A thuggish kid asks Frank if Teresa Ruiz is there. The kid, Vinnie, identifies himself as "a friend" and says he got worried when Teresa didn't come back to school. Frank tells him she's up in radiology: "You can't miss it, just look for a long line of pissed-off people." Heh. Sounds like my post office. Vinnie doesn't like the sound of that and beats it out of there, telling Frank to tell Teresa that he stopped by.
Mr. P's surgery. Mr. P's awake for the procedure; Corday banters with him about surfing while she wields the endoscope. She spots some bleeding, grumbles, and calls for a cautery; the anesthesiologist announces a drop in pressure. Corday spots the disc, but "can't get a good hold of it." Then she gets it after all. A tech spots "some leaking fluid," but Corday reassures him that "it's just irrigation solution." The tech gives her a look but doesn't say anything else. Corday prepares to close and makes a "hanging ten" joke, followed by a Frankie Avalon joke. Such jokes, as I probably don't need to mention, don't bode well for poor Mr. P and his back. Or for my ass, which isn't sufficiently numbed by the ice water to withstand the onslaught of pin jabs it suffers during this scene.
In the lounge, Sally works frenetically on a fashion drawing; the model's face looks a lot like Randi. Abby comes in and asks what she's up to, and looks at the drawing: "They're beautiful." Sally continues manically scribbling and erasing. "May I see?" It's Kim "Fall Into" Legaspi, down from Psych. Abby introduces her. Sally snorts, "Psychiatrist?" then chuckles, "I don't need you." Legaspi smiles benevolently that Abby told her Sally has bipolar disorder, and asks when Sally went off her meds. "Am I off my meds?" Sally asks with a desperate smile. When Legaspi doesn't buy what she's selling, Sally goes off on an anti-lithium rant: it upsets her stomach, it makes her drowsy, she can't do her drawings when she's on drugs, she can't do anything. Legaspi asks what she's on now. She's on Prozac. Abby rolls her eyes in disbelief upon hearing this, and Sally stammers that her HMO doctor gave them to her for depression; Legaspi patiently explains that anti-depressants "can trigger a manic episode," and Abby says quickly, "She knows." Legaspi offers to write Sally a scrip for Depakote if she'll promise not to take any more Prozac. "Sure," Sally gushes. Legaspi goes to get the prescription. Kerry gives Abby a "so?" look. Abby thanks her, and Kerry catches her snap and leaves. Abby sits beside her mother and asks conspiratorially, "So, are you gonna take it?" "You bet," Sally whispers. Abby sighs and hands her an envelope, which Sally opens all eagerly; it contains bus fare back to Tampa. Sally immediately starts in with the face-covering and the shuddery crying, and Abby tells her, "Oh, don't, really, don't. Don't start" (and a heartfelt word from both me and the set designers, who will have to start from scratch for next week's episode), and says she can't have Sally there, she "can't do it again." Sally wails something about Abby's ex, which Abby cuts off with a short, "I'm fine -- just please go home." More sobbing from Sally: "Why do you want to hurt me?" Abby chews her out for just showing up, going off her medication again, wearing a dress "that would look ridiculous on a woman half [Sally's] age" (although I think she looks pretty good in it, actually), running around the hospital "screaming, humiliating" Abby. Sally wails and gnashes her teeth and why, why, why does Abby want to hurt her? Abby sarcastically says that now comes the crying, and the depression, and then Abby gets to spend weeks worrying that she'll come home to find Sally dead in the bathtub or with her head stuck in the oven. Sally gets pissed, grabs her stuff, and slams out of the room, sniveling. Abby puts a hand to her mouth and chews her thumb.