Carter stomps off, blowing off Frank, Chuny, and Haleh as he goes. He stops outside Ruby's room, then opens the door and says hello. Ruby tries to get Carter to leave. Carter comes in anyway and apologizes. Ruby shakes his head and says he couldn't believe it when he saw Carter -- couldn't believe that Carter was still there ten years later. Carter can only say, "Yeah." Ruby says that Carter didn't even remember. He adds that he has six other doctors, so he won't need Carter this time. Carter walks into the room and says that he made a mistake with Mrs. Ruby, and with Ruby, too. Ruby starts crying and says that he knows that, and that every day he regrets bringing his wife there. He mocks Carter's saying that his wife would be dancing again, which I think might be an actual line from that storyline years ago. Carter says that it was a complicated situation, and that he didn't have the experience to handle it. Ruby says, "All you had to be was a human being. You lied to me! And I believed you!" Carter has nothing to say. After a moment, he pulls over a stool and says, "What you have wrong with you, aortic stenosis, can often be corrected with surgery, but that doesn't mean it's the right thing for you. You're eighty-five years old, you have chronic respiratory problems. The chances of you coming through the surgery and getting back to the shape that you're in right now? Pretty slim. If you go ahead with it, there is a good chance that you will never leave this hospital again. You'll be connected to a ventilator, and you will live out the remainder of your life in this hospital. Now, without the surgery, it's true you're not going to get any better. But I believe that you will leave this hospital under your own power, and you will have more time with the people that you love. You will have more time being the person that you are today." Ruby stares at Carter, who concludes, "And yes, ten years ago I lied to you about your wife. But I am not lying to you right now." Ruby stares at Carter hard, and Carter meets his gaze.
Episode Report CardKim: B | 1082 USERS: B-
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