Carter steps out of the delivery room. "John," he hears. Carter turns, and sees the silhouette of his father, arms outstretched. Carter breaks down into convulsive sobs and throws himself into his father's embrace, his legs giving way in the process and knocking them both backward. Stephen Keaton holds them up. "It's okay, son," he says as Carter unleashes his grief. We fade to black relieved that this episode has featured some proof that Noah Wyle can still act.
Downstairs, the news has gotten to Chen, Elizabeth, and Weaver. "Stillborn?" Elizabeth asks. "Knot in the cord," Chen yawns. "How terrible," Elizabeth snores. "I can't imagine," Chen blahs, picking lint out of her belly button. They sound as enthused as if they were standing around a water cooler talking about a plot on a once-great, washed-up television show. Elizabeth lies that she'll try to go up there after her rounds. They reach Malarkey. "Tough break," he says. They stare at him in surprise. "What? I was being sincere," he protests.
Neela bursts in with her passel of relatives. She's giving them a tour, and introduces them to Jerry: "He makes this whole place work, and he's very big." Then she says, as Frank shows up with a box of donuts, "That's Frank. He works with Jerry and just had a massive heart attack and shouldn't be eating that donut." Frank looks tickled. Almost delighted. Interesting. Neela leads them down the hall, giving them a fairly cold tour evocative of "We're walking, we're walking, we're walking...and, we're stopping." Suddenly, she does stop, and the camera pulls back to reveal the Assman standing in full frontal, facing her. Without missing a beat, Neela continues: "And, that's a naked patient. Now, if you come through this way...."
A nurse is wrapping Kem's torso. I'm not sure why. Maybe she had a tube of some kind in her body. But Thandie Newton should not ever allow herself to be shot like this again. She's got a sheet covering her front, and from this angle, she looks totally wasted -- emaciated, wan, weak. And that's her body, not her face. Girlfriend needs to eat a meatball sub pronto, before she gets sucked up through one of the A/C vents. Carter watches the other nurse stamp little Cartus's footprints on a card. She offers him a peek, and Carter takes the little tongs to draw back the blanket. He smiles brokenly at his son.
Lawson is scrubbing up as Elizabeth sashays into the room. "You look radiant," he flirts. "Liar," she grins. "I was up half the night." He purrs, "Doing what?" She lowers her voice and asks him for a prescription for birth control and two packets of the morning-after pill. Lawson pauses for a second to digest this, and then continues scrubbing. Hee.