After spending the night making love with his companion from the dance floor, Joe assures the worried nurse that things don't have to get weird just because they work together at GH. Meanwhile, at the lighthouse, Eve begins to have second thoughts about her impetuous marriage proposal and promises Kevin she won't hold him to the answer she pressured him into giving her the night before. Julie fears that she'll never regain custody of Christina if her career fails to get off the ground. Courtney and Frank bring their nervous son back to the hospital for some follow- up tests. Alan told Julie that although he was very impressed with the way she pitched in during the strike she still has a long way to go before she convinces the state medical board to reinstate her license. Karen is dejected to realize that Jill and Joe spent the night together. Lucy tries again to score points with Alan in her quest to win the vacant seat on the hospital board. Kevin confides his dilemma to Victor, who advises his son to make a dramatic proposal of his own to sweep Eve off her feet. Jill told a bristling Karen that what happened between her and Joe meant nothing at all. Courtney begins to put two and two together as she watches Julie fawning over baby Christina. Ignoring Mike's words of caution, Frank went in search of a poker game with higher stakes. Kevin brought tears to Eve's eyes with his romantic vision of their future as a happily married couple.
Joe is working on a patient as Karen breezes through and says something to him. He starts to answer but she's gone.
Courtney enters the lobby and approaches Frank. He apparently didn't
come home last night. She told him she got a job working for Amanda
Barrington planning a reception for the Board Candidates. She reminds
him that all Neil talks about is that baseball camp and he says he'll
deliver. Frank leaves.
Lucy and Kevin are looking at one of his paintings when she starts to reminisce. She says this picture always seemed "lighter" than the others which disturbed her. He acknowledges her part in that change and asks what's up. She says Rachel and he told her to stay away from Rachel. She told him about following Rachel to the Institute and how Rachel has had her patient moved. He says there are more important things than Rachel. Like what she asks. He's getting married, he says. She told him she's thrilled although she looks sad. She asks for details and he provides them. She says he looks happy and promises to be at the wedding.
Karen is lying on the sofa in the break room when Eve enters. Eve literally looks like she's about to burst with joy. She tones it down as she sees Karen and offers to let her rest. Karen stops her and Eve says she'll never believe this. Feigning tragedy, Eve told her she and Kevin ... are getting MARRIED! Eve erupts with happiness and Karen shares her joy. Karen covers her own sadness admirably as they chat about it like the good friends they are.
Matt runs into Joe getting coffee. They chat and Matt says he needs a favor. Matt explains that he's found in his research an experimental device that may provide mobility to people like him - paraplegics. Joe is excited about it too and agrees when Matt asks his help in approaching Alan.
Courtney and Frank run into each other at the hospital again. He explains he was playing cards and winning all night - until he stopped winning and lost his profit as well as his initial cash. She asks what part of this conversation is supposed to make her feel better? He says that at least she knows where he was last night. She told him, next time, to cheat. He reiterates that he'll get the money but she tells him not to sweat it. It's their "turn." He asks what she means by that and what is that look? She says that if Julie can waltz in there like nothing happened, anything is possible. Frank says Julie was acquitted. Yeah, says Courtney, but it was so strange with her stuffing pillows up her shirt, pretending to be pregnant. She went on to say it was scary when Julie was trying to make everyone believe it was Frank's baby. Did he ever think about that? What if she HAD been pregnant for real? Frank says no; Julie is Chris' problem now and has nothing to do with their lives.
Matt is talking to Alan about the device. Alan is sold *but* there's no money in the budget for that. Joe interjects gently on Matt's behalf and Alan told him the ice around him is so thin, he's practically swimming already. Joe gets beeped ER and leaves; Matt looks disappointed. Alan tells Matt to please propose it again next fiscal year and leaves.
Two of the nurses are gossiping about Joe and Jill at the Desk as Eve comes over and overhears. Eve told them that if they're looking for more work, she can find them some. :) Eve leaves and Courtney stops at the desk and then sees Lucy. She hand delivers Lucy's invitation and they chat about how amazing Lucy is. Courtney deftly turns the topic to Christina and how Lucy doesn't know her real birth date. Lucy says she considers the Nurses' Ball last year her birthday; that's when they found her. Courtney says she meant it when she said that Neil and Christina had a bond. Lucy feels the same. Lucy, catching on, asks what is going on. Courtney stammers about Neil's first good checkup and seeing them together. Lucy accepts that and comments on how Frank has changed. Yeah, says Courtney, who'd have thought he'd be such a good father...
At ER, Frank is bringing in a trauma to Joe and Karen (and Jill) waiting. Karen fires off questions and decision, asking if the man has any allergies. Frank says no just as Joe says sulpha. Karen gives them a look and continues to treat the patient. The patient is moved out of ER and Joe went to find Frank. They have a confrontation about how Joe can't "cover" for Frank any more. Franks says it was a simple mistake, he's tired. Joe blasts him and Frank storms out.
Eve stops Karen on the stairs and apologizes for gushing earlier when Karen was in so much pain. Why didn't Karen tell her? Karen says Eve was so happy and she didn't want to spoil it with her problems. They enter the on call room as Eve says she's Karen's friend and would have comforted her. But, Karen says, Eve's in love and getting married! Eve asks permission to drop kick Joe but Karen says it's all her fault. She says she wanted Joe to come knocking at her door but, instead, she "settled" for Jagger and look how great that turned out. Eve asks what she can do and Karen told her she's doing it. Karen excuses herself to go see a patient. Lucy enters the on call room and asks Eve if she can have a minute. Sure, says Eve, so Lucy enters. Lucy wanted to tell Eve how happy she is for her and Kevin. Can she see the ring? Eve shows her and Lucy says she always knew Kevin had an artist's soul. Lucy told Eve he's her doc now and to make sure she takes good care of him. Eve will.
In the ER, Joe tends to his patient. He steps into the next room and finds Matt there. Matt asks what's up with Frank; he just screamed out of there. Joe says when isn't something up with him. Joe says he's sorry he wasn't more help to Matt with Alan. Matt says not to worry, he's got it covered. He called the manufacturer and offered to be a test subject. The equipment will be there in the morning! And the company will pick up all insurance and testing costs. Joe is thrilled as is Matt.
Frank, back at the bar where he gambled all night, is looking for another game. It's pay day, he says, plunking his cash on the table. Karen is in the on call room when Joe enters. He makes small talk but she ignores him. Suddenly she stands up and faces him. She confronts him about his covering for Frank. They both just got reinstated and they're already covering for each other again. Joe says it's not about Frank, it's about Jill. She doesn't want to hear about that. It was nothing, he insists. She agrees but he played around with someone IN the hospital - the walls are buzzing with it! He didn't mean to humiliate her. He wouldn't do it if he had it to do over. Karen says he's all impulse. He says maybe he was just letting off steam. The past few months haven't been easy. And they have for her? She asks when he stopped loving her. He didn't, he just didn't live up to her image of him. He suggests she take a look at herself before she blames anyone else. She's right. It IS over. He leaves and she stomps to her locker - and takes a pill.