Marina/Esther – sneak preview 1×16 (extended & with videos)
[Paradise Lost, but the rediscovery seems to be on its way!]
[this sneak preview is a very short version, to be expanded to its usual fashion as soon as I have access to more material.
The good news is that, yes, there was TdU 1x16 tonight. (And there will most likely be 1x17 tomorrow.)
The not-yet-perfect news is that I haven't heard back from any of my Italian sources yet and thus have no transcript to translate for you. The following, brief excerpts are based on comments on the tagboard and the episode related thread on the the Italian TdU forum, pieced together to give you at least a first impression.
There will most likely be additions and/or corrections later. - If you want to quote these translations elsewhere, you are welcome to do so, as long as you link back to this original post and credit the creators (i.e. BAM and Nordica)]
A Spanish version of these transcripts can usually be found at Sam’s blog within hours of my post, a Chinese take on things a few days later over at Lang’s blog, while discussions continues on the Chinese Marina/Esther forum.
Videos will be embedded below as they appear.
A staff meeting. Sergio announces the departure of Giulia, erstwhile head nurse and girlfriend of his, which stupefies Teresa. Then, Sergio announces Esther’s promotion to head nurse, which seems to stupefy everyone else, while Esther simply seems embarrassed by all the attention and she’s so nervous that she starts to read off a prepared speech that nobody wants to listen to.
Marina, apart from everyone else, sits in the background, visibly uncomfortable. Everyone leaves, surrounding Esther, while Marina stays behind, looking after Esther who walks off in between her Gossip Central colleagues, Rocco congratulating her on her speech and Teresa wanting to know whether Giulia talked to her before leaving. At least Laura and Valerio are also having trouble.
Teresa is insulted that Giulia didn’t tell her goodbye; Rocco calms her down by pointing out that it might have been a consideration, saying goodbye to a person that you know you’re seeing for the last time would be a nasty thing to do. Teresa wants to know what Rocco thinks of Esther as head nurse, who says he sees her in bad luck, as Esther enters and drops a pile of folders. Teresa and Rocco help her, teasing her that they do so since she’s the head nurse now – Esther, however, is overwhelmed when a new patient arrives and she, in absence of a doctor, would have to give proceeding orders. The paramedics carry on on their own, with Esther only belatedly calling after them that, yes, the operating hall they asked about would be free.
Marina treating a child with an impatient father; the boy apparently arrived with a supposed fracture, but Marina can’t find anything seriously wrong with him. The father complains that his son gets hurt all the time, Marina states that it’s normal – kids play. Marina then asks the kid whether he’ll do “some sports with her” and makes a toy animal appear behind his ear. When the boy wants to know how she did it, Marina smiles and calls it a job-related secret that she can’t share.
Esther is listening to the hospital protocols via headphones, Rocco interrupts her to listen to a patient who wants someone of a higher rank, but the patient rejects Esther, who says she is the head nurse, asking for a doctor instead. The patient takes her story (dear of having been infected with HIV) to Malosti. When Esther calls Malosti on acting against protocol by trying to get a special test on the woman done, Malosti asks her who she is – “the head nurse” and who he would be – “Dr. Malosti”, playing the hierarchy card, to which Esther answers, “Understood.” and walks off in frustration.
Teresa and Rocco ask Esther how she is doing as head nurse on her first day, Esther rattles off a set of complaints and orders instead. Rocco tells her to calm down and take a deep breath. Teresa interrupts them, Esther continues to go through orders which has Teresa remark that the power seems to have gone to Esther’s head. “Power in places where there is none,” Rocco states. Teresa protests, saying that she knows what she’s doing.
Marina is still with her earlier patient, discussing superheroes and superpowers, especially the Fantastic Four. The parents interrupt them, asking whether they can take the child home with them, Marina asks them to fill out the requisite papers. Marina asks the kid which one of the Fantastic Four he wants to be, he says he likes them all. Marina says he can tell her on two weeks, when he has to come back in for controls. While the child calls after her, he stumbled and falls, this time breaking his arm for real. The father remarks that the child seems to be made of glass.
