Dr. Robert "Montgomery" Romano is in a lecture hall blathering about something while Peter "Big Daddy" Benton and Elizabeth "Moll Flanders" Corday converse sotto voce. He asks her to cover for him this morning, and adds that it's important. Before he can go on, Romano gets all schoolmarmish and asks if Benton has something to add. Benton says no, and he and Corday both smirk at Romano's little-mannish attempts to assert his authority. Romano says, "As a final note, you should all offer Dr. Corday your congratulations, since most of you will be working with her in her new position as Associate Chief of Surgery." Cut to Corday, who looks utterly stupefied at this announcement. Romano goes on to list a few of her new duties, and wraps up the meeting and leaves without speaking to her. Corday and Benton sit at the back of the room, both looking stunned.
In a trauma room, Carter examines a tiny young woman (and Lydia assists) as her father supports her head and enumerates the stages of her cancer; it started as melanoma, and since then her liver, lungs and brain have shut down. It seems she now has fluid in her lungs, which has happened before; her dad says that, last time, they had to drain it. She has been in an altered mental state for the past month. Even though I told Sars I didn't think it was her, it turns out that Sars was totally right and I was totally wrong: the woman playing the patient also played Tara "Terruh Streetchild" Marks, who pulled a Single White Female on Kelly a few seasons back on 90210. Sorry, Sars. Carter orders a bunch of tests, and the patient's dad tells him that she doesn't want to go back to the I.C.U., and that she has a standing Do Not Resuscitate order; her dad just brought her in because her pain seemed to worsen, and he thought they could make her more comfortable at the hospital. Carter agrees that they can.
At the desk, the no-lines-having Dr. Finch is having no lines, and Carol "Hosanna Hey Sanna Sanna Sanna Ho" Hathaway greets Mark as he walks in, and asks how it went in San Diego. He evasively says it went all right, and, indicating her womb, says, "You grew in a week." Heh. He runs into Carter, who very sincerely and nicely tells Mark he was sorry to hear about Mark's mom. Mark thanks him.Carter tells him about Terruh, adding that she's D.N.R. and telling Mark why her dad brought her in at all. Mark starts flipping through the chart; it seems Weaver has instituted a new charting system that Carter thinks is "kind of cool," involving checklists or something. Mark calls it "multiple-choice medicine." Carter mentions a couple of things he was planning to do to alleviate Terruh's pain, and Mark tells him to check the old X-rays for comparison. Kerry "The Cleaver" Weaver comes down the hall calling welcome to Mark, who thanks her curtly and asks about the new charts. Kerry says she'll train him in them later, and he sarcastically says, "Can't wait!"