Sam plops Alex down at Reception and orders him to study for a math test. "Tough love, huh?" Susan smiles at Alex. He nods grimly. And then he begins pocketing random things from the area: an inhaler, some scissors, etc. In the background, Luka asks Frank to post a list of the belongings he's selling before going back to Africa in January. He's selling eighty-dollar Bose speakers -- yeah, right; one of those Bose clock radios is, like, four hundred bucks -- and the famous fish tank, which he's unloading for two hundred dollars. He's also selling a forty-two-inch plasma screen. "Why would you get rid of that?" Frank asks. "The Congo isn't exactly HD-ready," Luka chuckles. So? What's he going to watch America's Next Top Model on when he gets home? Luka spies Alex out of the corner of his eye and asks if school got canceled. "It starts late," Alex says. "The teachers need to talk about us." Luka smiles at him, but he notices that Alex is frowning, and so he asks what's wrong. "We're wrestling in Gym today. I hate wrestlng," Alex complains. More importantly, he's like, ten. Do they let ten-year-olds wrestle? What happened to kickball? "Never much cared for Gym class myself," Frank says gruffly, passing by and attempting to be friendly. "What a shocker," Alex brats. Ooh, you obnoxious little shit. Luka snickers. Don't encourage him, Luka. Frank may be a racist scumlicker some of the time, but kids should respect their elders. A nurse calls Luka into sutures to cast a fractured ankle, and Alex says he wants to come. "No," Luka scolds him.
Deleted scene alert: We suddenly cut straight into that patient's room, and he's complaining that there's nothing wrong with "that kid's arm." We see that Alex is perched on a bed, and Luka is drawing the curtain, basically telling Joe Fracture to mind his own broken bones. This feels like a really abrupt jump cut, mostly because Luka now sits down to put a fake cast or splint of some kind onto Alex's arm. So we've leapt from "Go away" to "Hey, why don't I save you from Gym class by pretending you're hurt?" The hell? I hate when this show has me beating my head against the coffee table. Not least because of the unsightly marks it leaves. On the coffee table. Alex whines that there's a Gym class bully named Ernie Kendrick, and that they call him Osama, and that he hits harder than anyone. "If your mom sees this, we're both dead," Luka warns him. Alex promises to wait unobtrusively in the lounge until the bus arrives to pick him up. "So you're going back to Africa?" Alex asks. Luka nods. "How long?" he asks. "Not sure," Luka says. They go back and forth similarly until Alex has established that Luka goes there to be a doctor. "Isn't it really gross? Aren't there a lot of sick people there?" Alex asks. "That's why they need doctors," Luka replies. Alex asks if Luka has been there before. Except he JUST asked if Luka was going BACK to Africa, so that seems like a really stupid line. Alex asks eagerly if Luka has seen a lion or a hyena, and Luka amusedly shakes his head. "Sounds like Africa kinda sucks," Alex observes.