Esther is behind the reception counter as Marina has to hand in some folders. Marina talks to Teresa, ignoring Esther.
E: Dr. Ranieri. The child and his mother are awaiting you in Pediatrics.
M: Perfect. Thanks, Esther. (she walks away, Esther follows her)
E: Marina. Listen. Are you free tonight? There are so many things I would like to explain to you…
M: I’m alerting you to the fact that Teresa is watching us.
E: I’m alerting you to the fact that I don’t care.
M: Oh, really? And since when?
E: So are you free tonight or not?
M: (after a break) No. I have another engagement. (she walk off, Teresa is watching the scene intently)
…takes place just after Palumbo kisses Teresa in the elevator. Marina walks off with Palumbo, discussing the case of the child who broke his arm by simply falling over, while Teresa stares at Dr. P. through the glass windows as if in a trance.
Meanwhile, Marina and Palumbo agree on the new diagnosis of the child; Palumbo says it’s a marvel the child hasn’t hurt himself worse earlier, Marina asks him whether he could give her a hand in talking to the parents, he agrees.
Palumbo and Marina talking to the boys parents, explaining to them that they need to run test to see whether the child is a light or a heavy case; the father asks how the boy might have contracted the illness, Marina tells him it is a genetic thing for which there is no cure so far. The parents are desperate. Marina tells them that their boy can live a relatively normal life if they pay a bit of attention, but they don’t believe her.
Marina and her superhero patient. She asks Teresa for the release papers; the parents ask Marina whether they can really take the boy home and Marina says yes, and to call her if they have any doubts or problems. Marina’s patient also has made a new friend in the hospital – the parents agree that their boys can meet and then Marina sicks the new friend on Teresa -
M: (to Teresa) You do play chess, right?
T: No, not at all.
M: Oh yes, you do, you’re a champion!
little boy: If you want to, I’ll teach you.
T: (with a strained smile): All right…
M: Have fun playing chess.
T: You’re owing me for this one, Dr.
Meanwhile, Marina talks to the mother of the little boy (the friend of the boy who just got diagnoses with the bone weakness disease) – apparently, her colleague could find nothing wrong with him, and Marina agrees with the results. The mother points our that sometimes, her son sleeps badly, and whether that could cause the headaches, Marina says it’s a possibility and prescribes her some Valerian/chamomile mix and asks the mother to call her if there are any problems.
A smiling Gandini walks up to Marina outside the hospital; Marina sits on a bench reading.
G: Whet are you doing?
M: Hey… I was reading an article.
G: Tell me.
It’s an article about some cranial thing; Marina points out that it’s already hard to treat in adults, in children it would be near impossible to detect or treat (this is still related to the boy with the mysterious headaches).
G: Is this about a patient, or something of personal interest?
M: A little patient. A very, very special one. – And you, how are you?
G: My daughter is avoiding me for seeing Riccardo (Malosti). Riccardo is avoiding me for unknown reasons. – And how are you?
M: Not much better. I’ve decided to keep at a distance from Esther.
G: And why’s that?
M: Because it isn’t good for me to repeat the same errors I’ve already made in the past. At times, being too understanding becomes counterproductive.
G: I’d say you’re right about that one.
M: Also, I’ve got this damn tendency of trying to shoulder the problems of the other one. And then, to be able to solve them… I don’t know, to make a relationship work, it takes two people.
G: And Eshter? What does she say?
M: I think she may have understood what we have lost. Or maybe not. She’s so consumed by trying to gauge everyone’s reaction to her homosexual relationship. I, on the other hand, need to be a bit on my own at the moment.
G: You’re right.
M: And you know what?I also feel guilty. I feel as if I have abandoned her at the most difficult moment, like an egoist.
G: And I feel like an idiot running after a man who avoids me, as if I were sixteen years old.
M: So we’re both idiots.
G: Two idiots.
Laura and Valerio take their sexual frustration out on Esther, whom they asked to supervise the suicidal patient in box 1, but said patient disappeared. Laura all but yells at Esther to find the patient or else. Teresa winces at this, as does Marina, who has appeared in the background and overlooks the exchange.
