Strikers shown marching outside of building. Karen watches them from inside the building for a few seconds before looking searching for a bunch of files. She finds what she wants and rushes off. She runs into Matt, Chris and Eve. They all ask her what's going on, how long the strike is going to last, and she told them each to cancel whatever they had planned. She went into the boardroom where the hospital brass is trying to deal with the strike. Besides Tony and Dr. Boardman being incredibly sarcastic, nothing else is decided in the meeting. Monica mentions their "star" attraction, meaning Donatella Stewart. Gail says, at the risk of offending everyone, that this sucks.
Alan and Rachel walking through the hall, Rachel offers to help with public relations. Eve interrupts them asking if its true they're high school cheerleaders to temp for the RNs. Alan makes a comment about the hospital rumor mill. She dumps a file off on the desk and asks (none too nicely) Rachel to file it for her. Chris comes up to Alan and asks if there has been a decision yet on how he's going to be compensated for doing scut (scut?) work during the strike. Alan laughs and says he's going to say "Thank you." As he is walking away, Alan says that if Julie is serious about wanting to come back to work, she should call him. Karen runs into Alan and asks about Joe. Alan says he can't risk it. Alan says its been pushed back. And when Karen asks until when, Alan told her to ask the nurses.
Chris calls Julie on the phone and told her that his worst nightmare could be her dream come true.
Frank and Neil are watching the strike on TV. Frank tries to engage Neil in conversation, but gets the usual freeze out. Courtney, on the phone, asks Frank to turn it off because she can't hear anything. She slams the phone down and says that no one is answering. Frank asks if she needs something, and she told him its seven o'clock, time for Neil's medicine. They both realize that no one has probably been by to even check his chart. Neil says that if Joe wasn't suspended, he would have checked on him. Frank says that he'll help Neil and he and Courtney leave in search of staff.
Recovery Room: Joe is watching the strike on the television, as some of the striking workers come inside. Mary suggests they strike in July next time. Audrey suggests they move GH to Miami. They sit around the table and look at the picketing schedule. Mary asks if anyone has any idea when they will reopen negotiations. Joe comes to the table and told them to meet the first casualty of their strike Matt, Eve, Chris are all complaining about their workload and cancelled plans, and Karen says its all for a good cause. Chris asks if she thinks the strike is really about having qualified nurses, and Karen says that she does think that's what its about. She asks if they can work out a schedule. Eve volunteers to take care of Kevin Collins in the cardiac unit. Karen promptly signs her up for patient management in CCU. Karen asks for volunteers and Matt and Chris look away.
Frank and Courtney meet up in the hallway. Neither of them had any luck finding medical personnel. She says that Maggie (the nurse, I assume) said that Neil has to have the medication at the same time everyday. Frank says that he will.
Karen is still giving out assignments and Chris asks when they sleep, and Karen says that they don't. She asks for some team spirit and gets very amusing half hearted cheers from the other three. She told them to stop being prima donnas and to go out there and fight. Chris salutes her, and they all laugh. Frank catches them laughing and angrily asks if anyone in the place is taking care of the damn patients.
Eve in Neil's room giving Neil his medicine. Courtney says thanks and Eve says all it took was the threat of Frank doing it himself. Eve leaves and Neil says that a lot of people don't like Frank. Courtney asks if that includes him, and he just shrugs. Courtney sits down on the bed and says she knows that he's mad at her and Frank. Neil says that she would be mad if he lied to her. Courtney agrees that she would, and says that is one reason why she is letting Neil treat them so rotten. She told him that its about time she cut Frank some slack. When Neil asks why he should, Courtney says that Frank loves him. She says that Frank was trying to protect him by not telling him that he was his Dad. Neil says that maybe it was because he didn't want him. Courtney says that isn't true. Neil doesn't believe her. He turns over and says he's thirsty. Courtney lets him be bratty again, and went out to get him a drink.
Alan is on the phone in the boardroom saying he will leave if they go with scab nurses. Frank walks into the room and says he wants a job. Alan says no. Dr. Boardman comes in and says that patients in post op need attention, Alan told him to take care of it. Boardman says that's what residents are for, and Alan told him to take it up with Karen and leaves. Chris and Eve run into each other in the hospital. Chris says that it's a beautiful night. She wonders why he's in a good mood. Chris says if life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. Eve says she's going to be sick. Chris told her she might have to heal herself, or, his wife could treat her. Eve told him not to tell her that Julie got her job back. Chris says he won't tell her, but Alan might. And he reminds her that its Devlin-Ramsey now.
Karen and Rachel are doing double duty on the phones. Matt comes by and Karen takes him off Boardman's assignment onto something more pressing. Rachel and Karen are talking and Boardman comes by saying that post-op has been waiting 15 minutes for one of her "lackeys" to show up. Karen told them that they are prioritizing. She told him that under the circumstances, it wouldn't hurt for him to do his own grunt work. He says he doesn't take orders from residents. Karen says that she probably just pissed him off, and Rachel told her she isn't there to win any popularity contests. Chris comes by the desk after being paged, and Karen hands him a piece of paper and says no one can make it out.
