‘Code Black’ Recap: ‘Pre-Existing Conditions’

By Kitin Miranda | 2 years ago
‘Code Black’ Recap: ‘Pre-Existing Conditions’
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“Code Black” Season 1 Episode 3 “Pre-Existing Conditions” aired last Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 10:00 PM on CBS. In this episode, Dr. Mario Savetti (Benjamin Hollingsworth) is taught a lesson or two about making friends after an incident occurred regarding one of Dr. Angus Leighton’s (Harry Ford) patients, and Dr. Christa Lorenson (Bonnie Somerville) struggled to help out a convict who was in dire need of dialysis. Meanwhile, Angus managed to prove his worth after helping out in the waiting room, and Dr. Leanne Rorish (Marcia Gay Harden) and Dr. Malaya Pineda (Melanie Chandra) were placed in a difficult position, emotionally, as they tried to comfort a grieving mother who had one son dead, and the other, who caused the car accident that he and his brother were in, hanging by a thread. Read on to learn more about this episode.

The episode began thirty six hours into a Code Black in the Emergency Room. While Dr. Leanne Rorish (Marcia Gay Harden) and Dr. Neal Hudson (Raza Jaffrey) worked on two brothers, Kevin O’Brien (Aaron CHristian Howles) and Patrick O’ Brien, who came in with multiple fractures due to a car accident; Dr. Angus Leighton (Harry Ford), who wasn’t sure of himself, got pressured by Dr. Mario Savetti (Benjamin Hollingsworth) to perform a thoracotomy, even though he knew that the problem was in the patient’s pelvic region.


This caused Angus to get assigned waiting room duty, while Mario was later told by Rorish and Hudson that he needed to make friends with the other residents, as he hadn’t done anything to defend Angus while they were talking to him.

Meanwhile, Patrick O’Brien died while Rorish was tending to him, but they wheeled his brother out first before calling it.

Dr. Malaya Pineda (Melanie Chandra) was then tasked to call the mother, Margaret O’ Brien (Gail O’Grady), who told Kevin, who still needed to be worked on that he should have died instead of his brother.

Meanwhile, Dr. Christa Lorenson (Bonnie Somerville) and Hudson dealt with a convict who needed dialysis. Christa found herself asking Hudson if she could switch with someone else as he kept on creeping her out with what he was telling her, but later on got over her fear of him, as he was just another patient in their hospital.


At the waiting room, Angus treated the foot of a pole dancer named Tiffany, and afterwards, while helping Dr. Rollie Guthrie (William Ellen Young) serve tacos to the people inside the waiting room, realized that he had let himself be bullied by Mario as he wasn’t sure of himself, but Guthrie encouraged him to do so.

Angus then later on trusted his instincts after an old veteran began going into anaphylactic shock as he was allergic to the peanuts in the energy bar he just ate, and saved his life.

He then later escorted Tiffany back into the Emergency Room just as he was leaving the hospital after realizing that she had gotten a concussion when she fell from her pole.

Meanwhile, things were going wrong with Kevin, who told Rorish and Malaya that he wanted to die, but Rorish told him that they only saved lives at the Emergency Room.

Later on, she made Mrs. O’Brien realize that Kevin still needed her, and that she still had one son left, even though the entire matter was now a police matter as Kevin had been drunk while he was driving.

In comforting her, Rorish revealed that she and her entire family had been in a car accident in which she was the only survivor, and told her that she had learned that “death is never the answer.”

Thanks to this, she managed to visit her son, who had a deep laceration in his liver and needed to stay in the ICU for some time, and forgave him.

How did you like this episode? What do you think about what happened between Angus and Mario? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Kitin Miranda enjoys writing, learning new things, telling stories, and doing theater. When she is not busy with her many projects, she can be found reading a good book, writing poetry or fiction, updating her blog, discovering new food places around her neighborhood, or watching American or Asian TV shows.