Moment of truth (106.20)

106.20 SYNOPSIS: Grace questions Saanvi’s decision for her son when he starts to have a seizure. She demands antibiotics for her son, but Saanvi reveals that they won’t work because the seizure was caused by a viral infection. —>

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Saanvi’s opinion


Scene shifts to the hospital. Grace is watching Saanvi do work on a computer.

GRACE: I don’t suppose you know where my husband is?

SAANVI: Um, sorry, I don’t.

GRACE: You were on the plane. What do you think of all this? Is it tied to the flight?

SAANVI: I honestly don’t know what to think. On the one hand, my medical training tells me that there has to be an explanation for all of this. But then on the other, we know that the human body is it’s capable of far more than we can currently comprehend.

GRACE: So you think we shouldn’t give him the antibiotics?

SAANVI: I just know that we fought like hell to get him into the trial, and it would be a shame to derail that if antibiotics aren’t the answer. I mean, there’s so much here we’re only beginning to understand.

The land of “what if”

GRACE: You sound just like Ben. Look, I get it. I know there are a million possible scenarios in the land of what if,  but this is my son.

SAANVI: Mm-hmm, yeah.

GRACE: Not some scientific curiosity. Now’s not the time for Ben to be chasing wild theories. Or for you to be encouraging him.

SAANVI: I can only imagine how overwhelming all of this must be.


Cal’s seizure

While Grace is talking to Saanvi in Cal’s hospital room, alarms start going off. Cal’s heart rate is 100, 106, 116.. Cal is screaming. 

GRACE: What’s happening?

SAANVI: His heart rate is spiking. I need Dr. Williams in Cal Stone’s room now.

Cal groans.

DR. WILLIAMS: What can we do?

SAANVI: Pulse is at 122.

DR. WILLIAMS: Get me another line. I need to push some fluids.

Cal makes a terrible noise.

GRACE: Something’s wrong.

DR. WILLIAMS: Help me get him on his side.

Scene shifts to Marko Valeriev who is shaking violently while being hooked up to a machine.

SCIENTIST: Charge level?

CLINICIAN: 70%, and he’s already seizing. Any more could kill him.

SCIENTIST: Reduce by 5%. If he spikes, abort.

Back in Cal’s hospital room…

GRACE: What is happening?

DR. WILLIAMS: He’s having a febrile seizure.

Grace’s demand

GRACE: Give him the medicine.


GRACE: Give him the antibiotics, now.

SAANVI: Grace, no, if he is seizing, that means the infection is viral. Antibiotics won’t help him.

GRACE: I’m done with you.

GRACE [TO DR. WILLIAMS]: Please, give it to him.

Saanvi’s plea

SAANVI: Grace, listen to me. Antibiotics aren’t going to help him, and even if, by some miracle, they do, I can tell you 100%. Cardoso is gonna kick Cal out of the study for deviating from the control group. His treatment will end. His cancer will come back.

We watch Cal lay in bed as scene cuts to scene with Marko Valeriev where the noise of the machine he is hooked up to begins to lessen, and then stops. 

SAANVI: Look, see? He’s coming out of it. Ben is the only shot that Cal has. Give him a chance. Please.

GRACE: Okay.

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