Hospital. The nurse who was pricked is now lying in a hospital bed, with (tee hee) mini-ninja-itis. Dr. W is called in to look at her. A Centers For Disease Control guy named Seegler meets up with Dr. W. They blather about the outbreak of Aroya fever in the hospital. There are now three patients suffering from it. Dr. W believes the cause is the first patient who was brought in -- Piper (his pronunciation) Hollywell.
BAH. Prue is staring at the alleged Monet through her non-prescription designer frames. Jack comes in. Prue tells him that Piper's okay. She just came into the office to address "a few suspicions." Prue: "We have to talk. Seriously. We can't keep fooling ourselves. This thing isn't real. I know it looks perfect from the outside, so it makes sense to just ignore the proof and pretend nothing's wrong." Tellingly, Jack immediately jumps to the conclusion that she's talking about their relationship. But -- get this! -- she's really talking about the painting. WHO KNEW? Prue doesn't believe that the painting is really Monet's work; it must be from one of the students in "his school." Jack: "So what? Let's just let it be. The world is made up of near-misses and necessary compromises. This is a little of both. I know how you feel. I'm just asking you to not look so close. Nothing bears up to that kind of scrutiny." Wait a second -- I don't think he's talking about that painting anymore. Neither does Prue. She asks him if he was blathering about the Monet. Jack: "Yeah, that too. Everything'll be fine." Prue looks uneasy.