Charlie is taken off the ventilator, but breathes on his own, causing Dawn to change her mind about the DNR. In his coma state, Charlie meets an old doctor friend whose mission is to help Charlie "cross over". During their discussions, they see Alex's patient Bea, whom has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. The two ethereal doctors surmise that Bea is suffering from aphasia and will get worse if untreated. Alex soon realizes what is wrong with her. Meanwhile, Dr. Goran's patient is a paralyzed woman who is discovered not to be paralyzed. He deduces that she is someone who uses pain as a distraction from accepting the loss of her husband. Dr. Reycraft is appointed Chief Resident.