Malik, Sam, Jerry, and Luka are cracking wise about the nurse shark, the only amusing line being Luka suggesting that they have a few of them working at the hospital. And he would know, because most of them have circled him. And then he speared them. Carter grows impatient with their mirth, because his soul is crying and his water weight isn't receding and he really just wants to go home and snuggle with one of Gamma's old dresses. "Nobody has any work to do today, huh?" he smaps. The group's smiles freeze in place, and then quickly disappear as they disperse and go about their work.
Everyone, that is, but Luka. He stares at Carter with concern, and offers to look at his head. I'm surprised Carter doesn't have a more obvious bruise or lump on his head after Bedpan Bonanza 2004. I didn't realize his skull could so easily combat a speeding metal bowl. Luka looks Carter deep in the eyes and more or less orders him to go home. After some half-hearted denials, Carter nods hollowly and walks away.
Abby and Luka hit the ambulance bay for two incoming traumas. One is a nineteen-year-old who looks about thirty and was attacked in Grant Park. "They hurt us," he mumbles. "Who hurt you, honey?" Haleh asks. "They hit us with a tire jack," the guy says. Well, now, that's no excuse for ignoring her question, kid. Sheesh. The kid pleads with them to help his boyfriend Zach first. Luka goes to Zach, who took some lumps to the head and torso. An emaciated blond kid flits around in a tizzy whimpering about whether his friends will be okay. He literally hops over to one of the gurneys while flapping his arms. Is this how we direct actors guys to play gay nowadays? "Oh, just flail a lot -- you're light as a bird, so flap those wrists!" Disgraceful. Flapper tizzies that they were all sitting in the grove, and that he'd never been there before, and then four guys came out of nowhere and starting beating the crap out of his two friends. "IT WAS BECAUSE THEY WERE KISSIIIIIIING," he drawl-moans plaintively, clearly unaware that this is not the General Hospital set. I'm surprised he didn't just drop to his knees and shake his fists at the heavens. Nobody else seems bothered by this melodramatic exposition -- well, nobody except Zach, who immediately rolls over and horks up some blood. Now that's a bad performance review: "Inspired me...to barf up an aorta." Luka assigns himself Zach and sends Abby and Haleh off with the first guy. "This guy's less critical..." Abby begins. "Just go," Luka orders her.