‘Good Sam’ Recap: Season 1, Episode 4 “Attachments”


Good Sam is a brand new television show on CBS, airing Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT. The show stars Sophia Bush as Dr. Sam Griffith, Jason Isaacs as Dr. Rob “Griff” Griffith, Skye P. Marshall as Dr. Lex Trulie, Michael Stahl-David as Dr. Caleb Tucker, Omar Maskati as Dr. Isan M. Shah, Davi Santos as Dr. Joey Costa, Wendy Crewson as Vivian Katz, and Edwin Hodge as Malcolm A. Kingsley.

The fourth episode, “Attachments,” aired on January 27. Let’s jump into the show and what happened in this episode.

The Donor Secret

Rhonda and Sam go through storage and look for donor records. Rhonda tells Sam to win over Griff’s biggest donor. Rhonda says that Griff has a lot of anonymous donors and she thinks something is up.

Malcolm and Sam talk about the records, and Malcolm says he can track a donor for her. Sam tells him about Helen Fletcher, who is all over Griff’s records and address book. Malcolm also finds out about Sam dating Caleb for a few years.

Sam goes to lunch and meets Helen Fletcher, and Helen says her last donation was for seven million, but she’s willing to double it to 14 million. But, she needs Sam to give up her pursuit of her father’s position. Sam tells Vivian about the meeting, and she tells her to be careful.

Sam finds paperwork from the clinical trial and Griff’s signature is all over it. Sam talks to Malcolm about Caleb, and Malcolm asks if she wants to go to the comedy show. Sam reassures Malcolm there’s nothing there between her and Caleb. Sam and Malcolm find the same clinical trial results, and that the FDA side effects were doctored by Griff, and that’s why Helen is so loyal to her father. Malcolm says the trial was over a decade ago and the drug isn’t on the market anymore, so they’d need more evidence.

Griff and Helen have a meeting at the hospital and Helen tells him about the meeting with Sam. Helen says she’s launching two new drugs soon and doesn’t want a scandal right beforehand. Griff confronts Sam about Helen and tells him about the drug trial that was altered.

Griff tells Sam to stop cold calling patients, and Griff gets a call from one that was scared. Griff says they didn’t want to violate their agreement, and that Griff silenced some of the patients. He tells Sam to leave it alone.

Sam calls Helen and they meet up again. Sam says she’ll agree to accept the donation, but that she’s not stepping down and that Helen is going to back her, instead of her father. Sam says Helen’s drug trial wasn’t tied up as well as Griff thinks it was. Sam says she’ll keep things under wraps as long as the donation comes in. Helen says she’ll have the money wired over first thing.

Griff and Vivian still have something to hide, but it’s not revealed what it is.

Sam finds Rhonda in her office, and Sam said she knew her help came with a price. Rhonda says it’s not her father they need to talk about, it’s her mother.

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Reattachment Surgery

A victim from a vehicle crash arrives whose arm was amputated. She mentions they need to look for her friend Beth. The team talks about helping Dr. Glass with reattachment surgery. Rhonda arrives in the room, stating the arm was found, and so was the friend, Beth. However, she was killed instantly.

The patient asks about Beth and is told she did not survive. The team leaves as Lex comforts her. Isan and Joey talk about Isan’s malpractice suit and Isan looks up lawyers for it. Joey’s focused on the reattachment surgery. Isan tries to be more sympathetic towards the patient and tries to tell Joey to do the same.

The team scrubs in and preps for surgery. Rhonda chooses Lex to help, not Joey, and Joey is upset about it. Griff gives Lex a pep talk before she goes in. The surgery is successful and the arm is reattached. Lex and Rhonda are with the patient when she wakes up, and the patient is able to wiggle her fingers, meaning it was a total and complete success.

After, Lex and Griff have a conversation and Lex tells him she misses him, and she’s glad he’s not dead.

Joey complains to his boyfriend, a paramedic, about losing out on the surgery. Joey apologizes to the team and builds them a lounge in the back of an ambulance. Isan gets a message that the internal report is finished and he is not at fault for negligence.

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Case of the Week

A man, Noah, is having a hard time breathing and has previously been diagnosed with congestive heart failure. His brother is with him, angry that he still works on the family farm. The patient says he’s been in the hospital six times in the last six months for the same issue.

They get an alarm and they have to take the fluids out of Noah’s lungs manually. However, they’re waiting for tests to come back to determine what course to next take. Sam asks Caleb if they’ve gotten the labs back, and Bernie says that there would be a rush on it if they went to a comedy show tonight, and Malcolm is there saying they have dinner plans. There’s some very awkward tension between Caleb and Malcolm.

Caleb and Sam go to the lab, and Bernie says the labs were never run. Caleb checks and the labs were denied. Apparently, Noah does not have health insurance, but Sam and Caleb appeal to the financial review board.

Caleb gets the results back and tells Sam that it’s syphilis. Sam gets an alarm that Noah is getting worse. Now they come back and say it was a false positive for syphilis, so Caleb and Sam go back to the drawing board.

Caleb walks in after Sam’s fight with Griff and sees Sam upset. He tells Sam to come with him, so the two get into separate ice baths in order to help with the stress.

Caleb tells her that he’s still crazy about her and Sam says it feels like another life. They both agree they don’t want to go back, but Caleb says he wants a new thing, a 2.0. Sam says she’s sorry and goes to leave. As Sam gets out, she says that her legs are numb from the cold and a lightbulb goes off in her head about Noah.

Caleb and Sam talk to Noah, and they tell him he has an autoimmune disease but it’s treatable. Sam tells Noah and his brother that if the treatment works well, he can do whatever he pleases.

Sam tells Malcolm that there is something there about Caleb. She kisses Malcolm and tells him that she’s in this with Malcolm.

Good Sam airs on CBS on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Stay tuned for our continued coverage on the series, including episodic recaps and more!

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