Today's recap was provided by Anne Ruybal
It's morning at the Scanlon house. Frank comes home, having been out all
night. Courtney is ticked at him for not calling to let her know he was
still alive, especially after she had helped him the day before when
someone beat him up. Frank explains that he was OK and had thought there
was no need to call, since she had told him Joe was waiting for her.
Courtney told him that Joe didn't come home last night and wasn't on
duty when she went to visit Neil at the hospital--obviously, he was with
At GH, Joe and Karen are flirting and bantering about their upcoming
interviews for the chief resident position and their respective chances
of landing the position. [I enjoyed David Gail's acting in this
scene--he seems very comfortable in his role now, and he and Marie
Wilson have tons of chemistry.]
Still at the hospital, Chris and Eve run into each other in the hallway;
Eve told him her interview is coming up in a few minutes. Eve asks how
he is; Chris holds up his left hand to show her his wedding band and
replies "Married." E: "I figured as much." Rachel enters the scene,
standing in the background to watch and eavesdrop. C: "That's it? You
don't want to take a shot?" E: "You're married, and I have to accept
that..though I think you deserve a whole lot more." C: "Wouldn't a
friend let *me* decide that?" E: "A friend would want her friend alive
and kicking, not the latest victim of Port Charles's favorite serial
killer." She leaves, and Rachel approaches Chris.
Rachel says he looks upset; he told her he just told Eve about the big
wedding. R: "And she threw cold water instead of rice?" C: "Eve just has
strong opinions..just..because she cares so much, you know? She'd make a
great chief resident, if you want my recommendation." R: "I told
you: I'm going with Karen Wexler." C: "Because you want her father in
your corner." R: "Look, we get in Scott's good graces, Chris, and it's
gonna make it much easier when Julie wants her baby back." C: "Yeah, I
understand the politics, but Eve is a friend." R: "Well, you know what?
You're married now. So maybe you should stop worrying about your friend,
and worry more about your wife."
Kevin and Eve run into each other. He wonders if they're still on for
their last meal together before his big "reconciliation" with Lucy. They
agree that breaking up--even "fake breaking up"--is hard to do. She
doesn't know how she'll be able to concentrate on her interview; he
reassures her. She told him about Chris and Julie's wedding, and he
says they'll need to redouble their efforts to make sure she stays in
Ferncliff. Eve reiterates her doubts about his plan to pretend to
reconcile with Lucy, saying she wonders if Bordisso or anyone else will
be fooled. He replies that they'll have to fool everyone, especially
D.V., otherwise there's no point to their plan, but agrees that their
breakup will be a shock to those who think they're the perfect couple.
She insists that they *are* the perfect couple, and they decide that a
bit of public smooching is in order to prove this fact to everyone.
The chief resident selection committee (Rachel, Monica, and Dr.
Boardman) are gathered for a little schmoozing before the first
interview. Boardman compliments Rachel, and Monica told her Gail
appreciates her taking over her spot on the committee. Rachel says she
was honored and that she's gone over all the candidates' files
thoroughly. Monica is leaning toward choosing Joe Scanlon, while
Boardman thinks Eve is the better candidate. Rachel wants to affirm that
they're going to take a close look at *each* candidate. Smirking: "You
never know what might come up."
At the nurses's station we have an all-too-rare scene with all the
(remaining) interns together. Kevin is with them. They're discussing
Rachel and how/why she ended up on the selection committee. Joe wonders
if she has her own agenda. Chris defends her. "She has the best eye for
discovering what makes people tick that I've ever seen." J: "Then how
come she was taken in by you and Julie? She helped you two get married,
right?" C: "Yeah, I guess that's a concept that's foreign to you,
know, the guy who doesn't marry the woman who has his kids." [Yikes!]
Kevin leads Eve aside for a private conversation. He told her he's a
little concerned about Rachel himself. E: "What, is that your way of
telling me not to get my hopes up?" K: "It's just that every time we
turn around, it seems that Rachel Locke is involved in our lives."
