After a change in accounting systems leads to paper checks for the first time since she became a doctor, Doogie learns how much her paycheck actually is and looks to find a way to spend her time and money in the latest episode of the Disney+ Original Series, “Doogie Kameāloha, M.D.” Doogie gets into shoe trading which her father notices is similar to stock trading throwing back to his old life as a stock broker. Meanwhile, Clare bonds with their sons as she practices basketball to get involved in a lunchtime game at the hospital to strengthen her case to be the next Chief of Staff at the hospital.
This episode is incredibly average. The message is good, but it’s delivered through the most obvious sitcom tropes that makes it harder to get behind. While it was nice to see Doogie not just spend her money willy-nilly, it was obvious she was going to become obsessed with whatever she tried to do. It was also obvious her father would know about whatever she pursued, experience obsession just like her and would be able to teach her a lesson in moderation. It was too predictable.
The B-story involving Doogie’s mom’s pursuit was also obvious. She wants a promotion, she learns she has competition who spends some free time with her boss who is leaving, she decides to get involved in the free time in an effort to sway her leaving boss to recommend her to replace him. It allowed her to spend some quality time with her sons, teach them some valuable lessons and while it may have angered some of the other people in the basketball game her boss and colleagues were playing, it impressed her boss leading to him wanting to talk to her about potentially replacing him. Everything is tied up in a neat little bow.
Objectively, this show tells its story perfectly fine. It’s not breaking new ground and that’s fine. It does what it needs to do for its audience. But, it’s kind of meh. Not every show on the Disney+ has to be “The Mandalorian” or “WandaVision,” but this one just isn’t getting me excited from week to week. It’s a good family show, but it’s nothing more. I’m glad it’s there for those who like it and I hope it has a good audience. I just think it’s treading water right now. Maybe the pandemic affected that like it did many other shows, but I hope this show improves.