The Mob Doctor

FOX TV series Mob DoctorNetwork: FOX
Episodes: 13 (hour)
Seasons: One

TV show dates: September 17, 2012 — January 7, 2013
Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Jordana Spiro, Floriana Lima, Zach Gilford, Željko Ivanek, Wendy Makkena, Jesse Lee Soffer, William Forsythe, James Carpinello, and Michael Rappaport.

TV show description:      
This medical drama focuses on a young female surgeon who’s caught between two worlds. She must juggle her promising medical career with her family’s debt to Chicago’s Southside mob. The Hippocratic oath is sacred for most doctors but for Chicago physician Grace Devlin, saving lives isn’t the only concern.

Doctor Grace Devlin (Jordana Spiro) is a top resident at Chicago’s Roosevelt Medical Center. She’s smart and self-assured and heralded as one of the country’s most promising young surgeons. However, her family ties keep her glued to her Southside roots. To pay off her brother’s life-threatening gambling debt, she makes a deal with the “devil” and agrees to work “off book” for the mafia men she’s long despised.

At the hospital, Grace must regularly deal with emotionally compelling cases -– a young woman in need of a heart transplant, a family decimated by a hit-and-run driver, or the mass chaos in the wake of an commuter train collision. But in her other vastly different world, she must juggle an onslaught of mob-related demands, including operating in illegal backrooms, treating hit men hiding from the law, performing emergency surgery on a high-end call girl, and even saving a juiced-up race horse.

TV show supportAdding to her stress is the fact that Grace must keep her dual life a secret from everyone. That includes her protective best friend, Nurse Rosa “Ro” Quintero (Floriana Lima); her handsome, blue-blooded boyfriend, Doctor Brett Robinson (Zach Gilford); her boss and Roosevelt Medical’s Chief of Surgery, Doctor Stafford White (Željko Ivanek); her rival, Doctor Olivia Wilcox (Jaime Lee Kirchner); her perpetually in-denial mother, Daniella (Wendy Makkena); and even her well-meaning screw-up brother, Nate (Jesse Lee Soffer).

The only ones who know the true scope of Grace’s activities are the men that Grace owes the debt to — including the brutal Southside mob boss Paul Moretti (Michae11 29 2012 09 29
l Rappaport) and charming Constantine Alexander (William Forsythe), an oddly compassionate killer whose relationship with Grace is more than it seems. Recently released from prison, Constantine is the former head of the Southside mob. He wants to reclaim his place in the organization, with the help of his right-hand associate, Grace’s ex-boyfriend named Franco (James Carpinello).

As Grace tries to juggle the demands of these two conflicting worlds –- not to mention the needs of her own slightly dysfunctional family –- her moral center comes into direct conflict with the very immoral things she’s asked to do. With nerves of steel and a tough-as-nails exterior, she somehow manages to make it all work -– at least for now.

Series Finale:     
Episode #13 — Life and Death

Gunshot victims Constantine and Grace’s mother, Daniella, are rushed to the hospital. After sending Grace – who grabs Constantine’s phone – away, Stafford tends to Constantine, and Brett takes Daniella.

When Nate calls Constantine’s phone and Grace learns four crew members were murdered, Grace tells him about Constantine and Daniella. Agent York asks Grace what she saw (nothing). But York knows she’s Constantine’s doctor and that Nate works for Constantine.

After surgery, Daniella’s condition remains critical. Nate tells Grace the Nogales cartel was behind the shootings. Grace warns Nate the FBI is watching him. Constantine also survives, and Stafford – who knows about Grace’s mob involvement – orders her to stay away from Constantine. York informs Grace that Nate will serve 20 years unless he turns state’s witness. And Al Trapani tells Grace that Constantine killed her father.

York pressures Ro into admitting that Grace used to date Franco. Grace asks Constantine if he killed her father. Constantine says he couldn’t have done that because he’s Grace’s true father, and he had come to her house to tell her this just before he got shot.

When Daniella regains consciousness, Grace asks if Constantine’s really her father. Daniella confirms this. She was afraid her husband would kill her, so she never told anyone. Grace – who always remembers finding her “father” dead when she was six – is shaken by what she’s just learned.

Grace tells Franco about Ro’s slip. Franco advises Grace to plead ignorance. Meanwhile, Daniella dies from an embolism.

Grace blames Constantine for Daniella’s death and threatens to tell the FBI everything she knows. Constantine plays Stavos’s message about Trapani’s lying to the cartel – which made Constantine a target – adding that Trapani told Grace that Constantine killed her “father” to drive a wedge between them. And if Grace wants to avenge Daniella’s death, she’ll help Constantine take down Trapani. OK.

