>> Friday, February 22, 2013
How many days until police and EMT are able to get to the upper floors of the Nakatomi building and recover the body? How long does it take for the Medical Examiner to perform his autopsy report and identify the body? Is there a Mrs. Takagi? And how many days, hours, weeks until someone makes the long distance call and tells her her husband is dead? (Who has to make this phone call? Do they speak Japanese? Does Mrs. Takagi speak English? Is there an interpreter on the phone?) Does the caller have to inform Mrs. Takagi her husband is "probably" dead, and they need whatever medical and dental records she can send over to help the identification? Did Mr. Takagi have any children? Does Mrs. Takagi need to call them now and tell them their father is dead? Grandchildren? Are his parents still alive and who will call them? Does Mrs. Takagi have to fly to the States to identify the body, or may a co-worker like Mrs. Holly Gennaro McClane make the identification? How long until the body is released? Who takes it to LAX? Who meets the coffin in Japan? How many attend the funeral? Are Mr. Takagi's mother there, his father, any children, any siblings, in-laws, friends, colleagues, people he went to school with?
Does Mrs. Takagi wake up in the middle of the night and murmur something to her absent husband? On the other side of the world, is Mr. John McClane looking out a window and wondering if he'd done something different, would Hans Gruber have killed Mr. Takagi? Does Mr. McClane go home and pour himself a double and when his wife comes home, do they have silences that specifically aren't about Christmas Eve in the Nakatomi Tower?
Those police officers and EMTs who had to recover the body, if it wasn't lost in the explosion of the roof after all--how're they doing today?