ER. Carter finds Lisa in a supply closet and asks her to update the tetanus on one of his patients. "Sure, why not," Lisa replies briskly. Carter starts to go, but then asks her if she's all right; she says she's "peachy." In a cajoling tone, he asks, "What's wrong?" Lisa deadpans, "I don't know -- maybe I'm still getting over our breakup!" She goes out to the hall as Carter comes around the corner and murmurs, "You talked to Rena!" Lisa smirks. Carter starts babbling: "I'm sorry. I panicked." Lisa chuckles. Carter asks what Lisa said to Rena, and Lisa replies, "Nothing." Carter asks, "No, really." Lisa insists, "Really. Against my better judgment, and everything I hold sacred in life, I covered for you. So, you owe me." Carter thanks her. "Sure," says Lisa, adding, "Also, I told her I dumped you." Carter laughs, "You dumped me? Did she believe you?" Lisa, getting annoyed, grits, "Of course she did. Why wouldn't she?" Carter apparently forgets that he's already picked a horse, and flirts, "It's just...you'd never dump me." Lisa snorts, "I would dump you like a bad habit." They wander down the hall, bantering like Josh and Donna.
Greg strokes Laura's hair. Dr. Alexander harvests some eggs. It's all very tense and sad. And silent, which makes it easy to recap. It feels like this episode was about nine hours long.
We pan from a chest x-ray to a man and a woman sitting in the hall with Benton. I'll assume they're Mrs. Howard's family. Mr. Howard is telling Benton that Mrs. Howard wrote children's books. Ms. Howard shakes her head and says she can't believe this is happening: "She's had dementia for such a long time....Usually, she's forgetful, or thinks she's still living at home, but she's never been agitated or violent." Mr. Howard adds that he can't imagine her fighting with the police. Ms. Howard asks Benton, "So, you're sure it's nothing from the surgery." Benton says he's sure, adding that dementia's a progressive disease and that, over time, there are worsening psychiatric symptoms. Mr. Howard says it's been hard to watch her deteriorate. Benton says that even little things can lead to agitation, like sleep deprivation or a bladder infection, and that they think it was dehydration in Mrs. Howard's case. Mr. Howard asks, "From not drinking enough?" Ms. Howard bitterly says, "I told you, there's too many people at that nursing home. They weren't even giving her water! I never should have moved her out of the house." Mr. Howard puts his arm around Ms. Howard and insists, "It was too much for you." Ms. Howard, her voice breaking a little, insists, "I could have done it! I could have cared for her! I was the one who put her in there." Benton firmly says, "This is not your fault." Ms. Howard presses her lips together and says, "Thank you, Dr. Benton. I know she appreciated your kindness." Benton looks guilty.