Elsewhere in the ER, Peter gets the lowdown on an elderly man who lost control of his car and crashed into a nativity scene. Kerry orders tests, and Peter asks the man where he's having pain; the man says around his belt, adding that he only wears the suit he has on once a year and it doesn't fit him anymore. Peter thinks he's found an aneurysm, and Kerry explains this to the elderly man, saying he'll probably require surgery, and asks if they should contact anyone for him; Elderly says, "No, there's no one." Peter asks Conni to call up and get him an OR.
Lizzie explains to Rollins that he has a blockage in his left femoral artery. Um, didn't he have the pain in his right leg? Yeah, I thought so too. Lizzie goes on to say that the blockage has cut off the blood flow to his leg, causing a potentially fatal condition, and that he needs immediate surgery. Rollins doesn't want the surgery just so he can stand trial and get convicted of "bogus charges"; Lizzie points out that "if the charges are bogus, you'll be set free. Without surgery, you could die." Rollins says he'll take his chances, and besides, he likes it there: "Good drugs, food's not half bad -- and I get off just lookin' at you." He tells Lizzie he fantasizes about her at night. She slaps his chart closed and asks coldly, "So your answer's 'no' to surgery." "That's right," he whispers. She says even more coldly that he'll have to sign a refusal-of-consent form. "Well, bring it on," he leers. She glares at him.
Lucy, carrying a box, accosts Peter by the elevator and chirps, "Merry Christmas, Dr. Benton." "What's that?" he asks, looking at the box, and she tells him that she couldn't get BHG transferred to Rush, so she had Rush send an L-VAD to County. Peter doesn't get it, and Lucy adds that she went ahead and signed his name to the form and she hopes that's okay. Peter snaps, "You did what?" and tells her she should have interrupted him in surgery again, and Lucy says she didn't have time. Peter says he can't do the procedure and gets on the elevator with Elderly. Lucy asks if Peter means he can't do it right now, and Peter says no, he means he can't do it at all; only Dr. Romano knows how to implant an L-VAD. Can everyone else see the rest of this subplot coming from the Rockies? Okay, just checking. Anyway, Lucy sputters, "But it could save her life," and Peter says he knows that, but he isn't qualified to do it. The door closes and Peter sighs, then turns to see Conni looking at him: "What?" "Nothing," she says. Then Elderly crashes, and they have to shock him, and while they try to revive him, the elevator door opens on another floor and a group of carolers walks by and gapes at them while singing "We Wish You A Merry Christmas." Like, ha ha. Not. As the door closes, Elderly comes back, murmuring, "I saw her." "What?" Peter asks, adjusting Elderly's gown. "Edith, my wife," Elderly says. "I saw her." Conni says gently that his wife isn't there, and Elderly says impatiently, "No, I know, she's dead -- but I saw her. I saw her." Peter and Conni exchange a look.