And speaking of ... Bryce runs off when he catches sight of Olivia so he delivers Ned Ned's CAT scans. After she goggles a bit at the giant hematoma that's right by Ned Ned's liver, Olivia comments, "Ned's lucky he showed up here in time." Bryce moonily says, "Well, no, it's not luck. He was alive in his vision, so clearly --" "Enough about visions!" Olivia snaps. The two squabble briefly. Olivia's take is that flashforwards have no place in medicine, while Bryce thinks they're a handy predictor of likely medical outcome. She then pushes Bryce in Ned's direction with orders to get Ned to consent to surgery, then get his own moony ass to the OR.
Cut to Bryce giving Ned the direst of warnings regarding all the things that could possibly go wrong with the surgery. Ned serenely takes it all in: "You're telling me I need some sort of drug-allergy-death-surgery. I'm totally cool with it." Then Ned goes flying off across the pockmarked plains of pseudomysticism: "Some of change is happening. I don't feel nervous or afraid of anything. All that worrying all the time, it's just kept me from being the me I'm supposed to be." (While Ned Ned is laying the Oprah-speak on us all, we see him dreamily swimming out of that submerged bus again.) Snapping back to the here-and-now, Ned Ned concludes, "Six months from now, I see myself and I'm, like, this invincible, fearless black guy. Like Shaft or Bryant Gumbel." Somewhere, Greg Gumbel just threw his remote across the room all, "What the fun?" Anyway, Ned Ned is changed in the now because of what will happen in the future.
We zip to the outside of a church, then to an interior office, where Nicole is looking at a shirt of a high-fiving Christ with the legend "Jesus is my Episco-Pal!" And to think we all dismissed Buddy Christ as a joke when Dogma came out. Anyway, a dynamic youngish priest comes in, indiscreetly talking about how he's presided over 15 funerals in the last two weeks, but he somehow finds the inner strength to turn off the mobile phone and gestures for Nicole to sit down. Nicole goes to unburden her conscience, but is interrupted by the crickets that Father Seabury keeps 'cause he likes the noise they make, and after he makes some small talk about how it's not creepy at all to keep insects tucked in a desk drawer, Father Seabury then confuses Nicole with her more observant sister Paige. Nicole shares that she has the urge to volunteer, but the church is full up. Father Seabury explains, "In a crisis like this, people really want to -- well, people need to help. So, uh, why don't you tell me what this is all about?"