Dr. Catherine Avery (guest star Debbie Allen) is back to take part in a special bladder surgery. She's also there to make Jackson's life miserable. At least, that's what it feels like to her baby boy once he meets Mara. Who is Mara, you ask? Well, she's the pretty young doc Mother Avery brought along on her trip. Jackson initially believes his mom is trying to set him up. That's not the case at all. Mara is more like a spy. She's been tasked with giving Catherine the complete 411 on her son.
Catherine is also in town for a formal benefit. She convinces Richard to be her date for the evening. After all, they've been flirting with each other all day. As for Jackson, he ends up genuinely liking Mara. He even gives her advice about how to handle his mom. The two of them skip the benefit for some passionate alone time in an on-call room. If Mark knew what his protégé was up to, he'd be very proud.
Bailey lets Richard know that he's a good man even though he's been flirting with Catherine. She knows it's harmless. Richard, however, isn't so sure. He's exhausted from taking care of Adele. She rarely knows that's he's anything more than a friend. That's why it feels so good to have Catherine show interest in him. But at the end of the day, he knows he needs to be with his wife. Catherine echoes Bailey's feelings that Richard is a good man.