Romano goes next door and second-guesses Benton's decision to operate on Punkish Guy. He says that, considering the borderline indicators and the risks of surgery, "let's make sure 'maybe' is not part of the equation, okay? Thanks." Benton slumps and rolls his eyes as Romano blows out of the room. During this exchange, the audience gets to see a suspiciously tight close-up of a Thoraseal for the second time in ten minutes, so I guess the manufacturers of Thoraseals ditched the giving-free-notepads-to-doctors idea and paid for a product placement in this episode.
Ambulance bay. An extremely attractive guy in a suit spots Michelle the Balloon Brat sitting by herself in an ambulance. He tries to talk to her: "Hi. What's your name? My name is Luka." Oh, all right -- he lives on the second floor. He lives upstairs from you. Yes, I think you've seen him before. Happy now? Anyway, Luka "'Doug' Who?" Kovac, who has a not-all-that-thick Eastern European accent and who I wish lived upstairs from me, tries to lure Michelle into conversation, without success, and then he asks about her arm and tells her he's a doctor, and Michelle whispers, "I want my mom." Luka says he'll help her, and asks if she wants to come out of the ambulance now; she doesn't, so he asks if he can come into the ambulance with her. She shrugs.
Inside, Weaver and Lucy do something to a patient with a strip of cloth. Weaver says she "would be happy to mentor" Lucy. The two of them discuss the benefits of mentor relationships while Lucy's too-long, too-blonde locks dangle all over the patient; Migraine Guy screams at them, but Weaver and Lucy just ignore him. MG stomps off, then comes back and screams at them some more. Carter pushes past MG to give Weaver an update on a patient and asks her if she's heard the rumors about Anspaugh quitting as chief of staff. Lucy says, "I heard a scarier one -- not only is Dr. Anspaugh quitting, Dr. Romano is the front-runner to take his place." Carter looks taken aback, and Weaver drops her side of the sheet, dumping the patient on Lucy both literally and figuratively, and crutches her ass down the hall at top speed. Lucy makes a "whatever" face (tm xix). Um, Lucy? Put. Your hair. UP!
Weaver barges in on Greene and Corday and asks to speak with Greene when he has a minute -- "it's important." Corday gets the bypass up and running as Cameron looks on, impressed. After a minute, the patient stabilizes, and Weaver and Greene go next door; Weaver repeats the Anspaugh-Romano rumor to Greene, who snaps off his gloves and says, "I don't buy it. Anspaugh would have said something to us." Weaver says he's probably right and she shouldn't pay any attention to the rumor mill, but Greene says he'll go upstairs and talk it over with Anspaugh anyway. Then the fire alarm goes off and Weaver says, "Whoa!" and Corday groans, "Tell me this is a drill," and Greene shouts that she should prep her patient for transfer, and everyone tries to find the fire but they don't know what triggered the alarm, and Benton's patient crashes so Carter runs in to help him, and Benton prepares to do the thoracotomy that Romano told him not to do. A nurse asks if she should page Romano, and Benton yells, "No time!" and then we see a really non-yummy close-up of a rib spreader at work.