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I'm sorry I didn't trust you before. This isn't my usual day, y'know?
— Carla apologizes to Michael Tapp.[src]

Dr. Carla Song is a fictional character from the Saw franchise. She serves as the quaternary protagonist of Saw II: Flesh & Blood.

Biography

The Affair

Carla Song was a medical student at a hospital, where she was educated by the renowned oncologist Dr. Lawrence Gordon. Eventually, Carla engaged in an affair with him, even though he had a wife, Alison, and a daughter, Diana. Over time, the two occasionally met up after work, although they kept their relationship a secret. (Saw II: Flesh & Blood)

The Alibi

Some day, Lawrence was visited at work by Detective David Tapp and Detective Steven Sing, two homicide detectives who worked for the Metropolitan Police Department. They asked him about his whereabouts on the previous night as a penlight with Gordon's fingerprints on it had been found at the crime scene of one of the deadly games set up by a wanted serial killer known as Jigsaw. Lawrence was taken to the police station for further interrogation. Eventually, he told the officers that he had assisted Carla in inserting IVs at the hospital as part of her education. When Carla confirmed his alibi, Lawrence was allowed to leave.

Nonetheless, Tapp still was not entirely convinced of the doctor's innocence and ordered Detective Allison Kerry to keep an eye on him. While observing him, she witnessed how Lawrence and Carla spent about half an hour in his car. Although nothing sexual happened between them, this incident reinforced Tapp's doubts in Lawrence's alibi and made him consider him their prime suspect again. (Saw II: Flesh & Blood)

The Cartel

Sometime later, Carla finished her medical apprenticeship and started working at a free clinic. However, instead of helping patients in need, she abused her new position and joined a drug cartel alongside Chief Henry Jacobs, Detective Joseph Poltzer, Sarah Blalok, and Solomon Bates. While working for the cartel, Carla stole expired pharmaceuticals from the clinic. Later on, she handed these drugs to her accomplice, Joseph Poltzer. Occasionally, the cartel members met in Poltzer's house at 124th Street to plan their next steps. (Saw II: Flesh & Blood)

Abduction

For their crimes, Carla and her accomplices were eventually targeted by the Jigsaw Killer, who was, in fact, a civil engineer and terminal cancer patient named John Kramer. After her abduction, Carla was taken to an abandoned chemical plant, where she had to participate in a deadly game focusing on Michael Tapp, the son of the late Detective David Tapp. (Saw II: Flesh & Blood)

Michael Tapp's Test

When Carla woke up again, she tried to find a way out. Thereby, she came across Sarah Blalok, who had been abducted as well and desperately begged her for drugs. After some hesitation, Carla eventually gave in and provided her with what she desired. When she got her drugs, they separated again, and Carla tried to find a way to escape the building. However, she was subdued by a mysterious man with a sinister pig mask. When Michael Tapp made his way through his game, he witnessed Pighead strapping Carla to an elevator. However, when Michael tried to save her, the doors were closed, separating them. Jigsaw then told Michael he had to restore the power to the elevator if he wanted to save her.

Carla in the trap

After he managed to do so, Michael entered the elevator next to the one where Carla was trapped. After riding up to the upper floor, he left it again and witnessed how the doors of Carla's elevator were opened as well. As Michael approached her, several TVs inside the elevator well turned on. A mechanical ventriloquist puppet named Billy appeared on-screen and confronted Carla with her crimes. Furthermore, the doll also told Michael how to save her from the elevator. Carla's arms were shackled to a metal contraption suspended from the ceiling by two chains. Likewise, her legs were bound to the top of the elevator. The elevator was held in position by four clamps, which were attached to four metallic bars. Outside the lift well was a panel with two vertical rows of combination locks. Michael had to arrange the four upper locks of each row and add them together, so the two lowest locks had the same number. Doing so would eventually result in Carla's release from her shackles. However, if Michael failed his test, all of the clamps holding the elevator were opened one by one, and the elevator would fall down the well, thereby tearing Carla in half.

When the tape ended, Michael tried to arrange the numbers on the panel correctly, while Carla started to panic and frantically yelled at him to hurry up. Eventually, he managed to balance the numbers, and Carla was freed from her restraints. However, a large grid prevented Carla from leaving the lift shaft. She begged Michael not to leave her but was separated from him again when the elevator went downstairs with Carla still standing on top. (Saw II: Flesh & Blood)

Helping Michael Tapp

Michael tried to follow her in a second elevator and eventually reached the lower floor. As he entered a large storage hall, he saw Carla in the room below. After a brief discussion, Carla activated a fuse box and thereby enabled Michael to control a crane. With this crane, he repositioned several large crates to build a bridge, which allowed him to get to the other side of the room. There, Michael had to correctly adjust a dial panel to a door on the lower level. Even though he told Carla to wait for him, she ran through the door. When Michael eventually got down to the room's lower level and followed her, he saw how Henry Jacobs pursued her with a gun. However, Michael was unable to follow them because of another door that slammed shut before him. (Saw II: Flesh & Blood)

Death

Carla's corpse

Carla tried to escape her former accomplice. While looking for a way out, she stumbled through a door and came across a large grate. Behind the grate, Carla saw Michael, who had found another way through the abandoned plant. Carla apologized to him for her initial distrust, claiming that she would work together with him to escape Jigsaw's game. However, only moments later, Henry came through the same door and brutally slashed her with a pair of scissors. He told Michael that he was merely tying a loose end and stated that they were no different when protecting themselves. Afterward, he disappeared through the door, leaving Michael and Carla's corpse behind. (Saw II: Flesh & Blood)

Personality

Carla Song seemed to have a somewhat charming personality, as shown by the fact that she had an affair with Lawrence Gordon. Although the latter was married and had a daughter, their romance went on for several months. However, the fact that she convinced Lawrence to betray his wife for such a long time, despite knowing about his marriage, indicated that she was also a treacherous and selfish individual. Judging by her general greediness, it is possible that she mainly engaged in the affair because she expected to gain certain advantages regarding her apprenticeship by sleeping with her medical teacher.

Her greediness was also evident by her involvement in the drug cartel. She stole pharmaceuticals from her clinic for her financial benefit, thereby abusing her position and her supervisors' confidence. She showed no remorse for her criminal activities, not even after her former accomplice, Henry Jacobs, turned on her.

Trivia

  • The game files reveal that Carla was initially meant to appear in Saw: The Video Game. Interestingly enough, her placeholder model wears an identity badge giving her surname as Johnson.
  • Carla also appeared in the first Saw film, where she was portrayed by Alexandra Bokyun Chun.

Appearances and References

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