August 2, 2022

ER 11.12, The Providers: Was It Worth It?

Posted in TV tagged , , , at 4:59 pm by Jenn

Not sure why they felt the need to bring Henry back, but okay

Summary: Sam and Luka are getting ready for the day at their now-shared place. She asks if he’s working the same shift as Neela. Apparently that keeps happening, and Sam thinks it’s because Neela has a crush on Luka. Does Neela even get a say in when she works? Luka is skeptical but Sam says everyone has noticed, even people who don’t work in the hospital. She also thinks Luka encourages it. How can he encourage it if he doesn’t know what’s going on? Sam hopes she doesn’t have to get in a “nasty chick fight” with Neela. Yeah, me, too, because that would be ridiculous.

At County, Abby tries to remember the last time she had a date. She thinks it was April, with the guy who rode a motorcycle. Apparently that was the only interesting thing about him. Neela’s last relationship was with a professor her third year of med school. Oh, Neela. The two of them are grateful to have work to keep their minds off of the sex they’re not having. Cue Luka entering the lounge.

Susan tells Carter that patient-satisfaction scores are up slightly. Is this the only thing she cares about now? She thanks him for helping her make the transition to her new role easier. He replies that he can’t think of anyone he’d rather have as his boss. Paramedics bring in a 16-year-old named Katie who crashed a car while her father, Gabriel was teaching her to parallel park. She got dizzy and thinks she might have mixed up the gas and brake pedals.

Susan posts the new scores, optimistic that they’ll continue getting better. Abby credits her motivational speeches. Susan pairs the interns with attendings for the day, placing Abby with herself and Neela with Luka. She also assigns Jake to work with Abby. The three baby doctors go outside to meet an ambulance delivering two patients, Rod and Amanda. They were rear-ended while having sex in a car, and…well…let’s just say they’re unable to separate from each other. Rod isn’t nearly as amused as Neela is.

They take the patients into the ER while Jake and Rod discuss the scene of the accident, Rod’s car. Jake notes that it’s pretty small for their kind of activities. Amanda says they didn’t have much of a choice, since her husband was home. Neela leaves Abby and Jake with those two crazy kids so she can join up with Luka. Now that he knows that everyone thinks she has a crush on him, he’s a little uneasy around her. Maybe sending her to take care of someone’s infected anal fissure will help ease the tension between them?

Carter and Ray examine Katie, who had a kidney transplant last year. She has polycystic kidney disease and spent seven years waiting for a donor. (Her blood type combined with some antibody panel make her a tough person to match with.) Her doctors finally decided that she’d grown enough to be able to get one of Gabriel’s kidneys. In addition to her normal anti-rejection meds, Katie takes an anti-seizure drug because she had an aneurysm. Carter thinks her current problems might be kidney-related.

Luka pulls Carter out of the room and asks him to take Neela off his hands. Carter’s fine with that, calling Neela the “Punjabi powerhouse.” Carter, you don’t have to say every thought out loud. Luka quickly hands Neela off. Rod and Amanda have finally been separated, and they’ll have to take it easy for a few weeks while he recovers from a pelvic injury. Abstinence? Oh, no! Amanda’s like, “I can think of five sex moves off the top of my head that don’t involve the pelvis. We’re good. Oh, hey, I just thought of a sixth.”

Katie’s mother, Hannah, arrives and quickly starts fighting with Gabriel over him giving their daughter driving lessons. Gee, I wonder why these two aren’t together anymore. Carter pulls them out of the room to get a more detailed family history, and also so Katie doesn’t have to listen to them. She tells Neela that her illness went on for so long that it became too much for her parents and they split up.

Gabriel and Hannah continue bickering as they tell Carter about Katie’s medications. She’s been doing well, partly because of an expensive medication called Zarictal, which Gabriel took a second job to be able to afford. Hannah says she was doing fine before, but Gabriel points out that she couldn’t get a driver’s license while on her other anti-seizure medication. Hannah thinks that’s something pointless to worry about after all the years Katie was so sick. She backs off, saying that they need to accept that their daughter will never be completely healthy. Gabriel disagrees.

Hannah storms off, and Carter (acting like nothing happened) asks Gabriel to get in touch with Katie’s neurologist so they can discuss her medications. He then asks Neela to look up Zarictal. She had a patient on it last year and says it’s new but effective for treating seizures. “You kids and your fancy book-learning,” Carter teases. He tells her to find out if there have been reports of kidney problems in patients who take it.

Abby meets her and Jake’s next patient, George, who has some sort of skin issue around his penis. Abby can’t believe she has another patient with problems down there. George wonders if his recent increase in self-pleasure has caused his problem. Abby’s like, “This is fantastic. Just fantastic.” Neela tells Carter that there’s a study that suggests a connection between Zarictal and renal failure. Three more possible cases have been sent to the FDA. She suggests that Carter call the pharmaceutical company that makes the drug. Carter appreciates how proactive she’s being.

While he’s on hold, Katie’s heart starts acting up. Carter thinks it’s because of excess potassium and suspects that she’s heading toward kidney failure. He’s able to stabilize her, and he decides to have her undergo dialysis to remove the extra potassium. He warns Katie’s parents that she might need another transplant. Neela tells him that the pharmaceutical company said they’ll get back to him within a week. Katie’s neurologist arrives, and he’s a familiar face: George Henry, Carter’s one-time med student.

Jake asks Abby if she’s doing all right. He didn’t realize the last time they spoke that she’d just gone through a traumatic experience. Susan eavesdrops as Abby politely implies that she doesn’t want to talk about it. As soon as she’s ditched Jake, she asks Susan why she paired them. She doesn’t need or want a med student. Susan asks if there’s something wrong with Jake, then realizes that Abby likes him. “We never had this conversation,” Abby says, walking away. Susan teases that she must have had enough of doctors by now.

Carter asks Neela to see if there’s anything on the Internet about Zarictal causing renal toxicity. She’s concerned about causing trouble so he tells her to post a request for information that will help them figure out the best way to treat Katie. He’s put Katie on the transplant list, but Henry thinks he’s jumping the gun. He wants to do a biopsy and see if Katie’s rejecting the kidney, which they could treat.

Carter agrees, then pulls Henry away from Katie’s parents to tell him about the possible connection between Zarictal and kidney failure. Henry trusts the clinic trials that were performed and the FDA’s judgment that the drug should be approved. Carter reminds him that the FDA has approved other medications that proved dangerous later. Henry argues that Zarictal has improved Katie’s quality of life. Oh, then it must be fine!

