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Something The Lord Made

by LTG June 7, 2004
Something The Lord Made

Viv walks home, reading a book. As Viv enters the house, we find his father William (Charles Dutton) arguing with Viv's brother, Harold (Clayton LeBoeuf). (Actually, neither of these characters is named until much later in the movie, but I'll be damned if I'll spend the next fifteen pages calling them "Viv's father" and "Viv's brother"). Oooh, Charles Dutton's having an argument -- maybe that ass-whoopin' I was hoping for is on the way. Apparently, Harold is on strike to seek equal pay for black and white teachers, and William seems to think that Harold's activism is an affront to the memory of William's slave grandfather. And you know what? This little subplot has almost nothing to do with the rest of the movie.

Back in the lab, Viv impresses Blalock with his ability to calculate the amount of anesthesia needed to get a dog ready for surgery. Suddenly, Viv is walking down the street with Gabrielle, whose character is named Clara, and he's mumbling on about all the cool colors that you see inside a dog. Is he working for Alfred Blalock or Timothy Leary? ["I guess this wasn't the bad dog experience he kept talking about in the Italian Job remake." -- Wing Chun] He notices a crowd of people gathering around a large brick building. It's the bank where he keeps his money, and sure enough, it has failed. At a family gathering to discuss the failed bank, we learn that he has been saving for seven years to pay for college. Which, by the way? Means he started saving at age thirteen.

From saving to shaving -- cut to the lab, where Viv is shaving the belly of a poor anesthetized dog lying spread-eagle on its back. There is simply no way that words can capture how hilarious I find this image, which is, unfortunately, repeated throughout most of the rest of movie. So for every upcoming dog surgery scene, no matter how serious the dialogue or how momentous the medical breakthrough, just assume that I am giggling on my couch. Even better, in this scene? The poor dog moves its head as Viv shaves its tummy. Priceless.

Blalock is apparently upset that Viv did not follow his directions on how to administer the anesthesia, but Viv found a better way -- an IV to the forepaw. Heh. Blalock has decided that this will be Viv's first procedure on a pup, and he draws an incision line for him on the freshly shaved belly. And then things get a little hazy, as they show us all the procedures that ER normally skips, like the incision in the belly and a close-up of the rib spreader opening up the hole. The remainder of the scene involves lots of medical babble, the intent monitoring of a blood-pressure gauge, and the transfusion of blood to the dog. I'm imagining a canine blood bank where all the dogs get tested for distemper and then get a dog biscuit afterward. Somehow, I suspect the reality is not that happy.

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Something The Lord Made

by LTG June 7, 2004
Something The Lord Made Viv walks home, reading a book. As Viv enters the house, we find his father William (Charles Dutton) arguing with Viv's brother, Harold (Clayton LeBoeuf). (Actually, neither of these characters is named until much later in the movie, but I'll be damned if I'll spend the next fifteen pages calling them "Viv's father" and "Viv's brother"). Oooh, Charles Dutton's having an argument -- maybe that ass-whoopin' I was hoping for is on the way. Apparently, Harold is on strike to seek equal pay for black and white teachers, and William seems to think that Harold's activism is an affront to the memory of William's slave grandfather. And you know what? This little subplot has almost nothing to do with the rest of the movie. Back in the lab, Viv impresses Blalock with his ability to calculate the amount of anesthesia needed to get a dog ready for surgery. Suddenly, Viv is walking down the street with Gabrielle, whose character is named Clara, and he's mumbling on about all the cool colors that you see inside a dog. Is he working for Alfred Blalock or Timothy Leary? ["I guess this wasn't the bad dog experience he kept talking about in the Italian Job remake." -- Wing Chun] He notices a crowd of people gathering around a large brick building. It's the bank where he keeps his money, and sure enough, it has failed. At a family gathering to discuss the failed bank, we learn that he has been saving for seven years to pay for college. Which, by the way? Means he started saving at age thirteen. From saving to shaving -- cut to the lab, where Viv is shaving the belly of a poor anesthetized dog lying spread-eagle on its back. There is simply no way that words can capture how hilarious I find this image, which is, unfortunately, repeated throughout most of the rest of movie. So for every upcoming dog surgery scene, no matter how serious the dialogue or how momentous the medical breakthrough, just assume that I am giggling on my couch. Even better, in this scene? The poor dog moves its head as Viv shaves its tummy. Priceless. Blalock is apparently upset that Viv did not follow his directions on how to administer the anesthesia, but Viv found a better way -- an IV to the forepaw. Heh. Blalock has decided that this will be Viv's first procedure on a pup, and he draws an incision line for him on the freshly shaved belly. And then things get a little hazy, as they show us all the procedures that ER normally skips, like the incision in the belly and a close-up of the rib spreader opening up the hole. The remainder of the scene involves lots of medical babble, the intent monitoring of a blood-pressure gauge, and the transfusion of blood to the dog. I'm imagining a canine blood bank where all the dogs get tested for distemper and then get a dog biscuit afterward. Somehow, I suspect the reality is not that happy.

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