Ben is warning Max that he might have caused some trouble with the deposition. Max tells him not to worry about it -- they settled. Ben is surprised. Max explains that Juan Cochran was negotiating upstairs while Ben was giving his deposition. He shows Ben a copy of the paper with a story about Maria on the front and the headline, "HMO to Widow: Drop Dead." Turns out Juan Cochran had the paper printed up just for his negotiations. It wasn't a real story. What a smooth operator. Max makes a disturbing comment about how you can't fight city hall, but "you can milk them until their nipples bleed." Ew. EW!
Ben comes in and makes small talk with Mrs. Lee. He turns serious and says it's been a hard year for his family, and her family as well. But, it's been a good year for his family because of her. He thanks her. Mrs. Lee points out that the Buddha said, "Life is suffering." Ben points out that the Buddha also said, "The only miracle in the world is a change of heart." Mrs. Lee looks confused, but then smiles and nods. So I guess she's staying.
Cherry sees Linda playing the violin through the window of her room. As he walks out, Maria's daughter walks out of Maria's room and puts on her scarf. The violin music plays us out of the episode. Maybe I'm just overly tired, but I didn't think this episode was as good as the others. Not enough banter. I know I make fun of it, but it's well-written and well-acted banter, so I really don't mind. Maybe next week will be the return to banter.