Props to Kim, whose visit this past weekend was part of the reason this recap is going up when it is (the other part being the usual laziness), and to Sars and Djb, who'll be making another of my recaps late in just a couple of short weeks.
Previously on ER: the Sidelined Surfer made Elizabeth uncomfortable; Carter confessed to Weaver about stealing a patient's Vicodin and throwing the pills up before they had any effect; Mark told Luka he'd be back to work soon, and Wing Chun groaned in contempt; Elizabeth freaked out in the middle of an operation; and Weaver brokered peace between herself and Legaspi.
Shower. Even before we see her, I know this scene is going to feature Kerry "d. lang" Weaver, and I'm right: there she is, after a slow pan, standing under the shower stream. For some reason, the camera stops just at the small of her back, and the title ("Surrender") is placed beside her instead of in the centre of the screen, as it usually is. Anyway. Pan back up and over to Weaver's face; she's thoughtfully and slowly touching her fingers to her lips. After a moment she smiles to herself. We hear the bathroom door open, and Weaver starts as if caught doing something illicit. We hear the voice of Kim "Mitchell" Legaspi as she tells Weaver she's going to put a clean towel in the sink for her. Weaver grins and calls, "Okay, thank you!" Yay! Weaver got some! Mitchell asks what time Weaver's shift starts; Weaver says she's on at nine, and Mitchell lets out a silvery laugh and tells her she should hurry, before offering coffee, which Weaver accepts. Mitchell walks out, and Weaver sticks her head under the water. For no reason, we get a slightly too long shot of her face, close-up and centred in the middle of the screen, as she brushes the water off her face. Are we supposed to think that the sound of Mitchell's voice brought Weaver back to herself, and that she realizes what she's done and is trying to cleanse herself of it? Or were they just slightly under their hour this week? Whatever.
Mitchell prepares a bagel in her kitchen as Weaver crutches in. I see that Mitchell and I have the same curved Ikea corner shelf, though Mitchell's is, for some reason, painted gold. But, look -- just because she has the same shelf I do doesn't mean I'm gay, okay? Anyway, Mitchell glances up and tells Weaver that Mitchell's blouse looks good on Weaver. She fails to add that it would look even better on her bedroom floor. Weaver awkwardly asks whether it isn't too long, and Mitchell assures her that it's not.