PNO trivia note: The episode marked Parminder's 100th appearance in the show!
Neela and the Ortho Team stride down the corridor and are joined by Dubenko, Crenshaw, Harold Zelinksi and Dr Morris. She is curious as to why Archie is in attendance. Lucien explains that he is to spend the day as part of an exchange program between Surgery and the ER. The group gather around the bedside of a patient and Neela is asked to present the man's condition. Morris is intent on interrupting proceedings with some snide comments aimed at his former colleague. "She's so cute, isn't she?... with her little accent…
He continues to wind up the Ortho Team as rounds continue, advising Neela to lighten up, have fun and enjoy her work a little more. Dr Rasgotra insists that she is a fun person. They continue through a set of double doors into a recovery room where Neela is met by a Hockey shirt flung full square in her face. The Ortho Chief tells her that they had struggled to find one in her size. Morris makes a comment about figure skating which is met by a weary scowl.
Cut forward to a testosterone filled locker room where Neela 'pads up' in her hockey garb and discusses tactics for the game. She looks tentative, realizing that these guys take their sport very seriously.
The action moves out onto the rink where the team take a few practice shots at goal. The lights go down and a dramatic voice over the PA system announces the arrival of 'the opposition'. Neela laughs in amazement as Dr Dubenko confidently skates into the rink followed by a rather more unsteady Dr Crenshaw. "We're playing the trauma Surgeons?... Oh my God!!
Next into the arena is Harold followed by Dr Morris who makes some flash shapes on the ice before skating up to Neela. She tells him that he is a 'ringer' and this explains his earlier taunting.
The game commences and Archie continues to goad Neela at every opportunity. She makes a charge on goal but is intercepted in spectacular style by an uncompromising challenge from Dubenko and ends up face down on the floor. Her team mates are unsympathetic and in unison demand that she "Get Up!!"
She adjusts her visor and angrily returns to her feet, fired up and looking for revenge!
Neela and Crenshaw face up for the restart, and while he resorts to verbal taunts, she fixes him with an icy stare before clattering away the puck and laying the Chief Surgeon out in the process! The break away culminates in a goal for the Ortho Team.
Dubenko is next to take on his protégée, encouraging her to hit him "Everyone wants to take a shot at their mentor, don't they?" She resists, but is almost immediately sent crashing into a wall by a smart move from Morris. She is consoled by a similar fete befalling Dubenko and lets out a heart "Ha!!"
Archie scores for Surgery before Neela responds with goal for the Ortho Team.
The Ortho Team keeper is injured and a replacement is sought. The teams focus falls on their new centre forward who is within a moment in the goal mouth peering from behind the keeper's visor. Archie is keen to take advantage of the rookie stopper and ratchet up the verbal provocation against an increasingly infuriated Neela.
The tipping point proves to be a reference to Neela's brief employment at the Jumbo Mart. Enough is enough and as he skates away she removes her helmet, casts away the hockey stick and sets off in pursuit while casting away her arm pads.She launches into Archie's back and brings him to ground and grabs him around the neck. A comedic mass brawl ensues as the opposing Teams grapple on the ice.
Cut forward to the Ambulance Bay at County General where the 'casualties' from the ice rink melee are admitted for treatment. Archie is now wearing a neck brace but continues to argue with a member of the Ortho staff by the admit desk. Neela piles back into the action as a new scuffle erupts leaving Frank to look on in disbelief as the medical professionals lay into one another!
Laid up on the casualty beds, Neela, Crenshaw, Morris and Harold are reduced to comparing their injuries and trading a few verbal blows. She tells Crenshaw that he is dead if her 'dominant hand' is damaged and she cannot operate.
The episode ends in the basement of Count General where Ortho have some hot tubs set up for therapy sessions. The warring factions have kissed and made up and take advantage of some communal hot tub chill out time.