"Every patient's story starts the same way." Mere gets right into the VO this week as an ambulance pulls up where Richard and Derek are waiting. "It starts with them being fine. It starts in the before. They cling to this moment, this memory of being fine, this before, as if their talking about it may somehow bring it back." In this case, the before is Addison, who gets out of the back of the ambulance with Naomi, and then they unload her brother Archer on a stretcher. It's a little distracting that they have everyone greeting each other and talking at the same time that Mere is doing her thing. Addie hugs Richard while Naomi hugs Derek, and then Addison falls limply into a hug with her ex-husband. "But what they don't realize is that the fact that they're talking about it to us, their doctors, means there's no going back." Addison starts to cry and tells them that Archer was fine earlier that day as they all follow the gurney inside. "By the time they see us, they're already in the after."
Izzie is at home doing what appears to be some sort of second-grade art project that involves construction paper and glitter. Alex comes in and makes the same face I am at seeing this, and asks her what she's doing. She explains that, "The interns are broken," and that being punished for doing surgery on each other is making them hate medicine. I don't think they've really got a leg to stand on since they were about as stupid as human beings can be with that little stunt, but okay, sure, they hate medicine now. Izzie is going to be the one to remind them that they actually love medicine, and she's going to do it by gluing glitter into a little swirly shape on a piece of orange paper. Alex wants to know if this is about Denny, and when Izzie tells him that it's only about the interns, he asks why she cares, as the interns are a bunch of losers. Izzie emphatically defends that they aren't, and I suspect we are supposed to feel the same way but seriously, I just don't care since I've only ever seen the interns as being pointless or foolish and reckless. Izzie just counters that they need to have fun, and she does as well. She then wonders what happened to the scissors and Alex points out they are right in front of her. This is supposed to be the first sign of what might be wrong with her, but they could have written a better example of that since I know that I always miss stuff that's right in front of me, and as far as I know I have no strange brain ailment to speak of -- I'm just kind of an airhead sometimes. She's confused for a moment but then gets back to work, and while Alex clearly thinks she's lost it, she cheerfully tells him that everything is going to be great.