Dr. Luka "Just Don't Ask Me" Kovac examines a boy who remarks, "You talk funny." With the forced geniality of a man who's heard that about four hundred thousand times, he heartily replies, "Thank you!" and looks at the boy's throat. Carol pitches in by telling the patient that Luka talks that way because he comes from very far away. The kid says something that sounds like "Ha ha" (because his tongue is depressed), but Carol interprets this as "How far?" and replies that it's so far away that it's already dark there. Carol, the kid doesn't really give a rat's ass. I guarantee it. Luka diagnoses an upper respiratory infection. The kid's mother asks if he'll need antibiotics, but Luka tells her it's usually viral, and she just needs to give the kid lots of fluids. He walks with Carol to the doorway and orders a quick strep test, just to be sure. Carol acknowledges the request and asks where he's from. Uh. He says, "Croatia," and she says, "Oh. Wow." What a conversationalist. He hands her the chart, and she tells him he forgot Tylenol, and explains that normally the doctors give the nurses a standing order, for fever. Luka says that a fever has a purpose, which is to be the body's natural way to fight infection: "That's good, no?...So why stop it?" Carol says, "To make the kid feel better?" in this extremely condescending voice. Hey Carol -- shut up. He agrees. What was the purpose of that scene? Are we supposed to think that he's cost-conscious, because in Croatia he couldn't give a standing order for Tylenol because there wasn't any, or are we supposed to think he's a sadist for wanting to make a child suffer with a fever? Whatever.
In an office lined with law books, Benton is telling a woman that he's already told the mediator he doesn't want to take Reese from Carla, but that he's only trying to prevent Carla from taking Reese from him. She asks whether he thinks Carla's doing this to hurt him. He says Carla doesn't seem to care. The woman asks whether Benton cares about Carla's situation. He looks at her suspiciously, and she says, "What is it?" He says he's never talked to a therapist before. She says he's not here to psychoanalyze him -- only to assess the family dynamic for the court. Benton says it's simple: "Carla and I both love our son, but she's trying to take him away from me so her new husband can pursue his career." The therapist asks a bunch of rapid-fire questions about Roger, Carla's new husband, and determines that Benton thinks Roger's a decent guy who treats Reese well and seems to love him. Benton gets agitated and asks why they're talking about Roger when it's about Benton, Reese, and Carla. The therapist tells Benton that, like it or not, Roger is part of the question, and asks Benton how he'd deal with it if Carla does, finally, take Reese out of the country. Benton says, "That's not going to happen." The therapist says, "If it did?" Benton looks out the window and doesn't answer. This is really only going to get worse before it gets better.