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  1. S11.E08: The Coma and the Oxford Comma

    He cannot be charged again for the fall down the stairs. The prosecution went with the most serious charge on that and lost. They can only try him for spousal abuse if there is another incident besides the fall that the wife remembers. Even then, it would be problematic without evidence besides her testimony; the decade old memory of a woman who's been in a coma is going to be pretty easy to convince a jury to be doubtful of its accuracy.
  2. S11.E08: The Coma and the Oxford Comma

    Not for the fall down the stairs. He was charged with attempted murder for that and was acquitted. One set of charges per crime. It is unlikely they could charge him with anything now. Just like OJ, he'll only go to jail if he commits another crime. His wife could file a civil suit against him if he has some wealth. Of course, if he's gotten good legal advice like OJ did, he could have protected his assets and what she might get would be limited.
  3. S03.E07: Sometimes

    I'm not from Pittsburgh, but my mother was from western PA (Indiana, PA). Weirdly enough, she lost her accent completely and never sounded like the rest of her family. She had 2 brothers who also moved out of the area, and both of them were Yinzers to the end despite not having lived there in decades. Still have cousins there and it's great to hear their voices on the phone, 'How're yinz doin'?' There aren't any actors from that area who've maintained the accent, but, there are several former NFL quarterbacks from the Pittsburgh/western PA area who've still got the 'yinz'. Joe Montana, Joe Namath and, especially, Dan Marino, all have that 'Yinz' to their speech, especially if you listen to interviews from their college and early NFL days. Bernie Kosar, from Youngstown, only an hour or so from Pittsburgh, has a Yinz-adjacent accent. I just saw a new Isotoner commercial with Marino, and it's still there although less than in the early days.
  4. S03.E07: Sometimes

    People from Pittsburgh have a really distinctive style of speaking. They will often say ‘Yinz’, a kind of bastardized version of you ‘uns as a replacement for the word you. Examples: “ Yinz need to button your coats or you’ll freeze in this weather.” “What are yinz getting your mama for Christmas?” So, people from Pittsburgh and the surrounding area are yinzers. On show, nobody has an actual Pittsburgh accent, unfortunately.
  5. S01:E07 The Domino Effect

    And, as usual, the show essentially ignored this. I don't recall if the patient was getting a transplant for liver cancer or if chemotherapy had caused liver failure; but, either way, it is a huge risk to transplant an organ into someone and give them immunosuppressives when they are at risk for a cancer to spread. Mickey Mantle very famously got a liver transplant years ago only to die a couple months afterwards because his liver cancer had spread to his lungs. He was a big time drinker who had cirrhosis, hepatitis and liver cancer. He was only on the organ list for a couple of days before getting a new organ. There was speculation that he was put on the list and placed closer to the top than he should have been due to his celebrity. His doctors later claimed that they had no idea that his cancer had already spread or they wouldn't have done the transplant; they didn't even begin to speculate as to how the immunosuppression required for the transplant might have sparked the remaining cancer and shortened his life. In the end, his surgeons claimed it was justified because it brought national attention to the shortage of donor organs and a great number of people signed up as donors as a result. I doubt that was much consolation to the family of someone who didn't get a liver so Mantle could have it. https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/wellness/1995/08/08/mickey-mantle-tough-call/063c9eaa-4335-47e1-8cb7-089a9a24e041/
  6. S01:E07 The Domino Effect

    Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. Their loved one was already scheduled for the transplant, presumably after a lot of testing and anguish and intensive planning. To then approach the friends and family living under this sort of pressure at the last moment and essentially demand another organ would seem to be, at the very least, unethical. Even though these transplants were being done outside of the usual UNOS system because they were directed donations, I cannot see UNOS allowing them to remain part of their group after such a debacle. UNOS is built upon trust and integrity and the promise that organs will be allotted fairly according to honest need; what the docs at New Amsterdam did was really pretty egregious. They held the livers for ransom demanding a lung in return.
  7. S01:E07 The Domino Effect

    Yes, the specialty is hematology/oncology; but it still doesn’t explain why she was coordinating the transplants; there are specialists in that field, but they’re not heme oncs.
  8. The NBA

    I didn't get the impression Draymond felt KD had checked out; but that he held onto the ball in hopes of getting the winning shot for himself, to make himself look better as guys hoping to cash in on free agency do. If nothing else, this finally explodes the silly myth that the Warriors are somehow magically above it all; that they sit in a circle, hold hands and sing 'Kumbayah' while other teams are fighting and fussing. Obviously, there are real human beings with real opinions and emotions involved and the team concept is sometimes lost, just like every other team.
  9. S01:E07 The Domino Effect