Henry’s surprised that Carter’s still working at County. “I guess I’m just a masochist that way,” Carter quips, sharing a look with Haleh, who’s been there even longer. He didn’t expect Henry to give up research for a job with patients. Henry says he’s married and has two young kids, so his priorities changed. One of those priorities was money. He asks if Carter’s married or has kids. Carter just says, “Not yet.”

Sam arrives for a shift and chastises Neela for putting her coffee mug down on the nursing schedule. Sam, this isn’t a good look for you. Paramedics bring in a guy who fell off his roof while taking down Christmas lights. Neela joins his trauma so she has the chance to work with Luka. He tells her she can do a procedure he promised to let her do earlier, which ticks off Ray. Sam comes in while they’re working and sees Neela and Luka working very close to each other. Shut up, Sam. You haven’t said anything yet but shut up anyway.

Dubenko does Katie’s biopsy, and the fact that she doesn’t look away while he sticks a gigantic needle in her means she’s pretty cool. He then goes to Luka, Neela, and Ray’s patient to take him to surgery. Neela finds a reason to make small talk with Luka, who keeps things professional. Of course Sam doesn’t see that, because she only sees the things he does that make her mad.

Carter asks Henry why he put Katie on Zarictal. Henry heard about it from another neurologist, one Carter suspects is paid by the pharmaceutical company to tout their drug. Henry doesn’t think it matters, since the drug works. Gabriel tells them that if Katie needs another kidney, he wants to be the donor again. That means he’d be down to zero kidneys and would need dialysis for the rest of his life. Carter doesn’t think it’s ethically possible, and he doesn’t know of any responsible doctor who would agree to do it.

Lily gives Carter a fax from a neurologist confirming that there have been patients on Zarictal who have suffered renal failure. Henry knows, which is why he’s been monitoring Katie’s renal function. The pharmaceutical company sent out caution letters all over the country to keep doctors in the loop. In other words, Henry knew the risks and kept Katie on the drug anyway.

Weaver finds Carter and asks about the warning he had Neela post on the Internet about Zarictal. He says it was a request for information. Now doctors and the head of the pharmaceutical company are calling. Weaver doesn’t think that Carter should have jumped to conclusions without more information. One sick patient doesn’t mean there’s a problem.

Getting heated, Carter argues that the company didn’t run trials on patients with preexisting kidney problems. Weaver tells him that they can’t document every side effect. Carter’s exceeding the boundaries of what he should be doing as a doctor. He loudly asks if she’s telling him how to do his job.

Susan tries to defuse the situation, but Weaver takes Carter to the drug lock-up and tells him that all the medications they use save lives. The companies that make them donate the money that allows them to continue treating patients. Carter thinks this one company is hiding negative trial results. Weaver tells him that medicine advances when they put drugs out on the market and see how they work. Carter says that’s naïve. She reminds him sternly that his job is to treat patients, not “start a crusade.” Susan jokingly tells Carter that he’s not allowed on the computer anymore.

Over at the mini-mart, Neela admits to Abby that she has a crush on Luka. Abby thinks it’s a little weird, though I’m not sure why. Because Abby dated him? Neela realizes she’s establishing a pattern: “I’m a slut for authority.” She asks about Jake, and Abby says they should both ignore their crushes and hope their feelings go away.

Sam is short with both Luka and Neela, because of course she is. Dubenko tells Carter that Katie’s kidney is failing and Zarictal might be to blame. He doesn’t want to get involved in this mess, though, since people are mad that Carter’s raising the alarm. He advises Carter not to make the people who fund the hospital mad. They tell Katie’s parents that she needs another transplant and hint at Zarictal being the cause. Gabriel is understandably upset that he upended his life to pay for the drug that wound up making his daughter worse.

He slams Henry for never telling them that there was a problem. Henry says that since the drug is so new, they couldn’t have known about any complications this soon. Katie will need dialysis again while she waits for another transplant, and there’s no telling how long that will last. Gabriel reminds Henry that they made a lot of sacrifices because Henry said the drug was worth it.

Abby observes as Jake inserts a chest tube in a patient in a trauma room. She helps him guide it in, putting her hand on his. Sam watches them talk in hushed voices, using what could be construed as double entendres (“a little bit deeper”), and looks like she wants to ask if they’d like some privacy. She spots Luka and Neela working together and wonders if someone put something in the water. Luka tells Neela that he hopes he didn’t give her the impression that their relationship is anything other than professional. She assures him that she gets that.

She checks on Katie, whose heart problem seems to have been resolved. Hannah tells her that Gabriel had to leave for his second job as a security guard (the job he took to afford the Zarictal). Katie’s illness made him laser-focused on doing everything he can for her. Neela tries to convince Hannah that the road ahead of the family isn’t completely bleak.

Henry admits to Carter that he was aware that Katie might develop renal toxicity, but there was only one report about it, and it was in an obscure journal. Carter points out that he could have easily found more information. Henry says he can’t search for side effects for every patient. He has 20 alone on Zarictal, and all of them are doing well. Carter asks if he’s on the payroll for the pharmaceutical company or something. Henry says he’s part of an ongoing study and sends them monthly progress reports. And yes, he gets compensated. Carter hopes he’s up-to-date on his malpractice insurance.

Henry argues that he’s just getting reimbursed for helping the company monitor a new drug. Carter tells him they only accept the data that they like. Henry says he’s trying to be a “cutting-edge” doctor. That’s what his patients want. Gabriel is outside in the ambulance bay when the two of them come out, and he listens as Ray joins them and alerts them to the fact that Gabriel can hear them.

They approach Gabriel, who says he was about to go to work but then realized there was no point. They realize he’s holding a gun and try to keep him calm. He tells Henry that he put everything in his hands but Henry let Katie down. Henry says that Katie can still have a long life while undergoing dialysis. Gabriel points the gun at him, and when the doctors try to calm him again, he asks why he shouldn’t use it.

Carter suggests that they go inside and see Katie and Hannah. Gabriel says again that he wants to give Katie his kidney. Carter tells him there’s a possibility that can happen, though he’s obviously just saying that to keep Gabriel from getting more upset. He asks Carter to fix Katie. While the doctors are turned away, trying to figure out how to get him back inside calmly, Gabriel puts the gun in his mouth and pulls the trigger.

Carter, Neela, Ray, Sam, and Dubenko end up trying to save Gabriel in the trauma room next to where Katie’s sleeping. Dubenko quickly determines that he has no brain activity. Henry offers to be the one to tell Hannah, since he’s the family’s doctor. Carter rushes to try to make arrangements for Katie to receive one of Gabriel’s kidneys, but there’s a hurdle in the form of consent.

