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The Good Karma Hospital, season 4

Amanda Redman in The Good Karma Hospital

The Good Karma Hospital continues its winning recipe for success with season 4. That means exciting medical work, continuing character development for the main cast, interesting new characters, and seasonal guests with meaningful issues.

The Good Karma Hospital is a heartwarming series about good people trying their best to do good things. If you’ve watched previous seasons and enjoyed them, you won’t be disappointed by this one.

James Krishna Floyd and Amrita Acharia in The Good Karma Hospital

That doesn’t mean everyone is happy all the time. For example, Ruby Walker (Amrita Acharia) is furious at Gabriel Varma (James Krishna Floyd) who ran off and left her at the end of season 3. He’s not around at the beginning of season 4, but finally makes an appearance toward the end.

On of my favorite parts of Dr. Varma’s return was when both Ruby and Nurse Mari (Nimmi Harasgama) punch him in the face the minute they see him. Not that I’m advocating violence, but it was so out of character and surprising for both of them – and so satisfying!

Two new doctors arrive at the hospital this season. Samir Hasan (Harki Bhambra) is English. He has an interesting backstory that slowly gets unpacked over the season. He and Nurse Mari hit it off. After all this time, it’s nice to see Mari getting a more developed story and character, and maybe even a little romance. Nimmi Harasgama is delightful in how she plays this new aspect of Mari.

The other new doctor is the very young, just graduated, Niki Sharma (Rebecca Ablack). She’s enthusiastic about everything but has a lot to learn.

Lydia Fonseca (Amanda Redman), the head of the hospital, and Greg (Neil Morrissey) have a several episode arc because his visa has expired and he may be deported.

Ruby has to deal with her father’s illness in addition to being torn up about Gabriel bugging out on her. It does affect her work and interactions with everyone. One way she copes is by taking up boxing.

One of the more interesting subplots in season 4 is about an English woman and her neurodivergent birdwatcher son (played by Raquel Cassidy and Connor Catchpole). They have growing up and letting go issues to deal with.

The season doesn’t address COVID specifically. There is one medical storyline about a girl with Nipah virus, leading to quarantine conditions. It hints at COVID but isn’t it. However, there were fewer big group scenes of colorful and crammed Indian holiday celebrations such as in past seasons. That sort of thing was scaled down quite a bit. They managed to make the hospital waiting room and grounds always look full, but people were spread out a bit and many things happened outside.

You can find all 4 seasons of this feel good series on Acorn TV.

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2 responses to “The Good Karma Hospital, season 4”

  1. I lost interest for awhile, but after this review I’ll check it out. New characters always seem to recharge a show.

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