Blair Brown shows up to play Kem's obstetrician. Apparently Amy Aquino (Dr. Coburn) either wasn't available, or didn't feel like boarding the Titanic this time. Dr. Fauxburn is giving Kem an ultrasound as she and Carter watch with panic. "When was the last time you're sure you felt the baby move?" Fauxburn asks. "In the bath this morning," Kem says, sweat breaking out on her forehead. "No bleeding, no cramping?" Fauxburn asks. Kem shakes her head. Carter begins doing an amazing thing: he's pacing the floor in anxiety without actually taking a single step. It's a rather intriguing effect, as if his innards are all trying to charge out through his skin. Fauxburn buzzes Kem's belly to try to shock the baby into motion, but nothing happens, so she grimly switches off the machine. Carter fights an explosion of emotion. Violins begin whining their way into the scene, which can mean only one thing: the Cartus is being played off-stage. "John, sit down," Fauxburn orders him. "Take Kem's hand." For some reason, this made me laugh. I half expect her to continue directing him thusly: "Hang your head in defeated anguish before placing your right hand on Kem's head and stroking her hair. Then, chew gum and walk backwards at the same time." Fauxburn tells them that she's been looking for a heartbeat for over five minutes, and there just isn't one. Kem lets out a primal gasp for air. "Sorry, John, Kem...The baby died. I'm so sorry," Fauxburn says. Kem begins to sob as Carter turns beet red. We fade to black hoping that this train of fetal fatalities, which began with the Weavus and just railroaded straight over the Cartus, manages to avoid the Chuckus altogether.
Fauxburn tells a sobbing Kem that they're not entirely sure why the baby died, but that they'll need to admit her so that they can begin inducing labor. Carter blinks, tomato-red. He is actually setting off my father's food allergy right now. "An induction?" Kem whispers, wiping her eyes. "I have to go through labor?" Fauxburn is apologetic. I do wish they'd explained why Kem has to go through labor. They never give her the C-section option, and never explain why that's not a choice she can make. I'd have liked to see Kem being given the decision, and the risks, and having tochoose to deliver her dead son for one reason or another. Feels like the mark was missed here, as it often is. As Fauxburn backs out of the room to start the paperwork, Kem turns away from Carter and squeezes her eyes shut.