The press has heard about what happened and flocked to County. Weaver doesn’t want to give them any details. Susan sends Carter to talk to them, since he’s the doctor on Katie and Gabriel’s cases. Neela and Sam end up alone in Gabriel’s trauma room, and Neela admits that Luka’s help and attention confused her. Sam seems to have realized that this is all innocent and nothing she needs to worry about. Plus, Katie and Gabriel’s situations kind of make this relationship drama seem tiny.

Carter answers some reporters’ questions the best he can while Jake asks Abby if she wants to get dinner with him. She turns him down but tells him not to take it personally. He says he thought there was something between them. Abby admits that there might be, but it’s not going to go anywhere. There are a few reasons, but the biggest is that he’s her student. Jake jokingly offers to fail this rotation or drop out of med school.

Susan, Luka, and Carter watch his press conference on a news broadcast. He announces that Katie was taking Zarictal and he thinks it caused her renal failure. Susan warns that he may have committed slander and could cost County millions of dollars. Carter doesn’t think the free pharmaceutical swag is worth prescribing drugs that harm people. Susan’s in charge of the ER, so she can talk to the press next time. Luka praises Carter for what he did, but Carter doesn’t think it matters.

Everything has been approved and Katie will be allowed to receive Gabriel’s other kidney. Hannah hasn’t told her yet about his death. While she and a transplant coordinator talk to Katie about the transplant, Henry chats with Neela about her internship. He thinks they’ll tell Katie that her father loved her, “maybe too much.”

He lets Carter know that Katie’s going to surgery, then says that while he can’t take responsibility for how the system works, he can do his job better going forward. Carter tells him that’s all any doctor can do. Henry isn’t sure why he was surprised that Carter’s still at County – it’s where he belongs. He appreciates how Carter treated him when he was a med student.

Susan tells Carter that the two of them and Weaver have to meet with Anspaugh in the morning. I predict that Anspaugh will pretend to be upset with Carter, then secretly admit that he did the right thing. Carter apologizes in advance in case Susan has to deal with the aftermath of the mess he caused. He goes to treat another patient, this one with a much less serious problem than Katie. The patient tells Carter about an arthritis medication a clinic doctor gave him that let him do things he hadn’t been able to do in years. It was a miraculous drug.

Thoughts: Gabriel is played by Tom Irwin, AKA Graham Chase. One of the reporters is played by Larry Bagby III, AKA Larry Blaisdell.

Someone must have been feeling bold to name a character in a sex-related plotline Rod Dixon. (Also, fun fact: Brady Smith, the actor who plays him, is married to Tiffani Thiessen.)

Sam, hon, if you’re going to date someone hot, you have to be prepared for the probability that other people will also find him hot. Laugh it off and get on with your day.

I don’t buy Weaver as being so deep into an administrative role that she doesn’t care about patient care. This is a Romano plot, not a Weaver plot. She’s justified in being mad about Carter riling people up, but she can’t argue with him caring more about a patient than funding.

July 23, 2019

ER 4.10, Do You See What I See?: The Miracle Worker

Posted in TV tagged , , , , , , , , , at 5:03 pm by Jenn

Couldn’t be cuter

Summary: Carol wakes Doug up at the end of a night shift, and they lament that they won’t be able to spend Christmas together the next day. Herb gets his picture taken pretending to shock a patient as he finishes up his stint as Mark’s lawyer. He’s made the whole lawsuit disappear, and even got Mark out of having to apologize to the Laws. Weaver’s spent the night with West in his hotel room, so…that happened.

On his way to work with a bunch of presents, Benton runs into Anna, who warns that Reese might spend his first Christmas playing with the boxes his presents came in. An ambulance arrives at the same time they reach County, and they pause to tend to the patient being brought in, a homeless man named Bart. He’s blind, but when Benton touches his forehead, Bart opens his eyes and starts exclaiming that he can see.

As the doctors move Bart into a trauma room and start treating him, he describes everything he sees, proving he really can see. Benton isn’t sure he was really blind before. Carol tries to get a nurse to swift shifts with her so she can spend Christmas with Doug, but she has no luck. She asks Carter if she should provide Millicent with anything special when she comes to see the clinic that afternoon. Carter warns that she’ll be under intense scrutiny.

Henry’s still working on completing his clerkship, and he thinks the only thing he has left to do is a major emergency procedure. Carter’s not sure that’s all he’s lacking, but he’s probably going to let that slide, since he’s eager to get rid of Henry. Cynthia learns that her credit card limit has been frozen, so she can’t pay for the present she picked out for Mark. He hasn’t gotten her present yet, either, so he offers to pay off her debt.

Paramedics bring in a seven-year-old who got stuck in the chimney while trying to find out if Santa could really fit. Carol tells an EMT named Greg that he can get cleaned up in the hospital, since he’s covered in soot. Henry asks to do the kid’s intubation, but Mark doesn’t want him to treat this as a teaching case. Jeanie wants to give some of County’s needles to a clinic patient so he doesn’t spread his Hepatitis B to people he’s been sharing with. Jeanie says the patient won’t report her – will Kerry?

Word of Benton’s supposed miracle has spread, and Carter teases him about it. Benton blows it off, then corrects Lydia when she says Bart is blind. He’s taken off, and Benton figures he just wanted some attention. Anna thinks he’s being too humble. West has arranged to work a shift with Weaver, so either he’s really into her or he’s playing some weird long con. Carol asks for a taxi voucher for Pablo, who’s misplaced his shoes. Weaver tells him he can wait in chairs instead of outside in the cold, so she’s in a good mood. West suggests that they make arrangements with a cab company for comped vouchers.

Carol officially meets Greg, who’s now squeaky clean. Carter gets a new patient, Vinnie, who has chest pain and isn’t doing well. West joins him and Henry for the trauma, and Henry asks to do any necessary intubations. Instead, he’s assigned to bag Vinnie, who keeps murmuring something about a woman named Maria. Elizabeth comes in to do some paperwork before heading to England for Christmas. Romano invites her to join him for Allison Beaumont’s next operation, which, if successful, will save her leg.

Carter, West, and Henry are unable to save Vinnie, but Carter figures Henry can still use his body to practice intubations. Vinnie’s brother, Joey, arrives just then and thinks that Vinnie’s still alive. Carter plays along as he rushes Joey out. Mark and Anna tend to a 67-year-old woman named Mrs. Larkin who was bound and gagged, then raped in her apartment. Chuny finds “whore” written on her stomach in black marker.

