A Near Death Experience


[ Siren ]

Ellie, please help me.



[ Applause ]

Thank you. Thank you.

It is such a pleasure to have

you all here this evening

to join me in celebration

of the official opening

of our Train Museum.

You all have worked so hard to

make this dream a reality

and we couldn't have done it

without the help of such

generous sponsors.

[ Applause ]

As you all k

Trains have always

been a part of my life.

Until his death, my father

was a train engineer.

I grew up listening to him

tell stories of his

travels across America

driving these great engines.

And it seems I've inherited

his love of trains

because I am thrilled

to be the curator

of this wonderful museum.

[ Applause ]

You have all been so great

and there's food and drinks

and I hope you

enjoy the evening.

Thank you for all of

your help and support.

You were great, Ellie.

Really impressive what you've

managed to create here.

Now if you cou

into meeting someone,

that would really be

worth celebrating.

Maggie, do we have to

discuss this right now?

Hey! How are you, Mike?

I'm good, Ellie. Billy's

taken his first few steps.

But more importantly,

he's finally sleeping

through the night.

Actually, I was just telling

Mike that I've got a friend

who's dying to meet you.

I'd marry him myself,

only Bill and the kids

might not appreciate it.

Only she says she's not ready.

How long has it been?

Coming up on two years.

Who's to say how long it takes

to get over these things, huh?

But I wonder, Ellie, if it

had been you that day,

wouldn't you want Brendan

to get on with his life?

To be happy?


Anyway, gotta go.

Joan's with the baby

and I need to get back.

Great party, El. See ya.


I'm just saying

I'm not ready, OK?

I'm just not there yet.

It is time, Ellie, whether

you feel like it or not.

It's just coffee, OK? I'm not

asking you to marry the guy.


You know that I won't

stop until you say yes.

Maggie, please,

just give it a break.

I will... tell you...

You OK?

Water. I need water.


What's going on?

My chest!

- I can't...

- Ellie!

Oh my God!

Somebody please call a doctor!

What happened?

What was that?

Help! Somebody!

Ellie! Ellie!

Are you OK? Ellie! Please!

No, wait.


Not yet.

Ellie, not yet.


Not yet.

[ Breathing heavily ]

Oh, thank God!

Where is he?

Where did he go?

It's OK, sweetie.

Where's Brendan? I need...

You're in the

hospital, all right?

You've been unconscious

for a few hours

but you're going to be fine.

But... I just saw him.

You were at the

museum, remember?

Do you remembe

You went into

anaphylactic shock.

They think it was probably

an allergic reaction

to the macadamia nuts

in the appetizers.

But he was just here.

Hey, don't worry.

You're fine.

You can go home

later on today, OK?

I'll get the nurse.

[ Knocking ]


She knew we were

coming this morning.



Anybody home?


Where is she?

Ah, my sister will never change.

She's always running late.


I told her we were

going to be by at...

What the hell?

Oh my God!

Call 911!

Melissa, 911, now!


Oh my God.

I'm leaving the hospital now.

No Maggie, I don't need a ride.

It's OK. I'm fine.


I'll call you later, OK?


[ Crying ]

[ Crying ]

Are you OK?

It's OK.

Don't be afraid.

Are your mom and dad around?

Are they in the hospital?

You think maybe you

should go find them?

I bet they're looking for you.

Can you come with me?



Your mom and dad in there?

Well, shouldn't we go in?

Hey, come on.

It's going to be OK.

I can't go in there.

I can't.

What about your mom and dad?

Aren't they going to be worried?

You go.

You talk to them.

Tell them I didn't mean it.

Tell them I'm sorry.

I didn't mean to.

Hey, whoa.

Hold on a second.

OK. You wait here

and I'll go first.

You know, this might be a little

easier if I knew your name.


Nice to meet you, Tamara.

My name is Ellie.

You sure you don't

want to go in?

Excuse me.

I'm sorry. I don't mean

to interrupt, but...

Tell them I'm sorry.

Tell them I just

want to go home!

Can I help you?

I promise I'll be good.

Please tell them.

He's not listening to me.

Are you OK?

I promise.

I won't do it again!


I just want to go home!

Don't go!

Don't go!


$1,500 a month, fully furnished.

And worth every penny,

I assume cash is OK.

Yes, but you can't just walk in.

There are application

forms to fill out.

Of course. No problem.

But here, what do you say

I pay you a month in advance,

then we get the

paperwork to you later?

I don't know.


It's just, we're kind of tired.

We've been on the road.

I'm sure you know what

that's like, with a kid.

I guess.

But I will need

damage deposit as wel

Oh, look who's back!

You're better, yes?

Maggie told me what happened.

It's OK, really.

I'm fine.

She's a wonderful tenant.

Hope you're hungry!

I brought you Italian.

Guaranteed 100%

macadamia nut free.

You didn't have to do that.

Are you kidding?

I wanted to see you.

I wanted to make

sure you were OK.

You all right?

I don't know.

What do you mean?

Something happened, Maggie.

Something's changed.


It's OK.

You just had a

bad scare, that's all.

But you're OK.

You're going to be fine.

So what do you say we just

open up a bottle of wine

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