Taking Chances - part I

When Doug loses his sight after getting hit by a car, opinions are divided as to whether he should undergo an operation that could either restore it, or kill him; in the meantime, Willie has second thoughts about having quit his job. John Harkins: Willie's photo-shop boss.

Written by Hindi Brooks; produced by Nigel McKeand; directed by Glenn Jordan.

Bertrand Hammond: Well, I simply don't understand it. I've taught you everything you know!
Willie: No, Mr. Hammond, you've taught me everything you know.
Nancy: How long do you have to decide?
Kate: He can have the operation whenever he wants it. But the doctor made it clear that the sooner it's done, the better chance...
Willie: Then it'll be soon. [pause] He is gonna have the operation, isn't he?
Kate: I don't know.
Nancy: Uhhh... Well, I'll tell Buddy I'll pick her up at school and bring her back here.
Willie: No, Nancy, I'll do it.
Nancy: No, let me. I hide things better than you do.
Buddy: Are you getting all dressed up for Dad?
Kate: I know he can't see me, but it makes me feel better.
Buddy: Do you think he should have the operation?
Kate: I don't know. What do you think?
Buddy: I think the guy that did it should be boiled in oil, that's what I think.
Kate: That won't bring back Daddy's sight, Buddy.
Buddy: Something has to. He can't be blind, he's my father.
[Willie helps Doug back into his hospital bed]
Doug: Safe again. I know where everything is, from here. There's the table on my left; the button, for the nurse -- beep beep! My world has suddenly become very small.
Willie: Can I get you anything?
Doug: I'm fine. D'you ever think about how much of our speech is made up of words that relate to sight? When we understand something, we say, "I see." How many times a day do you hear somebody say, "I'll see what I can do"? The whole damn language is based on what we can see.