Jeanie goes to the lounge to take her medication but realizes she didn’t bring it to work with her. As Elizabeth and Romano operate on Allison, Jeanie asks Weaver to get her a dose of the medication she left at home. Weaver easily agrees. Carter and Henry tell Vinnie’s family that he didn’t make it, leaving out the part where he was already dead when Joey showed up. Henry tries to be helpful by telling Vinnie’s wife that his last thoughts were of her. Except – oops! – she’s not Maria. Maria is Joey’s wife. Stop helping, Henry.

Mark and Carol continue taking care of Mrs. Larkin, having to ask her questions about her assault. Hearing about it makes Mark think of his own attack, and he has to excuse himself from the room. Anna tells Benton that she looked up Bart’s records, and when he was in the year before, he was definitely blind. Benton wonders what Bart’s angle is. “The Lord words in mysterious ways,” Anna teases. Another homeless man comes in, having heard from Bart that Benton works miracles, and asks Benton to make him walk again. Benton says he can’t help.

Mark tells two detectives about Mrs. Larkin’s assault, getting annoyed when they question whether her memories are accurate. Elizabeth is about to leave for the airport when she learns that Allison, who’s been in a coma for the ten days since her car accident, is waking up. She’s still intubated, so she can’t speak, but she’s fine mentally and wants to know where her mother is. Elizabeth breaks the news that her mother died.

Mark finds a toy Cynthia bought, which she claims is for a friend’s child. Moments later, she comes clean: It’s for her own five-year-old son. She hasn’t seen him for three years and never mentioned to Mark that she had a child. He lives with his father and grandparents, and though Cynthia misses him, she knows that’s what’s best for him. Thanks to Mark’s money, she’s able to give him a nice Christmas present.

Carol tries to swap shifts with Chuny but again has no success. Millicent arrives for a tour of the clinic, dragging along Chase, who’s dressed as Santa. They realize a little Christmas tree near the admit desk is on fire, and Carol quickly puts it out with a fire extinguisher. The smoke sets off the sprinkler system. Womp womp. Weaver decides that the lights at the desk need to be taken down because they’re old and could be dangerous. She’ll let Cynthia’s brand-new light-up Rudolph stay, though.

After a quick change of clothes, Carol shows Millicent around the clinic. Carter runs into them and sees that Chase is filling in for their grandfather as Santa. Benton comes across Nat, who’s struggling with a broken floor buffer, and they chat about Reese’s first Christmas. When Benton pats Nat on the shoulder, the buffer starts working. Carol searches the lounge cabinets for decaf coffee, which doctors would never drink, because what’s the point? He tells her about Cynthia’s secret child, wondering if the fact that she didn’t mention him is a bad sign. Doug may have been right about her being a bad fit.

Elizabeth admits to Benton that she kind of wants to confess to Allison that her eagerness to do a special procedure led to Allison’s coma. She knows that it’ll make her feel better to let go of the guilt, but it won’t help Allison. Benton reminds her that she did her job, and everything has turned out fine, so there’s no point in bringing it up.

Mark talks to the detectives again, wanting more information on Mrs. Larkin’s case. He can tell they’re not that concerned with helping her. Carter helps Chase get some presents from the car to pass out to hospitalized kids. Carter’s relieved that their grandfather skipped the visit because now he doesn’t have to defend his decision to go into medicine. Chase notes that he still thinks Carter’s a surgeon, not back to being a lowly intern.

Henry wants to perform a spinal tap on a patient, but Carter tells him he misdiagnosed the flu. Maybe Carter should just let him finish his clerkship right now so he can go back to the lab and be far, far away from people. Carol introduces Millicent to Jeanie, who agrees to let Millicent shadow her for a while. Elizabeth extubates Allison, then decides she needs a head and neck surgeon.

Millicent observes as Jeanie chats with a teenager named Gina who’s pregnant and denies that she could have been exposed to HIV. She figures since she doesn’t sleep with drug users or gay guys, she’s not at risk. Jeanie reveals her own HIV status by saying she never slept with a gay man or drug user, either. Gina agrees to get tested.

Bart’s back, and he’s blind again. He asks Benton to touch him again and redo his miracle. Benton touches him, but nothing happens. Mark finishes up with Mrs. Larkin, who regrets having to miss Christmas Mass. She usually plays the organ, and she doesn’t think the church will be able to find a substitute in time. Mark tells her she shouldn’t worry about that. Mrs. Larkin admits that she hates her rapist, but she doesn’t want to be like that – as a Christian, she’s supposed to forgive. Mark says she doesn’t have to, but Mrs. Larkin knows hatred won’t undo what happened to her.

Mark leaves work a little early, telling Weaver and Cynthia that he has something to take care of. He also wants to hold off on making any plans with Cynthia. Carol finishes up Millicent’s tour and invites her to stay for a staff potluck. Millicent declines, probably because she’s never attended a potluck before. Carter finds Chase in Millicent’s limo, shooting up heroin. Chase says he’s not an addict; he just does it when he’s bored. Carter realizes that the spider bite he treated Chase for wasn’t really a spider bite. Carter isn’t interested in his medical opinion. They both clam up when Millicent joins them.

A neurologist finds a mass in Bart’s brain that explains his blindness. She can’t explain his brief return of sight, since the mass means he shouldn’t have been able to see anything for years. Elizabeth has missed her flight, so she’ll be spending Christmas in Chicago. Romano invites her to a party, but Elizabeth wants to wait for news on Allison, who may have paralyzed vocal chords.

Connie has Gladys Knight tickets on New Year’s and is desperate to change shifts with someone so she can go. Finally, Carol has someone to trade for her on Christmas. In more good news, Millicent has sent over a huge Christmas tree for the staff to enjoy, plus a check for $150,000 for the clinic.

Mark goes to the Laws’ house and tries to apologize to Kenny’s mother for not saving her son, but she doesn’t want to hear it. Chris comes out to confront him, and Mark says he knows now that Chris wasn’t the person who attacked him. Chris admits that he was happy when he heard someone hurt Mark. But even if the family had successfully sued Mark for medical malpractice, Kenny would still be dead. Chris can’t find any meaning in his brother’s death. Mark just says he’s sorry.

Benton tells Bart that he has a tumor, and though it’s operable, he probably won’t regain his sight once it’s out. Bart is still hopeful, since seeing anything today was also unlikely. He spent the day in the park with his guide dog, watching him in the snow. He’s pleased that he got to see something so beautiful. Carol tells Doug that she got the next day off, but she’ll have to work New Year’s. In a twist worthy of O. Henry, Doug switched shifts with Anna so he and Carol could work together on Christmas. Okay, not really; he’s just kidding.

