Emily Watson and her brother Robbie are admitted for a kidney transplant. Emily is the donor as Robbie has had reflux nephropathy since he was thirteen and has been on dialysis for most of his adolescence. Steph and Connor, who are assigned to them, express how brave and selfless Emily is being by giving her brother the ultimate gift. However, Emily down plays her sacrifice, Robbie is the one that is sick not her. Steph and Connor bond with their respective patients but in Connor's case, theres more than a hint of attraction to Emily. All seems set for the transplant and then the ward is stunned when Emily walks out of the hospital leaving a distraught Robbie behind. Connor is amazed to find Emily at Cougar's later the same night. She explains the reason behind her departure was that all her life shes been the dutiful daughter who did what was expected of her. Now she is putting number one first. Connor points out, by drawing parallels with his own brother, that being the favourite sibling, isn't always the easy ride that it seems. He also tells Emily that she has to be nil-by-mouth by midnight, if she drinks her glass of wine the op will be cancelled anyway.
Rachel McMahon, an incredibly fit triathlete, is admitted with bone cancer in her upper arms. She is to have a forequarter amputation, a devastating operation for anyone but even more so, for an elite athlete. Bron is dismayed, she always seems to get the basket cases. To everyone's surprise, however, Rachel is handling things surprisingly well, using her sporting philosophy to help her cope. Peter expresses his doubts to Terri about her bravado, he realises that it's a defence mechanism. Rachel and Bron, bond and Bron attends Rachel "arm off" party. Despite initial misgivings, Bron thinks that Rachel can handle anything that is thrown at her. After the operation, however, it is a different story. Rachel is a mess, having phantom limb pains and is inconsolable about the loss of her arm. It becomes Bron's responsibility to help her.