Frances faces Susan and announces that she doesn't want Patrick to suffer any further. "I know it's grim right now, but he seems pretty determined," Susan sighs. Frances tearfully begs Susan either to tell her something different -- that he has a real chance of beating the pneumonia or the cancer or any of it -- or help her convince Patrick to let go. Then, she weeps that Patrick only went through the two rounds of failed chemo because she was still clinging to hope, and that it's hell watching someone you love suffer simply because they love you and are doing what would make you happy. "He went through hell to get to the point where he and I finally accepted that he's going to die," Frances sniffles. "And then he met you." Susan's expression shifts. Now she's uncomfortable, and a little skeptical. "He likes you," insists Frances. "As a doctor, and as a woman." Okay, ew. Susan looks flattered, but it's funny -- she almost looks like she's thinking, "Well, he's only human, after all." Frances swears that Susan's somehow giving Patrick false hope, and begs Susan to talk him into going home. Susan's not sure she wants to play along, because how many chances does a lonely woman get to have hot hospital sex with a dying kid in a knit cap?
A sad man, Michael, wanders down the hall past a seated Maggie and toward Trauma Green. Jana meets his eye and crumples a little. "I'm very sorry," Carter tells Michael by way of a greeting. He explains that Jared is basically brain dead. Maggie watches all this intently. Jana sobs that she didn't see him behind the car, and starts to tremble; Michael holds her, still in shock himself. Maggie observes. "There must be some kind of hope," Michael whispers. Maggie watches. "You have to understand that your son is gone," Carter says. "After all, if the accident hadn't killed him, an anvil would've crushed him here." Maggie furrows her brow. "I finally understand that sometimes, you have to give up hope, even when you don't want to," she thinks to herself. "Thank God I happened to witness this remarkable exchange."