The Greatest Of Gifts

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The Greatest Of Gifts

Carter comes into Chen's room as she nurses the baby and caresses his face. Carter asks what she's doing, and she says that breastfeeding is good for the baby in the first twenty-four hours, since most of what they're getting is "colostrum," which boosts their immune systems. With James and Linda watching anxiously through the door, Carter pulls up a chair and asks Chen whether she's having second thoughts about the adoption. She bites her lip, then regards him and sighs that she's always had second thoughts. Carter asks what changed, and Chen said -- of course -- "I saw his face." See? Why won't you people listen to me?! Chen continues, "I'm being selfish! I have the money to raise him. There's no reason why I can't." Carter closes his eyes in a long blink, and replies, "There's a couple out there who desperately want to raise a child, and you're giving them a great gift." The baby fusses a little and she coos at him before asking, "What happens eighteen years from now? He shows up, looking for an explanation?" Carter says that she should tell him the truth -- that she wanted to provide the best home possible for him. Chen starts to lose her nerve, and presses, "Do I tell him I was a coward? That my bigoted parents were more important to me than he was?" Carter wisely advises her to leave her parents out of it: "If you want to keep the baby, keep the baby. But if you don't, or you can't, then you want to make sure that he goes to somebody who's going to love him -- who's going to want him -- and know that you're not abandoning your baby. You're creating a family." She starts to cry (much as I would, were I her).

Downstairs, Finch tells Benton that Rex burned out the clutch and broke a headlight before bailing out of her car four blocks from her house. Benton tries to tell her that she "lucked out," but somehow she doesn't seem quite convinced. It really says a lot about Michael Michele that the one and only time she's ever been able to muster any emotion on this show is now, talking about her character's car. Finch thinks that Braids took the car out for a joyride, and that her having called to (sort of) own up to it just shows that "she's not completely stupid." Benton's all about forgiveness, but Finch wants Braids at the hospital immediately, or she'll have the cops talk to her.

The elevator doors close upon Finch and Benton wearily rubs his head, some more. A woman comes down the stairs and tells Benton she's Taylor's mom, Melissa Walker. He tells her that Taylor's getting her foot x-rayed to make sure it's not fractured. Melissa doesn't seem especially concerned at the news (and, frankly, I probably wouldn't be either if my other child had been fighting leukaemia), and matter-of-factly asks whether Taylor fought him, since she's scared of hospitals. Benton says she did, and then takes Melissa aside to say that it might be more than just the needles that are upsetting Taylor. Melissa exposits, "The leukopheresis requires a big one in both arms for five hours." Dude. That's fun for a kid, not. Benton says that Taylor thinks her parents only had her to help Nicole. Melissa sighs heavily, as if she's had this conversation many times, and says, "We love both of our daughters. And if you had a child who was dying of leukaemia and there was no bone marrow match, what would you do, huh? We were planning to have more children anyway, but...I am so tired of having to explain this to you people like we did something wrong." Benton flatly says that he was just telling her how Taylor feels, and Melissa defensively says that she knows how Taylor feels, since she's her mother. She repeats that she loves her, twice. Yeah, I'm totally convinced now, Dr. Frankenstein. She asks where Radiology is, and storms off. Benton watches her go, judging her as hard as he can.

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