Upstairs, Romano and Elizabeth continue working on Lucy. She seems to be stabilized, and the camera starts at the foot of her bed and keeps pulling further and further back, which, at the time, I thought was the director's really subtle way of representing Lucy's soul being pulled out of her body. Or something.
Then the camera is closing in on Carter's face as Benton and Anspaugh wrap up his surgery. It turns out that Benton was freaking out over nothing before, and he freely and graciously admits that Anspaugh was right. Things must be looking up for Carter, because Anspaugh jokes, "He could have lived without a kidney. I just didn't want to tell him." Of course, I spoke too soon; a hematoma is forming...somewhere...in Carter's guts. Benton asks if it's forming in the lumbar area, and Anspaugh says he hopes so. Benton says, "You hope so? If we tie it off, it could paralyze him!" Anspaugh says, "It's better than his aorta!"
In chairs, Mama Corday and Holling each enjoy a cold drink. Holling tells MC that Elizabeth's great, and MC says she wishes she could take the credit, but that "the boarding school raised her." Holling makes a disappointed noise, and MC says she was teasing. Holling asks whether Elizabeth's father is deceased, and MC snorts, "He was still alive the last I heard." Holling perks up a little (God knows why) and says he's sorry. MC tells him not to be, since "it wasn't [Holling's] fault." They both look up to see....
....Lisa and Chen hurrying out the ambulance bay to meet the pedestrian victim of the car accident. As they go, each asks the other about Lucy and Carter, but neither has heard anything. At the ambulance, the paramedic gives them the bullet: He's a John Doe hit while running across Michigan Avenue; he's suffered no apparent head trauma, but he's "repeating questions." When the gurney emerges from the ambulance, it's shown to contain Paul, and I have to say, I did not see that coming AT ALL. He's telling everyone there's a cab waiting for him. Lisa and Chen look meaningfully at each other over Paul's stretcher as the second paramedic tells them that the patient was "buck naked in the freezing cold," and Chen yells to Lisa, "Get Weaver, now!" Lisa takes off running.