Oz
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Depression On A DVD, Part Two

Sad church music starts up as Alvarez is led out of Oz. He enters a room to find an hysterically crying Maritza. Dude, I was almost like that when I put my dog down -- I can't even imagine having to go through that with a child. Alvarez walks in, the moment starting to overwhelm him. Mukada looks on, and I know I was trying to figure out if he or Pete has the suckier job, but he's winning by a lap at this point. A lap of The Amazing Race. Mukada performs the last rites, and we hear the flatline over the music. This can't get much worse, right?

Back in Oz, Alvarez thanks Mukada for all he's done for him, and tries to be philosophical about the baby's death. He says he feels better about himself, and that he never knew he had so much love to give. In fact, he says, he never loved anything before in his life, and it's opened up a whole new part of him. Mukada just looks like his day couldn't possibly get any more abysmal. He rises to go, but before he gets out the door, Alvarez asks him, "Where was God when my son died?" And the day finds a lower place. Mukada: "Same place He was when His own son died."

Gloria examines the scar left by Keane's surgery, and says he's doing fine. Diane enters and tells Keane he has a visitor. It's his father, who gives him a warm hug. Keane asks after his sister, and his dad tells him she's recuperating faster than expected. He says that he's a little turned around by all the media attention, but that a lot of people have been very supportive. Keane gets serious, and tells his dad he wants him to talk to Keane Light. His father's face falls. "He's turned into a fag." Keane makes an impassioned speech about how lonely it is in Oz and what it does to a person. His dad exposits that he raised the three kids alone, and that now that she's going to live, Keane's sister is going to make something of herself. "What's Billie ever gonna be?" Keane: "Your son. My brother. Forever." Sniff. Diane calls time, and the two Keanes share a tender embrace. Hill VOs that it's rare to say goodbye to someone when you know it's the last time. I can think of a number of people I've shown the door the morning after, knowing I'd never see them again, but that's not really what he's talking about, I'm guessing. Outside, Keane's father breaks down as Diane humanely stays with him. He says that Jefferson was his oldest kid (and he uses the past tense, which kills me), and as such always had a special place in his heart. "A man shouldn't live to see his own son die." That's one sentiment that has been expressed over and over on TV and the movies, yet will never get old, because it's so heart-wrenchingly true. Diane sympathetically puts a hand on his and looks ready to cry herself. Tom, do you own stock in Kleenex or something?

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