What is truth? That was the question the most recent episode of Black Box
presented and attempted to answer. The results were a harrowing tale of (the characters') self-discovery.
On the eve of Catherine Black's impromptu engagement party, the good doctor dealt with two very personal cases. While she took care of her patients, she attempted to locate her drain-dwelling engagement ring and deal with her fiancé's one-night-stand. With both cases and her relationship status on the line, Dr. Black attempted to stay on track and save the day.
Case One was brought in by the head of the hospital. The patient was a brilliant young man with a knack for chess and a disregard for authority. Seen as bipolar, he was treated for the mania, hyper sexuality, and depression.
But, something wasn't right to Dr. Black - particularly his pupils. None of her colleagues listened; they wanted to treat the proverbial horse. His case was far from being a horse. In the medical world, this patient would be considered a zebra. Once Case One attacked a guard, held a physician hostage, threatened suicide, and complained of rats in his head (all in a span of 10 minutes), did Dr. Black's colleagues listen. Once on the right medicines for a certain type of vasculitis, this patient was on the path of recovery.
It seems that Black not only wanted to find out what was wrong with him, but she also did not want him to have to deal with bipolar depression as she knew firsthand what it was like. Catherine didn't want him to face the stigmas. She also did not want him to be pitied. I would bet Dr. Black fears that's how others would treat her.
Case two rocked the whole department. Intern Leo has a brilliant memory. He can recall astute details, much to the envy of his colleagues. However, Leo's memory is found faulty; what he recalls never happened. It's not lying as the intern thinks he's telling the truth. A brain tumor affects his memory creation. Before he can decide whether or not to have surgery or radiation, Leo ends up agreeing he was a brain surgeon and standing in for Dr. Bickman. He doesn't get far into the surgery when he seizes and ends up in emergency surgery.
The show ends with Leo in recovery, Dr. Black getting her ring back, Case One healing, and Will's one-night-stand spying on Catherine. That left the show feeling ominous. So, what will happen next?
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