Benton walks out of an OR as a passel of scrub nurses pushes out some guy's gurney. Finch is standing out in the hall. Benton walks up to her and asks whether Carter's out of surgery. She says that he's extubated and in recovery, and that his vitals are stable. Benton makes relieved noises, and then miraculously apologizes for his earlier behaviour, admitting that it was unprofessional of him to leave her alone so long with a surgical patient. When she doesn't say anything in response, he asks what's wrong, and she tells him there was a complication with Lucy.
At Doc Magoo's, another table has been pulled up and Lydia and Haleh have joined Lisa, Luka, Chen, and Dr. Dave. Haleh and Lydia are telling a story about a time Carter played a prank on Lucy by sending her in to perform a pelvic exam on a well-known (around County, anyway) drag queen. Just as Chen's saying, "You gotta hand it to Vanessa; he's got a better figure than I do," Chuny comes in and stands in the doorway for a moment until everyone looks her way. When the laughter and conversation stop, she says simply, "Lucy."
We get a shot of a bare leg, and an instrument, and Benton's voice telling the leg's owner to tell him when the vibration stops. Of course, the leg is Carter's, and Benton is performing various tests of Carter's reflexes, to make sure he wasn't paralyzed. Carter asks about his pancreas, and Benton tells him it was totally intact, and that Paul only got Carter's descending colon. Carter asks how long he'll have the colostomy, and Benton tells him it'll be a month. Carter says, "Now," and Benton tells him that his sensation's intact, and that he was lucky. Carter agrees, "I know. Thank you." Benton says he's welcome, and then starts another test on Carter's leg. Carter asks how Lucy's doing, and Benton ignores him, telling him again to lift his leg. Carter does so, laboriously, and says it hurts. Benton is pleased with the results of this test, too. Carter says his back is killing him, and Benton tells him about the spinal hematoma, tells him he'll give him some morphine, and adds that he wants Carter up and walking in twelve hours. Carter settles back in bed, and then suddenly says, "Lucy's dead, isn't she?" I start crying. AGAIN. Benton blinks, and doesn't answer. Carter looks away, and joins me in crying.
Mama Corday is in bed, kind of smiling. I cannot tell you how certain I was that the next shot would be of an equally happy-looking Holling in bed with her, but again, I was wrong, and happy to be so. She starts at the sound of a door closing, and steps out into the living room, where Elizabeth is sitting, looking stunned. MC asks if everything's all right, and Elizabeth replies, "No." MC asks whether Elizabeth wants to talk about it, and she says she doesn't. MC bustles off to make tea. Elizabeth's face slowly softens into tears.