Complications' Jessica Szohr Teases Finale's New, 'Life-Threatening' Twist

When last we tuned into USA Network’s Complications, Dr. John Ellison (played by Jason O’Mara) had just told young Antoine’s incarcerated father how things were gonna be. How he was going to walk away from this ordeal once and for all, never to worry for his family’s safety.

Meanwhile, nurse Gretchen (Gossip Girl alum Jessica Szohr) seemingly got a handle on her own liability, Jed, the hospital wonk who knows way too much about what she and John have been up to since Antoine’s shooting.

Are the complications over? Hardly, as Szohr shares in this preview of the Season 1 finale (airing Thursday at 9/8c).

TVLINE | Talk about the year you’ve had. Complications premiered to good notices, you’re also recurring on Season 2 of Kingdom (premiering Oct. 14 on DirecTV)….
Yeah, it’s been pretty fun! The journey with Complications has been interesting because we did the pilot at the end of 2013. Now that the first season has aired, it’s been fun to finally see it put all together. There’s so much action, I wanted to see how those scenes turned out, with the explosions, breaking into cars, the gunshots….

TVLINE | Gretchen waving around a gun to save John from a beat-down….
Yeah! Watching it all come together has been pretty insane, because when I read the pilot, I was like, “I don’t want to be a part of a medical drama” — not that they’re not amazing, but for six years I don’t want to be in a hospital all the time. And then, cut to three episodes in, I’m like, “Ohhhh, this is like a crime thriller, not just a medical show.” Complications - Season 1We just happen to be a doctor and a nurse. I would love to go back and keep exploring Gretchen and take another journey in Season 2 (which has not yet been ordered).

TVLINE | What do you like most about Gretchen?
I like that she has a big heart and she really doesn’t care what people think about her. It sounds very harsh the way I’m saying it, but she is always trying to help people and she’ll do it no matter who is standing in her way or what someone’s going to say or think or do. She’s a risk taker, she goes after what she wants; I think that’s really beautiful.

TVLINE | What sort of scripts were you seeing right after Gossip Girl? A lot of Vanessa types?
A lot of “Bohemian artsy girl.” I was like, I need to step away from that for a minute. That’s why I loved Gretchen, and now Laura on Kingdom.

TVLINE | Gretchen’s biggest liability has been Jed. Does she have him handled at this point? Now that he’s done seeing the “ants”?
I don’t think so. That’s an interesting relationship to me, because here she is trying to keep her sister in rehab, making sure her sister is OK, being this sort of motherly big sister role model. Meanwhile, she’s taking drugs from Jed. It’s so contradicting and crazy to me. For a while, doing my homework to play Gretchen, I had to wrap around my head, why, logically, she is doing that, because it doesn’t make sense.

TVLINE | As I told Jason O’Mara, the show could just as easily be titled People Making Ill-Advised Decisions.
All the time! Thinking they are doing the right thing and then something blows up in their face.

TVLINE | What kind of a cliffhanger are we getting in Thursday’s finale? John just laid down the law with EZ — and Darius didn’t really care for that.
No, Darius did not. A couple of things come out, total twists that you wouldn’t expect, and we get a phone call that’s very life-threatening — totally separate and different from anything else going on in the season. It’ll be interesting to see who is on the other end of that phone call….

TVLINE | So, Season 2 could just be a whole new, steaming pile of complications.
Yes, it definitely could!

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  1. Nancy says:

    I love, love, love this new show Complications. It has so much to go with and the way it has been written up to this point is brilliant. SVU has been my fav for the last 10 years or so, I new every single series as soon as the intro came on. I love that it continues with new episodes on NBC. It is still just as interesting and entertaining even more than the first episodes 15 years ago. I want to see this new series Complications blossom the same. I love that the writers and directors are who created Burning Notice are writing and directing this show asome well. With it continuing to have the up and down twists of almost home but then another strike out keeps it thickening and growing
    I can truly see this awesome new show “growing ” somewhere. There is so much you can do with it. In fact joining with Dick Wolfe sometimes along with what you are already creating could probably enhance and contribute to the up and down drama in ways that haven’t been thought of yet. For drama and definitely a future this show has my interest and heart. Love it, love it, love it. Oh and I love all of the main characters. Keep it going.

  2. JA903 says:

    I really like this show. Hope it gets renewed.

  3. Dave says:

    The title of the show should be “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished.”

  4. SPAMMER says:


  5. wrstlgirl says:

    I CAN NOT STAND GRETCHEN!!!!! Love the show but this character is just to over the top ridiculous. Why does she have to be such a B all the time, it’s just sooooo unnecessary.

    • prish says:

      If she is only finding out, now, how the story played out, it might be a case of the actor not knowing the character’s arc and story at the time of shooting. In Blacklist the actor who plays Tom knew nothing about his character’s backstory. IMHO, it would have been better for him to know, trusting his subtext development to entertain the viewers. As it is in these cases of such Gretchens/Toms, the actress/actor is stuck with the assignment to make it exciting, knowing nothing. She has done a great job keeping us watching, you will have to admit.

      • wrstlgirl says:

        Maybe that’s part of it, I guess we’ll find out if there’s a second season. It’s just as I said below, why does she have to be so bitchy to everybody, even her friends. As it is I really don’t enjoy her much, they need to soften the character a bit. The main reason why I’m watching is A. it’s a great show and B. Jason O’Mara :-)

    • Jax&Juice's Girl says:

      I like Gretchen…….SOMETIMES. Yeah she’s a bitch but she knows how to deal w/stuff like this, since she is street smart. I hope it gets a S2 cuase I can’t get enough of this show it’s insane!!!!!!

      • wrstlgirl says:

        I wouldn’t mind it so much but she’s even a total bitch to her friends, lol. As I watch I’m always like, take a chill girrrrlllll.

        • Jax&Juice's Girl says:

          That’s true, but she’s down for whatever happens……if I remember right she told John that if he goes to prison she’s going too.

  6. drhenning says:

    For me it’s Beth Reisgraf my favorite from Leverage in another series.. I almost didn’t recognize her early on but she looked more like she did on Leverage in latter episodes and her character is now in the loop… I guess she won’t be doing any climbing inside air vents in this show…

  7. RAA says:

    John’s dad Gary is awesome. I absolutely adore Kevin Tighe. (I have since his Emergency! days) He is an under-appreciated actor and a class act.

  8. Patricia Sumers says:

    Complications is a GREAT and engaging series. I was hooked on it with episode 1. Please, please bring it back!!

  9. Nancy Tucker says:

    Complications is one of those shows that creeps up on you, not knowing what to expect but finds a huge treat. It was the most fascinating hospital shows that I have experienced. I loved the characters, great job. Each person seemed to perfectly fit with the script. I am interested in seeing how it will continue because I was so happy for John and his family to get a break to continue on with a series of challenges is again interesting to see how things can stay together with so much that has happened. It was very intertaining, Bravo! I am going to miss it during the break! Glad it captivated me, glad I stayed for the whole ride because it really took me to a good place.

  10. Peggy Fry says:

    I really enjoyed Season 1 and hate to hear it has been cancelled. Hopefully another network will pick it up.