Carol decides it’s time to tell their co-workers that they’re back together. She takes Doug to the potluck and announces that they’re seeing each other. No one gets the big deal. Turns out they all knew (except Weaver and Anna), and they’ve been taking bets on when the couple would finally come clean. Doug adds a surprise: He wants to marry Carol. He tells everyone to talk her into it. Carol doesn’t accept or reject the proposal, just teasing that Doug always has to outdo her.

Everyone goes outside to enjoy the tree and the snow. West invites Weaver to join him somewhere warmer for the holidays. She and Jeanie wish each other a Merry Christmas. Carter wants to skip his family’s party, so he tries to make plans with Anna. Henry has finished his last procedure, so Carter gives him his Christmas present – an evaluation that says he passed emergency medicine. It’s really a present for Carter, who no longer has to deal with him. As Elizabeth sits with Allison as she undergoes an exam, Cynthia and Mark spend the evening together. Benton leaves to spend Christmas with Reese, taking a moment to admire the tree.

Thoughts: Greg is played by George Eads, later Jorja Fox’s (Doyle) co-star on CSI.

Oh, good, we’re starting the old-ladies-keep-getting-raped arc. Merry Christmas, everyone!

“I made it so you don’t have to say you’re sorry” isn’t something you want your lawyer to say. If it’s between saying you’re sorry and possibly paying thousands of dollars, just apologize.

July 9, 2019

ER 4.8, Freak Show: Reversal of Fortune

Posted in TV tagged , , , , , , at 4:58 pm by Jenn

Cher’s dad got bitten by a snake

Summary: Mark and Carol are back from California and ready to go back to work. He’s feeling refreshed, which Carol is pleased about, because maybe he’ll stop being a jerk at County. Doug is still away, but he sent a note back with Mark for Carol. At the hospital, Carter and Anna work on a patient together, making polite conversation while he tries to figure out if she’s still mad that he never told her his family is super-rich. (The answer is yup!)

Benton and Romano also make awkward small talk about Romano’s reservations about accepting Benton onto his team. Can he play nice with Elizabeth? And more importantly, can he keep up with her? Benton says yes, so Romano suggests a trial run. The waiting area is packed when Carol and Mark get to County. Cynthia tells Carol that people are there for her new free clinic. It’s not supposed to open until next week, but Cynthia put out an announcement with the wrong date. The not-yet-existent clinic will just have to find a way to accommodate them early.

Carol is so busy that she doesn’t have time to open Doug’s note. She was also supposed to work in the ER, but will have to skip her shift to run the clinic. Weaver agrees to sub in a transferring nurse, Yosh Takada, who makes a poor first impression by tripping over a cart. Jeanie’s finishing up her time at County in the wake of her firing, though Doyle thinks she should try to fight the termination. Jeanie says she’ll just move to Atlanta with Al. Doyle thinks she was fired because of her HIV status, though Jeanie accepts the explanation that it was for budget purposes.

Mark meets up with Cynthia, who he didn’t talk to the whole time he was in California. He gives her the necklace he got at the pawn shop, which she loves. He compliments her coffee after Connie and Lydia say it’s awful. A 12-year-old boy named Rodney who was hit by a car is brought in with internal injuries. Benton and Weaver study his X-rays, which Benton thinks were mislabeled, since they’re backwards. He quickly realizes that, in fact, Rodney’s internal organs are reversed.

Yosh is coming to the clinic from chart review, so he doesn’t work with patients much. Carol tells him to get patients started and check their vitals, then send them to triage if they seem to need emergency care. She laments that she didn’t have an extra week to get more organized. Mark is busy with Doug out of town, but he agrees to help out however he can. Cynthia gives him some papers sent by a lawyer, but Mark wants to put ignore them for as long as possible.

Elizabeth has looked up Rodney’s condition and hasn’t found any published cases, which means Benton could be the first to write about it. Romano invites her to join them as they operate. Benton pretends he’s not territorial. Carter wants a truce with Anna, though she’s trying to play things off like his lies aren’t a big deal. Henry comes by to thank Carter for giving him time to work on his research when he was supposed to be in the ER. But since Carter wasn’t able to evaluate his work, Henry has to repeat his clerkship. Carter and Henry ride again!

Weaver tells Jeanie that she’s given her a recommendation at a hospital in Atlanta. Jeanie is understandably cold to her. A man brings in a bunch of people from a shelter to be seen in the clinic, thanks to encouragement from Cynthia. Carol snaps at her, so Mark pulls her aside and tells her to keep her criticisms out of earshot of the rest of the staff. Carol, of course, doesn’t appreciate getting her own dressing down.

A nurse snaps pictures as Benton, Romano, and Elizabeth operate on Rodney. Benton jokes about putting a mirror on the ceiling to reverse the organs to their proper locations. Romano, of course, cracks a joke about having one in his bedroom. He hopes they can find Rodney’s family soon, since he wants permission to collect some blood and samples. Benton and Elizabeth agree to work on publishing the case together.

Carter uses a mnemonic device to teach Henry the bones of the wrist. Anna has a different mnemonic because she learned different terms for the bones. Both are sex-related. Guys, just take your clothes off already and save the rest of us from having to watch this. Cynthia finds Doug’s note and thinks it’s for her, since it’s only labeled with her initials, “C.H.”

A man named Herb Spivak comes in with a snake bite sustained while feeding a python at a reptile farm. Ellis West lures Weaver out to the parking garage to tell her that Synergix has approved extra attending coverage. He wants to thank her for her cooperation with flowers. Rodney’s surgery is successful, and his father, Isaac, has arrived at the hospital. He recognizes Benton as a high school classmate. Benton promises that they’ll do what they can to help Rodney make a full recovery.

Carol discovers that Doug’s note is missing, and no, she doesn’t want Cynthia’s help finding it, thank you. Mark treats Herb, whose snake bite isn’t venomous, though he’ll have to have the python’s teeth removed from his chest. The reptile guy, a knockoff Steve Irwin, has brought the python, Flora, with him in case she needs to be swabbed for bacteria. Malik will opt out of that task.

Anspaugh brings some students to Rodney’s bed to use him as a teaching case. He’s eager to eventually see photos from the surgery. He’s also pleased with Benton’s work. Romano hopes that Benton’s past with Isaac will be an advantage when they ask Isaac to let them do tests on Rodney to learn more about his condition. Elizabeth offers to talk to Isaac instead, since Benton might be uncomfortable talking to someone he has a personal connection with. Benton insists that they don’t have a connection, but his worry is that Isaac will think they’re using Rodney for personal gain.

