Today's recap was provided by Anne Ruybal
We begin at the GH nurse's station, where Ellen runs into Rachel as she
(Ellen) is answering a page. She starts to pick up the phone, then
pauses, turns to Rachel, and exclaims "AMA convention, Chicago, 1995!"
That's where she thinks she previously met Rachel, but Rachel says she
wasn't there. Rachel says that Ellen just keeps mistaking her for
somebody else. Ellen: "Perhaps. I'll figure it out sooner or later."
Rachel is clearly uncomfortable [and I want to know the scoop on this
past connection--it must be something major to be able to shake the
"unshakable" Dr. Locke..]. She told Ellen that even if they had run
into each other before, it's more interesting to see what they have in
common now. Ellen, again: "Perhaps."
Ellen answers her page. It's the hospital in San Francisco, still
wanting to talk to her about the job offer, but she says she's not
interested. They want to fly her out to SF to tour the facility and meet
the staff. She finally relents and told them she'll check her schedule. Matt has come up to the nurse's
station and overhears Ellen's end of the conversation. After she hangs
up, he asks her "Well, I guess you're taking that job in San Francisco
after all?" Ellen says she hasn't decided yet; Matt asks what's holding
her back. Meaningful pause. Ellen: "Nothing, I guess." They both leave,
whereupon an angry Rachel makes a call to an unknown person. "You're not
making the offer attractive enough. Everyone has a price, even Dr. Ellen
Burgess. You find out what that is, and you *make it*. Quickly." She
hangs up, looking most upset.
At the Scanlon house, a disheveled-looking Frank returns from parts
unknown. Courtney told him he looks horrible; he replies "I love you,
too." He told her that he had been to Atlantic City to try to do a
quick "investment" of the money she gave him for donating the blood
sample for Neil, and to solve his cash flow problems--but that Lady Luck
had had different ideas. Courtney requests that the next time he decides
to go off on a bender, he inform her where he can be reached. She told
him that while he was off partying, their son had almost died.
In the hallway outside Neil's room at GH, Joe and Karen discuss his
case. His temperature is down, and he's responding to the new
which should clear up his bronchitis. Joe reassures Karen that no one
blames her for the mix-up with the medication, but she still feels
responsible. They speculate about whether Bordisso is behind the mix-up;
Joe assures her he won't let Bordisso get to either Neil or her. They
then talk about the possibility of Joe and Courtney's having another
baby in hopes of saving Neil. Karen urges him to discuss it with
Courtney right away. He knows having another baby won't be easy on his
and Karen's relationship, but agrees to talk to Courtney that day.
Still at GH, Karen and Matt finish consulting about a patient, and the
topic then turns to Ellen. Matt informs Karen that "it's over between
Ellen and I,"
and that Ellen is considering accepting the SF offer. Karen has a
feeling he could stop her if he tried. When he thinks about Ellen and
Sebastian sleeping together, he gets so angry that he can't see
straight. Karen reminds him that at that time, he and Ellen weren't
together, and that what she did during that period was her own business.
If she were in the same situation and Joe had slept with someone else
while they were broken up, she wouldn't be crazy about it but would try
to get past it, because she doesn't "own" Joe. She told him she's
learned from experience that a lifetime is a long time to be without the
person you love, and urges him to keep trying to mend the relationship,
because it's worth fighting for.
At the nurse's station, Rachel approaches Ellen again. Starting a new
job in a new city and making new friends has been exciting but
exhausting. She's been looking for an apartment, dry cleaner, stylist,
etc. Ellen told her that Port Charles has plenty to choose from. Rachel
then starts the mind games. "Aww, heck, you'll never have to worry about
it. You'll probably be at GH forever." Taking the bait, Ellen told her
about the SF job and says she's considering it. Rachel says she knows
the chief of staff at the SF hospital, who is very particular. Ellen is
flattered but is happy at GH. Rachel told her that starting a new job
in a new city can be intimidating and lonely, and that she admires her
for putting her personal happiness ahead of her career. Ellen: "Are you
implying that I'm playing it safe?" Rachel: "No..no..not at all. I just
think that it's refreshing to meet a woman who's not obsessed
with..having it all. You know who you are and what you want." Ellen
(hesitating): "I..hadn't thought of it in those terms before." Rachel
(realizing she's gaining ground): "Yeah, well..I'm sure you'll be much
happier. In the long run, you're probably doing the right thing."
In Neil's room, Joe is telling Neil a story about when he was a kid--he
had taken Christmas tree spray and written "JOE THE GREAT" all over his
bedroom walls. His mom had been furious and had grounded him for life.
In the meantime, Neil hasn't even noticed that Karen has started his new
IV. Karen thinks she should check with the FDA and have Joe Scanlon
officially approved as a needle distraction. Frank and Courtney enter.
