In Trauma Green, Abby has apparently decided to help Howard with Luka's patient. She needs a new IV. Howard is working methodically and mechanically, repeating steps to himself as if reading a manual. Abby watches him do this with growing unease. "You got this, Howard?" she asks as he checks the bulb in the larynoscope three times, exactly the same way.
The nurses fawn over Cosmo. "I can't believe how big he is," one of them says, so that Susan can claim he eats a lot to cover up the fact that her child is way too massive to be believed. Chuck dashes in and scolds her for keeping him waiting because he was parked in a red zone. Then he snatches Cosmo away from everyone and frets about all the germs around the hospital. "Chuuuuuck," Susan laughs. "It's good for his immunity!" Everyone cracks up at that crazy Chuck.
Penny comes up and confesses to Carter that she called for a consult, but shouldn't have. Before she can explain herself, the surgeon in question comes over and reprimands Carter for his stupid student. I guess that's going to go somewhere in the future...who knows. I'm sort of bored with the "med students are dumb" stuff, especially when the far dumber Malarkey is still lurking.
Trauma Green. Sam enters as Abby struggles with Luka's patient. "Find Kovac?" Abby asks. "Couldn't find him," Sam lies. Oh, never mind, it's not a lie -- because she couldn't find him, because she knows full well he is escorting her son to a soccer game right at that moment. Way to go, Sam. Howard starts checking a needle over and over again to make sure the dosage is right. Abby crabs at him to hurry up and push it already. Impatiently, Sam reaches out to snatch the needle, and it knocks over a tray of things that Howard had carefully arranged. He all but screams. "You ruined everyting!" Howard screams. Abby tries to calm him down, but he's in pieces. "She messed it all up," he trembles. Sam is wigged out. "Give her the damn meds!" Abby yells, growing impatient. Howard whines that this is his patient, but Abby doesn't care and grabs a tube from him so she can intubate. "It was on the floor," he sputters. Well, that is kind of gross, but since the woman can't breathe, there isn't much choice. In it goes, as Howard turns green. "I always check four times," he says absently. As the woman's color returns, Howard turns silently and leaves the room. Sam and Abby are left alone, swapping confusd glances, and we fade to black sort of bored with an act-out that hinges on a character about whom we don't really care.