Jeanie meets Yosh and is upset to learn that he was transferred to the ER during what was supposedly a hiring freeze. Herb tells Mark about other injuries he’s sustained, like during a scuba diving mishap. He’s a lawyer defending Knockoff Steve Irwin, AKA Gary, in a wrongful-death suit (someone claims Flora ate their dog). In exchange for Herb’s legal counsel, he gets to hang out with snakes.

Al didn’t get the job he was interviewing for in Atlanta, but Jeanie is sure he’ll find something else. Carol chats with her about how much work is going into running the clinic – she doesn’t even have a doctor available to write prescriptions. Jeanie points out that, as a PA, she can do that. And it’s not like she can get in trouble for working in the clinic instead of the ER. After all, she’s already been fired.

Cynthia has read Doug ‘s note and thinks Mark wrote it for her. He plays along, and she says her answer is yes, she will. Benton tells Isaac that Rodney’s blood may not be clotting properly, so he could require a transfusion. Isaac isn’t aware of Rodney’s reversed organs, which are one of the reasons he’s in critical condition. If his organs were in the right places, his liver wouldn’t have been injured. Benton gently asks if they can draw some of Isaac and his ex-wife’s blood to do some genetic tests. Isaac easily agrees, willing to do anything to help his son.

Carter oversees Henry’s examination of a patient, something Carter could have done on his own in one-fifth the time. Jeanie proves extremely helpful at the clinic, and she tells Carol she wishes she had her guts to fight for something she wants. Carol encourages her to look for ammo she can use. While Benton’s drawing blood for testing, Rodney has complications relating to his inability to clot. Isaac panics helplessly while Benton and Elizabeth work on the boy.

Connie tells Mark that Cynthia really, really likes him. Mark says they’re just having fun, but since the necklace he gave her contains a diamond, Connie says it’s “serious fun.” He tries to dig in Cynthia’s purse to read Doug’s note, but Weaver catches him. Mark questions some parts of the budget (like the part where Weaver’s making more money than he is), though he approved them months ago.

Henry’s looking sick as Carter finally calls time of death on his never-ending patient history. He thinks it’s from allergies, but Carter has no sympathy. Anna comes in immediately afterward to tend to the patient she thinks is hers. Carol gives a little boy named Hector a shot, then examines his chin, since his mom says he keeps complaining about it. When she touches it, Hector says he doesn’t feel anything. After a lot of blood loss and 20 minutes without a pulse, Benton and Elizabeth are still working on Rodney. Elizabeth finally decides that they need to let him go.

Jeanie asks Weaver if she can look at the ER budget. Weaver says her termination isn’t personal, but Jeanie wants to look at the facts and make sure they support Weaver’s claims. After all, there was supposedly a hiring freeze, but Yosh has been hired. Weaver says he’s replacing two nurses who left. Jeanie questions Weaver’s recent raise, but Weaver won’t address that with her.

Carol asks Carter if he’s ever had a patient with a numb chin. Anna finds them with her patient; Henry didn’t sign him out on the board, so she didn’t know that Henry had already done his history and physical. “Actually, I’m quite fond of all of you,” the patient says. Carter thinks he needs surgery, but Anna wants to treat him medically first. Carter agrees, making Anna think he’s giving in to appease her. He lies that he was already considering alternatives to surgery.

Weaver slams Mark for telling Jeanie their salaries, which he denies doing. The patients in the waiting area have disappeared, thanks to some quick thinking by Carol, who gave them Doyle’s unused meal tickets and sent them to the cafeteria. She’s looking up Hector’s numb chin in the hospital’s medical database, but the medical terminology isn’t giving her anything. Mark tells her to just look up “numb chin.” Success!

Benton asks Isaac if they can autopsy Rodney’s body. Isaac doesn’t get why it’s necessary, since his cause of death is apparent. Benton says it would be important for research into his condition. Isaac thinks Benton’s shown so much interest in Rodney not because of his injuries but because of his condition. Now Isaac doesn’t want him to be studied. He’s already been through enough. Benton realizes that Isaac is right and leaves him alone with Rodney’s body.

Henry, still not feeling well, struggles to help Carter with a trauma patient. Carter thinks it’s from seeing blood, but when he passes out and Lydia checks on him, she realizes it’s more serious. She pulls Mark, Anna, and Malik into the trauma room to help both Henry and Carter’s patient. Carter still thinks Henry was just lightheaded; he complained all day about feeling sick, but he’s a hypochondriac. Soon, he realizes that Henry has had a bad reaction to his latex gloves. It’s bad enough to cause respiratory arrest, though Anna and Carter are able to help him. Herb, also in the room, assures Mark that everything’s under control.

Benton tells Romano that he’s rethinking his decision to join Romano’s team. He didn’t press Isaac about letting them study Rodney, and he doesn’t feel comfortable bringing it up again. Romano thinks they have a responsibility to study that “freak of nature” because that’s how medical breakthroughs are made. Benton argues that Rodney was a little boy, and Isaac has made his wishes known. Romano warns him against sentimentality and orders him to get Isaac’s consent. Benton tells him to get someone else to do it.

Carol tells Weaver that her research about Hector has led to a diagnosis of leukemia. Carol asks Weaver to talk to Hector’s mother, who might feel more comfortable talking with a doctor about his diagnosis, but Weaver thinks Carol should do it, since the mom already knows her.

Herb is now in the doctors’ lounge, hanging out with Mark’s lawyer, Alan, whom he knows from some committee. Alan thinks Herb is now representing Mark, and he’s thrilled about that. He reveals that Mark came close to losing his job over the Kenny Law case. After Alan leaves, Herb tells Mark that Alan is a horrible lawyer and just jumped to the conclusion that Herb was defending Mark. He’d be happy to take the case, though. Mark can’t afford him, but Herb is willing to make a trade. He’ll make the civil suit go away for free if Mark lets him shadow him in the ER.

Thanks to Elizabeth, Isaac has agreed to let the doctors do a case study on Hector. And despite Benton’s refusal to obey his commands, Romano still wants Benton on his team. Elizabeth thinks Romano likes him because of his backbone. Henry’s recovering from anaphylactic shock and kind of remembers Carter and Anna helping him. He also saw a bright light and had an out-of-body experience. Henry praises how well Carter and Anna worked together to save him. They’re his angels.

Carol finally gets Doug’s note back and confides to Elizabeth that it’s a love letter. Elizabeth wishes she hadn’t broken up with her boyfriend back home, which leaves her without someone to write a love letter to. She invites Carol to get a drink with her. Weaver joins a meeting between Jeanie and Anspaugh, whom Jeanie approached to discuss the budget. She thinks her termination and Weaver’s subsequent raise point to something other than just budget cuts. Was she fired because of her HIV status? Anspaugh asks for some time to go over the figures again.

