Gideon's Crossing
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Crossover Bore, Part Deux

Appendicitis? Ellenor is confused. Gideon explains that her uterus has pushed up her appendix, and that's why the pain is in the upper right quadrant instead of the lower right quadrant. Dr. Levkowitz adds that that's why nothing showed up on the scan. The baby blocked the organ. Ellenor turns to Ben: "So? What do we do?" What do you mean? For a doctor, Gideon is awfully slow: first he sends Ellenor home with appendicitis; then once he figures out that she has appendicitis, he doesn't quite know what to do. Ellenor posits, "Usually when someone has appendicitis, they have their appendix taken out." Exactly. That's what they're going to do. If they leave the organ in and it bursts, the baby could be in danger, not to mention Ellenor's life being at risk. Dr. Levkowitz wants to take the baby out. No way. Ellenor dismisses this thought and turns back to Ben. He tells Ellenor that while they've made serious inroads in treating premature babies, a lot of babies born before twenty-six weeks have serious health problems that follow them into adulthood. Now, if they had another twenty-four hours for the lungs to develop, well, that would be another story. Dr. Levkowitz explains the seriousness of this very serious situation, and then she gets paged right out of the room, leaving Ben and Ellenor alone to discuss what they're going to do.

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.

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