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Season 9, Episode 11:

Audrey Pauley

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"There's ... there's something wrong ... you know, up here. And I can't help anyone."
Written by Steven Maeda
Directed by Kim Manners

"And inside an hour, the hospital plans to cut off [Monica's] life support. Now, I'm not going to let that happen - no matter what it takes. But I'm losing here. Nobody else believes she's alive. Nobody - just you and me."
John Doggett
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Reyes is taken to hospital after a car accident and falls into a coma. She finds herself in a dark dreamscape with the hospital's other comatose patients and a mysterious hospital worker (Tracey Ellis). Meanwhile, in the waking world, Doggett suspects that something is not right about Reyes' condition.


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  • Adventures in Comaland: While comatose, Reyes finds herself in a dark version of the hospital that is uninhabited except by the other people in her condition, and occasionally by Audrey. She eventually learns that there is a specific action she can perform that will cause her to wake up.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Audrey Pauley suffers from this, making her unable to become a nurse, though she still helped out around the hospital.
  • Bittersweet Ending: With Audrey's help, Reyes manages to wake up before the surgical team can harvest her organs and Doggett catches Dr. Preijers and brings him to justice for his crimes. Sadly, Audrey Pauley and the doctor's other comatose victims do not survive.
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  • Character Title: Named after one of the hospital's patient aides, who is key to the plot.
  • Deadly Doctor: Dr. Preijers renders his patients braindead and then kills them under the pretense of "Mercy Kill" so he can harvest their organs. He also murders people who find out he is doing this.
  • Have You Told Anyone Else?: Dr. Preijers asks an unfortunate nurse this question when she reveals that she saw him inject Reyes with something. Unlike most examples, he is smart enough to disguise the question as confusion. The nurse never once suspects that she's in danger.
  • Hospital Gurney Scene: After Reyes gets into a car wreck, the scene cuts immediately to her being rushed down a hospital corridor.
  • Imagine Spot: Doggett has a flashback to his conversation with Reyes in the car, but imagines that instead of him saying goodbye for the day, they kiss.
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  • Manly Tears: Doggett sheds some for the comatose Reyes, realizing how deeply he cares about her.
  • Not So Stoic: The normally stoic Doggett is noticeably perturbed and upset by Reyes car accident.
  • Recycled Script: Has a very similar premise to season 2's "One Breath", with Reyes spending most of the episode having Adventures in Comaland.
  • Ship Tease: Reyes and Doggett.
  • You Look Familiar: Tracey Ellis portrays yet another character like her character in "Oubliette" who has some kind of mental link with victims of a psychopath and who gives her life so that the killer might get caught.

"I know now. I know who told me to build it."
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