Della Reese again invades my TV set, only this time she has on a purple outfit and her hair is of a color that matches. She looks just like Grimace from McDonald's.
Back at Angels of Mercy, Dr. Jackson and Nurse Patterson are rushing to fetch a guy who Patterson says is a prisoner being brought from the courthouse. Photographers shoot while they wheel in a mean-looking man on a stretcher. Jackson is accosted by a nerdy-looking guy who says he's the man's lawyer. "I'm that man's lawyer!" Lawyer McShyster says. McShyster gives Jackson his card, demands to be notified when his client is admitted, and runs out, presumably to retrieve his dentures from the ambulance's back bumper. Patterson pulls back the criminal's eyelids to reveal that they're jaundiced (either that or the color on my TV is off). Jackson taps the jailbird's belly and says, "This man is sicker than hell." Are doctors allowed to say that?
Cut to Dr. Turner in Price's office saying, "This is insane!" Well, yes it is, but Steven Bochco has a pretty good track record and CBS needed to fill some programming holes. Lilian Price says that the criminal they just brought in, Mr. Keane, has chronic hepatitis and is going to get the coveted $126.55 liver. "So let him get in line," Turner says. Price says the man is a 2A and Malcolm is a 2B on the donation list scale, so the criminal has priority. Turner tries to find ways around it, like transferring the man to San Diego, but the liver would just follow him, like in a bad horror movie. Turner slams his fist into a shelf and says he won't just stand by while a young boy loses the only chance he has and there's still half an episode to go. The criminal, we learn, raped and killed a nun. Price says she's on Turner's side (remember the nookie from the last episode?) and that the entire donor committee agrees. "So call a committee meeting," Turner says. Price says it won't be that easy: Mr. Lawyer McShyster is aggressive. Turner says the lawyer is proposing an insanity plea which would disqualify him as a recipient. Bamboo Heather yawns, bored, from the couch which is unusual because Heather and I thought she was inanimate. Lilian argues that this is a high-profile case and they have to do it by the book. Turner gets frustrated, saying it's clear what the right thing to do is, and storms out. Now, what's the right thing to do, again?