‘Five Days At Memorial’ Episode 7: Recap & Ending, Explained: How Did The Officers Gather Evidence Against Anna?


Life can sometimes be so unpredictable that even the hope of life fails a person to death. As was apparent in the previous episodes of “Five Days At Memorial,” Emmett Everett was a man with hope in his eyes. Despite being a critically ill patient, his hope had fueled his life even on his deathbed, but one unfortunate thing was that just a tiny lethal drop into his vein snatched that hope from him, even though he was surrounded by the lifesavers of Memorial. On the verge of bursting into tears, Mrs. Everett still restrains herself and answers the questions that are thrown at her. Arthur Schafer (Butch and Virginia continue their interrogation while Emmett’s wife recalls her husband, determining her words that he was a fighter and just giving up on his life doesn’t sound like Emmett. She confidently implies that her husband was taken from her by the hospital authorities.

Spoilers Ahead

Was There Really Any Lack of Food And Water In Those “Five Days at Memorial”?

“Five Days At Memorial” Episode 7 shows the ruins of the Memorial Hospital 33 days after Hurricane Katrina. On October 1, 2005, Butch and Virginia bring up a whole force along with the warrant to intrude inside the Memorial to collect the evidence, but the inside seems more of a hell than a hospital, with a rotten smell and ravaged rooms with haphazard materials here and there. Amongst, Virginia’s eyes caught a stack of bottled water and scattered canned foods. We are reminded of those days when a constant phrase was repeated about not having food and water. So how are these stacks going to define that issue? In addition, inside the pharmacy, Schafer finds receipts for Morphine that are signed by Anna Pou. Virginia confirms all witnesses point out the same story, but, Butch, taken aback, still considers the volunteerism the doctors and nurses had made in evacuating the patients, so it’s indigestible for him to comply that they could have committed second-degree murder. Therefore, they hit the road to find an eyewitness.

How Did They Collect The Body Samples?

Butch and Virginia reach Orleans’s Coroner’s office, where the Coroner, Frank Minyard, being a part of the medical community of New Orleans, tries to save his fellow doctors’ back by overlooking the sample elements of the dead bodies that will bear a great clue of the murder. He informs Butch that the dead bodies are vaguely decomposed so that the sample cannot be collected. But Virginia interrupts, revealing that drugs can be found even in the liver, brain, or abdominal fluid. A hesitant Frank still denies performing the test, ignoring both of them, but Butch has the medicine for it. He gives a slight hint, that the attorney general wouldn’t be much happy to know where he stands, (As Frank is not a proper pathologist to become a Coroner), so, being pressured, Frank gives it a shot, implying that he will talk to a federal disaster mortuary to take on the case. 

What Was Bryant’s Alibi? Why Did He Leave the Memorial?

In the meantime, Butch gets a call from Bryant King, the former doctor of Memorial. Along with Virginia, Butch reaches his place while Bryant makes a crystal-clear account of what he had seen in those days, including the choices the doctors had made. He describes that it’s almost impossible to have 45 dead bodies in a hospital where only a few deaths had happened the day before. The day he left, he saw nurses praying around a dying patient while Dr. Pou, with a handful of syringes, approached each of the patients lying in the chapel, but Bryant confirmed that he didn’t see her injecting any of them. We get to know the secret texter of Bryan, who was his best friend, but the purpose and the friend himself are still a blur for us to know. Bryant clarifies his motive for escape as he didn’t want to take part in the death game with the rest of the doctors. While Butch asks him why he didn’t interrogate his fellow doctors, Bryant reveals how his skin color made such a difference inside the hospital that he had to retreat from being against the rest.

Why Did The Attorney General Announce Pou’s Arrest?

Next, Butch meets Isabell, LifeCare’s Nursing Director. When asked for a statement from her, Isabell is the only one who roars against the entire system. She further questions, “When everyone at Memorial was surviving the storm, where was the help? Or where was their government?” If help is received at the right time, so many patients would not have to die. We totally agree with Isabell on this one and will proceed with Butch on their further investigation. Meanwhile, Butch gets the toxicology report, which proves that 9 of the 18 corpses have traces of Morphine and Midazolam in the other 9. On the other hand, Virginia reports that Anna Pou’s brother is the DEA’s most wanted federal drug fugitive. This information alone is enough to make the heads of the Louisiana investigation officers twirl. Accompanied by pharmacist Nakamaru, Butch and Virginia arrive inside the Memorial, where the last sign on the list of receipts for the lethal dose is Dr. Anna Pou’s. They see that Dr. Pou has arrived at the hospital with her companion, two nurses, and an attorney. The Louisiana State Medical Investigators now lack only one eyewitness to arrest Anna Pou. Eventually, the eyewitness comes to Butch herself. The physical medicine director, Kristy Johnson, from LifeCare, wants to visit the investigating officers. While the interrogation takes place, Kristy finally reveals her statement about the time when she was present while Dr. Pou administered the drugs to one of the most critical patients at LifeCare. The officers, Butch and Virginia, are now all set to arrest Anna Pou.

How Was Anna Pou Holding Up?

At the new workplace, at LSU, Anna is also told to stop the surgery as her reputation is in danger, but she is rigid, still fighting to take her position back. She even approaches her attorney, who acquaints her with the investigation news that is running to gather all the evidence against her. She is extremely worried about the consequences but relieved when her attorney takes over the matter. Her attorney took her along with those nurses to Memorial to record everything that she had to face on those days. While reminiscing about those tumultuous days, her heart becomes sore, but the way she has been pinned down, all she can do is to control herself and wait. Eventually, all the evidence that concerns Anna Pou’s guilt is gathered, and the Attorney General of Louisiana State Medical Fraud announces an arrest warrant for her. We see Virginia, in a suit of utter confidence, arrest Anna, taking her up to the police car in front of her entire neighborhood.

Apart from the topic of the real incident that took place under the influence of Dr. Anna Pou, let’s talk about the series that is so realistic and well researched that it’d be unfair not to talk about it once. The way the doctor-patient relationship is shown in the show, amid the most complicated medical disaster of all time, is haunting and yet dubious to us. Anna Pou is one such character who is accurate in her profession, while she harbors a side that is conflicted and questionable. Vera Farmiga is an excellent actress who doesn’t need any introduction, as well as here in the show, she’s given such a lively performance that one cannot take their eyes off her. All in all, every detail that shows up in the series is so debatable and baffling that it grows with the episodes, engrossing more people. So, to know the rest of history, we are waiting for the final episode of “Five Days At Memorial” to hit the screens of Apple TV.

See More: ‘Five Days At Memorial’ Ending, Explained: How Does Anna Pou Survive? Is She Guilty?

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Poulami Nanda
Poulami Nanda
Poulami is an artist and an aspiring screenwriter both by profession and passion. Apart from writing stories, poems and songs, studying cinema is her obsession. She is also a freelance painter yet it is the world of cinema that fascinates her the most.

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