On his way to break the bad news to Mr. Fazio, Carter runs into Elizabeth in the hall. She asks where Eli is, and Carter tells her that he thinks Benton took him up to the OR. "Benton?!" Elizabeth demands, and heads off looking for someone to kill.
Carter asks Mr. Fazio how he's feeling. He says that something's wrong, and that his back is going through spasms. Carter gently tells him that the X-ray didn't show any fractured vertebrae. Mr. Fazio bitterly says that that doesn't mean he isn't in pain. Carter agrees that Mr. Fazio must be in pain. Mr. Fazio says he can't work like this, and Carter gravely says that he doesn't think Mr. Fazio will be going back to work. A bit too excitedly, Mr. Fazio asks, "Yeah? For how long?" Carter takes a breath, and tells Mr. Fazio that he has leukaemia. Mr. Fazio laughs, "Come on! Get out of here! I fell off a freakin' ladder!" Carter says that hematology is coming down, but before he can continue, Jing-Mei "Deb" Chen knocks on a nearby glass window and calls him over to deal with a trauma.