Staff room. They all gossip about Ryan's disease. Mukada asks Gloria if she's sure about the diagnosis. She says she's only a G.P., but she consulted a friend who's an oncologist, and yeah, he's pretty darn sure. McManus says she should do the needle extract, but she claims that Ryan won't agree to it, which doesn't seem to jive with his whole "get another verdict" attitude, but there are only two minutes left in the episode, so what do I care? Pete offers to talk to Ryan, but Mukada thinks maybe he should do it, being a guy and all. They babble back and forth until McManus, of all people, gets the idea to flip a coin. Pete calls heads. It's never heads, Pete. Sure enough, as Ryan examines his chest in the mirror, Mukada approaches. Father Ray's just having the best couple of days, isn't he? Ryan says that Gloria's wrong, but Mukada counters that they won't know without the biopsy. Mukada is wearing a black leather jacket over his vestments. Is that allowed? Ryan says that if he does have it and the other prisoners find out, they'll pounce on his weakness and kill him. Mukada argues that if he lets the cancer spread, he'll die anyway. Ryan looks like he might cry, and this is by far the most vulnerable he's ever been. Aw. Nice job, Dean Winters.
Sometime later, Gloria and another doctor start the biopsy as Hill VOs yet another irrelevancy about the Aztecs. Later, Gloria looks at the sample under the microscope. We don't see her reaction, but given that one of the cells is moving around more spastically than Elaine Benes, I'm guessing the news is not good for our boy.
Solid episode, in what's really the season premiere. See you next time!