After two weeks at the hospital, J.D. is beginning to feel confident as a doctor. However his new patient, Will Forte, a young, chronic smoker who may have cancer, challenges J.D.'s bedside manner. J.D. becomes frustrated with Will's casual attitude during his attempts to lecture Will about his serious condition. Will gets the best of J.D. when J.D. catches Will smoking in the hospital stairwell. J.D. approaches Dr. Cox for advice on how to convince a patient like Will to stop smoking, but Dr. Cox would rather watch his soap opera than play mentor to J.D. Hoping to connect with Dr. Cox as no one else has, an unrelenting J.D. shows up at Dr. Cox's apartment that night, hoping to bond with him over a six-pack of beer. J.D. is not welcomed by the intolerant Dr. Cox, whose advice to him is that doctors can only treat people's symptoms, not save patients from themselves. A disillusioned J.D. returns to the hospital the next day to discharge Will who lights up a cigarette the moment he leaves the building.