Chen walks in on Sickly. His nose has stopped bleeding, which Mrs. Sickly regards as a good sign. She asks Chen whether she found out about surgery, and Chen gently tells her that the surgeon won't operate on Kenneth (formerly Sickly). Mrs. Kenneth is all, "But he's suffering!" Chen points out that Kenneth is barely conscious, and his mom says that's not true -- that Kenneth squeezes her hand and understands her. She grabs Chen's hand, puts Kenneth's in it, and protests that "everything that can be done should be done." Chen is all, "Don't make me touch your terminal kid -- you'll give me bad fetal mojo," but inside; out loud, she says that there's a good chance that an operation would kill Kenneth. (Oh my god! They could...you know.) Mrs. Kenneth nods at her publicist to cue up her Emmy tape, and tearfully declares, "I know what you're thinking. I'm selfish. I'm keeping my son alive for me, not him....He's my child. I want every minute I can with him." Then she stares directly into Chen's eyes and says, "Remember Carol Hathaway this time last year? Well, you're Carol2K. In other words, wait 'til you're a mother. Then you'll know. Get him the surgery!" ["You know, it occurs to me that Chen could solve this problem rather handily by just bringing Luka into the room and having him stand in the doorway for a few minutes." -- Sars]
Back in the trauma room...long story short: Carter makes a good save in a tight situation and saves the woman's life. Do the details really matter? Okay, fine. Beck's suture. Back side of the heart. Exit wound in the left ventricle. Carter stitches it up, they shock her with internal paddles, and she's well enough for surgery. Luka's like, "She lived! Huh. Well, I would have gotten away with it if it weren't for you meddling ki-- I mean, 'Carter.'" Luka and Haleh give Carter props. Carter's busting. Then Tin Can Cut comes back, his forearm dangling from the elbow, having had a mishap after using a jigsaw to open his ValPak envelope of coupons. (Not really.)
Weaver gets Mr. Mellonston back in bed; Malik administers ativan. Mitchell knocks on the window, and when Weaver rushes into the hall, Mitchell tells her that when she contacted the VA hospital, she found out that Mr. Mellonston's a deserter; he's been AWOL since 1951. The VA will put him in the brig. Weaver asks if there's anything they can do, and Mitchell replies, "Legally? No. But I'm your Doug Ross, so I'll find a way to beat the system."
Benton enters the office of Elizabeth "First Aid Brit" Corday. She asks what he's doing there, and he asks her, in turn, whether she got any of his messages. Without looking at him, she says she did, but that she's been "incredibly busy." Benton makes a slight "whatever" face at the back of her head, and she guiltily corrects herself: "Uh. I just didn't know what to say." Benton says it's okay, and she says it's not okay that she's been avoiding him for days. She sits down at her desk and very seriously says, "I'm sorry. What Robert did was wrong, and I've told him as much. I just wish there was something I could do." Benton wryly says he didn't exactly expect her to resign in protest, and Elizabeth laughs and says that's a relief. He asks her to put the word out to her contacts at other hospitals that he's looking for work, and she comments that she's surprised he hasn't been "snatched up already." Benton tells her that Romano's had him blackballed, and Elizabeth replies, "He's a horrid little turd, isn't he." She adds that she'd recently spoken with a friend in Philadelphia who'd been looking for someone, but that she didn't think Benton would care to move there. Benton eagerly replies, "At this point, I'm open to anything." Shirley enters and tells Benton that he's needed in the ER. Benton wearily answers that he no longer works at County, and Shirley explains that Weaver called, and that Jackie's in the ER. Elizabeth's like, "Run." Benton's like, "Busted."