Abby exits Trauma Green and burps up some jargon. "What does that mean?" Michael asks. Maggie bites her lip. "Just like this man, I too do not understand some things," she thinks. "Thank God I happened to witness this remarkable exchange." Carter exposits that Jared will soon go into cardiac arrest, and that they might be able to save him temporarily, but not indefinitely. Maggie stares. Abby catches her eye. "I, too, have to make some hard decisions," they both think. "Thank God we happened to witness this remarkable exchange."
Carter leads Jana and Michael to Jared's bedside, while Abby approaches Maggie. "I don't know how you work here," Maggie breathes. Abby begins to apologize, but Maggie interrupts her. "I thought I could control this. I thought I was," she admits. "Maybe I was blind, or stupid, or refused to see the signs, or maybe I'm just nuts. But I'm not ready to bury him." Abby digests this as Maggie adds that the last time she saw Eric, he was alive. "That's my reality. Until someone proves otherwise, he is alive." Kicking aside the anvil that landed next to her feet, Maggie asks if the El will take her to Midway. Abby tries to get in a word, but Maggie won't listen. "Eastbound track," Abby shrugs. "I'll call you from Cleveland," Maggie spits, exiting swiftly. Abby watches her narrowly avoid tripping on an anvil that bears pretty pictures of Eric and Jared, side-by-side, with the text, "Thank God she happened to witness that remarkable exchange."
Susan reenters Patrick's room and half-heartedly says, "You don't have to put yourself through this...not for her." She adds that the most he'll get is a couple of months. Patrick realizes that Susan is working on his mother's behalf to try to talk him out of fighting his pneumonia and into going home; Susan has the good grace to admit that's true. Patrick cradles his head in his hands. "What would you do?" he finally asks. Susan sits down next to him on the bed, not looking at him, and tries not to answer. "I don't want to die," he chokes. She turns to him and whispers, "Then you should fight. With everything you have." Patrick gazes at her with surprise. Aw. As silly as I think the crush aspect of this is, they have a sweet chemistry.
Luka is back! He has returned! And he's writing his name on the board with an accent over the "c" in "Kovac." God, he makes diacritical marks look sexy. "Damn, looks like I just lost fifty bucks," Frank gripes. "Then you shouldn't gamble," Luka replies breezily. Now it's Gallant's turn to act stunned to see Luka, but he quickly grabs him for a case in triage. It seems that PSA Boy is seizing. Luka asks for a temperature reading, because high fevers can cause seizures; sure enough, he's running a 107.3 temperature. Suddenly, Luka is seized with a powerful urge to do something that would look really dramatic in a promo for the show. He disconnects PSA Boy's equipment and scoops him up, carrying him outside like Prince Charming sweeping Cinderella across the threshold after she got really, really trashed at their wedding reception. Everyone chases him so that the promo shot will look way cooler. Outside, Luka dumps PSA Boy into a pile of snow and douses him with warm saline. "He's seizing again!" shouts Chuny. "No, he's shivering," Luka says. Chuny skeptically announces that she's going to fetch Weaver.