    There was an ER episode called The Domino Heart but it was a bit different. A young woman got a heart transplant but had a stroke on the table which put her in a permanent coma and they took her newly transplanted heart and gave it to someone else. Domino transplants where they link donors and recipients and do a series of transplants are becoming more common. But, of course, because each of these surgeries is quite long and involved, they take place over several days as each transplant is done and organs become available. They also tend to take place at multiple facilities in the same region since transplant teams are human and can’t work continuously for days. So, the show having a dozen potential lung donors assemble to make the father agree to the plan was just one more unrealistic point.
  10. S01:E07 The Domino Effect

    There is also the absolute fact that that child dare not return to her former home where things like anti-rejection meds are going to be out of her reach. So, if ICE does ever catch up with her father, she may have to remain in the US even if he gets sent back. And, you're absolutely correct, the average child who is an organ recipient is going to accrue literally millions of dollars in expenses over their lifetime and someone is going to have to provide that money. Giving that little girl a lung didn't do her any favors. Although, at magical New Amsterdam, she was making an incredible recovery to the point where she was hangin' with her dad extubated with no concerns for infection despite her immunosuppressive therapy just hours later. I actually have a friend who works for a major hospital coordinating care for kids being brought from overseas for medical care. One of their main rules? No kids needing organ transplants because of the tremendous expense and ongoing care that they need and probably cannot obtain in their homeland. It's hard to make these choices, but, for what it costs society to give that little girl a lung, thousands and thousands of other children could've received lifesaving care. They could've done dozens of heart and lung surgeries for the price of that one lung transplant.
  11. The Queen is known to love driving and still drives herself around her various county estates. I would imagine, in the case of William and Harry, it was their choice to drive themselves. They've done it quite a bit. They also know it is a major photo op and they are both very aware of their public image and I would think the notion that the Princes drive themselves to these things is good PR for them. As for Beatrice and Eugenie and their escorts, I guess they didn't want to drive. I would imagine driving up to the venue with all the paparazzi firing away is a bit daunting and I wouldn't blame anyone who preferred to have a professional driver.
  12. S01:E07 The Domino Effect

    Or how a child diagnosed with lung insufficiency that very day managed to jump the transplant line ahead of everyone else waiting for a lung bypassing UNOS, which would then remove New Amsterdam from its list of transplant centers for violating protocol. No mention of how they were able to get full HLA typing for transplant on her dad in just a couple of hours and then somehow get him fully evaluated physically and mentally to be sure he was a suitable donor. In real life, weeks and weeks. Not to mention the bad PR for the hospital once it became known that they'd sacrificed their entire transplant program to give a free lung to a kid who didn't appear to be all that sick and hadn't been vetted. Finally, we've got Dr Max the Magnificent, who has known about needing radiation therapy to his head and neck for a couple months, just now getting around to getting the necessary dental extractions done? Why? And how did his not-so-magnificent wife manage to find an oral surgeon (and usually it's an oral surgeon who specializes in cancer cases, not exactly a lot of them out there) to pull 4 teeth at a moment's notice? Why did he wait? How was the dentist available? Why did he have the mask made for radiation therapy weeks ago when he should have known he couldn't start until the dental work healed in 2-3 weeks? Shouldn't he have started with the dental work? So many questions...
  13. But Carson and Kade are not really nicknames for Charles and Robert. The parents did all sorts of contortions to explain how they were derived from the original names, but they are still not nicknames; they're alternate first names being used instead of the actual given name. My dad was one of 7 kids and they were most all named after various family and friends which results in them all being given nicknames or using their middle names. Of his 3 sisters, only one went by her given name because, as she put it, " I was named after the dead sister"-my grandfather had a sister who died as a teen and she named after her. The other two had cute family nicknames unrelated to their actual name; one of my aunts was called 'Bunny' because she was born on Easter. Of my dad and his 3 brothers, two used their middle names, two had nicknames that were unrelated to their given names. My dad, named after his uncle, never used his first name; always went by his middle name; he eventually stopped using his first name altogether, getting his middle name on his driver's license etc. He was strongly opposed to naming my brother Junior because of all the confusion over names in his own family. Even when my mom wanted to use his real first name, the one he never used, he absolutely objected and my brother got his own name.
  14. Except, not really. It seems to me like they really don't want to give their kids the family names. So don't. Twisting logic into knots to justify giving your kid a name you like better than the designated family name is just dumb, IMO. Start a new tradition, dopes.
  15. Just picture Jill taking the kids to story time and finding out one of the kids has 2 mommies. Or, one of the books they read in December is a story about Hannukah. Or they read a book about little Muslim children and their lives. Her head would explode. God forbid the librarian reads Harry Potter to the kids!