Addie slips her wedding ring on and walks to the Gibsons' room. They're both cooing over their new baby, and sadly for Addison, Mr. Gibson is too busy to compare her once again to Catherine Deneuve. Hey, Bailey told you, sister.
Teddy's out of surgery, and George and Callie are having to break the news to him that the infection he got from his nasty hockey glove was enough to ruin his hand for a long, long time. Teddy's all, "But, wait! I got the instructions from the internet! Mom, tell them they're liars!" Alas, they are not liars. Teddy's hockey career is over. Teddy cries, and again he says, "I got the directions off the internet!" As if you should believe anyone on the internet, present company included.
After McDreamy operates on Natalie Cole, he finds Meredith in the scrub room. He looks hot even in that silly hat, and tells her that he was kidding this morning -- whatever horrible thing she did, she can just tell him. "As a friend." "As a friend." SERIOUSLY. Stop it. Mere says if she tells him, he has to react as a friend. "Not my not-friend." McDreamy says he can do that. "Tell me what's wrong. I'll tell you how to fix it." Mere hesitates, then confesses that she slept with George, and now everything's awful, and she doesn't know what to do. McDreamy has a moment of total not-friendness, but recovers nicely. He flashes that gorgeous grin and tells her to find George, and apologize over and over until he listens. Mere says everyone's telling her that, but she doesn't know how to do that. McDreamy: "Just do what I do. Use the elevator." Oh, so dreamy!
And she does it. I don't know how long Meredith had to lurk in that elevator until George got in, but when he finally does, she announces that he's trapped. George won't look at her at all, and instead rolls his eyes to the ceiling. Mere says she's sorry, truly madly deeply sorry. "I know you're going to get off this elevator and not look back, I know that. But George, we're friends. Real friends. And that means, no matter how long it takes, when you finally do decide to look back, I'll still be here." George is near tears at this point, but still won't make eye contact. The elevator stops, and he gets off, pointedly not looking back. Mere starts her voice-over: "As human beings, we all try to do the best we can."
Cut to Izzie, kneeling by Denny's bed and looking like she's saying the mother of all prayers. She takes his hand, and he wakes up. "Hey. Don't you have somewhere to be?" Izzie: "Yeah. I'm there." Uh huh. MereVO: "But the world is full of unexpected twists and turns. And just when you've gotten the lay of the land, the ground underneath you shifts and knocks you off your feet."
Cristina arrives home to find her beloved and George engaged in a fantastical jazztastical jam session. George is playing the clarinet in the gayest way possible, and Burke is hotly Miles Davising on the trumpet. Cristina tries to pretend that she hasn't witnessed this affront to music, and walks into her bedroom. MereVO: "If you're lucky, you end up with nothing but a flesh wound. Something a Band-Aid will cover."
McDreamy checks on Natalie Cole, who has survived her surgery and is happily resting with Kyle, then we cut to the Airstream. MereVO: "But some wounds are deeper than they first appear, and require more than just a quick fix." Addison is in bed reading. McDreamy, having learned a valuable lesson from Natalie, flops down on the bed and makes his confession. "I was indifferent. In New York, before Mark. I was indifferent towards you. And I was absent. I'm partly to blame for what's happened to our marriage." Addison's like, "Yeah." McDreamy says he's sorry, and he's working on it. Addison, looking even more beautiful than Catherine Deneuve, takes off her glasses and says, "Okay." MereVO: "With some wounds, you have to rip off the Band-Aid, let them breathe, and give them time to heal." And with that glimpse at a marriage in peril, we fade out.