For the doctors, nurses, and staff of General Hospital, the Night Shift has been a tenuous, emotional, and sometimes scary place to work. Often the doctors find themselves bound by the new order imposed by Dr. Ford, who is only trying to protect the hospital from a takeover by the HMO MedCam. At other time times they find themselves vulnerable to their own emotions when they see how their own lives run parallel to those of their patients, but for one student nurse her place on the night shift, and in medicine in general, has been a grand design to hold doctors accountable for the god complex she perceives they all have.
Dr. Robin Scorpio, in the aftermath of Stacy's death, made the decision to put the wheels in motion to adopt Stacy's orphaned child. She named the baby Anna after her mother. Patrick tried to convince her to take a step back and take time to process her grief before making a decision that will forever change their relationship, but she refuses to be swayed and to an extent I think by accepting the child, he felt as though she was abandoning him. Of course, student nurse Layla was available to lend an ear, a shoulder, and a comforting touch at the episode's end when he had fled to the roof.
The latest test Dr. Julian ran on Maxie Jones indicated she had an abscess on her heart, and needed surgery – a surgery he refused to perform. His early actions with Maxie and her stepfather Mac had me wondering if the young doctor wasn't developing feelings for his patient, which seemed confirmed when student nurse Regina's impassioned speech changed his mind. In the operating room, however, he froze and began to flash back to a surgery where he lost a patient.
Just moments before the surgery, Dr. Archer is shaken awake from one of his anesthesia-induced naps – one in which the mysterious angel of death has upped the dosage. Still foggy, he intubates Maxie's esophagus. As she starts to suffocate on the table, Dr. Julian is shaken from his own demons and steps up to save the day and his patient. After the surgery is over, both Dr. Julian and Dr. Lee call Dr. Archer out on his addiction to anesthesia, though Andy quickly reminds Kelly she has little room to talk about addictions.