Neil is glad to see him; Karen and Joe aren't. Karen is paged and
leaves. Frank explains that he's been on a "business trip"--to Atlantic
City. Joe looks disgusted. Frank wants to give Neil a present that he
got for him in Atlantic City: a pair of "lucky" fuzzy dice, but Joe [who
absolutely will not cut his brother any slack] says they need to be
careful about germs and won't let Neil touch the dice. Joe asks Frank to
join him out in the hallway for a private conversation. A worried
Courtney stays behind with Neil.
In the hallway, we have yet another "bickering brothers" scene, in which
Joe told Frank that as Neil's dad he has to make tough decisions
sometimes, and that he's making one now: Frank is not to visit Neil,
especially after he's been out drinking all night. Frank: "You're saying
it's tough being Neil's dad? Huh? Well, I've got news for you, bro--I
would trade places with you in a second. As a matter of fact, why don't
we trade places right now?" Courtney is standing just inside the door to
Neil's room. Overhearing this conversation, she looks horrified.
Back to the bickering brothers. A shouting match ensues. Joe doesn't want Neil to see Frank after
he's obviously been out drinking. He reminds him of all the times their
father had come home drunk. Once again, Frank reminds Joe of how he had
always stepped in to shield him from their abusive father. Joe
remembers, but says that Neil has a father who loves him, and told
Frank to butt out. Courtney comes rushing out of the room and intervenes
just as Frank tries to drop the big bombshell: "You don't have as much
to say about this as you think." Gotta love that quick-thinking
Courtney: "He's right, Joe. I'm his mother, and I have a say in this,
too." She convinces Joe that because Neil loves Frank, keeping them
apart wouldn't be good for him. Joe went back into Neil's room, still
fuming. Courtney calms Frank down--for the time being. He insists that
"Someday I'm going to tell Neil that I'm his father--and when that day
comes, there's not one thing that Joe can do about it."
At the nurse's station, Rachel told Ellen she has an appointment to
look at an apartment. Ellen says she'd appreciate it if Rachel would
pass along any helpful apartment-hunting tips, and says she might change
her mind about taking the SF offer as a way to re-focus herself and her
career. Rachel continues with the mind games, raving on about how
wonderful SF is. Ellen is wavering. Matt approaches and asks to speak to
her; he wonders if she's made up her mind yet. She hasn't. She told him
that a lot has changed between them since she first turned down the job.
Matt says that Karen had helped him realize what he'd be losing if he
let her walk out of his life, and that he might have been too harsh with
her when he found out about Sebastian. He wants to give their
relationship another try. Ellen wonders what will happen if she turns
down the job but they *still* can't work things out. She is paged; they
agree to talk more later. Rachel observes them from the nurse's station.
Back at GH, Ellen told Matt "Your about-face threw me earlier." He's
convinced they can be together if they both want it badly enough. Ellen
says she's not sure it's what she wants anymore. "Matt, I loved you. I
would have done anything to be with you, even if it cost me my career.
But after you came down on me so hard about something that happened when
we weren't even together, I realized that maybe our relationship isn't
what I thought it was." Matt whines that he was hurt; Ellen says she was
too. But the bottom line was, she learned she couldn't count on him--and
at this point in her life, she can only count on herself. Rachel seizes this most inopportune moment to bring Ellen an
article on ER medicine, written by one of her potential colleagues from
the SF hospital. Ellen says she looks forward to reading the article;
Rachel leaves. Ellen told Matt that although she hasn't made up her
mind, she's leaning toward accepting the position. Rachel looks on,
Outside Neil's room, Frank tries to make nice with Karen. He offers her
a stuffed animal like the one he won when they went to the carnival.
Karen wants nothing to do with him. Frank knows they're not going to be
friends the way they used to be, but wants to make peace. Not a chance,
Karen assures him. "You can't just turn your life around with one quick
roll of the dice." Frank: "I wasn't gambling just for myself. I thought
maybe if I hit it big, I could use the money to help Neil. I know I
can't buy a cure, but I could at least buy distractions from the pain."
Karen thinks that sounds like a sorry excuse to party. She told him
he's never owned up to a single one of his mistakes, because he never
puts anybody else's life before his own. He flies into a rage and throws
the stuffed animal against the wall. Karen: "You are out of control. For
God's sake, get yourself together--and stay away from me." She leaves.
In Neil's room, Joe and Courtney are watching him sleep. Joe admits that
Courtney was right to let Frank spend time with Neil. He then mentions
the search for a bone marrow donor. Courtney says they have to stay
positive; they're searching nationwide for a donor. "I won't accept
losing him." Joe: "I won't either. That's why I'm gonna suggest
something that may seem..drastic." Courtney: "But..we've done everything
possible--what else is there?" Joe: "Well, as his parents, there is one
more thing we can do..we can have another child together." Courtney is