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Something The Lord Made

by LTG June 7, 2004
Something The Lord Made

Close-up of an office door, which reads, "Vivien Thomas. Director of Laboratories." Viv's secretary knocks on the door and tells him that Blalock would like to see him. Viv and Blalock ride in an elevator together. Blalock is in a wheelchair. They make some small talk. As they exit the elevator, Viv pushes the wheelchair. Blalock has received an offer to teach at Columbia, and would like Blalock to come with him: "They know about your work, you could write your own ticket." Ass. But Viv is a wiser man now: he tells Blalock that he's perfectly happy to stay in his position at Johns Hopkins. Blalock: "Yeah, I guess you got your own things going on now." They pass Blalock's portrait in the hall of dead white men. Okay, I guess not all of them are dead yet. Blalock stops the chair: "You know, Vivien, they say that you haven't really lived unless you have a lot to regret. I regret...I have some regrets. But I think we should remember not what we lost, but what we've done. All the lives we've saved, and we did. We saved plenty, didn't we Vivien?" Viv agrees: "Yes, we did. Yes, we did." Well, I guess that's as close as an arrogant ass will get to an apology, or a thank-you. Blalock then gets out of his wheelchair and walks out the front door by himself.

Vivien gets a call from Helen, telling him that Blalock died in his sleep. We see a black groundskeeper lower the Johns Hopkins flag to half staff, while Viv looks on. He shuffles forlornly toward the front door, stopping to sit when the effort to climb a single step his too much for him. (He's fifty-four!)

We're in a crowded auditorium, where Helen is praising Viv. She then awards him an honorary doctorate from Johns Hopkins. You know it's the '60s, because Helen has given up her curls and swoops, and just has a couple of wings flying off the side of her head. She's also taken off the iPod as a sign of respect for Viv. Viv gives a nice sweet speech, in which he thanks his family and friends, but never thanks Blalock. Ah, revenge is sweet. Helen also unveils Viv's portrait. Oh goodness, I just noticed that Dr. Pork is on the stage, sporting a giant beard. If he had grown the beard earlier, I think I would have called him Dr. Porkchop.

Close-up on Viv's portrait, now hanging right next to Blalock's. Viv is looking at it, and then looks at all the dead white men hanging around it. He sits on a bench and looks at himself and Blalock, side by side. He's a little verklempt. We get our first profile shot of Jesus. Nice ass. The movie portraits dissolve into the real portraits, complete with titles. Blalock lived from 1899 to 1964. Viv lived from 1910 to 1985.

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Something The Lord Made

by LTG June 7, 2004
Something The Lord Made Close-up of an office door, which reads, "Vivien Thomas. Director of Laboratories." Viv's secretary knocks on the door and tells him that Blalock would like to see him. Viv and Blalock ride in an elevator together. Blalock is in a wheelchair. They make some small talk. As they exit the elevator, Viv pushes the wheelchair. Blalock has received an offer to teach at Columbia, and would like Blalock to come with him: "They know about your work, you could write your own ticket." Ass. But Viv is a wiser man now: he tells Blalock that he's perfectly happy to stay in his position at Johns Hopkins. Blalock: "Yeah, I guess you got your own things going on now." They pass Blalock's portrait in the hall of dead white men. Okay, I guess not all of them are dead yet. Blalock stops the chair: "You know, Vivien, they say that you haven't really lived unless you have a lot to regret. I regret...I have some regrets. But I think we should remember not what we lost, but what we've done. All the lives we've saved, and we did. We saved plenty, didn't we Vivien?" Viv agrees: "Yes, we did. Yes, we did." Well, I guess that's as close as an arrogant ass will get to an apology, or a thank-you. Blalock then gets out of his wheelchair and walks out the front door by himself. Vivien gets a call from Helen, telling him that Blalock died in his sleep. We see a black groundskeeper lower the Johns Hopkins flag to half staff, while Viv looks on. He shuffles forlornly toward the front door, stopping to sit when the effort to climb a single step his too much for him. (He's fifty-four!) We're in a crowded auditorium, where Helen is praising Viv. She then awards him an honorary doctorate from Johns Hopkins. You know it's the '60s, because Helen has given up her curls and swoops, and just has a couple of wings flying off the side of her head. She's also taken off the iPod as a sign of respect for Viv. Viv gives a nice sweet speech, in which he thanks his family and friends, but never thanks Blalock. Ah, revenge is sweet. Helen also unveils Viv's portrait. Oh goodness, I just noticed that Dr. Pork is on the stage, sporting a giant beard. If he had grown the beard earlier, I think I would have called him Dr. Porkchop. Close-up on Viv's portrait, now hanging right next to Blalock's. Viv is looking at it, and then looks at all the dead white men hanging around it. He sits on a bench and looks at himself and Blalock, side by side. He's a little verklempt. We get our first profile shot of Jesus. Nice ass. The movie portraits dissolve into the real portraits, complete with titles. Blalock lived from 1899 to 1964. Viv lived from 1910 to 1985.

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