So, when do they smoke pot and dance?
Susan changes the subject by slyly asking Luka how he got into Weaver's locker. He starts laughing, swallows a gulp of soda, and chuckles, "It wasn't me." Susan turns to Abby and wiggles an eyebrow. "Nope," Abby replies. "I wish I'd thought of it." She turns expectantly to Gallant, but before he can answer, Carter decides he just hasn't said enough today. "Clever to accuse the rest of us and throw suspicion away from yourself," he clucks. Susan points out that Carter still hasn't said he didn't do it, and Carter silently turns his attention back to the door. The door that will no doubt quicken this episode's downhill slide.
Rapt, Gallant suddenly gets up. "Whitman was writing about slavery," he announces. "He was an abolitionist." Hee. I wrote "abolotionist" by mistake the first two times and it gave me the giggles, imagining an activist who's deeply in favor of dry, flaky skin and unsightly rashes. Carter doesn't seem to care much about Gallant's realization. "I minored in English lit at Howard," Gallant tells the others, who have the manners to act interested. Abby reveals she studied English lit at Penn State. "Really? You went to Penn State?" Susan enthuses. It sounds more as if she has a family tie to the school than that she's shocked Abby went somewhere respectable and still ended up a mere nurse, but naturally, Abby assumes the latter. Susan claims she didn't mean that. "I think you did mean it. You did it before, too, with the poem," Abby says. "It's all right, it's all of you. All doctors. You think you're smarter than nurses because you have an M.D." Luka begs off this conversation and escapes. Smart man. Abby's wave of bitterness surprises Gallant, who denies thinking anything of the sort. "You're still a med student. You'll learn how to become condescending and dismissive," Abby gripes, being both condescending and dismissive and managing to work in a healthy dose of stereotyping. "It's a test you have to take when you graduate."
Carter wants a penknife for the door; he's thrown one by Gallant while Susan takes issue with Abby's sweeping generalization. Abby insists that she's correct, and that the aforementioned mentality is a by-product of an educational caste system that puts doctors ahead of nurses. Well, technically speaking, yes, there are things doctors know how to do that nurses don't, but it's not a matter of intelligence -- just a matter of the amount and type of schooling one chooses to undergo. "You all look down on Gallant's family because they're in the military," she insists. "Like there's something vaguely pathetic about volunteering to defend our liberties with their lives for crappy pay." Gallant agrees with her assessment. Susan swears she doesn't feel that way. Abby bets she does and reveals that she quit medical school halfway through her third year, and was second in her class at the time. Carter pauses long enough to share that he had no idea she ranked that highly in her school. "So why'd you quit?" Susan wonders. It's a completely fair question, since Abby's just touted her academic superiority, but naturally Abby hops on the Bitter Bus and lets it take her to a very defensive place. "See? You can't imagine why anybody wouldn't want to be you," she tells a startled Susan. Susan's all, "Wha? Have you seen my hair?"