Outside Laura's trauma room, Mark asks whether there's any word from the OR; Randi says they're still working. I assume he's asking about Elizabeth. Inside the trauma room, Greg is having an animated conversation with a woman I'll presume is Dr. Alexander, because Greg is screaming, "I said no!" Mark enters the room just as Dr. Alexander promises that it'll only take a few minutes, and that they won't harm Laura in any way. Greg commands her to stay the hell away from his wife. Mark introduces himself to Dr. Alexander, and Greg asks Mark to keep her away from Laura. Mark and Dr. Alexander leave the room; in the hall, Mark hisses at her, "What are you doing?" She says that they were discussing Laura's condition. Mark reminds Dr. Alexander that she is only a consultant, and that she should speak to Mark first. Behind them, Greg paces. Dr. Alexander says that she couldn't find Mark, and that she was reviewing Laura's records when Greg walked in. Mark spits, "No, you weren't -- you were twisting his arm because you want to harvest the eggs." Dr. Alexander says she only presented it as an option. Mark declares that Greg will never let Dr. Alexander do it. Dr. Alexander sneers that Laura's already given her consent. I don't really understand why the fertility doctor is being set up as the villain of the piece, but whatever. Mark breathes, "He just lost his wife. Leave him alone." Dr. Alexander comments, "She's going to need a lengthy hospitalization, then round-the-clock home nursing care. That's a tremendous financial burden." "Thanks to your fertility drugs!" Mark hisses. Dr. Alexander doesn't think so: "I've been doing IVF [in-vitro fertilization] for twelve years, and I've never seen this happen. She must have a protein S or an anti-thrombin deficiency." Mark says that those are pretty rare conditions, but Dr. Alexander says they're not as rare as a vascular occlusion from FSH. Mark, after a beat, says that he'll send up the labs. Dr. Alexander -- who has a distractingly prominent Bajoran brow ridge -- says that there's only an hour left to retrieve the eggs, and that it's only a ten-minute procedure that will give Greg and Laura "a nice financial cushion." She asks Mark to try to calm Greg down and convince him to go through with it. Mark promises nothing.
Episode Report CardWing Chun: C | 278 USERS: C+
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