Mark leads Miss Pruitt to Audrey's bed, and tells Audrey Miss Pruitt's an "expert cosmetologist." Audrey anxiously asks her whether she can cover the marks, and Miss Pruitt says that she's worked on worse. Audrey turns to Mark and moans, "But I've got open wounds!" He tells her she's on antibiotics and will be fine, but that after the pageant she mustn't apply any more makeup to her legs. She thanks him and he takes off. Haleh recognizes Miss Pruitt as a makeup artist from a funeral home. Ha. Ha? Mark runs into Elizabeth, who reminds him they were supposed to leave half an hour ago to go look at art for the house. He tells her about Dr. Dave's hockey game, and she can't believe he wants to play hockey with Dr. Dave, and says he's never said a word to her about hockey before. They go into the locker room, and she asks Mark whether he's any good. Uh, I'll field that one -- no. No matter what she's talking about. He suggests that she come watch, and find out for herself: "You bring your sweater, you bring your pom poms. I'd be in uniform..." He starts making out with her. Hey, I've got a cheer for you: that's all right, that's okay. You're gonna make me barf someday. She flirtatiously says that she never knew sports had this effect on him, and they make out. Oh, god. Get a room -- preferably on UPN, where I'll never have to look at you.
At Gamma's, Carter slams the shit out of a big punching bag. Gamma herself walks out, hugging her coat around herself, and sternly asks, "Has something happened?" Without interrupting his workout, he says, "No. Why?" She notes that he's home early, and that he never leaves the hospital early. Sarcastically, he asks her, "Someone fax you my schedule?" She patiently tells him that she knows when he left, and how long his shifts are. He lies that it was slow, so they sent him home. She persists, asking whether it's been all right to be back at work, and what he expected. He finally stops punching but still doesn't look at her, and deflects by saying he's hungry, and asking whether she is. He finally glances at her and offers to take her to Dominic's. She takes a deep breath and says, "John. To be honest, I hoped that you would feel so uncomfortable there that you wouldn't want to stay." "I know," he says. "So that I wouldn't have to ask you not to," she adds. "Well, then, don't," he says, and tells her that he'll be changed for dinner in five minutes. Uh, have you budgeted a shower in that itinerary? Because I see you've sweated through a t-shirt and a sweatshirt, so I'm thinking, you should. Gamma stops him and says, "I know your heart is in the right place. I know you enjoy being a doctor. Start a practice! I'm not fighting you on that anymore!" He asks her if they can't just agree to disagree, and she firmly says, "No. There are other ways to help people. You don't have to destroy yourself." "Gamma," he says, but she won't be stopped: "That place nearly killed you, John. It killed your friend. It drove you to drugs." "No, I did that on my own," he corrects her. "You don't owe them anything," she says. "You don't have to prove anything. You have a beautiful spirit -- I've seen them beat that spirit out of you!" Carter struggles to put on a happy face and says, "Gamma. I'm going to be fine. I promise." She finally breaks down, saying, "I wish I could believe you." She goes into the house; he calls her name, but doesn't follow.