But I digress. Luka greets a patient played by Dan Lauria, best known as Kevin Arnold's dad from The Wonder Years. He's experiencing tightness in his chest, and thinks it may be due to anxiety attacks. Luka asks him whether he has a history of heart disease, and Mr. Arnold says he doesn't. Luka asks what brings on the tight feeling, and Mr. Arnold says it's his wife. Not Norma! She's the salt of the earth! Just kidding. He explains that he's "going through a bad divorce." Luka asks whether the pain ever moves anywhere else, and Mr. Arnold moans, "I got aches and pains all over. I swear, she gets up every morning thinking how she can screw with me that day." Luka decides not to get involved in that whole area, and orders some tests from a nearby nurse. Mr. Arnold asks Luka whether he's married; when Luka says that he isn't, Mr. Arnold spits, "Stay that way. It's not enough she bankrupts me, she uses my son against me -- she's putting me in an early grave." Luka kindly says, "Let's see what we can do about that," instead of "Maybe if you actually knew from spouses and early graves, you wouldn't joke about it. I DON'T." Mr. Arnold chuckles gratefully.
Lisa points out Kerri's embryo on an ultrasound monitor, and says it looks like a good heartbeat. Kerri, lying back on the pillow with her hair spread out, suddenly looks very gaunt, and very jaundiced. She says, "By the time I get one to sleep, another one's hungry, or needs changing, or somebody's into something they shouldn't be." Lisa asks whether Kerri has any help, and Kerri says, by way of explanation, that her husband works a lot of hours: "You should see our grocery bill!" She smiles feebly. Ouch. Lisa tells Kerri that she's going to have to start taking better care of herself, since she's severely malnourished. Throughout these admonitions, Kerri stares off into the distance. Lisa stops and asks, "Did you know you were pregnant?" Kerri smiles guiltily, and nods. Lisa asks how long Kerri had known, and Kerri whispers, "I don't know." Lisa asks whether Kerri's told her husband, and Kerri says she hasn't. Lisa tightly asks, "And you were fasting?" This snaps Kerri out of her reverie; she insists that she wasn't, but that she just doesn't have time to eat. Lisa doesn't look convinced, and asks, "You weren't starving yourself trying to induce a miscarriage, were you?" Objection! Leading the witness! Kerri chirps, "We both wanted a big family. I just thought I'd get a break before we tried again -- that's all." Lisa briskly tells her that her body will always protect the fetus first, and that she's putting herself at risk for heart problems and kidney failure. Kerri has no response to that. Lisa asks directly: "Were you trying to terminate this pregnancy?" Kerri nods. Lisa blinks, and quietly says, "Well, there are safer ways to do that. Have you considered an abortion?" Kerri says, I can't have another baby right now; I just can't!" and covers her mouth in apparent horror at what she's just admitted. Lisa looks sad.