Cut to Elizabeth and Nathan in the elevator, preparing to meet a MedEvac copter. She gives him instructions on how to behave and what to watch for if the wind is disorienting. She then helps Nathan don his yellow slicker. Slowly, Nathan's left hand starts trembling again. "You have a tremor on the left," Elizabeth notices suddenly. "I only noticed it on the right. Have you had symptoms on the left before?" Nathan ascribes it to stress and sleep deprivation, as always, but Elizabeth gently suggests that his Parkinson's is progressing. "My rotation's almost over," he snaps. With an air of sympathy, Elizabeth wonders why he puts himself through such insane shifts at the hospital. "Please don't treat me like I'm dying," Nathan says testily. "Can we just go get this patient?" The doors open. "Stick with me and stay clear of the tail rotor," Elizabeth yells. You know, if they'd wanted to cut off someone's arm and had it be relatively in-character, as opposed to Romano's careless moment, this would've been the time. Nathan's dyskinesia could've caused his arm to shoot out and come off. Okay, fine, that's a little insensitive, but at least it wouldn't involve turning Romano into a dumb-ass. That's an unforgivable sin. Nathan's body stalls at the lip of the elevator, and you can see in his eyes that he's praying for one last burst of momentum; he gets it.
Ottenson, Gallant, and Abby drive to the base hospital while the former exposits that Eric's coherent and has to go up against a Rule 706 Sanity Board at noon. "Up against?" Abby frets as they get out of the car. Ottenson explains that it's a formality that will help him avoid a court martial, but might result in his getting a medical discharge. They enter the hospital in step with one another, and Abby bolts right past her mother Maggie (Sally Field) without seeing her, too busy freaking that nobody bothered to call and get a family history. "If he'd asked...I'm sure someone would've contacted you," Ottenson says tiredly. "You can't count on him. He's not thinking clearly," insists She Who Shall Not Be Incorrect. Maggie stands abruptly. "Abby," she calls out. Abby stops, takes a second to process what she heard, and then slowly turns around. "Hi," she says, stunned, searching her mother's face for the crazy, or for bits of the set dangling from the corner of her mouth. "The doctor's in with him now," Maggie says as Abby blinks. She does a lot of blinking. We fade to black wondering if this is because Maura Tierney is conducting contract negotiations in Morse code.