Dave informs a teenage girl, Quinn, that he has good news -- he spoke with a plastic surgeon, and her burns "shouldn't leave much scarring." Quinn folds her lips and says nothing. Dave, uncomfortable, makes to leave, but Quinn has questions, lots of them, about her scars, and Dave answers them awkwardly while shifting from foot to foot and saying that the plastic surgeon would know more and trying to leave. Dave deems her "lucky." Quinn says she looks like "a hideous freak" and says she'd "rather be dead than look like this." She begins keening. Dave bolts.
Outside, Carter asks if Mark is okay. "Peachy," Mark says tersely. Carter tells him, "You were trying to protect the patient, you did the right thing." Mark says Mr. Perez might "feel differently when he wakes up." Carter says, "I was a witness." Kerry pulls Mark aside, saying they need to talk, and Carter turns and spots Howie sitting by Mr. Sutherland. He goes into check on Howie, who asks after Mr. Perez. "He's gonna be okay," Carter tells him. "But not Mr. Sutherland, huh?" Carter sighs deeply and says he doesn't know. "A lot of kids thought he was a geek," Howie says, "because sometimes he'd mess up the experiments, but I think he did it on purpose, just to make class a little more fun." Carter nods sympathetically as Howie goes on, "He was a really good teacher." After a long pause, Howie asks, "There's still a chance he might recover, right? Like a long shot or something? Like one in a million?" Carter says, "Yeah," but the look on his face says, "Don't count on it." Howie looks like he might cry.