As soon as the room is empty, Carter pulls the doors closed, goes over to the sink, and rubs a little pad of alcohol on his wrist. He glances around, then produces a syringe from the pocket of his lab coat, slides his watch a little ways up his forearm, and injects himself in the wrist. As he enjoys this moment of quiet narcotic time, Lisa marches back into the trauma room, asking, "Did I leave his chart in here?" Still injecting the drug, Carter turns slightly away from her and, without turning his head, asks, "Is it on the mayo stand?" Lisa stares at him for a moment, because clearly something is up, and then quietly replies, "Uh. No." Carter finishes shooting himself up, replaces the cap on the syringe, and drops it into a medical-waste bin, saying, "Just cleaning up!" in an overly hearty voice. "Yeah," Lisa says sadly. But he still hasn't turned around. "There it is. Over on the pulse ox," Carter says. "What?" Lisa asks. "The chart?" he explains. Lisa hesitantly takes the chart and starts to go. Carter crosses the room to a little tray and comments, "Oh, look at this -- a needle stick waiting to happen." "Can't be too careful," Lisa says, on her way. "That's right," Carter replies, then stops her to make sure that PLG gets films of his head, abdomen, and pelvis. She says she will make sure. He tells her to come find him when it's done, and after a moment, she says, "Yeah," and goes. Carter's eyes get a bit bleary, and then he leans against a doorframe and angrily bangs his head back against the wall. Yeah, that was a close call, wasn't it? I suggest calling Chase to find out how best to conceal your illicit drug use, since he was able to keep it from you for a long, long time.
On the roof at County, Luka and RP wheel Nicholas's gurney down a ramp. Elizabeth "Curl, Interrupted" Corday runs up to ask how the patient is; Luka says he's sustained a gunshot wound to the groin, resulting in "a pulseless leg." Elizabeth asks how his arm is, and Luka says it's "through and through," adding something that sounds like "neural circuits intact," but wasn't captioned. Elizabeth asks if Nicholas has sensation in his foot, and Luka says, "We're losing it." Poor Nicholas asks, "I'm going to lose my leg?" "Not if I have anything to say about it," Elizabeth says firmly. That's what I like to hear from my doctor, man. ["Plus, didn't she save that cute African-American paramedic's arm after a building collapse a couple seasons ago? If anyone can save a limb, it's Elizabeth." -- Sars]