It seems that Bailey took a few days off after Jackson's case and she comes back to some awesome news -- the Chief wants to make her an Attending as soon as she's done with her residency in July, since he needs someone new in general surgery. She's thrilled beyond all belief and happy to be back as long as she doesn't have to work on a potentially dying child. So she goes to spend the day working with Dr. Dixon… on a young girl with a heart condition. Bailey freaks out and spends the whole day trying to compose herself, but when the surgery doesn't go well she literally walks out. Later, however, she figures out how to treat the child and Arizona points out that she would actually make a great pediatric surgeon, and Bailey is left to contemplate that, along with everything she learned about helping calm down someone with Asperger's. Earlier, Bailey has a joyous outburst when she realizes how to help the child, and all the screaming, heated emotions and hugging causes Dixon to have a meltdown. When Bailey goes to find Dixon to try and help, she winds up hugging Dixon tightly, which she learns helps calm the nervous system. Cristina comes in and participates as well until Dixon is back to normal.
It's good for Cristina, as she needs to use the same thing later to help calm down Hunt. They spend the day flirting with each other, which would be cute if it weren't for the weird, unironic piano music and slo-mo that accompanies their every glance. At the end of the day, however, the piano is interrupted when Hunt sees a blonde woman walk in and he has an absolute meltdown and runs away. Cristina runs after him and grabs him tightly until he finally manages to calm his breathing, and later she settles in to read while Hunt sleeps with his arms around her in the on-call room. She's pre-reading Ellis' diary because she and Mere are friends again, thank goodness, and Mere needs Cristina to pre-read the details of Ellis and Richard's affair. At the same time Mere's freaking out and wondering why Derek is acting weird. She is literally the only person left in the hospital who doesn't learn that he's planning to propose, which he prepares to do that night until he's interrupted by a phone call from Addison to begin the Big Crossover Event. So we'll have to wait, and I'm sure Meredith will get suspicious about his feelings in the meantime.
Mark and Lexie start off the episode doing some Hunt-and-Cristina-like flirting of their own, but in secret as usual. Lexie realizes, however, that she can't handle all of the secrets anymore and tells Mark they have to go public or end it. Unbeknownst to her, he'd been planning to end it earlier, also because of the secrecy, until Callie points out that he's an idiot who should be happy if he has the opportunity. She's a depressed mess, but her spirits are raised at Joe's that night when Arizona kisses her to show that she's batting for the same team and interested whenever Callie is ready.
But the best thing about this episode is what was missing, and that's Denny. At least for now he seems to really be gone, but he's left Izzie trying to figure out in secret what is wrong with her. She has the interns in the clinic that day and winds up getting them to unknowingly run all sorts of tests to check her out under the guise of learning how to do these things on real patients. But for all of her efforts, she can't figure out what's wrong with her. Which oh boy, means that we've got more time ahead of us of her being secretive and idiotic. However, I'm not going to complain since at least it's not ghost sex! Who knew that the measure of a good episode would one day mean not having to recap imaginary sex with a jerky dead patient?
See what qualified for the most annoying moments on this show (dead Denny definitely made the list). Come back next week for Lauren S.'s full detailed episode recap.
Welcome to another week at Seattle Grace, where Izzie is still acting like a moron. While I'm thrilled that Denny seems to be gone for now, she has decided to test herself to try and figure out what is wrong. Why go for help in a hospital? Why ask your friends, who are doctors, and who think you've been acting strangely, to discreetly assist you? Well, I guess that actually only leaves George, and having him help would mean giving him actual screen time, so that possibility is out. She's trying to draw her own blood and failing as Mere VO's us into this episode. "Every first year med student knows that an increased heart rate is a sign of trouble." All of the interns shuffle into the clinic like they are hung over and bitch about having to spend the day there with Izzie, thinking it's a waste of time. Izzie quickly tries to get rid of all of the evidence of her activities, and then pulls the curtain back to surprise everyone. I guess this week we aren't pretending that the curtains are sound barriers. "A racing heart could indicate anything."
"From a panic disorder..." Cristina opens the door to an on-call room and wakes up a shirtless Hunt, then stutters and apologizes as each of them insists the other one use the bed and sleep. Hunt eventually wins by saying she's been there all night and needs it, and Cristina is stunned but not unhappy when he tells her he just knew. "...to something much, much more serious." This week is going to be particularly literal, it seems, since his pager then goes off to presumably take him to something more serious. Before he goes he tells her she should wear her hair up more often since it shows off the back of her neck, which he likes. She sits down and with a little shocked smile feels the sexy back of her neck.
"A heart that flutters, or skips a beat." Mark and Lexie ride in the elevator with their hands brushing against each other, and then when the doors open, Lexie takes off past Meredith, who is running to catch up with Cristina. Mere looks after her sister like maybe something's up, but chooses to run after Cristina, who she thought was sleeping. When Cristina says that Hunt was in the room already, Mere jumps to the conclusion that they had dirty sex. Ha! I love that finally everyone admits that's all those rooms are for. Cristina is kind of dreamy and tells her she's not sure what it is between them. Mere's VO picks up, "Could be a sign of a secret affliction."
Callie, looking awesome with bangs, walks up to Lexie and asks how it's going. Lexie, too full of her secret to recognize a rhetorical question, immediately starts gushing about how fantastic things are with her and Mark, even when they're not having sex. Callie delightfully muses, "Yeaaah, I don't want to hear this," but Lexie begs her to listen since Callie is the only one who knows about their forbidden love affair. Callie asserts that, "alone people don't want to hear about the together people," and I fear that she's turning into Clichéd Depressed Callie, even though she adds that even people alone by choice don't want to hear about it. Sometimes, but then again... eh, I'm going to leave it. I have a problem with so many different things on this show that the least I can do is let Callie be depressed about her breakup (even if it's out of the blue and after a few weeks of her seeming pretty okay).