At County, Peter "Whip-Dumb" Benton is harassing Cleo "Ctrl Freak" Finch, saying he thought she told him she was covered. She says Malucci might cover her last few hours. Benton presses, "Well, is he or isn't he?" Finch doesn't know. When will she find out? When Malucci gets here. Benton whines that Malucci is unreliable, and Finch wearily tells Benton that she has her dress in her locker, and that if she's ready when it's time to go, she'll go; otherwise, Benton can go alone. They've arrived at the desk, where Finch drops off some charts. As they walk through and out of the desk area, Benton starts bugging her about whether Malucci has a cell phone. Why, because you want to take the cell phone to the wedding as a substitute for Finch if she can't go? At least a cell phone fits in your pocket, and you can make it vibrate on command. Finchbot can't really compete, if you ask me.
At the desk, Kerry "Chicago Snub" Weaver gives what appear to be final instructions to "Baba" Luka Kovac about a bunch of patients we won't see. She tells him that if he needs to reach her, she'll be at her hotel. The Luxor? Please say the Luxor. Come on, it's been a whole season. Hook a sister up with a shout-out, already! Behind them, Amira holds the phone out to Weaver and tells her it's Conni. Weaver tells Amira to let Conni know she may speak with Luka when she comes in. Amira says that Conni has a fever; Weaver barks, "Too late! Her co-conspirators have used the last of the backup registries." "'Co-conspirators'?" Luka asks. Weaver exposits that the nurses are calling in sick to go to the wedding. Amira tells Weaver that Conni says she has a fever of 102°. Weaver crankily crutches over to the phone and starts giving Conni what-for just as Abby "Lisa" Lockhart, coughing and looking like hell, rolls up to the desk and tells Luka about a patient who accidentally used Ben-Gay instead of Preparation H. Um. Ow. Leaning down, he asks how she's feeling; blowing her nose, she replies, "Like a Snuffleupagus on Benadryl." I don't think that's a pop-cultural reference he'll get, but whatever. He tells her to go home and take a nap before the wedding, but she martyrs that they're already down a few nurses. Luka says they're slow, and they can float someone. Behind them, Weaver screeches into the phone, "Come on! I saw you yesterday trying to change your shift!" Lisa rolls her eyes and says she'll stay until Weaver leaves. Luka quietly tells Lisa that Weaver won't see Lisa at the wedding, since Weaver "has to miss the wedding for a billing conference." Lisa glances back at Weaver and then informs Luka, "She wasn't invited." Burn! Although, not that Mark and Elizabeth are my favourite characters on the show right now, I don't really blame them for dissing Weaver, under the circumstances. If one of my colleagues had almost destroyed my professional reputation and my very career -- no matter her motives -- I don't think I'd waste a plate on her at the reception. Weaver winds it up: "Okay, fine! Fine. Go ahead. But I want a note from a doctor, and if you show up in any of the wedding pictures, you're fired." She slams the phone down. Luka looks back at Lisa and deadpans, "Oh." It would have been funnier if he'd said, "D'oh."