Ben, Max, and the lawyer (who I'll continue to call Ellyn, since that's who she was on thirtysomething) are reviewing the Porter case. Ellyn says that they have a good case, since Porter had arteriosclerosis. Ben argues that they are just covering themselves, when they all know the truth. Ellyn argues that they didn't kill him -- "ensuing complications" did. I'm sure you all know how this scene goes. Ben is all high and mighty, and Ellyn is all, "We don't want anyone to lose their license." Ellyn says that she'll talk to risk management and come up with a sum, and then use Porter's arteriosclerosis to bully the other side into settling. Well, that's not exactly what she says, but it's what she means. Ollie walks in and tells Ben that Larry's been admitted to ICU. They couldn't have paged him?
Larry looks bad. Like, unconscious bad. Ben tells Barb to call her other children and tell them to come quickly, and that they'll discuss options in the morning. Tim wants to know what options there are, and says so in a tone of voice that suggests there are no options. Ben gives him a sharp look. Barb sobs. Man, could this episode get any more depressing?
Boies is discussing Lucinda's stroke while he rides the elevator with Sid. Boies thinks there must be a cause for the stroke in an otherwise healthy woman. Sid thinks that it's karma. Boies brings up the carotid artery defect, then picks up Lucinda's daughter to take her to see Lucinda.
Cherry walks by with a piece of cake in hand, looking for something or someone. He wakes up a napping Ollie and asks if she's seen Stiles. Ollie is all grouchy. Cherry is worried about Stiles, and thinks she's burnt out. Ollie denigrates burnout, saying that she herself has never taken a sick day and had a perfect attendance record in medical school. Well, that's just foolish. Everyone needs a day off now and then.
Ben is explaining Larry's condition to Barb and Tim with the use of audiovisuals. Tim says that there's no need to get hung up on the details when the big picture is bad. Tim talks about Larry's current condition, and concludes that the next step is dialysis. Barb snaps out of her zoned state, saying that Larry was always very clear about no dialysis. Tim says they discussed it as a family on the phone, and they want to take his father off the ventilator. Ben says he'll die within minutes, and Tim says he knows that. Ben makes an appeal to Barb that they keep trying. Tim paints a different picture, a bad one, that involves residential care and a wheelchair. Ben says the alternative is "killing him now." Ugh; I hope I die in my sleep, and instantaneously, because I never want to put my family in the position of making these decisions. This show makes me want to draw up a Living Will, people. Barb says that Larry wouldn't want to be confined to a wheelchair in a home. Tim wants them to ask Larry. Ben wants them to consider giving the drugs more time to work. Tim's wonders where the life-saving measures end. Ben appeals to him one last time. Tim's eyes well up and he says they could give him another forty-eight hours with no extraordinary measures. Ben goes off to talk to Larry about it.