The Christmas Doctor (2020 Hallmark Movie & Mysteries)
Cast: Holly Robinson Peete, Adrian Holmes, Colleen Winton
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Synopsis (via Hallmark)
Zoey is a traveling doctor who prefers short assignments to stay put, so when she is assigned to a small town clinic for the holidays, she is surprised when she starts to feel at home.
Dr. Zoey is a busy doctor who focuses on work rather than family or decorating her house. (She uses post it’s as decoration and eat Thai out of the carton. Is she me?) Dr. Zoey is assigned to a small town. When she gets there, people seem more interested in Meatloaf Monday than the new doctor. The town is so small they don’t even have an MRI machine.
Dr. Zoey rents a room, and it is owned by the same man she saw at the doctor’s office. His name is Luke, and he is hot, even with a daughter in college! Dr. Zoey plays it cool and even makes fun of Luke for constantly hitting his head on things. Dr. Zoey is instantly beneficial for the town and starts helping people in the town. The town also uses alteration with its restaurant menu. Meatloaf Monday, Tamale Tuesday, Waffle Wednesday, the possibilities are endless.
Lily, Luke’s daughter, is back in town. She is already playing matchmaker with her father and Dr. Zoey. Little do they know that Dr. Zoey has a past and worked as a medical doctor. We see through a flashback that she helped a young man in the army in Afganistan. She recalls playing chess with him, and it seems to be a painful memory for Dr. Zoey. She is running from the pain that she feels from losing the soldier.
Luke and Dr. Zoey bond over being divorced, and then they talk about their past. They play with lightsabers (don’t ask) and then have a pasta dinner with wine! Then they go for a walk and almost-kiss under the mistletoe but get interrupted with a call about a baby being born.
The two continue to go about their lives to avoid their romantic chemistry. Luke and Lily talk about her future while Dr. Zoey continues to have PTSD flashbacks. They come back together for Souffle Sunday date and decorate a Christmas tree together. They even catch themself under the mistletoe again but are interrupted by a Santa with a Rash. They rebound and kiss.
It is Dr. Zoey’s last in the town, and she witnesses Dr. Ray to win an award in the town. He is on the mend and thanks to her for all the help she has given to the town. They play a slide show of Dr. Ray and his family. His son was the soldier that Dr. Zoey tried to save in Afganistan. Zoey misses that slide because some kid gives her a candy cane.
Dr. Zoey hosts Christmas dinner for Gabby, Luke, Dr. Ray, and his wife. With a surprise guest, her sister Debra and her husband, Tai. Debra blows Dr. Zoey’s cover and knows everything about Luke and Lily already. (Haha!) Dr. Ray asks Dr. Zoey to become a partner at his practice. Dr. Zoey declines because she already has another job lined up in Philly. She says goodbye to Dr. Luke, and they try to act like it isn’t a big deal that she is leaving.
On her way out of town on Christmas Day, Dr. Zoey is stopped by Dr. Ray. He shares with her that he brought her to his town to thank her for providing his son with such wonderful care. It is a very emotional scene.
Flash forward to New Year’s Eve; Dr. Zoey is finished with her job in Philly and has a night planned with Lasana. (Which sounds good to me.) She changes her mind and drives up to see Luke. They watch meteors together, and tells him that she wants to move in with him and make a home. They kiss on his doorstep.
Minority Report: Zoey, Debra, ER Cheif, Luke, Lily, Tai,
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