Izzie decides to try George's way of things, and wanders into Arnie's room to check on him. He's pretty down about both having a brain tumor and having a wife that now won't even look at him. Izzie assures him that she's just freaked out, and that it's a totally common response. Arnie is afraid that maybe it's not the tumor, and she just doesn't like him. She tells him he's a likeable guy, and he compliments her back that she's a nice girl, prompting a toothpaste-commercial smile from her. She then asks casually how his new doctor is, dropping that Alex has been off his game lately but that she's sure he's fine now. I have to give credit, it's a smooth move. Clearly worried, he says he doesn't want a doctor off his game, he wants her. Innocently, she says that he can talk to Dr. Shepherd about it, and gives another gleaming grin.
Cristina makes her way back to the clinic to find her patient unable to breathe, and both the patient and her interns panicking. She yells at them to get her into the ER, and abuses them about not knowing what to do. Lexie gets a good dig back in, pointing out that she was paging Cristina repeatedly and demands to know where she was. Is part of the magic of dermatology that pager signals can't penetrate the walls?
Cristina uses a book to figure out what medicine needs to be given, but fortunately once they administer it the woman's blood pressure starts to come back up to normal. Everyone breathes a sign of relief and Cristina tells Lexie to call Bailey and to get a biopsy. She shakes her head to get the last fog of dermatology out.
Alex bursts into the scrub room where Izzie is getting ready for surgery, and he's super pissed that she stole "his" surgery. Izzie shoots back, "Using me as a doormat is one thing. Screwing with my career is another." I still can't stand her and don't expect that to change any time soon, but I will give her credit for a nice move. (That someone else had to walk her through since she couldn't come up with it on her own.) She goes on that she's been covering his ass and only gotten abuse back, and that it all ends now. One might argue that it actually ended when he turned on her a couple of weeks ago and that she's since just played the role of martyr. Alex whines to Derek that Izzie stole his surgery, but he announces that the patient requested Izzie. "Nothing I can do."