Eli's in an examining room griping to his brother about the gown he's wearing, as it apparently doesn't close in the back. Nate: "I overheard one of the nurses saying she thought your butt was cute." It must be tough to run this outfit with only one sighted nurse. Nate drops the humor and tells Eli not to be nervous, and Eli jokes, "What's there to be nervous about?" We then get a quick hit parade of doctors answering that question with "blindness," "coma," and "long-term memory loss." Eli's apparently scouting doctors at Well, You Did Ask Memorial. Another doctor says he can remove the aneurysm, no problem. "Just out of curiosity, how attached are you to your ability to speak?" Considering that Eli gapes wordlessly in response, it seems the doc's clever question kind of backfired.
Later, a re-dressed Eli walks out of the neurology ward with Nate, saying that apparently, everyone thinks the surgery would render Eli a vegetable. However, he badgers Nate into admitting that there might be one more possibility, but the man normally only takes cases originating at his own hospital. Eli charges Nate with convincing this doctor, and Nate agrees to make the call.
One his way out, Eli does a double-take when he realizes that Beth has just walked by. He calls to her, and she greets him warmly, although when he asks her what she's doing there, she stalls for a moment and says she didn't expect to see him before coming up with a story about Ben. To be fair, though, I didn't get that she was covering here, well-enough did she come up with something believable on the fly, so points for that. Beth then asks how Eli is, saying she saw him on the news, and she was going to call him but then figured he had enough on his plate. Eli tells her he's been better, and ticks off all the things that have gone wrong in his life lately. Beth, needless to say, is sympathetic to the point of being overwhelmed, and tells him that if he ever needs to talk, he's still got her number. He looks pleased at that prospect, and says he might just call her. Just a tip, Beth -- don't let your boyfriend answer your phone for you. Eli's already got the brain problem -- no need to give him a coronary.
Eli rushes up to "Patti," who's looking for something under "her" desk, and starts babbling something, but it's a bald, thirtysomething, bespectacled guy in her chair. He's also rather gay, so at least in the world of television stereotypes, he's got a chance to match her sassiness. ["Dude. 'Fierceness.' Did you not get the newsletter?" -- Joe R] Anyway, he's a temp named Bradley, who reads Eli a note Patti left for him, saying she's spending the week looking out for her friends and relatives in Silver Terrace, who thanks to him have no homes. It'd be pretty funny if that earthquake hit right about now.