Back at the hospital, Lauren is talking with the same patient from earlier. The conversation veers over to the patient's son who flew in from Manhattan to see his mother who has had a minor heart attack. Lauren takes notice of how caring the young man is with his mother before she gets a phone call and has to excuse herself. It's her father and he's been laid off from his job. This is relevant for two reasons: Reference to the current state of the economy. CHECK. Conflict for Lauren's character because it seems now she has to cover her own tuition for med school. CHECK. Hey, I empathize with anyone struggling in this economy, but it's called scholarships. The kind your dad doesn't give you.
Back at the young lovebirds' nest, Jonah and Riley are trying to get their day back in order. Can't let your landlord's brutal murder which happened right outside your door stop you. It's like Pink Floyd said, "Out of my way. It's a busy day. I've got things on my mind." Riley tries to slip out behind the elephant in the room, but Jonah calls elephant on her. "What's the deal?" he asks her. Her reaction to the question seems to say, "Oh, right! The proposal. Yeeeeeah. About that. MMMMmmmmmmmsorrygottagobye!" That actually might've been a better response than the non-committal crap she gives Jonah. He's had plenty of time to mull this over, she says, and she's dealing with what happened today with Sydney. She asks for one more day to think. Jonah looks off to the side for a second and cuts her with "It's not supposed to be a homework assignment. It's a yes or no question." This poor girl needs a new job if she's going to hang. I love you, teachers of America. I really do. Riley asks if they can talk about this another time, and Jonah goes passive-aggressive. Jeez, no wonder she's being hesitant. She walks out.
Ella and David are just now walking out of the police station. I know this show isn't in real-time, but jeez. What is that police station -- a cavern? Ella asks what really happened last night. David just remembers them hitting the bottle and him waking up with Sydney already gone. He wonders to Ella why she lied for him. She says that she knows he doesn't have it in him to kill anyone. David suspects that he's her alibi. Ella laughs as she checks her teeth in a parked car's mirror. She says if she did it she wouldn't have been so sloppy. Cue weird flashback reverie of Ella coming home to find Sydney in her apartment. They go back and forth with small jabs until Sydney asks Ella how she could tell David she was sleeping with his father. I think Ella could tell him because it's conducive to way more acceptable behavior for all involved than Sydney hooking up with David. That's just me. Ella tries to beat back Sydney's barbs, but she's obviously over-matched by the old school Melrose Placer. It's like playing against that old man on the basketball court with an afro. No matter how old he is, you're about to get done. Sydney does Ella by telling her she has until the end of the month to get out. She's being evicted. Swish! David snaps Ella out of her daydream just in time for a slick Mercedes to pull up beside them. "You called your dad?!" Ella asks, surprised. David says he didn't as the Mercedes opens its passenger door, DeLorean-style to reveal Dr. Michael Mancini of Melrose Place fame. Wait... I suppose that doesn't work here. Um...yeah. He tells David to get in the car.