Trust Me may seem outlandish in plot. An overworked, underpaid nurse named Cath Hardacre whistleblows that her care ward was not acting so “caring”. Seems likely right? Then, her best friend Dr. Allison Sutton, conveniently, decides to move to another country, and, incidentally, leaves all the right paperwork for her friend to take her identity in a hospital’s emergency room. In this day an era, you would think people would notice that someone was impersonating a DOCTOR almost immediately, or that moving to a new country means you take your paperwork. Thus, Trust Me relies on the warmth and perseverance of actress Jodie Whittaker to make you believe the unbelievable, and, more importantly, invest in it!
UK’s, Trust Me, relies on the heart of actors to make the slightly insane seem completely possible. Whittaker’s Cath appears so noble, almost fragile, that you believe her. She moves around in each episode balancing feelings of compassion, paranoia, love, and heartbreak, which makes her painfully like us: the average, human being. Cath is simply trying to get by in a world that does not reward the right thing as much as it does a lie. The irony does not miss the audience that Cath loses her old world for being honorably truthful, but gets a new, “plushier” one by feigning an identity. Yet, you do not judge Cath, in part, because Whittaker’s performance is EXCEPTIONAL. Every episode you feel torn between knowing that Cath must and should, eventually, get caught. After all, she cannot even CUT a patient for surgery. Imagine being under that surgical care of a doctor squinting at a scalpel? You would sue the hospital! Yet, somehow, despite her fears and lack of knowledge, Ms. Hardacre continues to survive another episode; gaining friends such as the strong-willed Karen (Lois Chimimba) and funny Charlie (Michael Abubakar), protecting her adorable child Molly (Summer Mason), and making you oddly say, Phew! because, again, Cath makes you want to hold her in sympathy and understanding.
Trust Me shines as a series because you want Cath’s safety and success, and, more importantly, you understand her issues. Who is not a parent wondering how they will feed and raise their kid to rise further than him or herself? This plight is, basically, that of every human being/ parent, and her dedication to her child makes you love her more. Moreover, she truly wants to better people’s lives, and learns quickly enough to do it. With her initial downfall being about reporting nursing negligence, you consistently hope that she sticks around to give genuine and, ironically, honest care to the many patients she supports. Thus, when Dr Andy Brenner (Emun Elliott) begins falling for our Cath, you cannot help but start dreaming of a perfect Wedding Day!
Dr. Andy Brenner is the new, British McDreamy; a kind, charismatic, and also fragile character eager to repair his own life. It seems like destiny/ natural chemistry that he would start to care for Cath, whom is constantly trying to hold herself together as life stretches her apart. Yet, Trust Me shines as a psychological thriller because you KNOW this is going to end badly. There is no way that this situation can end well, and with the intensity, in both drama and literal, hospital scenes, but StudioCanal series still makes you hope for a romantic, happy ending. Thus, Trust Me feels like the story of the inevitable doom of Cath Hardacre; a good woman who had to do something wrong to keep her life from going bad. Trust Me Premieres On Hulu December 1, and it is a MUST WATCH, especially if you DO NOT want our blood pressure down (lol!)