When we return, something remarkable happens, ladies and gentlemen: the only two characters on the screen are Weaver and Elizabeth. And they talk. If I didn't suspect this was the work Contrivance, leaving his bloody and aggressive handprint all over what is probably Alex Kingston's exit arc, I might actually be encouraged that the writers remembered to give these two some lines. Elizabeth wants to chat, but Weaver makes a big show of how busy she is, asking Lizzie to make an appointment with her for the morning. Bitch. Elizabeth hurries after Weaver, asking her to listen to her complaints about Dr. Dubenko. Lizzie doesn't think he's working out at all. "No one bothered to tell me you'd hired him," she says, exasperated. "That's what search committees do. Perhaps if you'd been to more meetings..." Weaver says pompously. "I missed one meeting," Elizabeth fumes. "What did you do, wait until I wasn't there to hire the only candidate I didn't endorse?" Weaver blinks and innocently suggests that it's bizarre how personally Elizabeth is taking this. "I'm sure the two of you can work this out," she says faux-reassuringly.
Okay. I really want to side with Elizabeth on this, because Weaver's so smarmy. But honestly, what was wrong with Dubenko? He only got snippy and superior with them after Carter and Elizabeth challenged his judgment in front of a patient and looked at him like he was a moron. In my opinion he was kind of right to be annoyed. So basically, the only reason Elizabeth doen't like him is because he can do a bunch of big stuff with a small scope, and she can't. Ugh. So irritating. I mean, I know Lizzie's been a bitch before, but her motives have to be really clear for what she does later, and this is just some petty personal shit she could've swept under the rug.
Carter flags down Dubenko -- who also calls GSW Guy the "brain-dead biker," which gave me another second of pause -- and explains to him the transplant situation. Dubenko accurately points out that it is illegal to harvest the HIV-infected organ and hand it off, even if the recipient is also HIV-positive. Then Dubenko catches a whiff of the stink bomb. This comically embarrasses Carter. "They warned me about this place," Dubenko says. "They weren't kidding." No, sir. No, they were not.
Carter can't seem to believe that a little matter like the law is stopping Dubenko, so he runs to find Corday and tattles that Dubenko won't take his case. "What, too mundane for our new superstar?" Lizzie says rudely. Oh, God, stop it, Lizzie -- she's so petty that if she put on a jacket, Little Bo Peep would try to don her under her shepherdess's dress. Carter sheepishly says it's more an issue of the operation being a tad illegal. "Oh, so he's cowardly and cocky," Lizzie sniffs. "You know, he's a perfect complement to Weaver's treachery and ambition." Then she tells Carter to suck it up and deal, because if she has to, then so does the world.