The Let's Play Archive

Trauma Center: Second Opinion

by Opendork

Part 3: 3: A Farewell

Chapter 1-3: A Farewell

Finally, a change in background. The plot is about to begin inching forward ever-so-slowly. Not to worry; things'll get crazy soon enough.

Mary: I'll be leaving Hope Hospital, effective immediately. I'm really going to miss this place and all the friends I made here, but I promise to continue my work as a nurse, wherever life takes me! You all taught me that nothing is more satisfying than helping patients.

Kasal: Good luck with the new job.

Why, didn't you catch the foreshadowing earlier, Derek?

Mary: ...Actually... Derek's the one reason I was a little hesitant to leave. I even spoke with my husband about it. I told him there was a kid here who depends on me. He asked me how long I'd been working in pediatrics! Ha ha!

Derek: Aw, come on... I'm not that bad.

He really is.

Mary: Oh, hello Dr. Hoffman.

Hoffman: I'm not interrupting anything, am I?

He used to be a renowned surgeon, but then retired to work in management.

Let's take a look at the UtK version of Dr. Hoffman.

Mostly the same, other than his beard's makeover.

Mary: No, of course not.

Hoffman: I came to say goodbye, since I won't be around tomorrow. Thank you for your many years of dedicated service. You're a fantastic nurse. Probably our best. On behalf of our entire staff, I'd like to say thank you.

Mary: Oh... sir, the pleasure was all mine. I wish there was some way I could thank you for this opportunity.

Hoffman: Well, you're not going to stop nursing, are you? If you continue to help people, that will be thanks enough.

Mary: Of course, sir! Helping people is my life! It's just... I wish I could stay and learn from you a little longer.

Hoffman: Don't be modest. You already know everything I could teach you. I'm afraid Dr. Kasal surpassed me as a surgeon long ago.

Kasal: Dr. Hoffman...

Hoffman: Good luck with your new job. Don't be a stranger, all right?

Y'all come back now, y'hear?

Hoffman: At any rate, I have other matters to attend to. If you'll excuse me...

Mary: but he hasn't preformed any operations since that incident.

The anime rating just shot up a few notches with that line. Amazingly, though, they never really get much more specific than that.

Kasal: Derek, let's discuss the next patient.

Derek: Yes, sir.

Mary: This will be my last procedure at Hope. Don't let me down, Derek.

For this name, a blog post from 2006 points out an actor named Neil Flynn on Scrubs. It has nothing on the last name, and the first is common enough, but there's a patient later on with the surname Flynn.

Kasal: I want you to handle Mr. Spence's operation today.

Well, I didn't think we'd be serving coffee.

Kasal: It's another tumor excision. Just be careful. There's more than one this time-make sure you don't miss any.

Mary: This is the last time I'll be assisting you, Dr. Stiles. If you can handle today's operation, I'll feel much better about leaving.

Mary: Oh, I didn't mean to upset you. But wake up, Dr. Stiles! The only person you should be thinking about during an operation is the patient! Do you understand?

Derek: Y-Yes, ma'am!

Mary: Let's review the main objective of today's operation:

-Excise and remove all tumors from the patient's pancreas.

Now, think back to yesterday's procedure, and begin.


[Note: Something a little odd happened this time and left me with this white flicker at the bottom of the video. Looking closely, it's in the source video, but seems to be worse when viewed on a video source for some reason. I'm working on making a version of the video without this, and will replace these links when I do. It's just a minor annoyance, and doesn't obscure the video.]


This version has adjusted audio, and no flicker. The old one is still up, just in case people don't like the game audio being quieter.

As before, you can skip to the "Operation Complete" shot if you saw the video.

After getting in, the first thing Mary tells you to do is treat these inflammations.

At times like this, multiple vials will appear when you use the syringe. The blue one is used on inflammation, but it doesn't show up often. In this operation, you shouldn't even need a full load.

This time, there are three tumors to remove. I used the normal procedure on this one. Notice how I got a Good rank on the removal.

For the second, I did a test run of the level and memorized it's location, then cut it out without using the ultrasound.[I]

even have to ask me what to do!

[I]That's what we call a "backhanded compliment."

Doing this is the only way to get a Cool rank on the tumors. Too bad it requires rote memorization over actual skill. In UtK, you needed to do this to S-rank the stage. You also need to do it in a similar operation in UtK2. I'd been assuming that it was the case in Second Opinion, but it turns out that you can still get S and XS without this technique. It helps, however, and gives you a better score.

For completions sake, this is the location of the last tumor. I went ahead and got the Cool on it, as well.

I raised my vitals all the way up before bandaging. You really don't need to do this except for score, since you'll gain more points for the vital bonus than the time. It's just habit for me.

That's the end of that operation. It's still pretty easy, but at least they've stopped holding your hand. Now things can get really interesting.

On hard, you need 3 cools. You can get those from the incision, stitching, and bandage, but doing a tumor without ultrasound will save you if you're bad at stitching or something.

I'll have to switch up to hard so I can show you guys an XS while I'm still in the easy operations.

Mary: You're going to make an excellent surgeon. Please continue using your abilities to help the people of Angeles Bay.

End of Chapter 1-3