Meanwhile, Jim is picking up her wedding ring. "You didn't have to cut anyone open, did ya?" he jokes, and the hospital administrator looks at him like he's the most disgusting man on the planet. Jim Shannon: Makin' friends wherever he goes! Maddie shows up at the hospital with Zoe, who's sick. "I need Mommy," she says, and Maddie warns her dad not to catch the cold and he says he won't.
So now it's dark and Josh is playing his guitar with Skye and her friends while they drink to the meteors they see in the sky. Skye compliments his guitar playing and puts her hand on his thigh. He seems to be of mixed feelings about this.
Back at the outpost, Taylor tells Elizabeth they found the researcher's boots, so she thinks he's out there barefoot. "No, his boots were still in them," says Taylor. He could have told her that right off. Instead he was vague about what happened so she could set him up for that line, as one would do.
Anyway, they're under quarantine, so Elizabeth calls Jim on the "Vid Command" to let him know she's going to be a while, and he jokes that she's just doing this to avoid being around when Mark shows up. Oh, and now he's sneezing because he got the cold from Zoe, and Elizabeth orders him to bed with plenty of fluids. After she signs off, she says, "'Zoe.' Who's Zoe?" Now that's fast-acting pathogen!
Oh God, spare us the awkward first date with Maddie and Mark where they make small talk and Jim hovers nearby. After Mark leaves, Maddie thinks it was disastrous, so Jim shares a heart-warming story about what a wreck he was on the first date with Elizabeth, and manages not to gross out his daughter by sharing whether he tapped that or not.
So Jim checks in with Washington, concerned that they haven't heard back yet. Washington says the whole POINT of them being out there is the communications problems, and she doesn't want Jim heading out half-cocked because of the quarantine, which Jim didn't even know about.
He wants to borrow Malcolm's rover, which should work because Jim's so damn nice to Malcolm all the time, and Malcolm refuses until manipulative Jim tells him it's because Elizabeth's in trouble. Malcolm didn't know about the quarantine either, and is going to complain to Washington, but then decides to ride to the outpost too. Jim's not having it, but Malcolm won't budge: "This is a medical emergency. What are you going to do, sneeze them back to health?" snaps Malcolm, which was pretty funny. Jim has a huge sneeze, and the way they're really hammering this cold home for us is pretty annoying, since we know what it's going to mean.