An ambulance driver pulls up and bitches to Pratt that he'd better move his car. "This is a hospital, man," he whines. Pratt spits that he's lucky it is, too, because if his rig dings the Chrysler, the dude's going to get his head torn off by a horsepower addict. Lovely. If you don't want your new car dented, don't park it in an ambulance bay, dicksmack. God. Abby intercedes to ask if the patient who's arriving is her intractable vomiting case. It is. Glory be! And here we thought her last day of freedom wouldn't be enjoyable. The guy's unloaded, and it's the old codger Bill Macy, better known to millions as Bea Arthur's husband on Maude. If only it were actually Bea Arthur. Playing a man. The way it was meant to be. Macy has end-stage colon cancer and is jaundiced.
Luka drives down a busy Chicago street that's got one blocked lane and some other congestion. He sees that the other blockage is caused by a woman who is checking under the hood of her car, and he pulls over to help. "I think my battery's dead," she sighs. I don't think that's possible, though, as long as her car was running. Having just had this happen to me, I think it's her alternator, because when that stops working, your battery dies and your car stops moving. Whatever. I'm no mechanic. I just know that once second I was going forty, then I was not moving, and two hundred bucks later I had a new alternator. Anyway, regardless, Luka offers to give the woman a jump, and if this had been last season, I'd be getting pretty stoked for some shirtless, pantsless action right now. The woman yells tiredly for her son to stay in his seat in the back of the car, but he's climbing around and whining that he has to go to the bathroom. She then goes to the back hatch of her SUV and starts rummaging for something -- perhaps the thread of logic that's missing. Other drivers honk and swear. As Luka wanders back to his car to get jumper cables, an impatient driver barrels around the line of cars, through the cones, and then swerves back into traffic and rear-ends the truck that's behind the woman's SUV. As she turns around in a horrified and slightly horrifying close-up, the truck is forced sharply into her bumper, crushing her. Luka runs to her and sees her torso slumped on the truck's hood, her bloodied feet poking out from below the mess of tangled metal. As we smash to the credits, my knees start to throb in sympathy. This sort of reminds me of the season premiere, when we had that enormous car accident and a mother and some kids were involved...is this full circle, or are they just sort of running low on ideas?