Ben is lecturing. He informs the students that in the past ten years, a revolution has taken place in medicine, not just in technology, but in the relationship between patient and doctor. He calls on Cherry, who says that ten years ago, patients used to listen to their doctors and now the doctors work for the patients. The two banter about the doctor's role, and Cherry concludes that now, "the patient decides." Ben counters that this is the same patient "whose lifetime of bad decisions," like drinking or smoking, has brought him to this place. Cherry gulps and says, "You don't judge." Ben goes on to ask if, when a patient arrives with some "third-hand lunacy foraged from an Internet chat room," the doctor should let twenty years of education and experience get in the way. Cherry, getting less sure of his footing with each answer, replies, "Absolutely not." Ben keeps belaboring the point, and Cherry says that Ben's not going to get him to disagree. Ben asks, "Why should the patient decide?" Wyatt pipes up, "It's his life." Ben says that if the patient wanted to "treat mental illness with a .44 Magnum," the doctor would say no. But if the patient wants to treat cancer with herbs and a Tao healer? Wyatt continues to disagree. Ben says that when his father was a doctor, he would command his patients, "You do as I say." Wyatt thinks that is "an abuse of the relationship." Ben think it's what a friend does, "oversteps his bounds." Have I mentioned the natural light flooding the lecture hall? I didn't think there was this much natural light in Boston, ever.
Ollie and Sid banter (see?) about his date last night, and if Ollie left any food for him. She left chili on the stove -- the same chili Sid made two nights ago. Haven't these people heard of refrigeration, for God's sack? They're doctors -- they should know the dangers of bacteria. Ollie walks off while telling Sid they could use some milk. Boies walks up and says to Sid, "You reject a man's chili, you reject the man." I really don't get the relationship between Sid and Ollie. They're roommates. He has a crush on her? She's not interested? I need some backstory, people!