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When Sheldon's Patient Confesses to Murder, Is it Better to Let Sleeping Dogs Lie?
By Noah Evslin, Researcher
In episode 414, "Home Again," Violet treats Hilary Loveman and Sheldon treats her husband, Bret Loveman who is on death row.
Hilary has given up her entire life to fight against her husband's pending execution. For the past 17 years, Hilary has filed appeals, submitted petitions, and even gone through nervous breakdowns in her efforts to have her husband's murder conviction overturned. She will stop at nothing to save her husband's life. What fuels her fight is her belief that her husband is innocent of the crime. For her, and for her son, who has barely known Bret as a father, she never rests.
With just days left to live, Bret confesses to Sheldon that he is guilty of the murder. He asks Sheldon to tell his wife, because he can't face her.
Sheldon wants to tell Hilary, but Violet says it will crush her. Violet thinks it's better for Hilary not to know. Her patient needs peace, not a fresh wound. But when Hilary says that she will work to clear her husband's name, even after he is dead, Violet knows her patient will never have peace.
With Sheldon and Violet there for support, Bret confesses directly to Hilary that he did murder a man seventeen years ago.
Did Sheldon and Violet do the right thing? Should they have let sleeping dogs lie?
Now Hilary has even greater challenges ahead—or does she?
Will knowing that her husband was guilty help her accept her loss?
What would YOU do?