Chen walks into Ruth Ann's room. Louise is napping on the railing of Ruth Ann's bed. Chen gets her attention and tells her that "everything looks okay" -- all the tests came back "essentially normal." "Then why can't she walk?" Louise wants to know. Chen theorizes that it has to do with the Parkinson's, and that Ruth Ann's neurologist can adjust her medication "as an outpatient." Louise seems displeased by this and asks if she and Chen can talk outside; out in the hall, Louise asks, "Then you're not going to admit her?" Chen says she doesn't see a reason to. Louise says that she loves Ruth Ann, but she can't take her home and care for her if she can't walk: "I mean, I'm just too exhausted." Chen suggests a home aide, which Louise says with a slightly offended air that she can't afford; she says she wants Ruth Ann admitted so that the doctors can adjust her meds and let her get a little stronger. Chen says that she can't admit Ruth Ann just for that. "I'm asking you, please," Louise says, near tears, repeating again how tired she feels and how she's had "a difficult few weeks," and if Ruth Ann could just stay for a few days . . . she trails off. Chen looks away, then says with an air of sincere regret that she wishes she could help Louise, "but unfortunately the hospital doesn't allow for that kind of admission, I'm really sorry." Louise looks really frustrated but just whispers, "Yeah, okay. Thanks."
Lucy. Valerie. Ugly yellow slippers. Valerie's mom, on her way to the hospital; Valerie's dad, not around, "never has been," Lucy saying she knows "that story." Enter Kerry asking after Valerie, then pulling Lucy aside to mention Valerie's fever of 100.9. Lucy dismissing it as probably just a cold. Kerry pointing out that Valerie will have to take high doses of immuno-suppressive agents so she doesn't reject the new heart, so "even a cold could be fatal." Lucy: "What are you saying?" Kerry telling Lucy they need to notify the transplant coordinator that they may have to decline the heart. Lucy looking horrified and asking if there's anything at all they can do. Kerry saying, "It'll be their decision, but in all likelihood I think that's what's going to happen." Lucy, in shock, muttering, "I can't believe this. She was so close." Kerry offering to tell Valerie. Lucy saying she'd rather do it. Kerry crutching away, Lucy looking grimly determined.