The music swells from the Symphony of Sick Mothers-To-Be right into the credits. Of course, the last image we see before we fade into the commercials is of baby fingers wrapped around adult fingers. It's downhill from here, people.
The Hospital Cafeteria. Angry Wife and Dr. Angry the Husband argue about their baby. He wants her to see a doctor. She wants to see a midwife. There are babies all over this episode. She wants him to "understand." He thinks it would be better to be safe. They have irreconcilable differences. Get a divorce already.
All of the doctors are in a large auditorium, discussing Ellenor's case. Apparently, she has them stumped. They can't figure out what's wrong with her or what might be causing the mysterious pain in her side. A doctor says the abdominal pain would be consistent with pre-eclampsia. Dr. Boies explains the problem with Ellenor's white blood cell count. Dr. Shandar thinks it's an infection. Ollie wants to know if there are bacteria in her urine. Maybe there's an abscess? Gideon is awfully quiet, almost too quiet. Dr. Shandar pipes up: "Pre-eclampsia and an infection: not a happy marriage." Enough with the baby/marriage/motherhood analogies. He thinks they should deliver the baby. Non-Lenny explains that the baby's lungs aren't ready to be delivered. Here I must ask, then why did Ellenor tell Lindsay that the baby INSIDE her was already BIGGER than Baby Rod? He seemed to come out this early and be just fine -- more than fine -- in fact, the child is already three times the size of me. Boies explains that the baby needs to be on the steroids for twenty-four hours. Shandar thinks Ellenor should just hold on until then. Or, Ollie pipes up, they deliver the baby now and put her on a respirator. Ben nods.
Outside the auditorium, the doctors are filing out, carrying their notepads and a bunch of sour expressions. Man, it's one thing to feel like a patient, but quite another to be discussed like you are an airplane whose parts are acting funny. Dr. Angry the Husband meets Angry Wife outside the doors; she complains about not being able to find the car keys. Ben strolls up offering his congratulations. He then asks if she's found a doctor yet. Mrs. Cooper doesn't respond, in part because the question makes her uncomfortable and partially because the baby is kicking. With his hands outstretched like he's about to handle a basketball, Ben asks if he can feel her baby kicking. This seems fine to Mrs. Cooper. Oh, I get it -- she doesn't mind a doctor touching her, she just does not want one examining her. As he's feeling around her public belly, he and Mrs. Cooper have a Crossing Moment. I have the feeling they have a lot of those Moments around here. Baby's Daddy is in awe of his soon-to-be ex-wife. Let me ask just one question: how did two people who so obviously do not get along end up having sex in the first place? Mrs. Cooper thought she was just having heartburn. Ben asks if she's had a lot of heartburn: "Oh my God! It's like my stomach's in my mouth and my bladder's being stepped on." He smiles. She continues, "Feels like the little buster down there's re-arranging all the furniture." A light bulb appears over Gideon's head. Well, as much as any kind of surprise might appear over Andre Braugher's head. He's the most understated actor I have ever watched on television. Emperor Rod could take some lessons from him. Leave it up to the pregnant lady to serve as the impetus for the doctor to finally figure out what's wrong with Ellenor.