Rachel approaches [of course]. "Oh, every time I hear my name I hope
it's not being mentioned in vain." Eve says they were just admiring how
quickly she's fit in around the hospital. Rachel returns the compliment,
saying she was very impressed to learn about Eve's winning the
Quartermaine residency. Kevin kisses her and wishes her good luck, and
she and Rachel leave to begin the interview.
At the nurse's station, Chris notes that "Eve has been taken first." Joe
and Karen continue to flirt and banter [see above].
At the Scanlon house, Courtney is sitting on the couch, channel surfing.
Frank joins her and wonders "Did you find Joe on any of those channels?"
C: "I'm pretty sure he's with Karen, and we don't get StripperTV." F:
"Well, you mustn't obsess about my brother, sweetie..he doesn't love
you." C: "He did once." F: "Karen has had a string on Joe since the
first grade, so just suck it up and move on." C: "You got any more
pearls of wisdom, Frank? How about 'there's plenty of other fish in the
sea'?" F: "For a beautiful woman like you, there sure are. I can think
of one fish in particular." C: "Don't. You and I are like a pair of
sharks--we'd eat each other alive. And you know it." F: "I just forgot,
for a second." They look at each other longingly.
Eve's interview has begun. Boardman and Monica praise her surgical and
post-op skills. Eve says that she always tries to put herself in her
patients' shoes. Rachel sets her trap. "So, making yourself available to
your patients is very important." E: "It's essential." R: "Well, then,
you must have been bothered that you had to take off so many days
recently." Monica wonders about this also. Eve explains that she had to
take some time off to help some friends, and reassures them that she's
never let her personal life interfere with her patients. R: "Well, I'm
sure that you do believe that, but...when I think of the stress that
you've been under lately..dealing with Kevin and his father.." Eve's
chances of winning look slim.
Eve finds Kevin in the waiting area. K: "So? Am I having lunch with the
new chief resident?" E: "Not if you're having lunch with me, you're
not." She explains how Rachel sabotaged her interview. K: "Did you
happen to fill them in on the fact that you've been a little busy, doing
things like saving my father's life?" E: "If I had done that, it would
have confirmed her point: that I love my job, but some things matter
more. And I can't argue that. But it was just..the way she made her
case. With that shrink-y sympathy that I find very creepy." Kevin
wonders if he also does the shrink-y sympathy thing. Eve smiles. "Well,
sometimes, but it's not that creepy when you do it." Much flirting
ensues, with Eve insisting that she's helped him progress from the
"buttoned-up" state he was in when he was with Lucy, to becoming "more
and more human every day." They agree to have a long, leisurely lunch
and reflect on the numerous reasons why he's better off with her than
It's time for Karen's interview. Rachel wonders if the chief resident
position would interfere with her time. Karen replies that the position
is a big commitment, but that's exactly what she's looking for. Boardman
wonders about her supervising Joe. She's confident that it won't be a
problem--that she'll be fair and not play favorites. Monica brought up
the DL-56 fiasco. Karen says she doesn't have any regrets over the
attempt they made to develop the drug, because of its potential as an
amazing breakthrough. Monica brought up the mutant flu that resulted when
Karen continued working on the drug even after being ordered to stop.
Rachel handily steps in: "Well, actually, you weren't involved with
DL-56 at that time..isn't that true?" K: "Yes, I had become aware how it
had very serious side effects." Rachel points out that after Frank
became ill, Karen was part of the team working around the clock to
develop a cure. "So..you showed initiative..when a new drug seemed
promising. And yet you made a very wise decision to abandon it before it
became a deadly outbreak. You even helped contain it." K: "You make me
sound heroic--I'm not." She told the committee that the one thing she's
learned is how seductive ambition can be, but that she also knows the
pitfalls. From the shots of the board members' faces, we can see that
she's nailed the interview. Rachel looks delighted.
