Meredith VO: "Pain. You just have to ride it out. Hope it goes away on its own. Hope the wound that caused it, heals." Cristina bursts into the on-call room where Burke is sleeping, turns on the light, and declares, "So, here's where we are. I work too much, I'm competitive, I'm always right. And...I snore." He's totally confused and groggy -- as much as I don't like him, I give him a big pass here, as I'd be the same way, except probably crankier -- and she shouts, "I'm trying here!" and finally his face lights up with an "Oh!" of realization. He then asks, "So?" It's quintessential Cristina when she deadpans, "Okay, we're a couple. Whatever, don't make a big deal about it." She turns to leave but thinks twice, runs up and kisses him, then leaves with a happy smile as she goes out the door.
VO: "There are no solutions. No easy answers. You just breathe deep and wait for it to subside." Izzie and Cristina are now at the bar, and they're all turning each time the door opens, and each time it's not McDreamy. They're all trying to comfort Mere, and they all clearly don't believe he's coming. When George assures her he'll be there, it earns him a kick, but he protests, "You want her doing tequila shots all night? I'll be the one cleaning up the vomit...besides, I touched a heart today, Porny." Saving a guy's life in an elevator and plugging his heart with your finger to do so gives you a pass on vomit duty for one night, I'd say.
"Most of the time, pain can be managed. But sometimes, the pain gets you when you least expect it." Meredith has Joe pour her another, and he does, even as he tells her Derek is coming. "Hits way below the belt, and doesn't let up." Derek. Still sitting at the hospital. But Addison walks up, saying she's been looking for him all day. She asks the question on everyone's lips. "So, you going to sign those divorce papers, or not?"
VO: "Pain. You just have to fight through. Because the truth is, you can't outrun it, and life always makes more." Mere does another shot. I suspect that, even though he should have earned a pass, George is going to be on vomit duty anyway.