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Dr. Black's home base is in New York City where she works as the medical director of a state-of-the-art neurological center known as "The Cube." Inside its modern walls, this complex woman draws patients from all over the world. Outside, she keeps multiple secrets from her family and loved ones. There's only one person who knows everything -- her psychiatrist, Dr. Helen Hartramph (Vanessa Redgrave). Hartramph is intuitive, deeply insightful, and strong, an imposing mentor and mother figure. She's a touchstone that Catherine returns to weekly for advice, medication and comfort. Meanwhile, Catherine keeps the men in her life on their toes as she is torn between Will (David Ajala), a sexy, handsome new chef with his own restaurant in Brooklyn, and her co-worker, the charismatic, womanizing chief of neurosurgery, Dr. Ian Bickman (Ditch Davey). Will wants love and commitment, but can a free spirit like Catherine ever commit? Bickman's work comes first and he would never contemplate settling down, at least until he meets Dr. Catherine Black. But what does Bickman really know about Catherine? Less than he imagines.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoKiss the Sky||Dr. Catherine Black, a world famous neurologist, treats patients with only the most difficult and fascinating neurological issues to solve. A brilliant doctor at the top of her field, Catherine can relate to the patients she helps because she is bipolar herself—a secret only her closest family knows. But when her boyfriend Will proposes, Catherine will be forced to confront her secret and decide if she’s ready to let him see her true self. Meanwhile, she finds temptation at work in the form of sexy new neurosurgeon, Dr. Bickman. Catherine treats a boy who can’t stop drawing on walls and a woman who hallucinates befriending one of Santa’s elves.||43:27||Free||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoSweet Little Lies||Will and Catherine must reestablish their relationship after Will learns she is bipolar. She admits that she may have cheated on him during one of her manic states in San Francisco. Catherine deals with a patient, Carrie, who has hallucinations of her head physically exploding before blacking out and falling in a public market. Two fourth year medical students Ali and Leo try to help her discover the cause of Carrie’s hallucinations. Her hallucinations are vivid and powerful, causing her to almost be outside her own body and witness her brain exploding. Owen Morely, the hospital’s medical director, holds a meeting to announce that if any doctor has a medical condition that could harm patients, they must come forward which makes Catherine very uneasy.||42:16||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoWho Are You?||Will admits to Catherine that he has cheated on her in the past. Meanwhile, Dr. Bickman is the hero of the hospital after performing emergency surgery on a famous pregnant opera singer during breakfast at a hotel with a bread knife. But the singer still fainted and became comatose from hitting her head. Catherine must find out why one of her patients keeps fainting, once during her Zumba class and another time while driving, causing a minor car accident. Regan reluctantly allows Esme to include Catherine in her school project- a video documentary about her family.||42:50||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoExceptional or Dead||On her first official day engaged to Will, the couple awkwardly runs into Bickman, who does his best to hide his surprise. Once Will leaves, Bickman tells Catherine that she is a lone wolf like him, and will never be happily married to anyone. Ali becomes insecure with her abilities as a brain surgeon, unable to match Leo’s memory recall abilities. While Catherine discusses the differences between Ali & Leo, neurologists and surgeons with Ina, she accidentally drops her engagement ring down the drain. Even further tension erupts when Dr. Lolita Mahmoud arrives. She is the medicating psychiatrist who consults at the Cube, and her view of the brain is often diametrically opposed to Catherine’s.||42:59||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoJerusalem||Bickman is visited by two of his friends, a married couple Tracy and Jacob Martin. Tracy tells him that Jacob has gone mad. He quit his job, refuses to go back to work, has liquidated their assets, and tried to give away their penthouse to the maid. Bickman refers them to Catherine and explains to her that the Martins are major philanthropists to many health charities including the Cube, so they should receive the VIP treatment. After talking to Jacob, who claims God has touched him, she believes that he may have a centuries old condition called Jerusalem Syndrome. Reynaud returns to the Cube for chemotherapy after he had surgery to remove his malignant glioblastoma. Unfortunately, his post surgery test results are not good. Esme asks for Elizabeths’ help to impress a boy she likes at school.||42:47||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoForget Me||Catherine learns that her father, a jazz pianist, is in town for a rare concert appearance. Their relationship is very strained and complicated. Owen works with Dr. Reggie Stark, the Under Secretary for Health from Veterans Affairs, on a special case involving Capt. Joseph Moran who is a decorated hero suffering from a war wound that that has become unbearable. They have tried everything to alleviate the pain but nothing works. Owen decides that Catherine should handle this case. Catherine learns that he is feeling pain in his left arm, but he has no left arm- it was amputated. Ali visits Leo who is recovering after the surgery to remove his benign but life- threatening brain tumor.||42:18||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoKodachrome||After suffering a minor stroke, Frankie a make-up artist comes to Catherine to help him solve the one thing that no other doctor has been able to explain- he cannot see color. Once she discovers what she thinks is the cause, she must perform an intricate and complicated surgery that she hopes will solve the problem in the end and prevent any further strokes. Bickman must save a Pulitzer- Prize winning journalist who has been shot in the head by an errant bullet during a civil uprising in Tunisia. Catherine stresses about meeting Will’s family for the first time and confronts her fears of living a regular “normal” life.