Ted's lying in the hospital. Oxygen lines and beeping monitors notwithstanding, he looks pretty good for someone in a coma. Brian, Emmett and Mike are at the nurse's desk, explaining that they're not family, just friends. Emmett: "The nurse's station. I used to think it had something to do with radio; 'All nursing, all the time.'" When Emmett's uncomfortable, he makes funny jokes. Notice, no hokey puns. In other words, can it, Michael. In the corner sits a small woman in a chair, looking for all the world like a wounded bird. She introduces herself to the boys as Ted's mom, Margaret Schmidt. She tells them that she'll give them permission to see Ted, if they need it. My heart is literally hurting, looking at this poor woman. Mike sits down next to her. She's been sitting by Ted's bed all night. "And it occurred to me," she says, breaking down, "loving someone is not the same as knowing them." Word. Word, word, word, WORD. And, OUCH. Brian, out of discomfort or boredom, or something, turns away, and sees the next lust of his life, a strapping young male nurse. There's like this brief white flash followed by an extreme close-up on Brian's face, an effect which is oddly supernatural, and fairly silly. Brian has nice green-gray eyes. Don't think I don't hate him for it. The nurse passes by and gives Brian The Look Of Homosexual Acknowledgement. Brian is transfixed. Mike snaps him back to the world of tragic moms and their comatose sons.
Meanwhile, at Justin's house, Mom is trying to get Justin's bratty ass out of bed. When he jumps in the shower, she sneaks a look at his sketchpad, which is in his backpack, NOT lying out in the open for easy excuse purposes. The first few pages are the usual art class drivel, but page five is like, studies of men with well-defined pecs and nice butts in tight jeans. And page six is nothing but the name "Brian" written over and over again in different sizes, shapes, and shading. "Redrum" Revisted. Justin's mom is understandably taken aback. She looks like she's about to throw up -- think how she'd feel if she actually met Brian. Justin walks back in the room, because he's out of shampoo and it's her job to get him some. I call my ob/gyn and ask how much it would cost to get my tubes tied. Unfortunately for Justin's Mom, it's not a surgery that can be performed retroactively, so she runs out of the room to get him more Prell.