Carter is looking at an x-ray when Chen comes in and tells him Mr. Sumter's gram stain is back. Carter asks if it's staph, and Chen replies, "In his dreams. Try gonorrhea." Carter says, "Ouch." Chen asks, "Do you want to tell them?" Pointedly, Carter replies, "I'll tell him. Legally, we can't tell her without his permission; hopefully [sic], he'll tell her himself." Chen reminds him that they have to report the case to public health: "They can follow up -- tell the wife." Carter scoffs, "I kind of doubt it. Between syphilis and HIV, they kind of have their hands full." Chen asks, "What if Sumter doesn't tell his wife?" Carter is unperturbed: "Then he doesn't tell his wife." Chen watches him go, staring daggers into his back. Do you think she's going to find a way to tell his wife? Because I don't.
Elizabeth. Rollins. Elizabeth: "I want to talk to you." Rollins: "I'm in pain, and I hate you. You're fired." Blah blah blah morphinecakes.
At the desk, Andrew uses Mark's stethoscope to listen to his own heart, rendering him unable to hear Mrs. Sumter ask him where the pay phone is. Chen calls his name a little more loudly and he takes off the stethoscope to direct her, only Kerry "Kerry Quite Contrary" Weaver, coming in behind Chen with her cane in one hand and a big cup of coffee in the other, beats him to it, sending Mrs. Sumter to the pay phone near chairs. Giving Chen a quick once-over, Kerry says, "Okay, I know he's Andrew, but who are you?" Chen introduces herself and says she's a new resident starting today. At that moment "Dr." Dave Malucci sidles up beside Chen and introduces himself. Weaver introduces herself to Chen as chief of the ER and asks why Chen is starting in January. Chen fidgets nervously for a second and then asks Weaver if she may speak to her alone. Around the corner, Chen explains that her father "bought [her] way into the program," and that while she's not proud of that, she is grateful. Weaver knits her brows. Chen breezily adds, "I'm not a bad doctor, but as a med student I did almost kill a patient in this very ER. I'm more confident now, so hopefully [sic] this will all work out." That can't be an easy thing to tell a boss, but given that, if Chen hadn't, Weaver would have heard it from someone else within the space of a day, she doesn't have a lot of choice. Weaver replies, "Hopefully [sic], it will!" (And now, for this recap's Grammar Lessson: "Hopefully" does not mean "I hope." It is an adverb that means "to do something in a hopeful manner," as in "She looked at him hopefully." I know this is a usage error that seems to have entered the legitimate lexicon. It's still incorrect.) Chen perks off, and Weaver asks Andrew to find the yellow pages, since her car broke down across the street. Overhearing, Dr. Dave offers to help. She says, "I'm sure you have patients," and Dr. Dave says he doesn't, and that he's not even on yet; he's just in doing paperwork. Weaver says, "I hope I don't regret this: Give it a shot." As he takes off, she calls after him, "Remember, it's broke -- not dead." Chen asks Andrew to get her the number for the public health department, and then glances around shiftily.