||43:05||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|8||HDClosed CaptioningVideoFree Will||Danny, a 20 year old male, kills his mother and arrives at the Cube saying his head hurts and he has feelings that he can’t control. He feels great hostility with apparent provocation. During this time, Catherine and everyone else have no idea of the crime he has just committed. When a brain scan reveals a pecan sized tumor pressing against regions thought responsible for the regulation of strong emotions, Bickman confers that they need to operate ASAP but will need to call his mother, leading them to discover just how dangerous Danny’s condition is. Catherine also takes on a patient who has Alien Hand syndrome, where patients lose conscious control of a limb and the “alien” hand often thwarts what the other hand is doing. Catherine reveals to Hartramph that she slept with Bickman again and lied to Will about it. Esme overhears Will and Delilah arguing at the restaurant and pieces together that they have slept together.||42:59||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|9||HDClosed CaptioningVideoSing Like Me||Catherine is doing a study on the effects of music on the brain. A saxophonist plays beautiful, haunting music on a New York Street corner, but is taken to the Cube when he begins to lose his ability to play. Catherine discovers that he has a benign essential tremor, and the tremor worsens with movements of intention. Also in the hospital is a man who has been struck by lightning and is now being treated for memory deficits and everyday he becomes progressively more interested in playing and listening to the violin. It is an actual alteration in his brain caused by the lightning strike. Catherine finds she is concerned about Bickman after he was shot and may have real feelings about him.||42:58||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|10||HDClosed CaptioningVideoI Shall Be Released||Lucia, 16, is brought into the Cube by her parents after many other doctors and hospitals have failed to diagnose the cause of her arm twitches, slurred speech and inability to finish her sentences.. After talking to Erica, Catherine learns that she went to camp upstate and she fears that Erica may have rabies. The test comes back positive and the disease has clearly spread to her brain. It is too late but her parents demand that Catherine find a cure. Also in the Cube, a man who was in a motorcycle accident weeks ago insists that he died in the accident and that he is now walking dead, in hell. Esme busses tables at Will’s restaurants and accidentally reveals to Will that the Hotel Mirabella is where Bickman lives, not where Catherine went for a conference.||42:38||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|11||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEmotion||Bickman’s doorman Joey has bleeding in his brain from a brain aneurysm, and a second bleed is imminent, and likely to be fatal. During surgery, Bickman causes a complication that he has never experienced- massive bleeding. He has four minutes to repair the damage or it will result in permanent brain damage. Catherine confesses to Josh and Reagan that she told Will that Esme is her daughter. Hartramph tells Catherine that she did this to distract Will in order to hide her affair with Bickman. Catherine tells Will it’s over between them.||43:08||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|12||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Fear||After experiencing hallucinations, Catherine ignores Dr. Hartramph’s advice to check into a hospital and have her medication rebalanced. Catherine needs to prepare for a TED Talk she is giving in Boston, but she may never get there as her symptoms intensify. With the botched surgery from 111 fresh on his mind, Bickman has his PTSD treated by Lina so he can get back into the operating room. Local mother, Mira, is brought into the Cube where they realize her sudden bravery is actually the absence of fear, a side effect of a rare syndrome known as Kluver-Bucy.||41:38||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|13||HDClosed CaptioningVideoConsequences||After her public breakdown, Catherine has issues to face at home and at work. At home, she finds out that Esme’s biological father has Leukemia and is in need of a marrow transplant from a blood relative causing Joshua and Reagan to tell Esme who her real parents are. At the Cube, Mahmoud reveals Catherine’s bipolar diagnosis to Owen who must decide if Catherine can continue working there; but Bickman steps in to argue that Mahmoud should be fired for breaking doctor/patient confidentiality. Will Catherine lose Esme and her job?||43:07||$2.99||View in iTunes|
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I like the show but..
I like this show so far, but I am also bipolar, and let me tell you, you do not become insanely manic and out of control within minutes of not taking your medication. That is just a little too ridiculous. I know people have different experiences with bipolar disorder but this show just seems a little too far out. Shows like Homeland and even that show Mind Games with Steve Zahn do a much better job portraying bipolar disorder. I've never once danced (like no one was watching) to jazz music out of nowhere when I was manic. I'm just saying.. But otherwise, the premise and what not of the show are pretty good. And yes Mania does make you do things you wouldn't normally do and can make you hypersexual and spend money you can not afford to lose, and just basically lose control of your life, but this show takes it to an whole other extreme like I've never seen.. Still a pretty decent show though..
The behavior of the doctor is silly - she's too out of control to be reliable dealing with patients and her "heartfelt" responses to her patients seem random and completely unprofessional. The back story is overly dramatic too -- after years of being in the same family, it's as unresolved as if it all happened yesterday. She doesn't bring much to the any relationship she has but drama.
Fun little fantasy.
I have been dealing with the mentally ill in a peripheral and sometimes very personal way for most of my life. This show is an amusing take on the subject, well written and very well acted. To be frank there are an awful lot of reviewers of this show who say it is unrealistic and it is. However I don't think I would enjoy watching a show that was 100% authentic. It would simply be too alternately boring and heartbreaking.