Sophie's daughter has arrived, and she's not happy. She asks a nurse how hard it could be to remove her old and infirm mother from the hospital. The nurse is like, "Have you actually met your mother?" Daughter says fine, and asks where she is now. George is passing by and overhears. He introduces himself, and says Sophie is in the infectious disease wing now. Daughter understands, and says her mother is unbelievable. George gushes, "Yeah, she is! So, is her room ready? Because I can go and get her right now." Daughter, of course, has no room ready for Sophie. Poor George is like, "But the pink room? No?" Daughter gives George a bitchy look. Shut up, Daughter.
Cut to Sophie in her room, watching her program. George walks in and says hi. Sophie: "Irish! What a wonderful surprise! You won't catch my 'disease,' will you?" Aw. George says he thinks he'll be okay, then has to break the news that her daughter was just there. Sophie's face falls, and she tells George that nursing homes are for old people. "I know I'm elderly. I do know that. But if I have to go to that place...I'm afraid I'll become old." George takes her hand, and says he doesn't think that's possible. Strummy la-la music plays and the tears start to fall as George tells Sophie he would keep her here if he could. Sophie says oh, no, darling, he can't waste any more time with her. "You have to go balls out with the dog." George is like, "Excuse me?" Sophie says so what if she chose an animal over him? Women are fools; that's old news. "But life's too short for you to give in, Irish. So fight. You fight for what's yours." George looks at Sophie with wonder, and brings up her hand to kiss it. He walks out, and she calls after him, "Now that, my friend...is a swagger." George slides her door shut and places his hand on the glass. Sophie holds her hand up in return, and OH MY GOD, the tears. I should also tell you that I saw Brokeback Mountain just before I started this recap, which might possibly have something to do with my uncontrollable crying. Or, you know, that's just how I roll.
Webber is just finishing up Yumi's surgery when Grouchy Nurse knocks on the window and holds up a sheet of paper. Webber ignores her, so she walks in with a mask over her face and informs him that the second shift nurses aren't coming in, because they're going on strike. She says she's put in a call for temps, but this is his official notification that they officially go on strike in ten official days. Webber is speechless, which is a good time for commercials.