He walks by, but doesn't see, our new deaf "hero" in with her doctor (or nurse?), played by Louise Fletcher. Dr. Ratched tells Emma she's not going blind, and there's nothing wrong with her eyes. Emma asks what's wrong with her then, and Dr. Ratched asks if anyone else saw the lights and Emma snits -- via ASL, which is pretty great -- that, yes, she asked people if they could see Aurora Borealis in her coffee cup. Dr. Ratched asks Emma if she's heard of synesthesia, in which people with a missing or weakened sense can start to have heightened other senses. Dr. Ratched describes it as, "People say they can smell words, or hear numbers." She says it's very common, and could be happening to Emma. As Emma gets up to leave, Dr. Ratched tells her she's completely disengaged, filing records when she could be treating patients. She asks why Emma wears the headphones, and Emma says she doesn't want people asking for her phone number, or directions to the Statue of Liberty, then she actually speaks, "Hey!" Because Dr. Ratched looks away, which is pretty rude to do to someone who speaks in sign. Then she say she doesn't want to see their faces when they're all, "Oh... she's deaf." She puts her headphones back in and leaves.
Bennett lunch. They're having Indian food, which Claire makes the "stink face" at. Gretchen whispers that she might not like some of the food, so Claire shows her how to spit food into her napkin. Gretchen says she's very good at hiding things. Bennett tunes back in to the conversation and asks Gretchen's major. She says physiology and biomechanics, which upsets Claire because she thought it was art history, and you never want your crazy stalker to lie to you about anything. Gretchen says she changed her mind because she has a new obsession: how the human body works. Or, actually, her new obsession is Claire. She tells Bennett she saw this girl on YouTube who totally can't feel any pain, and she's practically been cloistered by her parents. Gretchen asks HRG what he does, and he says, "Retired. But I'm always finding new reasons to go back to work." Awesome. I hope HRG has her killed, so he can move on to something better. Because have they really decided this is the best use of Bennett? It's not even the best use of Claire, and she's never been all that useful.