"Change [the foundation's] priorities," Abby continues. "Give the money to health care, education, needle exchange -- anything you feel passionate about." Carter feels most passionate about his work at County, and doesn't want to give that up. Abby doesn't see why he has to choose, and can't understand why Carter acts so ashamed of having been born wealthy. He lies that he isn't ashamed. "No? You drive a Jeep. You wear a cheap watch. You rent a two-bedroom apartment," Abby ticks off a list. He does? I thought he still lived with Gamma. Maybe that was temporary, while she was sick. Who knows. "What do you want me to do, drive a BMW?" Carter sneers. "No. I don't care. I couldn't care less," Abby swears. "But you care a lot. You want everyone to think that you're just like them, and you're not. You just signed a check for ten million in there, and you didn't even blink." Hey, Abby? That giant check? It wasn't a real check. Rich people only figuratively have huge pocketbooks. Carter prefers to see himself as an altruist -- a crusader for the public who donates time and skill instead of money, but Abby points out that money could buy a lot of positive societal change. Finally, Carter whirls and spits that the money came from his great-grandfather cornering the coal market during the depression. "In the winter of 1933, children froze to death and my family made out like bandits," he hisses coldly. Then quit your crying, rich boy, and give the money back to starving families. Abby agrees with me. "You can't give it back now," she says. "Why not give it to people who really need it? There's still lots of kids freezing to death every winter, Carter." He stares at her like he doesn't know her, then whirls and gets into his Jeep.
Weaver checks on the alderman. "How do we stand on the medical-records issue?" he asks in a low voice. "It's been handled," Kerry chokes. "Good, good, thank you for your discretion," he smiles. Weaver fumbles her way through a "you're welcome" that seems really tenuous and guilty. Laura Innes is a fine actress; Kerry Weaver, not so much.