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Something The Lord Made

by LTG June 7, 2004
Something The Lord Made

Blalock and some other doctors are in the faculty club or some other stuffy leather-and-mahogany-type place. They're laughing about how he's upsetting the apple cart at Johns Hopkins. When one doctor asks Blalock why he brought Viv with him from Nashville, the best reason he can come up with is that Viv is a really good "worker." Ass. ["Just admit that you're in love! God!" -- Wing Chun] While another doctor racks up the balls at the billiard table, Blalock does his best impression of me at a D.C. TWoPCon -- that is to say, he hits the cue ball and it goes nowhere in particular. Every other doctor in the room thinks the idea of heart surgery is ridiculous. Blalock and another doctor wager $50 on the billiards game, and Blalock proceeds to sink three balls on the break. He tells them, "Where you see risks, I see opportunity." I guess we're supposed to think he's crafty, but I still think he's an ass.

While Blalock is partying at his fancy gentlemen's club, Viv is just arriving home. He runs into the landlord, who harasses him about some odd jobs he's supposed to be doing in exchange for a $7 a month off the rent. We then cut to Viv in the classic plumber's pose under a sink, clearing a clog. Back in their apartment, Clara dishes up a plate of rice and something. Viv and Clara have some good-natured banter about how tight the food budget is, and then she quietly says, "I could get a job." Except then there would be nobody to watch the girls. Viv promises her that everything will be just fine, and Clara acquiesces. Because she has no spine.

Back in the lab, Blalock complains that they're going to run out of dogs at the rate they're killing them off. Viv tells him that progress takes time, and points out that he has recently achieved "30% desaturation." Blalock dismisses that achievement: "That dog is faintly blue at best." Have you tried taking away its Prozac? Or maybe play some Marianne Faithfull -- Strange Weather always works for me when I need to get a little more depressed. There's some more medical mumbling as they try to figure out better ways to get dogs near death's door without actually killing them. Throughout this scene, a black janitor looks on with awe, because he has never seen a black man talk medicine before. By the end, Blalock has come up with some genius idea that Viv thinks might just solve their problem.

Blalock emerges from the OR, furious at having lost a patient. He grabs a drink of something brown in the lab, and curses the universe for defying his surgical genius. He then notices Viv hunched over some piece of apparatus. It's a respirator that he has pieced together with spare parts from the machine shop. Blalock is quite pleased, and says that Viv is the only one he can trust around there. He's sure that everyone else wants to see him fail. Well, I want to see him fail, but that's only because he's an ass.

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Something The Lord Made

by LTG June 7, 2004
Something The Lord Made Blalock and some other doctors are in the faculty club or some other stuffy leather-and-mahogany-type place. They're laughing about how he's upsetting the apple cart at Johns Hopkins. When one doctor asks Blalock why he brought Viv with him from Nashville, the best reason he can come up with is that Viv is a really good "worker." Ass. ["Just admit that you're in love! God!" -- Wing Chun] While another doctor racks up the balls at the billiard table, Blalock does his best impression of me at a D.C. TWoPCon -- that is to say, he hits the cue ball and it goes nowhere in particular. Every other doctor in the room thinks the idea of heart surgery is ridiculous. Blalock and another doctor wager $50 on the billiards game, and Blalock proceeds to sink three balls on the break. He tells them, "Where you see risks, I see opportunity." I guess we're supposed to think he's crafty, but I still think he's an ass. While Blalock is partying at his fancy gentlemen's club, Viv is just arriving home. He runs into the landlord, who harasses him about some odd jobs he's supposed to be doing in exchange for a $7 a month off the rent. We then cut to Viv in the classic plumber's pose under a sink, clearing a clog. Back in their apartment, Clara dishes up a plate of rice and something. Viv and Clara have some good-natured banter about how tight the food budget is, and then she quietly says, "I could get a job." Except then there would be nobody to watch the girls. Viv promises her that everything will be just fine, and Clara acquiesces. Because she has no spine. Back in the lab, Blalock complains that they're going to run out of dogs at the rate they're killing them off. Viv tells him that progress takes time, and points out that he has recently achieved "30% desaturation." Blalock dismisses that achievement: "That dog is faintly blue at best." Have you tried taking away its Prozac? Or maybe play some Marianne Faithfull -- Strange Weather always works for me when I need to get a little more depressed. There's some more medical mumbling as they try to figure out better ways to get dogs near death's door without actually killing them. Throughout this scene, a black janitor looks on with awe, because he has never seen a black man talk medicine before. By the end, Blalock has come up with some genius idea that Viv thinks might just solve their problem. Blalock emerges from the OR, furious at having lost a patient. He grabs a drink of something brown in the lab, and curses the universe for defying his surgical genius. He then notices Viv hunched over some piece of apparatus. It's a respirator that he has pieced together with spare parts from the machine shop. Blalock is quite pleased, and says that Viv is the only one he can trust around there. He's sure that everyone else wants to see him fail. Well, I want to see him fail, but that's only because he's an ass.

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