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  1. And why did Kapoor have to specify that the eggs were transmitted via a kiss? Not possibly taking a drink out of the same glass or something? Max siding with the DAWN program was a delightful bit of hypocrisy considering his previous stance on any screens being allowed to taint patient interactions. (But if the inventors of that program have invented language recognition/translation software sensitive enough that the Hungarian woman could have a coherent conversation with it regarding her symptoms and treatment, they don't need to dabble in the medical field, they could make a fortune off that aspect alone.) ~ So the takeaway here is, Max has finally and completely burned through New Amsterdam's budget, there isn't one item that could be feasibly be trimmed from any department, various doctors are going to be schlepping around to other facilities (are they going to get any additional compensation for the extra trouble, and/or time away from their families?) to just cover the current shortfalls, and any future bright ideas/programs being implemented are going to require another program of equal cost being cancelled. Yep, I bet we're absolutely going to see that happening! [/s] (The lend-a-specialist notion itself might make for some interesting storylines, one of the main cast being split from the show proper for an episode to treat several patients at another random hospital.)
  2. Agreed with most on the unreality and disregard for logistics concerning the main plot, but I had to laugh when Max went blazing into the meeting to complain about New Amsterdam getting patients dumped on them, only to find that NA dumps patients too. If Board Woman dropped that little tidbit on purpose because she wanted him out of her hair for five minutes, it was a genius move on her part, and it would add needed depth to her character if she's capable of deliberately distracting him like that. I don't know why we got another plotline of her regretting that she agreed to move in as he tapdances merrily over her boundaries and wishes. It came off precisely the way it did in the previous episode, and were I her, I'd be extremely wary that the lesson doesn't seem to be sticking.
  3. Yep, classic Nataloon. The woman can't be trusted to make her husband's medical decisions, but can be trusted alone with his unconscious body. Brilliant. Whether Marcel planned for the husband to die or simply believed it was unethical for him to interfere with the wife's decision, I think she could have 'lived with' his way a little easier. Speaking of hypocrisy, I can't fathom how all this didn't open Halstead's eyes to the potential problems of the injection site in the first place. He only found out that Jessy Schram was a surgeon after coincidentally running into her in her professional capacity. Does he really think none of the other patients there could possibly have roles involving someone else's lives in their hands? And now he's taking it to another level by getting involved with her when she hasn't even begun her recovery.
  4. Rusty: The crimes and victimology in this one were horrifying, especially since there were no survivors among the main targets - sure, the kids got away at the end, but all seven fathers were taken away from their families. Not the kind of case I'd consider to have had a happy ending. But paradoxically the unsub was the sort who's so far gone you can't even hate him - well, for driving drunk with his son in the car in the first place maybe, but the killings rung of brokeness rather than evil. (...although, yes, it was very reminiscent of Evil). Hated Prentiss's relationship getting shoehorned into the confrontation with him, however. Maybe it's just me, but I wasn't getting a 'star-crossed lovers' vibe from her for most of the episode, more like an 'ugh, you again' one. Guess it worked out for them in the end, but I always get the secondhand cringes when one character keeps chasing after another who's blatantly trying to rebuff them. If they wanted a personal connection to the unsub, JJ's miscarriage would have made her a better fit.
  5. Date Night: To me, Rachael Leigh Cook will always be Kate Moretti from Perception, in which her co-lead was a character with a lot of similarities to Reid (except far more interesting and enjoyable). So her casting here has been amusing. Wouldn't they have pulled all of Cat's records, medical included, when she came back into their orbit? Finding out whether she'd actually delivered a child, and if so what had happened to them, should have been considered as a possible factor of her plans from the beginning. Also, did they explain how exactly her accomplice was surveiling Reid so closely that she knew to kidnap Max's father and sister precisely the night before Reid was planning to show her his apartment?
  6. Yeah, they needed to give a little more depth to the cancer couple, whether the wife was concerned about the practicalities of the situation or whether, like Shaun, she found her husband's idea of happiness 'too loud'. On the one hand, that sounds like a cruel concept, but the thought of spending six months watching or participating in crazy activities that A) she doesn't enjoy and B) could kill her husband instantly, taking away even the little time they do have, wouldn't be easy either, not to mention if she's sad because of her soon-to-be widowhood, she either has to suppress it or feel like a killjoy. I could also see how it would be startling if she spent most of their life thinking her husband was also a 'quiet happiness' person and enjoyed the kind of life they had, only to find out he considered the post-diagnosis thrill-seeker to be the 'real him' who he'd been forced to hide all that time. For what it's worth, the closed-captioning did say 'plodder'. And the look on Reznick's face made it seem like that was what she heard, to me.
