The EMTs wheel in a gorgeous 24-year-old woman who was found down in Union Square, so Thor naturally assumes she's "another skinny chick from Vogue skipping breakfast and passing out on the subway." Jackie says to get her hydrated and out of the way for the gunshot, and Zoey calls dibs on the gunshot so Sam and Thor will have to deal with the girl, and finally the young woman speaks up. "Excuse me, I'm your gunshot. Assholes," she adds, in an admirably non-bitchy appalled tone. They look around at each other. "And by the way, I'm at Allure, not Vogue, so fucking bite me." Message received.
But also: Message received. You just gave us the entire moral at the end of the story, and you did it in the least pat way possible. And the actor playing this girl Lily is simply amazing, I love her. Justine Cotsonas, apparently from As The World Turns, is simply phenomenal. Steals the episode, in my opinion. But so what will happen the rest of the episode? Basically that, over and over again, but less awesomely and much more loudly.
Bit later and she's explaining how she was randomly shot in the head while boarding the Six. Sam asks questions that are not strictly pertinent, and Jackie jumps up his ass for no reason, and Sam once again tells her to stop picking on him. "Just her way of showing how much she likes you," Coop says, "Been there and done that." God. Jackie asks him WTF and once again Lily goes, "Bullet. In my head." They discuss her CT scan to find the bullet and she suddenly recognizes Coop, hitting on him and asking him out for a drink after surgery. He's down.
"Do not make promises you cannot keep," Jackie warns him, but the second everybody's cleared out Lily completely changes her tune. She grabs Jackie's arm and fights back her tears. "Lily, look at me. Do I look scared? If I'm not scared, you shouldn't be scared. There's a lot going on, I will be there when you wake up." She's beyond grateful, and only lets go of Jackie's hand reluctantly. It's amazing to see her flip from cute breezy girl hitting on the famous Face of All Saints to a girl who wants her mom, but that's not the only reason Jackie loves her.
Jackie yells at Sam for drumming on things at the nurses' station, and he stalks away. Zoey suggests Sam's not a great candidate for tough love, because Zoey is under the mistaken impression that Jackie is being professional when constantly crawling up his ass. Not that he is her living peeve, which nobody could assume. Zoey tries to roll her chair back across the station, but eventually Jackie has to give her a big shove, without looking away from her computer screen.