Esther walks off completely chastised, she passes Marina, but none of them finds the courage to approach the other or say a word. In the end, it is Teresa who rolls her eyes at the scene and runs after Esther – “Come on, I’ll help you find him, all right?” When Esther is still hesitates, Teresa prompts, “Are you coming?” A worried Marina sends a long look after Esther.
Teresa and Esther are looking for the patient who has disappeared, a man called Omar. They find him collapsed on the street.
Marina is leaving the hospital after shift, looking sumptuous but not wearing the velvet jacket. She hands some folders to the ever discussing Roco and Teresa, and they exchange a rather cordial goodbye. Esther, also dressed to leave, is awaiting Marina at the entrance with a big smile.
M: (a lot less enthusiastic) Hey. (she keeps on walking)
E: Aren’t you even asking me how my first day as head nurse went?
M: How did it go?
E: Well, today it was a little horrible, but…
W: Well, tomorrow it will go more smoothly.
E: Of course, yes, tomorrow…
M: I need to leave.
E: (holding Marina back by a sleeve, sounding jealous) Do you have something planned?
M: Ahh… yes, Esther. I told you so.
E: You already told me, right, I’m a little off tr…
M: (interrupting her and turning to leave) Bye.
E: (calling after her) I miss you.
Marina stops, turns around for a moment, but then walks away, while Esther remains rooted to the spot, looking after her. In the background, Rocco and Teresa stick their heads together, Teresa shakes her head at the scene. When Esther turns to look at them, they pretend to be busy and not having watched the exchange. Esther walks off, as well.
Esther has been made Head Nurse upon Giulia’s departure and spends much of the episode dealing with the challenges of her new job.
She does find the time, however, to realize that she misses Marina.
Marina’s day off does already seem to be over since there are at least one, possibly more, exchanged between Marina and Esther.
Most discussed on the Italian forum is a moment where Esther tells Marina: “I miss you.”, to which Marina reacts coolly, without giving in, even though it is obvious that the admission pleases her. Esther looks as if someone killed her puppy when Marina tells her that she has things to do and no time to go out (this is implies that Esther asked her to go for a drink at least. Go, Esther, go! Grovel some more, and Marina will give in eventually!)
Later, Esther had to put up with various staff, including Laura and Valerio, tearing into her.
Another bit of dialog (possibly from the same scene mentioned above) has Esther trying to talk to Marina in front of Teresa:
M (sarcastically) :”I’m alerting you to the fact that Teresa can see us.”
E: “I’m alerting you to the fact that I don’t care.”
In the end, it seems that Esther asks Marina “a couple of questions” – this may possibly be the invitation to go for a drink – and Marina merely asks, once again coolly, “So, how was your first day at the new job?”
In a conversation with Gandini, Marina apparently admits that she is trying to keep Esther at arm’s length, but that it costs her dearly and that she feels guilty about it.
Meanwhile, everyone else seems to get to make out – Gandini and Malosti manage to admit their feelings to each other, Valerio and Laura get it on in the parking lot in the rain and even Terry gets smooched by her adored Dr. P.
Esther, Marina: get a hint!
Videos provided by macayestherforever, many thanks!
A further video compilation by AuntieCallisto, thank you!
Preview for 1×17:
no preview, but spoilers indicate that Marina will hit rock bottom over losing one of her child patients (most likely the same one being admitted with a headache today,which may turn out to be – like in the HC season 9 storyline – an undiagnosed tumor Marina didn’t check for) and Esther will try to “stay close to her” despite their recent break-up. This sounds like a chance to get reacquainted. Cross your fingers!
This sneak preview has been made possible thanks to the Italian TdU forum. Header screenshot made possible by an episode trailer uploaded by mary_iena. English translation: mine.
These translations/descriptions/sneak previews are just an Italian finger exercise of mine and try to cover the core scenes of Marina and Esther, which means that there may be video footage in the clips on YouTube that is not covered here. I do, however, try my best to include everything that is essential. There may be occasional glitches or mistakes – feel free to point them out in the comments.