This is a full recap and review of Three Rivers Episode eight, The Kindness of Strangers, so if you want to avoid spoilers, avert your eyes now.
The episode begins when a middle aged man stops to help a young woman who has a flat tire. As he begins to change the flat for her, a young mans she claims as her boyfriend, comes up behind them and demands the keys and wallet of the good Samaritan. Upon getting both he shoots the older gentleman in cold blood and with an every smile.
Another young man, Nick Geary, arrives at Three Rivers after a fall down his attic stairs. Dr. Andy looks at his x-rays and finds that he has a broken clavicle that has pierced an artery and is causing internal bleeding in the man’s chest.
At a black tie charity party nearby, the wife of a billionaire. Mrs. Warren, collapses in pain and she is rushed to Three Rivers. Dr. Jordan informs the Warrens that Mrs. Warren’s liver has completely failed and she needs a new liver. Knowing that she has hepatitis Mr. Warren always planned on donating part of his liver to his wife, since he is a match. Dr. Jordan informs them that Mrs. Warren’s condition is too bad for a partial liver and she will need to find a match on the UNOS donor list.
The attic stairs guy Nick tells Dr. Foster that he works out of his attic office and that he didn’t fall down the stairs, he passed out. Since he has elevated liver enzymes, Dr. Foster decides to do more tests. Meanwhile the gentleman who was shot after stopping to help a fix a tire is brain dead and on life support in a hospital in Ohio with only a priest to pray for him. The priest prays about how he will go on to help others. His liver is matched to Mrs. Warren. The young couple who shot him are apprehended.
In a physician’s meeting Dr. Andy gets Kuol listed on the donor’s list after an article that appeared in the local paper has spurred web site donations over $150,000 for Koul’s surgery.
Dr. Lee goes to Ohio to harvest the liver for Mrs. Warren but he discovers that the liver is cancerous and not suitable for transplant. Upon hearing the bad news Mr. Warren corners Dr. Jordan and asks her how much he needs to pay to expedite the process. Dr. Jordan informs him that money cannot help him get a liver for his wife faster.
Dr. Andy meets an old friend Michael, for lunch. Apparently Michael loaned him money for medical school (which Andy paid back) and also did time in prison. He wants to be part of Andy’s life again as he says Andy was always like a son to him. Dr. Andy appears apprehensive about the idea and is all too willing to bolt to get back to the hospital.
Mr. Warren signs his wife out of Three Rivers against medical advice. Dr. Andy tells Nick Geary that he wants to try treating him for CMV, hoping that this is what is making him sick.
2 WEEKS LATER…
Mr. Geary is doing much better but expresses concerns to Dr. Foster that things are not going well with his wife. Mrs. Warren is brought in to the ER with an infected abdominal incision that covers most of her lower abdomen. Dr. Jordan demands to know what Mr. Warren has done to his wife. It is revealed that his wife is septic after a liver transplant in Zurich. Upon a scan of the liver Dr. Foster and Dr. Lee find that liver is necrotic (with dead tissue) indicating a delay between death and procurement. They also find a parasite that caused Mrs. Warren’s infection. The parasite is unique to China and Dr. Foster determines that likely this liver was bought by Mr. Warren from a Chinese prison who sells the organs of executed prisoners. Mrs. Warren is not happy when she finds out where her husband got the liver and that someone may have been executed to get it. The new liver begins to fail though and Dr. Foster rushes her to the OR and the surgery is successful but Mr. Warren is unsure how to face his wife.
Mr. Geary’s wife is rushed to the ER with symptoms identical to what he had. Dr. Foster has both of them put in isolation until they can figure out what is making them sick. Dr. Andy figures out that the young married couple were exposed toÂ fumes from the previous home owners who operated an in home meth lab.
Dr. Andy finds out that one single donation of $131,000 was donated to Kuol’s fund and he finds the amount odd. He goes to see Michael at a bar to ask him about the money. It turns out Michael is his Uncle and he expects a favor at some point in exchange for the donation to Kuol. Dr. Andy insists that there will be no favor but Michael insists that Dr. Andy can’t run away from him.