Mark and Weaver make their way from the ER to their meeting with Carter. Mark asks when Carter wants to start; Weaver says, "As soon as possible," but Mark doesn't think that's such a good idea. As Mark and Weaver continue past, paramedics wheel in a woman with an altered mental state, brief loss of consciousness, and a weak grip in her right hand. Uh oh. Toddling along at the head of the gurney is "Cool Hand" Luka Kovac. So it doesn't look good for this woman. He'll kill her dead within minutes. Minutes, I say! Look at his record! Anyway, he asks if the woman accompanying the patient whether there's a history of stroke; her companion says there is. Mark and Kerry wander back into the frame; Weaver is saying that Carter is "eager to get back to work." Mark passive-aggressively asks whether it's wise to "throw him back in the deep end," and Weaver patiently explains that they'll start him on half shifts, a few days a week. "In the same place he started using," Mark concludes. No, Mark -- IN THE CAFETERIA. She: he's doing a program every day. He: Carter can afford to take time off. She: we'll monitor his progress and if he starts to slip... He: if he starts to slip it's too late. The elevator doors close on the Bickersons.
Elsewhere, a woman Joey might possibly have hit on in the first season of Friends runs into the ER screaming for someone to help her. Chuny asks her what's wrong, and the woman says she's only twenty-two weeks pregnant. Chuny hustles Screamy Mom over to a chair and tries to calm her down. Chuny then hurries over to the curtain area where Jing-Mei "Deb" Chen is examining a patient, and calls Chen away to see SM. Chen assures SM that she's probably just having Braxton-Hicks contractions. SM tells Chen that she's experiencing contractions every three minutes, and Chen smoothly tells Chen to get a gurney and clear a trauma room. Remember when Carol was pregnant and every pregnant woman who even thought about County General ended up crossing her path? Okay, just checking. SM tells Chen her name is Regina (my hometown -- shout-out?). Chen tells Regina not to worry, and not to push.