Kevin's at home watching Jeopardy, and it's Teen Week. An answer comes up about British Columbia's flag, and Luke, who's just walked in, and Kevin argue the question and bet a bag of Bugles until Alex Trebek gives the nod to Luke. Well, he could stand a little meat on his bones. And I could stand to stop talking like my grandmother, God rest her soul, but that's another story. Luke notes that Kevin's home early, and Kevin explains that he had asked for a few days off to pursue the TV thing, and he decided to go ahead and take them anyway. Luke tells Kevin that he thinks Kevin bailed on the story because he's worried he might have "peripheral nerve loss." Kevin tightly asks Luke how he knows about that, and Luke says he did his "Geekapalooza" presentation on "electric stim," and used the materials that Kevin threw out. The two of them have the following exchange about the therapy that's much easier to transcribe than describe:
Kevin: They strap you to some shopping cart
Luke: It's a wall nerve, with braces.
Kevin: hook you up to a car battery
Kevin: which makes your legs twitch! For what, a few baby steps. Twenty percent of paraplegics don't even respond to it.
Let me just throw in this link describing the therapy Kevin's talking about, the Parastep System, which was kindly provided by Melle in the forums. Let me also mention (and thanks to JJ2440 in the forums for posting this) that Kevin mentioned electrical stim in the first season. I don't remember that, frankly, and from Deborah's recap it doesn't seem like the show explicitly stated whether he was trying the therapy himself, but it does seem weird now that they mentioned it as a throwaway almost a year ago. Anyway. Luke duhs that there's an eighty percent chance that Kevin will respond, then, but Kevin heatedly counters that if he doesn't, he'll know for sure that his nerves are "fried," which means that even if a cure for spinal-cord injuries is discovered in the future, he won't be able to take advantage of it. Well, unless they discover a cure for the nerves as well, but anyway. Luke asks if it isn't Kevin's job to find the truth, as he's a journalist. Kevin yells, "Spend a day in this chair and then we'll talk about the truth! Actually, you'd be okay with that, wouldn't you? You wish you were Stephen Hawking, just a big brain in a chair. Too bad this isn't you!" Luke stares at him, stunned, and then leaves the room. Man, what a bastard. Seriously, I can't imagine what Kevin's going through, but to say something like that to your little brother, and then not even apologize? Forget Joan -- Luke's the one that needs an iPod to even begin to forgive that comment. The next Jeopardy question anviliciously has to do with neurons. Fire up the ones in the contrition section of your brain, jerk.