At the Scanlon house, Courtney is on the phone (on hold), and is looking
for the kitchen calendar with Joe's schedule written in it. She won't
tell Frank who she's calling. He snatches the phone from her hand,
listens for a moment, and discovers that she's calling the Yankees to
get tickets to a playoff game. Frank asks her to get him a ticket; she
thinks there's a limit on the number she can buy. F: "Right..and that
limit would be..Neil, you, and Joe." C: "Don't you think you're reading
an awful lot into me taking my son to a baseball game?" F: "*Our* son.
And if you're just taking him to a baseball game, why are you looking
for Joe's schedule?" She's busted. They flirt, then kiss passionately.
Frank and Courtney are now lying on the couch, kissing. They briefly
discuss how things seem to have changed between them: instead of "just
getting right down to it" as with previous "encounters," now they're
taking the slow approach. They continue making out.
Next we have Joe's interview. Monica compliments his reliability and
skills. Rachel wastes no time moving in for the kill, bringing up his
temper and the two altercations he's had while on duty, both times
jeopardizing the hospital's reputation. She wonders if he feels violence
is the solution to every problem. Joe clearly has no chance of landing
this job--he immediately loses his temper and tries to justify the two
altercations. His excuses don't wash with the committee. The next topic
is Neil. Boardman is sorry to hear that his condition isn't improving.
Rachel thinks his illness makes great demands on Joe's time. J: "My son
has helped me focus my attention. Because of him, I know what parents
with sick children go through. That makes me a better doctor, for the
patient and his family." Rachel wonders if he can handle the added
burden of being chief resident. Joe's response comes off sounding
somewhat weak: "Medicine is my life, and I am good at it. As a doctor, I
know my strengths and weaknesses, as well as those of my colleagues. We
already have a team here. I could lead that team. Help us all become
better at what we do." He leaves. The board members are clearly put off
by his temper and defensiveness.
Outside the door, Joe glowers and loosens his tie. Inside, Rachel twists
the knife one last time: "Well, that was interesting. He was able to
reign himself in, but I'm not so sure if somebody else were to get to
him, he wouldn't explode." Back outside, Karen approaches Joe and asks
how the interview went. Rachel is relentless: coming out of the
interview room, she thanks Joe "for being so forthcoming in your
interview." She leaves. K: "What was that about?" J: "I think my chances
for chief resident just went down the toilet, thanks to her."
Rachel joins Chris at the nurse's station. He asks her who got the chief
resident position. [I didn't understand his line even after several
rewinds/replays, but my husband says it was "Who's the new jefe?", that
being the Spanish word for "boss." This sounds good to me, and I'll buy
it. :)] She puts him off, saying she's on her way to a session with
Julie. He offers to come along with her and pressures her for a hint.
She says Karen showed grace under pressure, and Joe had a hard time
dancing around his hotheadedness. He wonders about Eve; she told him
she gave her a free ride because she's a friend of his, but that she
doesn't think she got any votes. He says he still thinks she's the best
candidate; Rachel shrugs. They agree to meet at his car; he leaves.
Rachel nabs Kevin and Eve, who are walking by. She asks Kevin about the
fact that he's been doing research on her. R: "You want to know why I
had that doctor fired." K: "Well, like I said, it's hard not to be
curious." R: "Well, he took advantage of a patient, and I couldn't allow
that." K: "The hospital board agreed with you." R: "Yeah, but he became
the hero. Did you hear about that? I got crucified." E: "Oh, the other
doctors closed rank on you." R, smarmily: "Never tell on another doctor.
Their code of honor, not mine. In my book the patient always comes
first." She starts to walk away, then pauses and turns around. "Oh, and
Kevin. The next time you want to know something about me...just ask."
She smirks at them and leaves.
Kevin gets a call on his cellphone; it's Scott. It's time to go to the
Port Charles Grill, to stage the fake breakup. Eve is upset. "The lover's
tragedy, act I." K: "Now, this could be fun..once Lucy and Scott break
up." E: "In front of an astonished audience, causing you and me to break
up...yeah, that's my idea of fun." K: "Just think how much fun it'll be
once we get back together." E: "*If* we get back together." K: "This is
all going to work. What could possibly come between us?"