Carter and Weaver treat a firefighter who was working the school inferno. Weaver casually asks him a string of questions about the safety of the firefighters, to prevent herself from grabbing him, throwing him on the ground, and banging his head against the tile until he coughs up information about Sandy. Through her almost nonchalant line of questioning, the man reveals that they're still looking for Sandy, who was the first firefighter inside the school. To the show's credit, they don't show anyone giving Kerry knowing or amused looks -- I mean, people witnessed The Kiss and could easily put two and two together, but the writers don't go there, which is nice because it doesn't fuel the idea that the entire ER is homophobic. Weaver, clearly affected by news that Sandy's still inside the inferno, nonetheless continues to work coolly.
Elizabeth sits opposite Mark, reeling from the day's realization. She's been apprised of the situation and is suggesting things -- Gamma knife, seeing Dr. Humperdinck -- that Mark's already tried. Stunned at how long it's gone on without her, Elizabeth stares intently at her hands. "How much time?" she finally asks without looking at Mark. "If this works, ten months," he replies quietly. Lizzie's left nostril twitches and shoots fire. "Why didn't you tell me?" Elizabeth scolds him, pained, and finally looking him in the eye. Mark blames his silence on bad timing. "I could've helped," she says, desperate and wet-eyed, but Mark knows that's not true and says as much to allay her guilt. She coldly says that he shouldn't be alone right now, and Mark promises that this doesn't change anything. "I don't expect you to come back and be my wife just because this happened," he whispers. Elizabeth exhales hard, and Mark waits for her to say, "That's not why I want to come back," but she doesn't say that because she's got no soul, so he glumly gets up to leave, tumorrific and alone. "You're going back to work?" she gapes. "I don't know what else to do," he says flatly. He shuffles out, and she stares into the air he once inhabited, breathing heavily.
Carter and Chen, chatting about the glut of burn victims, pass Martin standing vacantly in the hallway. "There's your new boyfriend," Carter joshes. Chen sighs, "He's a little on the simple side." And even though he acts "simple," she comes off so arrogant saying that. I really don't understand why people like Chen. I don't fault them for it -- I just can't see her as anything but wooden and unappealing, which is partly due to my lack of interest in Ming-Na as an actress. Still, I hope they're paying her a lot, because this non-storyline can't have been what wooed her back to the show. It's an insult. "Martin, did you talk to the lady from Psych?" she asks loudly, as if he's deaf. Tearfully, he hands her the gloves that match his toque. "That doesn't mean anything to me," she replies rudely. Martin proffers the scarf. "I don't get it, okay?" Martin cuddles the stuff and rubs his cheek against it, so Chen deduces that something happened to the person who knit him that stuff, and then we abruptly and mercifully cut away from the scene.