Weaver nervously enters Romano's office. "You remember Dr. Chen," Romano says pleasantly, gesturing to the embittered physician sitting in a chair opposite his desk. Chen is accompanied by a lawyer. Weaver glances at them, swallows hard, and says, "I'm on shift, Robert." Coolly, Chen's attorney states that his client would like to be rehired. "We're fully staffed at the moment, but if something opens up, I'll keep you in mind," Weaver says pleasantly. Ha! You have to give her credit for keeping up the act. She's frontin', yo. Chen sneers, "I'm not asking you to consider it." Ming-Na, during her hiatus, became the most annoying actress ever. Seriously, she's completely cocksure and arrogant in this scene, and it makes me root for Weaver to kick her ass. Weaver points out that it was Chen's choice to quit. "I've changed my mind, then," Chen says smugly, crossing her arms and staring at Romano. She knows she's already won. "Oh, I'm sorry that only with hindsight you've decided --" Chen interjects, "I didn't decide anything. You decided I was expendable." Weaver glares. "I'm not the doctor that blew out that man's aorta," she snaps. "No," Chen retorts with liquid cool, "you're the doctor who wasn't there." I totally understand that Weaver was wrong to hide the fact that she lost her pager that night, but I don't understand who in the world would agree that Kerry should take most of the blame and absolve Chen of guilt. Deb couldn't handle the rigors of her Chief Resident job, made a completely careless decision that killed a man, and then called Kerry to try and save her ass. Kerry should've been there, but she also shouldn't have needed to be there because Chen and Malucci shouldn't have overlooked the symptoms of Marfan's. Carter spotted it in two seconds.
Chen bristles when Weaver reminds her of her mistake, and leaps to her feet, shouting that the only error she made was letting Kerry sacrifice her and Dave Malucci. "You ran away in anger rather than refusing to accept responsibility!" Weaver yells. Romano, amused, quiets them: "Ladies, if I want a good catfight, I'll watch The View. Let's keep this civil." Weaver chokes back her anger and fixes Chen with a level gaze. "I respect your abilities as a doctor, but the position's already been filled," she says tightly. Chen's lawyer cheerfully explains that they'll sue if the hospital doesn't comply with rehiring Chen under several conditions, two of which are that Chen's record be expunged and, that a statement of correction be attached to her file explaining the situation. HELLO? How does she deserve that? Chen committed an ENORMOUS lapse of judgment! That should stay in her file forever, regardless of what Weaver did to exacerbate the situation. Chen sits there smiling like Sylvester with Tweety in his mouth, showing zero remorse for anything, and having the gall to look self-righteous about the whole thing. Why are TPTB bringing back a likable character and turning her into a hateful shill? Especially since they spent so much time writing Kerry into that corner. Chen's lawyer cocks his eyebrow and casually says that they're not looking to tarnish more reputations here. Weaver seethes that she doesn't respond well to threats. "You know what? You can't screw up and then whine about being mistreated," she rants. "Jing-Mei, you need to grow up." Weaver storms out of the office as Chen crosses her arms and has a good, hard pout.