At the vending machines, Joan seems to be struggling with the change machine, and asks the doctor at the next machine, "Excuse me, doctor, could you tell me how to get change?" The doctor replies, "Change comes from within -- but first you have to want to change." Joan's not impressed. She snorts softly and walks over, complaining, "'Death is a dividing line,' 'change comes from within.' What is with your lame fortune-cookie wisdom today?" He says, "It's just a vending machine joke, kid." He takes his candy or whatever and walks away. An attractive redheaded nurse (it's actually not clear whether she's a doctor or nurse, but someone on the forums posted that her credit was as a nurse, so I'm going with that) walks up behind her and says, "You want change? I'm your woman." She and Joan exchange coins and a bill as the nurse says, "You're right to worry about Adam. In his world, suicide is a reality. He's lived with it for three years." Joan looks at her, realizing who it is, and says, "Oh, my God." Nurse God continues, "Some suicides are motivated by rage -- at another human being, or the universe...or me. Others come from a deep sadness; suicide seems the only way of stopping the pain. And then there are those who do not end their mortal lives, but still, they stop living, which is also a kind of suicide." Nurse God glides off, but Joan follows, saying, "Wait...wait, wait, wait. Adam is gonna..." She glances around slightly and lowers her voice: "Kill himself? Why?" Nurse God replies, "Rocky finished well. The -- let's call them ripples -- the ripples Rocky left behind are sad, but good. Adam's mother's ripples are not good." Joan, with a little desperation: "I get that all I can handle without falling over are hints, so maybe, uh, a better hint of what I should do?" Nurse God tells her, "There's more than one way to talk to people who aren't here anymore. There's definitely more than one way to listen. Especially in Adam's case." Joan suggests that God could bring Mrs. Rove back from the dead and make everything all right. Nurse God replies, "Not today. Now, I have to get over to County General and kick some ass there." Possibly not that last part.
Joan of Arcadia
Episode Report CardDeborah: A+ | 550 USERS: B
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Joan of Arcadia