Strong Medicine

Season 4 Episode 9

Speculum for a Heavyweight

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Aug 17, 2003 on Lifetime
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Speculum for a Heavyweight
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Dr. Campbell files for divorce from her husband while battling a cough. Lu tries to stop a boxer from fighting her next match. Lu tries to look over Andy, but she is stubborn, attributing her symptoms to the stress of the divorce. Andy treats a patient, Blaine, who is worn out after giving birth.

Lu looks at Lyla who has SIS (Second Impact Syndrome) and wants Lyla to stop boxing because her next match could kill her. Peter treats a woman who is about to give birth- who has been living in a tree for over a year.moreless

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  • Andy begins her divorce, and faces coughing fits. Lu treats a female boxer with a concussion. Peter treats a pregnant woman living in a tree that is threatened. Lana tries to decide on a major.moreless

    8.9
    This is probably my favorite episode of Strong Medicine. It really shows off the relationship between Lu and Andy, and emphasizes Andy's desire to "protect her babies from bad things". We begin where we end- with an ill Andy, who is beginning her divorce proceedings. She insists this stress is causing her insistent cough and refuses to let Lu check her out. Lu poses as a new patient, telling Andy "if the mountain won't come to Muhammad, then Muhammad...yada yada yada!"



    And speaking of Muhammad Ali, we have his daughter Laila Ali guest-starring as a female boxer who suffers a concussion in a practice fight. Like Lu, she doesn't like to play by the rules, refusing to quit the fight even when she is forced underground. We have Lana counseling several patients, and realizing she is destined for psychology as a major in her continuing quest for education. And there is Peter, going up and down a tree to see a highly pregnant activist seeking to save it. There are many competing storylines in this show, but the overall focus is that the characters need each other, and they have to protect each other. Andy's patient Blaine contracts leukemia from being breastfed as a child, and feels guilty for breastfeeding her own child- for "not protecting my baby from bad things."



    Andy herself has not told her husband she is filing for divorce, much less her daughters. When her chest X-rays seem to show she has cancer, she can't deal with that. She has to keep their routine, because she, too, has to "protect her babies from bad things."



    When she allows herself to rely on Lu, the latter finds she does not have cancer after all, but a rare infection stemming from a shower head. When Peter and the activist work together to save the tree, as Robert Jackson says, "one person- well maybe two- can make a difference." But tragedy strikes as well, when Lyla sets out on her own, never letting Lu help her. She is hit by an unknown assailant for throwing her own match, because, as Lu says- "no one listens to their doctor."



    We end where we begin- with paperwork, and the end of Andy's marriage, in a lawyer's office. She is convalescing, still. And seeking to end "with all due haste" what took nineteen years to build...moreless
Rosa Blasi

Rosa Blasi

Dr. Luisa "Lu" Delgado

Jenifer Lewis

Jenifer Lewis

Lana Hawkins

Joshua Cox

Joshua Cox

Nurse Peter Riggs

Philip Casnoff

Philip Casnoff

Dr. Robert "Bob" Jackson

Patricia Richardson

Patricia Richardson

Dr. Andy Campbell (Season 3 episode 7-Season 5)

Brennan Elliott

Brennan Elliott

Dr. Nicholas "Nick" Biancavilla (Seasons 2-4; recurring previously)

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