when he sees him? Will it reaffirm to him that Caliente (I still can’t get over the moment where he drunkenly called him that) is here to stay?

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Sullivan’s Crossing Season 1 Episode 8 Review – Aftershock



Sullivan's Crossing Season 1 Episode 8 Review - Aftershock

Sullivan’s Crossing Season 1 Episode 8 has finally given the people what they wanted. 

Maggie and Andrew’s breakup was immediately followed by Maggie and Cal’s first (and very passionate) kiss. As far as first kisses go on television, this one was pretty solid. 

And it didn’t feel wrong either or like it was Maggie’s rebound—it felt right. And that’s likely because of the build-up to the moment, which happened not only through their friendship from the first episode when Maggie stepped foot into Sullivan’s Crossing but also throughout the episode as she checked in on him and confided in him.

Maggie and Cal seem to gravitate toward each other without much of an effort; it all comes so easily for them. Part of what Maggie finds attractive also includes Cal’s deep interest in her. He actually listens to what she has to say, which, as she notes, is rare for the men in her life. 

When Cal takes her on a picnic to his favorite spot, it turns out to be her favorite spot town as well, and it’s not lost on audiences that his excitement for this little date makes up for the lack of excitement Andrew displayed when she brought him to the same location. 

Maggie and Cal, who we find out is actually named California Jones in a full moment of trust (fitting since his parents were nomads but also, was that a little shoutout to A Cinderella Story fans? We see you nomad 609!), fit like a glove, and when things just make sense, it’s hard to fight them. When everything is so complicated, it’s hard to fight the thing that is easy. 

Of course, in a tense promo for the upcoming episode, both Maggie and Cal try to brush off what happened saying that it was an emotional day for both of them, but that’s clearly Cal’s attempt at minimizing it because he thinks it’s too soon for Maggie. However, as I mentioned above, Maggie may be confused about a lot of things, but she’s not confused about her feelings for Cal, which she’s been fighting since day one.

She wasn’t able to tell Andrew she loved him because deep down inside, she knew she didn’t and that he wasn’t the one. Everything happens for a reason, and it’s fair to need some time and space to get over a breakup, it’s not always necessary when that relationship was done in your mind for a very long time. 

Andrew picked up on all of this, and so, in a way, we should be thanking him for walking away and giving Maggie the space to figure it out and find the right man for her. Life’s too short to force a relationship with someone you aren’t excited about spending the rest of your life with. 

Cal knows all too well just how short life is having arrived in Sullivan’s Crossing to pick up the pieces following Lynne’s death. While it seems as though the loss is recent, he’s clearly done the work of moving on, acknowledging that while he’ll always love her, he promised her that he’d find someone else worthy of sharing his life with. I don’t think Cal took the kiss lightly at all, though he’s respectable and will give Maggie all the space she needs to figure everything out. 

Maggie is in a weird place as she’s not ready to make any big life decisions, something Andrew should’ve figured when he proposed and tried to buy them a house, while she’s anticipating this career-defining trial. Cal seems to understand that, allowing Maggie to move at her own pace and giving her tools to deal with the stress and anxiety rather than pressuring her to do anything she’s uncomfortable with. 

The trial will have a huge effect on her life, but she’s mostly worried about losing everything she’s worked for, whereas her conversation with Cal begs the question—is that the life she even wants? Cal also went to law school and after Lynne’s death, he realized there are so many better things to be doing than working a job you’re not passionate about. 

From where I’m standing, Maggie can make good use of her medical education by helping the town she grew up in—there’s no shortage of events and issues demanding her attention. We get to see a snippet of it when she assists Jackson, who fell during a climb. Maggie did mention she’s an adrenaline junkie, so working out in the field is not only to give her the needed dose, but she’ll feel rewarded helping the people she cares about. 

A career pivot is often necessary if it makes you happy and reframe your outlook on life. 

Maggie might also stay out of a necessity to help Sully salvage the campground now that she’s been made aware of his financial troubles. It’s so like Sully to shield her from the reality of the situation. 

I like Maggie, but man, she gives him such a hard time and never considers how losing her affected him. She needs to look at things big picture and stop painting Sully as the enemy when he was also a victim of her mother Phoebe’s actions. Maggie went through a ton of trauma and heartache losing her father, but it wasn’t easy on him either, and I hope she realizes that sooner rather than later—and hopefully before her cutting words lead him to pick up the bottle again. 

Sully informed Frank that he was doing alright despite his minor relapse, and let’s hope that’s the case. Frank was too scared to tell his friend about his upcoming trip with Edna because he felt personally responsible for Sully’s wellbeing, however, that’s too much of a burden to place on anyone. They’re positive influences, surely, but the decision to stay sober has to be internal. 

Maggie’s presence, despite their fraught relationship, will be helpful during their absence, but I don’t know how Sully will recover from Jackson’s injury while climbing. 

Other moments in the episode included Sydney and Rafe going on their first date (though the other two blooming couples on the series, Maggie and Cal and Jackson and Kaleb somehow had way more chemistry than these two) to get to know each other a little better, though things took a bit of a downturn when Rafe mentioned her modeling in New York. Something clearly happened during her short-lived modeling career that causes distress whenever it’s mentioned. 

Jackson and Kaleb barely got to set out on their climb when the latter felt dizzy and nauseous and couldn’t get back up. Jackson sought Cal’s help, and thankfully, Maggie was there to assist, immediately recognizing the symptoms as vertigo. The epley maneuver is one to keep in your back pocket, folks, as it’s a lifesaver (when done right) if your crystals ever get displaced, which happens more than you’d imagine. 

What did you think of the episode? Did you enjoy all the momentum surrounding Maggie and Cal’s romance? Will they hit the brakes as she tries to make sense of her life, or will she realize that her life is slowly beginning to make sense because of him?

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