Carter tries to offer up excuses for Eric's disappearance, but Erin keeps interrupting because she needs him to reassess her allergic-reaction patient. She's relentless, that one. She follows him and constantly breaks into their conversation. Nothing she's tried works, and his sats are dropping. "Why didn't you come get me?" Carter suddenly blurts, running off and leaving Abby. "I just did," Erin sighs.
Abby uses this alone time to sit in the lounge and frown at the phone. She might not be trying to frown; it might just be that by this point in the show, her frown lines have etched permanent trenches on her face and are building small communities there where they breed 2.5 baby frown lines per family and buy station wagons. Yanking the phone toward her, Abby rifles through her pocket and finds the number for Eric's Air Force base. She's connected to the medical facility and lies that County General is treating Eric and needs faxed copies of his records. Clearly, the person on the other end wants to know who's treating him. "I don't have the chart in front of me," she hedges. "Does it matter?" Apparently, it does. Abby pretends to go find the chart, holding the phone away from her face and taking a deep breath. "Um, the physician's name is Dr. John Carter," she winces. We fade to black thinking she's bloody lucky she managed to remember his first name this time.
Luka heads into Trauma Yellow to check on Nick, who's been blinded by the tragic bullet to his toe. En route, he bumps into Chuny, who's also headed there; he apologizes under his breath for the collision. "My [toes] hurt," Nick says. "Can you see?" Luka asks. Are you insane? The poor boy's face is blackened from the toe bullet, which is still lodged within the toe. Of course he can't see anything. "No," Nick says, as perturbed as I am. Chuny passes to exit. "Chuny?" Luka calls out. "I'm sorry. About everything." Chuny smiles. "Me, too," she admits. And, ladies and gentlemen, we've just witnessed the death of a storyline. What was the point of suspending Luka for nary an episode? Why the hell bother? Sure, we get it, he's descending into the pit of despair, or the bog of eternal stench, or the fire swamp, or whatever. Fine. But what's the point of involving other characters if you're going to do it in such a back-handed, forgotten way? And which three nurses got fired? I'm watching you, TPTB. I trust you about as far as Ed Rooney could throw Ferris, what with his bad knee and all. Not to mention his recent child-porn woes. But, let's forget that for now and go to a happier place where people don't put illegal shit on tape.