Meredith is still upset about George, but luckily she has her new best friend McDreamy to help her through it. They take walks! They laugh at the dog! They share sandwiches! He pretends not to be mortified when she confesses to sleeping with George! And she takes his advice to trap George in an elevator (just like McDreamy!) so he'll have to listen. George does not accept Mere's apology. He does, however, cut his own hair into the most unattractive version of the Caesar ever seen on a human. It doesn't seem to make him feel better, but fortunately he has his new best friend Preston Burke to help him through it with a little two-man jazztastical jam. Cristina is horrified at this display of "manly" bonding, but has her own little problem to deal with in the form of Bailey's baby, whom Bailey, retardedly, has asked her to watch for the day while she performs surgeries. It does not go well, duh. Meanwhile, Natalie Cole is admitted with a terminal aneurysm and a fork in her neck, applied by her husband when her messed-up brain made her clamp down on his, uh, jazztastical jam. McDreamy claims he can operate and save her life, but Natalie likes her aneurysm because it's revived her marriage and given her a beautiful new life. She finally agrees to the surgery, which is successful, and also teaches McDreamy a valuable lesson about the dangers of taking one's wife for granted. Izzie is still giving Alex the brush-off for heart patient Denny, who is seriously about to die. Burke does surgery to give him a little more time, but yeahâ¦Denny's gonna kick it. Sorry, Izzie! And in other guest appearance news, Duncan shows up as a hockey star so intent on playing in the big game that he'd rather amputate his own dislocated finger than sit out, rendering his hand useless and ending his career. Good one, Donut.
Previously on Grey's Anatomy: Erin recapped awesomely. Also, Mere slept with George; McDreamy asked Mere to be his new best friend; Izzie developed a crush on a heart patient; and George moved out of Mere's house and into Burke and Cristina's.
So we open, naturally, on poor sad George, who is staring at himself in the bathroom mirror. Mere voice-overs, "As doctors, patients are always telling us how they would do our jobs. 'Just stitch me up, slap a Band-Aid on it, and send me home!'" George looks at himself determinedly, if a little queasily, picks up a pair of fingernail scissors, and starts cutting his hair off. Yes, because making yourself look like you got your hair cut down at the Institute for the Blind...that'll really show Meredith!
Mere voice-overs that it's easy to suggest a quick solution when you don't know much about the problem, or how deep the wound really is. We cut to Mere and McDreamy on a nature trail somewhere, chatting it up and playing fetch with Doc. Come on. Mere says her friends are still upset about the awful thing she did, the very bad, horrible thing she won't tell him about. McDreamy says he doesn't want to know what it is, anyway. "Although we are friends." Mere agrees, they are. Seriously? If you're such good friends, why do you have to keep saying it so damn much? McDreamy goes on to say that, since they're friends, and you tell friends things, she could technically come to him with this kind of problem, since, you know, they're friends and all. Mere says she'll keep that in mind, and turns it around: "What about you? Any problems you want to tell me about?" McDreamy lies that he doesn't have any problems. Not a single one. I can think of a ninety-five pound problem walking right next to him, but who am I to judge the mysterious world of friends? Friends, friends, friends.
Cristina wakes up and stumbles towards the coffee. Mere voice-overs, "The first step to a real cure is to figure out what the disease is to begin with. But that's not what people want to hear." Just then Burke and George and George's Haircut for the Blind come in from their early-morning five-mile run. They've bonded, you see. George is all excited, and asks Burke if he wants pancakes. He does! The mix is on the top shelf! Cristina pours her coffee and stares at them. Finally she can take it no longer, and demands to know what's wrong with George's hair. Burke tells her to leave the man alone. "He's got issues." Hee. Mere voice-overs something about ignoring complications that might arise and going for the quick fix, but I can't hear it over the sound of Burke and George making out with each other as they prepare cappuccinos.