  7. I think it was the other father who they said was a match. The embryo switch was, as others said, obvious, but it was nice to have a storyline play out with decency rather than bitchiness. Everything else...hoo boy. While I agree with Choi that the wife was jumping the gun, did he really think that taking an attitude with her was going to pursuade her of anything? And 'tattling' on her at the end was just icing on the cake. I initially felt for the administrator who left her baby in the car (it really does make sense how you can just go on autopilot in situations like that; if I'm ever a parent or caregiver, I'm absolutely doing the 'leave your shoe beside the carseat' thing), but once she started trying to bully the doctors into lying to her husband, no. Can't make up my mind about the injection clinics here any more than I could on New Amsterdam. I get the arguments in favor, but it doesn't feel as simple as that. And again, the woman last week had a kid. If this facility were already open, would Halstead have supported her retaining custody so long as she was getting high 'safely'?
  8. Yeah, I was side-eying the characterization of her as a fundamentally good person who snapped because of one injustice too many. She came across much more as someone for whom lashing out in frustration is the rule rather than the exception.
  9. I'm not 100% sure, but I thought it was one of the other clinic assistants who suggested the drugstore. With you on the backup batteries, though, that seemed like a no-brainer precaution to take. If it's not that simple, it would have been nice to have a line in the episode explaining so - maybe the woman's insurance didn't cover more backup batteries (fits the theme!) or she had no access to medical-supply providers to obtain them, or maybe spares wouldn't hold a charge long enough for you to just stash them everywhere for peace of mind.
  10. It definitely sounded to me like just one sample. I'd been thinking earlier that the patient's life wasn't going to be all roses even if he'd gone with Claire's plan, because he'd be running from both the police and whoever the drugs were supposed to go to. He'd probably have been better off snitching for at least a chance at protection. Either him or the dealer stealing back a single balloon wouldn't have made sense to me for that reason, given the relative quantity he'd still owe them, but interesting point about maybe the specific formulation of the drugs could be traced and that's what they were trying to avoid. ~ Count me in with everyone confused over painkiller woman. Nerve block, paralytic, even put her in a coma - if they really wanted to have the scene with her screaming in pain and clutching Shaun, at least come up with reasons why something like that wouldn't work (say they needed to check whether she could wiggle her toes partway through the surgery if they were cutting too close to nerves, or something).
  11. I like James, but yeah - both there and the "ha-ha" on day 1, I laughed but then felt bad, because picking on the underdog just feels wrong. Especially in this tourney, the buzzer was a huge factor; I'm sure all three of them could have answered the majority of the clues, but Ken had the timing down. I don't remember for sure, but I thought 44k was his total for the second round only? In which case adding 88 to his round 1 score would've done it.
  12. Ignorance can be advantageous, I suppose - I'm terribly weak on Shakespeare, so I just threw out the first non-title character who came to mind...and was right. (I also recall James's first run ended when he didn't bet big enough on a Shakespeare FJ. Just not his lucky category, apparently!) Would have liked to watch more episodes, but a great win for Ken, congrats.
  13. I never enjoy Natalie, and she should've given him a warning, but Will was the bigger fuck-up in this one imo. Every decision he made was all about him and his guilt, not the kid or even the mother - and as icing on the cake, if he'd stayed with his patient instead of rushing off to pick a fight, he might've been able to talk her out of leaving the hospital.
  14. I don't know about other providers, but unlike regular Jeopardy, my Comcast on-demand is offering the tournament episodes. ~ Loved the Nichelle Nichols question. I've been a Trekkie all my life, but actually just came across that particular story recently.
  15. The episode I started liking Frank, and probably the reason I still have a soft spot for him, was the one with the K-9 officers. So I appreciated that he corrected the tired 'pit bull' analogy. I hate their dynamic. They've done this dance so many before, she blows her lid at him, then later apologizes and thanks him for keeping her honest. But he really doesn't, and can't, because it's not a relationship of equals; she can throw however many tantrums she wants, and he never necessarily knows whether this is going to be the time she ends up snapping and firing him. So you can interpret the interactions as 'Anthony secretly sighs as Erin pitches yet another fit, knowing the irrational, impulsive woman will regret the error of her ways and agree with him', or 'Anthony spends half his life on eggshells, wondering whether he's going to get sacked for giving his honest opinion'. Neither are at all pleasant.
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