Grace asks Luke to use his Miami contacts to tell the cartel about Trapani’s lie, and to set up a meeting with Tiago Enriquez, the cartel’s top man in Chicago. She also tells Luke that she’s Constantine’s daughter, and Luke agrees to help.

York confronts Franco about his involvement with Grace and her criminal activity. Franco denies everything, but York says Grace’s fingerprints were all over Franco’s safe house. He intends to press charges and takes Franco’s badge and gun.

Grace meets Enriquez – who’s angry that Trapani played him – and his thugs. Speaking for Constantine, Grace offers Enriquez free access to the Eisenhower Expressway, which Trapani controls, if Enriquez forgives Luke’s debt and kills Trapani. Once Enriquez agrees to the deal, Grace spits in the face of the thug who killed Daniella.

When Grace relays this to Constantine, he says it’ll lull the cartel into a false sense of security and give him time to strike back. The deal was illusion and only Grace could sell it. Grace is furious. She wants out. Constantine refuses, saying she has no choice. She’s his blood, his family. Then he falls asleep.

After muting Constantine’s alarm, Grace injects him with insulin, removes the memory chip from his phone, trashes the syringe, and walks out. Constantine flatlines.

Grace tells Nate that she’s out of the mob business. He’s staying in. They hug.

Grace walks out of the hospital, gets into Franco’s car, and they kiss. Franco says, “Mexico, here we come.”
First aired: January 7, 2013


What do you think? Do you like The Mob Doctor TV series? Are you sorry to hear that the show won’t be back for a second season?

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  1. Lisa says

    My husband and I love this show. We can’t believe that it has been cancelled. Everyone we know loves it. This makes us wonder who is in charge of the decision making.

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  3. Shannon says

    I just heard Mob Doctor is being cancelled. What the hell is Fox 4 thinking. Finally a good tv series to watch & now they are cancelling it. Very disappointed in the network.

  4. Joan says

    I cannot believe that The Mob Doctor will be canceled.
    It is a wonderful and interesting program. Finally a program for adults that
    has a great storyline. (Most of the reality shows are stupid, senseless and are
    geared for non-thinkers!)
    I think this show should have been advertised a lot more than it was prior to the
    pilot. I found it by accident. Love it and think it should be given a chance to

  5. Veronica says

    I love this show and I am extremely disappointed it is cancelled. It’s original and suspenseful and great characters. FOX, please reconsider!!!!

  6. OneTinSoldier says

    Finallly a Mature mentally provocative program for Educated viewers, many of whom have only recently learned off this series, dumb down attitude programing for idiots has got to cease. Yet, heres a prime example of a salient example of our society in original and exciting show that is cancelled????? WHY? The characters are engaging, likeable, even respectfully educated in their fields of character. I respectfully ask how can a decision be made so hastily, without even a by your leave to the educated public who has yet to discover this venue? Media MONGOLS, wake up, you are loosing the audience that has the money your advertisers are seeking, and WE just want take your in the throat immature programing anymore, Ladies, would you like to just go dancing and dinner, and maybe a good old fashion movie such as “The Notebook, Always, Dr. Zhivago, Somewhere in Time, Casablanca, The Titanic, Avatar, African Queen etc, etc, etc, ????…………. THE MOB DOCTOR is exactly what America needs, proving Women can do what Women DO BEST……. SURVIVE………. Semper Fi, Drew

  7. says

    Great show–don’t know who the dumb ass who decided that this show should be cancelled, but would love to meet him!! Don’t understand why good shows like this always have to get taken off and they leave the stupidest shows on tv.

  8. Leigh says

    I love this show and so does everyone I know. Why are these original and exciting shows cancelled???All the characters are engaging and likeable. Come on now. how can a decision be made so hastily????

  9. Joanne Miller says

    This is a great show…why do they always cancel good shows and leave the crappy ones on..give me a people are stupid!!!

  10. Kate Fredericks says

    A stand out, brilliant new show nobody’ s watching. Smart, exciting, outstanding actors. No excuse the inane Rizzoli & Isles continues and this way better show gets cancelled! As someone above said – another good show gets cancelled. Just FYI, Fox’ s entertainment director, Kevin Reilly, drove NBC into the ground. Watching this nitwit cancel shows like Alcatraz and others (like Mob Doctor) and watching Fox drop in the ratings recently, do you suppose there’ s a connection? Chicago Fire, a smart, exciting show on NBC had a very lackluster beginning in the ratings, and I know Reilly would have trashed it. How many of you are willing to invest in what looks like a great show coming up called The Following? The only way we can hurt this stupid network with their abysmal director choice (why hire a guy who ran another network down? I’ll never understand these Hollywood idiots!) – just don’ t watch it – write to them & let them know! Shameful!

  11. Jae Jack says

    I really like MOB DOCTOR.. Wish FOX would not cancels the show. I would like to see where the show would go from here.

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