Weaver asks Jeanie if she’s really going to use her health like this. Weaver fought to keep Jeanie on staff at County, then worked to get her a job in Atlanta. She’s never discriminated against Jeanie because of her status. Jeanie throws Weaver’s “it’s nothing personal” claim back in her face. Mark and Cynthia get drunk in his bed and he gives her some lingerie. She quotes part of Doug’s note, which, of course, Mark doesn’t recognize, though he’s still going to pretend he does. Whatever she agreed to from the note, she wants him to do it first. And fortunately, we don’t have to find out what that was.

Thoughts: Herb is played by Dan Hedaya. Isaac is played by Harold Perrineau.

For some reason, I’ve remembered the “numb chin” thing for years.

The only problem with Henry’s plot is that he’s not wearing gloves when he first starts feeling sick. Shouldn’t that make him feel better? Also…he’s never come into contact with latex before? Ever?

May 28, 2019

ER 4.2, Something New: Time to Stop Letting Mark Be in Charge of Things

Posted in TV tagged , , , , , , , at 5:06 pm by Jenn

“Hi! I’m a doctor now! Please don’t mention my more-famous brother or the time my wife didn’t thank me in her Oscars speech!”

Summary: Mark’s stuck in traffic on his way to work when he spots an open parking spot on the street. As he swerves over to grab it before anyone else can, he almost hits Carter. Carter yells and swears until he realizes he’s yelling and swearing at his boss. Mark says he doesn’t park in the garage anymore, since it gives him the creeps. (I thought he usually took the El anyway?) Carter’s looking forward to meeting his new med student, who he plans to treat…basically the same way Benton treated him: like a servant.

Weaver goes to see Morgenstern and is greeted by William H. Macy’s bare butt. Thanks, show! He’s doing well after his heart attack but is still on morphine, which is making him loopy. This is probably a bad time for Weaver to ask him to work on some paperwork for the hospital. He asks her to take care of them, and in fact would be very appreciative if she took over some of his other responsibilities. He admits that he feels “like a sheriff with no posse.” Weaver gets it and agrees to help out with administrative tasks.

In case it was still ambiguous, Doug and Carol are definitely back together. He brings her breakfast in bed, teasing that when she woke up alone, she probably thought he’d left her. He asks if he can have a drawer so he can keep some of his things at her house. Carol’s surprised, since Doug never wanted a drawer when they dated before. This will make it harder for him to just leave when he gets worried about commitment.

Weaver tells Mark that Morgenstern has made her acting chief of the ER while he recovers. Mark is just happy he doesn’t have to take on the admin stuff. Doug and Carol come in separately and pretend they didn’t spend the night together. Weaver asks Carol and Mark to interview candidates for a desk-clerk position. Jerry’s confused about why there’s someone coming to do his job. Just then, Mark gets served with some kind of papers.

Jeanie and Al have breakfast at Doc Magoo’s, still enjoying their reunion. He hasn’t told his boss about his HIV status, so he needs an excuse for a doctor’s appointment that afternoon. He can’t exactly kill off his grandmother again. Benton and Carla’s son is doing much better and is ready to be taken off his ventilator. Benton’s skeptical that it’s time, but Tabash plans to extubate him that afternoon. Carla chastises Benton for being so pessimistic about everything – he hasn’t even wanted to name the baby. She wants to get on with their son’s life.

Anna treats a boy who broke his arm when he fell out of his bunk bed. Doug pulls her out of the room, calling her Anna, and she asks him to call her Dr. Del Amico in front of patients. Doug didn’t even notice his informality; he calls his friends by their first names at work. He advises her to take on more adult patients, since she’s already done her pediatric residency and is now in an emergency program. Anna wants to control her own caseload, and she reminds Doug that he’s not her superior. He’s in charge of pediatrics, though.

Mark steps in and tells Anna that she’ll need to run adult patients by Doyle, then Mark or Weaver. Oh, and Carter will need to do the same. This is news to Carter, who seems to keep forgetting that he’s back to being a first-year intern and has no say in anything anymore. Carter argues that he’s done more ER procedures than Maggie, and he spent a lot of his surgical internship teaching Doyle. She objects, but Mark says it’s a moot point. His rule stands. Doug soon laments his instructions to Anna, since it means he has to take her younger patients, including the ones who barf.

Hicks reintroduces Benton to Elizabeth, who will be shadowing him on trauma cases today. Meanwhile, Carter and Anna meet their med students, George Henry and Chasity Lee. Chasity is very eager and knows she won’t be doing anything glamorous for a while. Henry states right out that he’s not interested in patient care; he’s a researcher. Because of his combination M.D./Ph.D. program, he hasn’t worked with patients for four years. Carter isn’t sure how to handle this information.

Benton takes Elizabeth to the ER to help Doyle with a gunshot victim named Ernesto. For Elizabeth’s benefit, Benton has everyone go over their steps methodically. Elizabeth and Doyle start talking about kinds of bullets, which almost makes Benton roll his eyes. Carter wants to join them, even though he hasn’t been paged, since he wants to get involved in an interesting case. Benton and Doyle tell him they have more than enough doctors, so Carter isn’t needed.

Mark and Connie take care of a woman named Ethel who appears to be extremely drunk but claims she isn’t. Instead of helping with a cool gunshot case, Carter now has to take care of a drunk who needs rectal medication. Well, really, Henry will be taking care of her while Carter lies back and relaxes. Mark and Carol are working through the list of desk-clerk applicants, with only a few left to go. Jerry learns that when he was up for the job, the nurses took bets on who would get it.

Mark and Carol’s current interviewee is a humorless woman who’s worked in nine other hospitals. She’s obsessed with precision and is already annoyed with the late start of her interview. Jeanie treats an elderly woman named Estelle who fell down her stairs. She claims her sister pushed her. Benton and Elizabeth scrub in for surgery with Dr. Breedlove, and he cautions her to pay more attention than she did in the ER. She quickly goes against the stereotype of polite Brits by commenting on how short Breedlove is. Benton’s like, “Who is this woman who speaks her mind and will clearly be my next love interest?”

Henry bores Carter with talk of some of his research while Anna basks in her med student’s efficiency and cheery attitude. Jeanie asks Carter to tend to Estelle, so Carter hands her off to Henry. Mark and Carol interview Cynthia Hooper, who’s unprepared and has no experience in clerking. She thinks she’d be doing billing, which she wouldn’t. She does like working with people, though. Cynthia’s nerves get the better of her and she starts crying, making Carol give Mark a look that says, “Are we done here?”

