There is a citywide blackout in Boston and St. Eligius is hit hard. The so-called "back up" generator does not start automatically and this endangers surgery. Therefore, the Drs. Auschlander and Craig decide to turn off power for all "unnecessary" parts of the hospital, including the elevators. However, Dr. Westphall is stuck in the elevator with a character; Dr. Fiscus proposes to his lady love and she accepts.