Mrs. Tanzi is in the OR, under Elizabeth's knife and Dr. Babcock's scrutinizing gaze. Yes, Babcock. ["Love that man." -- Wing Chun] He's begging Elizabeth to rush an operation because he has Cubs tickets and can't stand to miss the inaction. She haughtily refuses. Babcock then insults the patient, claiming that his pre-op assessment of Mrs. Tanzi was less stimulating than chatting up his neighbor's cat. Ignoring this, Elizabeth demands two liters of saline to irrigate, but there's only 500 ccs in there, so she must wait while they fetch more. Babcock blathers on about dignity in death, and how he'd hate going to the OR in this situation -- I think he's commenting on Mrs. Tanzi's dementia, but he's such a horse's ass that I stop listening. ["You're fired." -- Wing Chun] Suddenly, he calls Elizabeth's name. No response; she's standing, but swaying, having fallen asleep on her feet in the middle of the operation. Maybe she'll fall nose-first into the remains of Mrs. Tanzi's appendix. Babcock clears his throat and shouts, "Dr. Corday?" She jumps awake and demands her saline from Shirley. "Did you just fall asleep?" Babcock asks, amazed. She denies it, but it was pretty hard to miss. "I was resting my eyes," she snarls.
Romano waltzes into the prep room just as Benton is scrubbing up for surgery. "Peter, you missed a good one!" he exclaims. "Seven gunshots. It was like a scavenger hunt. What've you got?" Benton gives him the bullet on Anna, and says Dr. Coburn is going to try a manual extraction of the undelivered placenta under general anaesthesia. Shirley interrupts with a grin on her face and tells Benton there's a young man outside looking for him. Curiously, he dries his hands and spies Jackie outside holding Reese. "I'm sorry, Peter," she sobs. "I can't do this! I tried, I really did." Reese trots off to the water fountain, adorable as always. Jackie is rambling and clearly traumatized. "Reese is the sweetest little boy in the world," she says. "I love him like he was mine, but he's not mine...and every time I see him...." She chokes that it's not fair, and flees. Romano exits the prep room and pleasantly cracks, "Is he scrubbing in with you, Peter?" Sighing, Benton excuses himself for two minutes to drop off Reese in day care before assisting with Anna's operation. Romano dissuades him: "Go home, Peter. Get your personal life sorted out." He says this in typical Romano fashion, seeming generous and critical at once. He further offers to scrub in for Anna's surgery, snarking, "She stands a better chance of surviving if I do it. Go spend some quality time with your son at Chuck E. Cheese, or something." Benton resignedly picks up Reese and carries him away; as the little boy peers over his shoulder, Romano signs, "Watch out for your dad." That's according to the forums, anyway. Romano is one of the better-written characters on the show. He's a total enigma, considerate one second and a prick the next. He clearly must get laid, and soon, and -- memo to the writers -- on-camera, please.