Where is the Mike Holmes for dentists, teachers and cops? Why are contractors so easy to pick on?
A few years ago, a dentist had me come back ten times (I swear) to fix up a badly-infected, butchered root canal. Butchered undeniably by him. I sweated through my clothes all ten visits: brutal pain. Total bill for all of this? Zero. “Don’t worry about it,” he said, when he sent me to someone else for dentist visit # 11. (Translation: “Please don’t sue me!”)
OK, so dentistry is a profession, you say. So there’s no need for a dental Mike Holmes? Well, I could have used one. And don’t even get me started on incompetent teachers and bad cops. Every line of work has its percentage of duds. (Q: What do you call the person who graduates 187th, dead last, in his class of 187 students at medical school? A: “Doctor”!)
So, why are there no reality TV shows about any of these professions?
First, I want to see a show where some big ego guy in brown overalls goes around as a traveling dentist, looking into people’s mouths to see why they are in such terrible pain.
“Hi, I’m Doctor Holmes, please sit in the chair, Mr. Jones. Can you open wide? It hurts like hell? Well, let’s see why. Just going to shine my little dentist light in here… Oh, I can’t believe what I’m seeing! Who did this to you? Half your teeth have been broken off with pliers. Why didn’t you ask to see his license? Look at this… he’s left a snapped off drill bit in the back of your tongue. You paid cash? That was your first mistake right there. Did you used to have gold fillings? I thought so, Mr. Jones. But he’s pried out all the gold and filled the holes with lead. Yeah, lead. I can’t believe this guy can sleep at night. Your whole mouth is rotted. We’re gonna have to rip everything out and take you back to bare gums. You’re going to be eating Jello for a while… If you’d only called Dr. Holmes in the first place. Doing Dental Right.
Why are there no shows like this? Are contractors the only people in the world of work who screw up? I guess they are.