Okay, pause here. Now, what really cheeses me off is that the Lava Lounge scene was a good opportunity to show the cast members really talking to each other outside the ER, and trying to console each other and just connect on a different level. We could've seen Kerry trying to relate to everyone, the awkwardness of Sandy being there, people's acceptance of them as a duo, and all that good stuff...but we got robbed of it. I feel like that is lazy of the writers. They got everyone there, then just sort of stranded them because they couldn't figure out how these people would actually talk to each other and what they would say.
Chen bursts into the diner -- yup, it's gotta be Doc Magoo's, the only restaurant in town -- and is relieved to find Carter. "I was going to page you, but Jerry said you're on at 7," she says hurriedly. Abby's startled that Carter's working in an hour and never mentioned it, but Carter shrugs. "I've done it before," he says. Aw. Chen breaks the news that something's up with Al, and that he needs Carter.
In Al's room, everything's awry and it sounds like no one knows quite what is happening or what to do. All we can tell is that his condition is worsening. Carter clarifies for Chen that Al is pretty much a special, private patient of Mark's, and that none of them is quite sure how to handle him. Al decides to give them a hint: his pulse and blood pressure plummet. Carter begins compressions, and Chen calls for an intubation tray. They charge the paddles to 200 and shock him, and it works. I should point out that he hasn't had any lidocaine because Chen couldn't find a way to administer it, so Al just got shocked into a giant plate of Ouch pie. "Tough old bird," Carter says admiringly. Chen points out that Al is trying to speak. Carter leans down and holds his hear just over Al's mouth. "Dr. Greeeeeeeene," he rasps, displaying a strong affinity for vowels. "No tubes and no shocks." Carter stands up grimly and announces that, quoth the patient, "No more."