Courtney walks throught he hallway with juice for Neil, and walks by Donatella Stewart's room. She is complaining, as usual, and Courtney stops to help. She is in awe when she sees the patient. Donatella asks if Courtney can help her, while Courtney is still stammering in awe. Courtney says she isn't a nurse, and Donatella says that's okay, she's breathing. She just needs her pillow fluffed. Courtney sets the juice down and proceeds to fluff marvelously. Donatella asks what is going on, and Courtney told her the nurses are on strike. Courtney tries to make conversation, but Donatella isn't very engaging. She asks if Courtney is a domestic because she is very good with pillows. Courtney says she is a wedding planner. Donatella says that is quaint. Courtney asks if there is anything else she can do, and Donatella says she'd like to have a word with the woman who runs this place. Courtney says its a him, and Donatells says that's the problem. Donatella opens the juice Courtney had gotten for Neil, and Courtney runs off to see if she can find Alan.
Recovery Room: Joe comes to deliver food to the table of nurses, and says the strike isn't helping him get his job back. Sarcastically, they say they're sorry to put him out. He says forget him (gladly) and think about the patients. Audrey says that isn't fair and another nurse (one I happen to like quite a bit) says that Joe is just ticked because he got his butt kicked out of the hospital. Joe takes that opportunity to climb on board the soap box and say he's ticked because his life has been put on hold because they turned a legitimate strike into a political fiasco. Hector says they are doing it for the nurses and the patients and he can see how much Joe appreciates that. Mary comes to the table and asks what is going on. Joe says he is just doing his job and walks away.
Frank comes up to Alan and gives him a sample proving that he is clean. He says he will give him one every day if necessary. Alan says he is too high risk. Frank says he is more qualified than most of the people they have right now. Alan says that none of them were suspended for doing drugs, or trying to get a job during a high profile strike. Frank mentions something about being clean until he drops dead, and then, as if by magic, a patient drops to the floor off camera behind them. Alan and Frank rush over to him, and he has no pulse. They start CPR. Alan told Frank to get the cart.
Alan still working on the patient. Frank starts to put the mask on him, and Alan says he's in V-fib and for Frank to get the paddles. Frank gets the man's heart pumping again and Alan says welcome back to both of them. They shake hands.
Chris and Rachel are talking at the nurses station. He told her that he has some good news, Alan wants to talk to Julie about her old job. Rachel says she'll put in a good word. Camille's husband comes to the nurse's station and says that Camille is awake and no one is there to help her. Chris says he'll take care of that personally. Alan approaches and Chris leaves. Rachel gives him a fresh cup of coffee and asks if the rumors are true? Alan asks if she's talking about them hiring chimpanzees to take over for the nurses. She says no, about Julie. Alan says he'd like to give her a shot. Courtney comes up to Alan and says that Donatella Stewart has been asking for him. They go off in her direction.
Eve in the break room lies down on the couch, asking for just five minutes. Matt comes in and asks if she wants some of his veggie chimichanga. She glares.
Alan and Courtney make their way to Donatella's room. Donatella seems very unimpressed, and told Courtney she'd like a word alone with him. Alone. Courtney gushes a little more and then leaves. Alan asks how he can help her. She has made a list of her complaints. He asks if there is something he can help her with now. She says she wants a luxury suite, round the clock nurses and Alan, keeping a straight face, told her that she will get the same quality of care as everyone else; especially today. She says when she isn't treated like VIP she gets a terrible urge to talk to people and that she is very popular t inside edition.
Courtney runs into Frank in the hallway. Frank says "you saw Alan." Courtney says yes, and Frank says he wasn't going to stop until he got what he wanted. Courtney wants to know what he has to do with Donatella Stewart. Obviously, he doesn't know who she's talking about. She is so excited, and told him her news. She asks what Frank was talking about and he told her that Alan hired him on during the strike. She says she didn't know he wanted that. He says that its step one to getting his job back and taking care of her and Neil. She hugs him and says that its terrific. Then, she pulls away, and asks what his mother is going to think of him crossing the picket line.
Matt is complaining about work assignment in the break room. Eve knights him with the plunger, and Chris walks in, asking to be hidden. Eve asks him to complain about his day. He does, but at the end, he says that no one died. (As if Eve or Matt seemed to be concerned about that small fact.) They tell him that it was a good day then. Karen comes in and says she has their next assignment. They all groan. She gives out the assignments and Chris gets the fun job of sponge baths in geriatrics. He calls her Mussolini, instead of Patton, and she urges them up and out of the breakroom. They leave. Unhappily.