Dr. Cox continues to torture Drew by making him wear a sign reading "#1" to signify his importance to him while Denise fends off the advances of the completely cocky Cole. Denise and Drew find solace by continuing to engage in meaningless sex. But when they start to have an actual conversation, they both shut down to avoid even the slightest chance of a meaningful relationship.
Every student does his or her best to stay out of Dr, Cox's eye line. It's a good way to avoid his wrath. Unfortunately, Lucy gets caught in the tractor beam. When she asks Cox about a patient named Alan, Perry tells her that he's a fall-down drunk. Cox wants to discharge Alan ASAP. Lucy, however, wants to help the man get sober. Cox orders her to do nothing, as the guy's a lost cause. Think she'll listen?
Upon J.D.'s advice, Lucy tries to establish a connection with Alan and convinces him to go to rehab. She just needs a doctor to sign off on the treatment. Nobody wants to do it. Even the Todd thinks she's being naïve. When Cox gets wind of what Lucy's been doing, he reads her the riot act. She pleads with J.D. to intervene, which he does. Cox says he'll sign off if Lucy raises the money for rehab. So, she has a car wash where her scantily-clad friends get wet and wild for a good cause. Of course, the Todd shows up without a car. Good thing there's cold water in those hoses.
Alan goes off to rehab and Lucy is quite proud of herself. She fantasizes about the Lifetime movie they'll make about her. It'll be called Courage to Heal: The Lucy Bennett Story. Her co-star will be Antonio Sabato, Jr., her "safely ethnic dreamboat." But the movie will likely remain in development for years. Alan is readmitted to the hospital after another drunken accident.
Lucy is crushed to see Alan lying in the hospital bed. But she's even more devastated when Dr. Cox tells her that J.D. bet him three hundred bucks that Alan wouldn't be able to stay sober for a week. J.D. tells Lucy that he did it to teach her a lesson. Every doctor needs to learn about lost causes at some point. He didn't have anyone to talk to after it happened to him. She does. After their chat, Lucy realizes that you have to keep putting yourself out there and just hope that you get something back. Love those little voiceover lessons.
Turk tells Denise that everyone knows about her secret booty calls with Drew. J.D. and Turk tell her that no woman is an island. She takes this to heart and asks Drew if he wants to grab a beer. But Drew quickly blows her off. Rarely do we see Denise looking this vulnerable.
After receiving a tongue-lashing from Denise, Turk tries to talk some sense into Drew. But he's still smarting from his first round of med school. Back then, he destroyed every relationship that meant something to him. He's not about to take a chance on getting close to anyone again. But an eavesdropping Kelso tells him he can't wall himself off from the rest of the world. This advice is given just before a failed attempt to pick up a tipsy woman at the bar. One more martini and he might have had her.
Kelso's words seem to hit home, as Drew rethinks his relationship with Denise. He asks her if she still wants to grab that beer. She doesn't, but will anyway. Drew even gives her a little present. He introduced Cole's barfly mom to Dr. Kelso, who plans to hit that "like a big rig with no brakes." Yes, revenge is a dish best served Kelso.