Doug treats Jesús, a seven-year-old with a cough that might mean he has pneumonia. Doug has some trouble communicating with the boy’s parents, who don’t speak much English. Doug’s Spanish isn’t great, and though he’s able to ask questions of the parents, the Trajillos, he can’t understand their answers very well. Mark and Carol have no good prospects, and though Mark is willing to hire one of them, Carol says he wouldn’t fit in. They run into Heather, one of Mark’s exes, on their way to see a patient, an 18-year-old named Laura who passed out.

Carter brings Ethel’s case to Mark, wondering why she’s slurring when her blood alcohol level isn’t that high. Mark tells him to just move her along so he can see more patients. Benton and Carla go back to the NICU for the baby’s extubation, which goes well. They’re able to hold him for the first time without any wires or monitors. Carter loses track of Henry, who took an overly detailed history of a patient. Jeanie and Carter tell him to edit himself and stop ordering so many tests.

Jeanie tells Estelle that a social worker is coming to find her a new place to live so she doesn’t have to go home with her sister. As Jeanie adjusts the woman’s pillow, Estelle asks if she’s going to be smothered. Her sister tried that, too. So either Estelle is delusional or people just really hate her. Carol tells Laura that she passed out because she was dehydrated. She thinks Laura’s hiding something she hasn’t mentioned. She looks in Laura’s mouth and asks if her dentist has talked to her about her enamel.

Anna brings Carter and Henry to see her patient, a man named Oliver who was found wandering and may have schizophrenia. Malik, who’s passing by, says Oliver thinks he’s Sidney Poitier in Lilies of the Field. Malik should be flattered. Oliver is difficult to have a conversation with because he has short-term memory loss and keeps veering off on stream-of-consciousness tangents. Carter and Anna want to do a CT scan before they call psych, and Henry guesses that Oliver has a brain lesion.

Doug enlists Chuny as a translator to tell the Trajillos that Jesús will be okay after some antibiotics. A social worker named Thomas comes to meet Estelle, who begs Jeanie not to let her be sent back to her sister’s house. Weaver tells Mark that Carol wants to interview more candidates, but Mark thinks they’ve found one who will do the job fine. Weaver’s okay with that. Mark chastises Carter for scheduling Ethel for an MRI, but Carter says that Doyle approved.

Carol tells Mark that she suspected and got Laura to admit that has bulimia. They can’t get her an appointment at an eating-disorders clinic for weeks, so Carol wants Mark to talk to her. Mark says he deals with acute patients, not chronic ones, so he’s not the right person for the job. (I don’t know that an 18-year-old woman would listen to a guy like Mark anyway.) Also, if Carol has any other concerns about the desk-clerk candidates, she should talk to him, not go behind his back to Weaver.

Henry was right, and Oliver has a big lesion on his brain. Anna has to tell him that it could be serious, which makes him cry, which makes me feel horrible because he seems so sweet. Carter finds Henry in a lab, working on his research. Because he’s ten years old, Carter starts touching stuff without knowing what it is. Henry manages to stop him from mutating his genes.

Benton rushes to the NICU in hopes of being there the first time Carla tries to feed the baby. It’s been pushed until that night, so Benton asks Carla to page him when it’s time. She wants to pick a name, but they haven’t decided whether to give the baby the last name Reese or Benton. She figures she’ll be doing all the work, so her son should have her last name. Carla asks if Benton would see the two of them as a family without a baby. He wouldn’t, but she admits that she wouldn’t, either.

Paramedics bring in another gunshot victim as a guy scans the hallway for radioactivity. “I love this job,” Haleh murmurs. Elizabeth comes to assist, surprised to have another gunshot victim, because she doesn’t understand America yet. Elizabeth runs the trauma, at one point asking everyone to take a breath and slow down a little so they don’t rush anything. She does everything calmly and just as methodically as Benton would want.

As Carol goes out to get some medication, Jesús’ mother starts yelling for help – her son is coughing up blood. Anna runs in to help. Elizabeth stabilizes the gunshot victim, so when Benton finally comes in, there’s nothing left for him to do. Benton comments that Elizabeth must have been paying attention earlier after all. “Always,” she replies.

Thomas tells Jeanie that Estelle’s sister couldn’t have pushed her down the stairs since Estelle’s sister has been dead for years. Jeanie considers killing Estelle herself. She’s mainly annoyed that she spent all day taking care of one patient and is still waiting on tests for her. On top of that, Estelle told Thomas that Jeanie tried to smother her with a pillow. Jeanie assigns Henry to babysit Estelle until her tests results come back.

Chuny clears up the translation error that led Doug to miss Jesús’ diagnosis – they didn’t realize that by “shots,” he meant vaccines. Jesús may have whooping cough. Anna says she’s missed it herself, and Doug thanks her for stepping in. Anna runs into Oliver as he’s taken for scans, but he’s now forgotten why he’s in the hospital.

Carter tells Mark that Ethel isn’t drunk, she has multiple sclerosis. Mark doesn’t bother to praise Carter for catching that she was sick instead of just drunk. In the restroom where he was attacked, Mark tells Doug that the papers he got that morning were for a malpractice suit filed by Kenny Law’s family. Mark kind of thinks Chris attacked him, and is now adding insult to (literal) injury.

Anna tells Carter that she had to tell Oliver he was dying five times. Her reward for all her hard work is a tiny paycheck. Carter pretends that he’s also hurting financially. He wasn’t supposed to get paid at all, so he’s pleased to have a check. Except then Weaver asks him to endorse it back to the hospital (the check is just for malpractice purposes and other administrative stuff). As a cap to his long day, Carter’s shoes are radioactive, thanks to his trip to Henry’s lab, so he has to get rid of them.

Benton sits with Carla as she nurses the baby for the first time. He’s ready to give in and let her give the baby her last name. But Carla is also ready to give in and accept Benton as the name. In fact, she has an idea that will satisfy both of them: call the baby Reese Benton.

On his way out for the night, Mark lights a cigarette (because he’s in a bad place emotionally! Don’t you get it??) and runs into Cynthia. She apologizes for her awkwardness in the interview. He lights a cigarette for her and they chat about her recent move to Chicago. Mark spontaneously announces that Cynthia got the clerk job, so Carol’s going to be thrilled about that. Right now, though, Carol’s happy because she’s at home with Doug, giving him a drawer.

Thoughts: Cynthia is played by Mariska Hargitay. Henry is played by Chad Lowe.

TV characters on morphine will always be funny to me. My favorite is Ben from Parks and Rec.

Chuny can’t be the only ER employee who speaks Spanish, can she?

I love the compromise of the name Reese Benton. I think it’s the last compromise Carla and Benton ever make.