Mark is reluctant to apply for the CEO post, disliking the politics involved. However, when he meets a patient who could significantly benefit from a new laser treatment, he decides to pursue the position. Oliver is promoted from F1 to F2, but has problems with Connie's trial patient, Elaine. Connie is furious with Oliver, who deflects blame by telling her Penny slept with a patient. Penny is subsequently transferred to work on AAU. When Donna disappears for an entire day, Maria is forced to run the ward single-handedly. Although both nurses deny wanting to become ward sister, they change their minds and both submit an application for the position.