A little later, Mark's on the phone in the hall, having a nosh. He tells whomever he's speaking to that the baby's "in great shape," rattling off a list of stats. Susan rolls up and peers at the chart as Mark talks. There's a pause, and then Mark answers, "I feel very comfortable -- I've delivered a couple of hundred babies." In a reassuring tone, Mark says, "It's nine o'clock! So we'll see you in an hour?" He hangs up. Susan asks what Coburn (that's Dr. Amy Aquino, my favourite) said. Mark tells Susan that Dr. Aquino is at St. Luke's, and that she'll get to County as soon as she's finished with her repeat C-section. Susan sort of laughs, though I don't know why that's funny. Mark adds that Dr. Aquino wants him to start an induction: "That is, of course, if I feel comfortable." "She said that?" Susan marvels. Mark confirms that she did. "What a bitch," Susan drawls. Yeah. What a bitch that obstetrician is! Mark is completely capable to deal with this situation, obviously! ["Dude, I love Aquino, and Mark clearly bricks the case, but Coburn is a right bitch, in this episode and in several others." -- Sars]
Their pedeconference ended, Susan takes off down the hall, and Mark enters Jodi's exam room and greets a curly-headed dude named Drake, asking how things look. Everyone in the room seems to concur that things look normal. Then Drake's pager goes off; as he leaves to return the page, Jodi jokes, "He can't be more than twelve years old." There is a distinct just-bar-mitzvahed look about him, I have to say. Mark exposits that Drake is the OB resident on call, and then gives Jodi the short version of his phone call with Dr. Aquino: "She agrees that we need to deliver you soon." Sean asks whether that means Jodi would have to have a C-section; Jodi interjects, "I want to deliver naturally." Mark jargons a bit, winding up, "I'd say we do a trial of labour." Jodi smiles beatifically. Sean asks, "And if that doesn't work?" Mark reassures him, "I think it'll work." Jodi slowly rolls her head toward Sean and says, "I want to give it a try." Sean quietly studies her for a moment and then energetically concurs, "Let's do it!"
Drake, out in the hall, gets Mark's attention through the window. Mark excuses himself and heads out there, whereupon Drake asks Mark whether he feels confident to handle Jodi's delivery in the ER: "We're getting slammed upstairs." "I think I can muddle through," Mark deadpans. Drake checks his watch and says he'll come back and check on Mark "at 2300." "Roger," Mark nods sarcastically. Heh. Drake takes off. Carol rolls up behind Mark, and he gives her an order of Pitocin. Carol exposits, "You're going to induce her down here?" Mark tells her they'll start labour in the ER and then send her up to OB. They go their separate ways.