We start with ominious music and the clock shifting to 8:25 – and Dr. Jason Cole wakes up. He puts away an empty medicine phial and the injector that was by the side of his bed.
We catch up with him again in the hospital, gowned and scrubbing up, and he sets his watch alarm for 10 hours – when asked what happens in 10 hours, he says “company.” Doctory stuff happens and we’re introduced to a whole bunch of masked people while he gets ready for surgery – which first involves a glucose test – he can’t operate until he’s sure his blood sugar is right, he’s diabetic. They go into surgery and pessimistic, sarcastic guy, Dr. Kenneth Jordan, is all gloom and doom about the guy they’re operating on going to die (just what you need assisting you in surgery). He thinks they should give up on him and spend more time on patients they can actually help. Of course, Jason hangs in there and saves the man; Kenny boy giving him a snippy look over his mask.
Switch to leaving time and his boss (after some fun joke flirting) gives him some $1,000 tickets for a baseball game courtesy of the man whose life he saved. He tries to beg off but she protests – it’s his birthday and his diabetes stops him working at night, not enjoying a game. He gives the tickets to Kelvin, a cleaner, explaining he’s “not himself” during the night games. He continues to walk out, constantly checking the time while he’s joined by a man called Josh (seems to be his lackey) who quickly runs down his schedule for the next day and finally gets his vial of “oblivion” illegally from his nice friend, Reuben who also warns him that his medical chart is all over with elevated badnesses. Jason can’t talk about it – he has to get home.
This follows some real, non-funny flirting with Dr. Solis who wishes him a happy birthday (she knows, she googled him) she invites him out but he begs off – she realises he doesn’t have plans even though it’s his birthday and he adds that he’s going to church.
Which he does go to – and speaks to a man there, Will, just as he breaks up a support group. He supports people with Dissociative Personality disorder – something Jason denies he has but Will says affects everyone differently. Jason claims he’s had 5 years without incident – he’s in control. Will counters that knocking himself out every night is avoidance. Jason says he doesn’t have time to do more because he only has 12 hours – every day at 8:25, Ian Price takes over only to go away again at 8:25 the next day, which is how its always been. He says he’s interested in a woman (Dr. Solis I presume) but how can he pursue it when he’s only conscious for 8 hours a day? That’s when his alarm goes off – 45 minutes left. Will says he’s in a cage and urges him to surprise himself, make his remaining time count.
So he goes to the club Dr. Solis mentioned and meets her there. They talk about why they became doctors (he hurt someone very badly as a child and now wants to atone) when his alarm goes off – she wants to know why he’s keeping her at arm’s length and they kiss – until he starts almost seizing. He leaves rapidly. He runs home, fumbling doors and locks to grab his vial and inject it with only 10 seconds to go. But he doesn’t fall unconscious. It doesn’t work.
He wakes in a strange place, in a bed with 3 women. He leaves the bed and finds more people passed out sleeping after some heavy partying. He has flashes of memories of partying, drugs,. Getting in a fight. He has “Happy Birthday” written on his arms.
At work he orders a full range of tests from his lackey Josh then goes to see Dr. Ken Jordan (the arsehole, who is threatening a poor lackey for having a stutter) to get him to take over his rounds, then to Dr. Lena Solis to try and do the “it’s not you, it’s me” speech. She offers to be a friend and supporter if he needs it.
Jason goes to see Reuben panicked about “Oblivion” not working and Reuben tells him that “he” (Ian) has become immune – and he can’t make it any stronger without it becoming deadly. Reuben promises to work on something else – but what about tonight and Ian seeking revenge?
Jason gets in a taxi and asks to be taken “as far away as you can get.” He arrives at a motel with 10 minutes to spare, and has the desk clerk post his personal items back to Philadelphia.
Meanwhile, in the hospital, man wakes up and starts hallucinating things when he sees himself in the mirror. He panics and has to be sedated while they call to page Dr. Cole – Jason.
At the motel Jason takes a shower and shakily writes “Do No Har-“ in the condensation when Ian takes over. And realises Jason has left him with no cash or credit cards. He ransacks the room out of temper as much search – but does find Lena Solis’s phone number that Jason tucked into his pocket. He calls her and she comes to the motel.