In the hallway, Chen's Family Assistance Plan is going swimmingly as Monica's children are ripped from her side, hysterical. Well, yeah, this will be much better. Chen and Abby look on. "She left them alone at night," Chen says, with so much ice in her veins I'm surprised they don't serve shrimp cocktail off her back. "Yeah," Abby says dubiously, allowing Chen to stew in the juices of what she has just wrought. You know, as much as I understand the need to milk every drop of dramatic potential from a story like this, I would be remiss not to point out that social service agencies don't just come and sweep away your kids any time anyone provides reason for concern -- especially for something like leaving them alone at night. In fact, if the people at Social Services found out that all your kids were dealing with was your absence, and that they were well, and fed, and happy, and loved by you, I think it's safe to say the odds of their yanking your kids on the first report are just about zero. This is particularly true given that her kids are seven and twelve -- she's not leaving infants sleeping in cribs alone. Lots of people let twelve-year-old kids babysit seven-year-olds, and I just don't believe it falls into the category of something that would cause a state agency to flip its lid and throw your kids into foster care. I'm not endorsing Monica's decision-making; certainly, she needs another way to make money, and she needs to find a way not to leave her kids alone at night. But I don't think this is at all the way it would be handled if it were reported. It doesn't ring true. Also, for her utter failure to even find this sad, Chen sucks.
Back in Mama's room, she has been intubated and put on life support, so she's apparently in for the duration, thanks to her faithless Daughter. Susan tells Kerry they need to talk about Helen, so they leave. In the corridor, Susan lets on that she's not sure that it was entirely an accident that Helen went all Revenge of the Nerds on the popular girls. Kerry argues that it could easily be the disease, but Susan isn't so sure. "She seems disappointed that more of them didn't die," she says simply. Kerry looks alarmed, but then is called away when Yosh tells her that somebody is looking for her. Yosh then continues down the corridor with Susan, telling her that her blind date called and said he'd meet her there at the hospital. He also adds that he himself has a brother who's single. Susan's like, "Yeah, great."