Meanwhile, in my least-favorite subplot of all time: It's Aaron and Tracy, having a morning at home. And by "morning at home," I mean, "Tracy is passed out on the couch and Aaron is talking to Mark on the phone about the aforementioned daughter." Mark shares the results of his informal investigation with Aaron: "Private military contractors like Blackwater (now known as Xe) and Jericho are harder to break into than Ft. Knox. This outfit's headquartered in Santa Monica --"
And excuse me, Mark, but I have to stop you so I can ask: Tracy's allegedly been on the run from these cats for several months and it never once occurred to her to Google or Bing! the company site and find out where Jericho was located? And then think, "Gosh, perhaps settling down a scant valley away from the epicenter of evil isn't the safest move"? This show beggars belief in many aspects, so it's silly getting hung up on this particular detail, yet here I am.
Anyway, as Mark continues that -- O THE IRONY -- Jericho is working out of some "think tank's" building, Aaron is finding empties on the floor next to Tracy. Mark concludes that this think tank requires higher security clearance than he has. He bails on the conversation to answer Olivia's phone and that's when he notices the text still on her phone: "Mark was drinking in his flashforward."
And now, another fun Benford marital conversation. Mark's insulted that Olivia didn't bother to bring up the text, which sets him on his snit of the day.
Time marches on and Olivia's at the hospital. She notices that Bryce doesn't look good. Although he's not feverish, he's really pale, and Bryce's "I'm fine!" is undercut by his wobbly-legged semiswoon into a doorway. Olivia gets him onto a bed and starts taking his vitals, chatting about how other people have noticed him nearly fainting during rounds and wouldn't he like to talk about what's going on. Bryce keeps on insisting he's fine, but Olivia sits down, whips out her stethoscope and yanks the collar of his scrubs to one side. She sees a medical-looking tube thingy taped to his chest.
Olivia's genuinely concerned. "Why do you have a central line?" Bryce tells her it's for the chemo. Naturally, this comes as a surprise to Olivia. "I have renal cell carcinoma, stage four," Bryce tells her. Olivia is stunned. As she tries to remain professional (i.e. not bursting into tears), we learn that Bryce had one kidney out right before he started at Our Lady of the Mood Lighting Memorial Hospital. Olivia realizes that this is why Bryce tried to kill himself. Bryce explains, "I was terrified. I didn't think I could face the prospect of dying. I didn't want to put my family through that." Yeah, because families are always like, "God, it's so selfish of sick people to linger all, 'Spend time with me! I want to tell you I love you!'" Olivia is aghast that Bryce has been going through all this alone, but Bryce says, "Since the blackout, things are different now. I'm going to be okay. I've got something to live for."