Dr. Smith has now made his way down to the pier. He hangs around for a moment before grabbing his bike and preparing to go.
And that is how we segue to a scene where someone needs a doctor. John is slumped against the passenger-side car door in Vietnam Joe's ride, and Joe is anxiously apologizing for the bumpy ride. He adds, "I'm sorry I can't help." John finally speaks: "Pull over, Joe. Joe, pull over." The frantic man does. John takes Joe's hand, places it over his wound, and then says hoarsely, "You can help." We switch to Joe's face, which is frozen in an overwhelmed, uncomprehending sob.
Then we switch to Cass's hotel room. She was sitting on the edge of the bed, but she was so overtaken by some feeling that she's slid to the floor and is gulping for air. We see that she's having an out-of-body vision: Cass sees Vietnam Joe discovering John in the clearing, she sees him wounded, then the van, then the Snug Harbor motel, then John by the Naval radio receiver, then John placing Joe's hand over his wound. Cass then sees John smiling faintly at Joe and she gets another long, lingering shot of the Snug Harbor sign. After that, she gets up, grabs her bag and jacket, and takes off.
Dr. Smith is wandering back toward the Snug Harbor as well. As he goes to put his beverage cup in a nearby dumpster, he sees a middle-aged woman trimming her rosebush. After a short and awkward conversation, the good doctor comes away with an Avon catalog. I recommend the Skin-So-Soft -- it's great for mosquitoes.
Meanwhile, Butchie and Kai have wandered back into Butchie's home, squalid home. It looks slightly less so thanks to Ramon's ministrations. The two prepare to part reluctantly: Butchie says he'll stay at the hotel in case John shows up, and Kai tells Butchie she'll call him if John swings by the shop. Butchie awkwardly walks over and says, "I'll catch you later. Thanks for walking with me." He leans in to peck Kai on the cheek, and she leans into it. Kai...seriously, just do not even go there. She laughs, all, "Thanks for the peck." Butchie's nervously laughing too as he says, "I know! What the fuck was that about?" Kai looks at him again one more time -- Kai! No! Don't go -- too late. She's climbed Butchie like a tree.
We switch to Dickstein pulling into the Snug Harbor. Ramon gossips, "Butchie's in his place with that blonde. Previously they were looking for his surf student." He also points out Freddy and Palaka, stubbornly attempting to relax in the parking lot. Dickstein comments, "Yesterday was a three-ring circus." Don't go thinking things have settled down yet, m'boy. Here comes Dr. Smith. Palaka is overjoyed. Ramon asks, "Forgot something, Doc?" "I left my dignity," Dr. Smith replies. He asks if Butchie's back, and Ramon grins that Butchie's currently occupied with a young lady. Dr. Smith is now officially adrift. As Palaka heads over for an out-of-network consultation, Barry Cunningham pulls up in his Prius. (Of course Barry drives a Prius.) As Dr. Smith peels away to look at Palaka, Barry comes over and brightly says, "I'd like for us all to work together, and I've blurted it out, and I'm glad!" In the reel that's playing in Barry's head, this would be where Dickstein and Ramon begin playing the Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor to his Debbie Reynolds, and a sprightly musical number would ensue.