Back at the office, Maggie demands, "How awesome was I today?" Eli tells her she was "awesomely awesome." Calm down, she's no Hawkins. Maggie burbles proudly on that she was inside Eli's head -- maybe THAT'S his problem! Forget aneurysms, he's got a Maggie tumor! -- and she made up a song about first chairing. Seriously? SERIOUSLY?! Thank god Eli doesn't want to hear it, "probably ever," so neither do we. Eli gives Maggie more tips for the next day and in the middle of all this, Maggie gazes soulfully into his eyes and apologizes for how she reacted to his aneurysm. Eli thanks her and asks uncomfortably what this has to do with their case. "You really care about it," Maggie explains, still being way too shiny and happy for the contents of my stomach, "Not just about winning, you care about winning it for Peter. You're right: you're an object of ridicule, a professional pariah reduced to barely practicing law." Again, Eli thanks her. Maggie shrugs, saying she realizes, "If you're sucking up to God, there are better ways." Eli says that he and God have a "complicated" relationship but at least he's starting to believe in what He wants him to do, "It's like I see things now, you know? Things that were always there but that I just never noticed before." Maggie's gazing at him, thinking, "Like me!" but she says, "Like people who need help?" Yeah, that's still you. Eli nods and adds teasingly, "Including high-anxiety, borderline competent junior associates." "Borderline competent" is still borderline incompetent. "Well," Maggie says, adopting a bedroom voice, "At least I'm borderline now." Eli's phone rings, interrupting what was getting to be a very nauseating scene. It's Taylor, and she has a surprise for him, so she was hoping he'd be free tomorrow night. Maggie hears Eli say, "Tomorrow night -- looking forward to it!" and gets all chagrined.
The next day, Dr. Agon himself is on the stand. He goes on about medicine not being an exact science and how he was cleared by a very thorough investigation. "This 'thorough investigation' being the M and M conference, which is shrouded behind a veil of secrecy," Maggie retorts, drawing an objection from St. Vincent's lawyer. Dr. Agon, however, would like to respond because he actually petitioned the hospital to release the transcripts since it was his reputation on the line. Maggie looks back at Eli and gets some coaching before she goes on to ask what "malignant hypothermia" is, it being deemed the cause of death by the hospital's pathology department. Dr. Agon explains that on rare occasions, a patient has a fatal reaction to the anesthesia, which causes their temperature to spike and their heart to stop. "And it's completely unforeseeable, like [Maggie pretends to struggle for a comparison] lightning?" she asks. Dr. Agon agrees. "So, what you're saying is that three of your patients just happened to be struck by lightning?" Maggie pursues. Dr. Agon gets grave and tells her that her metaphor belittles the "very real human tragedy here." Maggie gets desperate in her questioning and brings up Dr. Agon's six-month privilege suspension from the OR. "Yes, because I was on sabbatical, not suspension. I took six months off to finish my book, Principles of Anesthesia, which is now being taught in medical schools across the country," Dr. Agon explains and then looks at Peter to say, "I'm sorry for your loss, son, and more than anything in this world, I wish I could bring your mom back." Peter, totally confused and disturbed, looks to Eli who doesn't meet his gaze.