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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Carter arrives at Ed's clinic, only to see that it's locked and chained. He bangs on various side doors until a suspicious cop pulls up to the curb and offers to help him. Carter explains that he's an ER doctor, and he's worried that Ed collapsed into a diabetic coma; this appeases the cop enough that he helps Carter break in through the locked door. What they find is disconcerting: The building is empty. "This is his clinic," Carter gapes. "Has been for twenty years." The cop clears his throat and says that, when he started the beat in 1995, this wasn't a clinic -- it was a Christian bookstore. The clinic was only here a couple of weeks, he insists. Carter shakes his head, resentment and bitterness spreading on his face and mixing with the disbelief. "Was that guy even a real doctor?" asks the cop. "I don't know," Carter exhales, hissing slightly. He kicks a cup in anger. So, was Liz in on it the whole time? Was Ed a scammer, or was he just tantalized by the money and so he made a dash for it? If the latter, then why did Ed lie about the length of time he'd had a clinic? How did he know so much, and what was the purpose of his scam if he hadn't planned ahead of time to have a diabetic emergency and get Carter to treat him? I don't know. I just don't. I think it's kind of a poorly plotted twist -- like the writers decided Ed was a phony at the last minute. I buy that these scams can happen, but this one seemed too convenient.

At home, Pratt broods. I guess he misses Leon. Let's hope that doesn't change.

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