In the lounge, Benton puts Reese's coat in his locker. Cleo "Mavis Beacon Teaches Stereotyping" Finch enters and casually greets them: "Hey, guys." So they're...back together? Whatever, ER writers. After all that nonsense about her having no one to listen to her boring technical problems two weeks ago? Anyway, she effusively signs "good morning" to Reese, which greeting he returns (and, naturally, he's much cuter doing it than she). Benton gruffly observes that she's "getting good at that," and in that offhand yet meaningful way people have, she says she's "been practicing." Anyway, she makes a big production of cooing over Reese, and it's established that they're planning to go to Finch's cousin's house, and that Finch's parents have flown in from...somewhere, and that Benton's never met them but he's allegedly looking forward to it. Finch asks how Jackie is, and Benton makes a noncommittal noise. Finch makes sure that Jackie won't have a problem with Peter's being away for dinner, and Benton tells her that Jackie practically shoved him bodily out of the house. Finch says she's sorry Jackie doesn't want Benton around, and rather than get into it, Benton says he has to take Reese up to the day care centre. Benton and Finch peck awkwardly. I have to ask again when, how, and why these two got back together. I just do not see it. They're not even friendly.
At the desk, Kerry "Indigo Girl" Weaver bellows, "Chen and Carter are late." "It's pouring outside," Randi offers by way of excuse for them. Weaver actually says, "When I was a resident, I always left early during inclement weather," a speech along with which Randi mouths behind Weaver's back. Heh, nice touch. Jing-Mei "Deb" Chen and John "Rear Projection" Carter arrive together, both soaked to the skin and apologizing for their lateness. Weaver immediately connects them both with waiting patients, tells them that Luka is on and Mark will arrive in an hour, and books, but not before passing Kim "Mitchell" Legaspi and her nasty-ass hair, accompanying a patient protectively cradling a live turkey in his arms. Mitchell dismissively says that her patient is "delusional" and that he "threatened to blow up his neighbour's house" before asking Weaver whether she did something different with her hair. Weaver sheepishly futzes with it a bit before saying that she hasn't, and Mitchell persists that Weaver looks "different somehow." Weaver says that it's the fact that she's wearing contact lenses, having broken her glasses. Hm. You know, Djb (sort of) watched the season premiere of this show through his broken glasses, at my house, as I mentioned in the recap of same. COINCIDENCE or SHOUT-OUT? Mitchell heads toward the elevators and Weaver continues forward, running into Lisa. Weaver asks how Sally's doing, and Lisa says she's "better" and that "she left for Florida" that morning -- the "better," I'm thinking, proceeding more from Lisa's state of mind having her gone, than actually representing Sally's mental status at the moment. Lisa goes on to apologize for the spectacle Sally made of herself the other day, and Weaver gently and frankly tells Lisa not to apologize: "She has a disease. Nothing to be ashamed of."