As Walter gets ready to head on a surfing tour of Australia, Doogie has been accepted as a medic on the tour and wants to convince her parents to let her go in the season finale of the Disney+ Original Series, “Doogie Kameāloha, M.D.” Meanwhile, Doogie’s father, Benny, is getting ready for a family party and wants his uncle to take his traditional place cooking the pig, but Doogie’s mother is adamant the uncle has to stay in the hospital due to his condition. Meanwhile, Kai and Steph are trying to figure out things after their big kiss on Walter’s birthday and Doogie’s mother is trying to make a final good impression to become the Chief of Staff at the hospital.
This episode ties up all the loose ends nicely. It finishes every little storyline it had going so everything can be wrapped up nicely with a bow. That’s good because I would’ve hated for this season to end on a cliffhanger. I really don’t think this show deserves a second season and I would hate for fans of it to be left wondering what happened. Doogie’s mother impresses her boss when she goes against protocol to check her husband’s uncle out of the hospital. He notes that rules are put in place by lawyers, but doctors know what is better for patients. And, he knows that some people will recover from their ailments better at home even if the science says they should be at the hospital.
Meanwhile, Doogie and Walter go through a rollercoaster in this episode. In the beginning, they both plan to go to Australia. But, Doogie’s parents won’t let her go off with her boyfriend. She asks for a leave of absence from her job, and her mother; as her boss; denies it. So, Doogie quits. When Doogie explains this to Walter, he knows she’s throwing away her future and agrees to not go on the tour so she doesn’t hurt herself long-term. And, she realizes that surfing is his love and he has to go even if she can’t. It’s a great storyline that should’ve been fleshed out more rather than crammed into one episode.
This show had so much potential but felt really bland. Seeing Doogie both thrive and struggle in the hospital setting would’ve been a better show. Fleshing out her story arcs with Walter, Steph, her parents, and even her brothers rather than cramming them into one episode each time would’ve been better. The show either rushed through potentially great storylines or ignored them completely. I don’t think this show deserves a second season, but if it gets one, I hope it does better with the pacing. I want to love it, but I didn’t love this.
Episode: 2 stars out of 5
Series: 2 stars out of 5
What did you think of the first season of “Doogie Kameāloha, M.D.?”