Hathaway comes into the exam room with Kovac and Braces Kid. She asks, "Am I interrupting?" and Kovac says no, "We are done here." Hathaway and Braces Kid recognize each other from the coffee shop, and after some non-witty dialogue about whether Hathaway really works there, Braces Kid goes on his merry metal-mouthed way. Hathaway sits down so that Kovac can stitch her arm up, and Kovac says that he thinks Braces Kid's parents "feel quite exhausted." All right, writers, put the iron skillet down and step slowly away from the word processor. Kovac says he heard that Hathaway saw the accident happen at the coffee shop. Hathaway: "I had just left, ten seconds earlier. I don't even want to think about it." She adds that, miraculously, most people came out of it okay, and I guess she knows from miracles, being a saint and everything. Then she asks Kovac about why he took Michelle in to see her mother even though Weaver and Greene told him not to, and Kovac complains that he doesn't think Weaver and Greene think he's a good doctor. Hathaway scoffs, "Why do you say that? This is like the second or third time you've worked here, isn't it?" Kovac gives her a shot and gripes, "Yeah, enough time for them to stop calling me 'Dr. Kovac.' When people are not sure, they tend to keep things more formal." He hopes that he will do a good enough job on her suturing for Hathaway to call him "Luka." She smiles politely and doesn't say anything. Kovac goes on to explain why he brought Michelle to see her mother: "Children need to know, need to see, even if what they see is not good, it's still better than being in the dark, you know? Having -- that kind of fear." Hathaway says gently that he sounds "experienced in these things," an unasked question that Kovac dodges by saying that any experience he has didn't help him with Braces Kid. Hathaway chuckles. If the writers put these two together -- and I predict that they will -- well, just buy stock in whatever company makes Maalox.
In the hallway, Weaver asks Hathaway to show a brother and sister their mother's body. Hathaway ushers them in and sees Yosh tagging the body of the nosy old woman from the coffee shop, and she knits her brow piously.
I think the Gap needs to rename their ad campaign "everybody in voice lessons." Just a suggestion.
While two guys from maintenance take off the oxygen-tank-pierced door, Lydia bellyaches, "Did I hear that Romano's gonna be chief of staff?" and Conni asks Greene, "You are gonna fight this, aren't you?" Greene reassures them that he and Weaver have a meeting with Anspaugh, and that they're supposed to give him their "honest opinion." Conni concludes, "So you are gonna fight this. Good." Finch comes in behind the admit desk and tells Jeanie that Carlos Ortega, the baby whose mother has AIDS, has to go up to the pedes unit; Corday breezes in a moment later, and when Greene makes an insecure "long cup of coffee" comment, Corday says that Cameron got paged and had to come back for lunch. Whatever. Greene asks her how it went, and Corday shrugs, "Whoever knows with interviews," and says she's late for a surgery. Hathaway stands silently nearby, doing something on the computer; when Greene says he'll take the back pain in Exam Four, she offers to help, and he says no thanks, but she follows him anyway and says she doesn't mean "to pry, but how are things going with you and Elizabeth?" "Okay," he says, searching a little too carefully in his pocket for a pen. "You guys are still going out, right?" Hathaway asks, and Greene mumbles, "Uh, a little." "A little"? What does that mean, exactly? She wonders jokingly, "Am I going to have to beg for information here?" and Greene says he'd hate to see her beg. Then he says, "Everything's okay, really -- I may have backed off a little bit," and Hathaway jumps in with, "Which means she's backed off," and if anyone needs to back off here, I think it's St. Carol. Anyhow, accompanied by a great deal of emotive hand-gesturing that still fails to imbue him with any personality, Greene observes that "these things just kind of have a life of their own, don't they?" Hathaway gives him a skeptical look. Greene says, "If that's not enough, you're gonna have to beg." I don't think that scene had a point, but if it did, don't bother telling me about, because I really don't care.