Hahn tells Sloane and Alex about Jacob and his infection, and Sloane helpfully concludes that Hahn's going to remove his sternum. Okay, this is just getting too funny now, and I'm starting to suspect that someone at the show must know me, because I dated a guy with no sternum. And how often do you really find sternum-less guys? Just be careful and don't go tossing them anything that might accidentally hit them in the chest where, you know, there's no bone covering their heart. Killing your date can ruin an evening. She then helpfully explains in detail that she needs Sloane to manipulate his pectoral muscles so that Jacob won't have a big hole in his chest. When she asks if he will make time, Sloane, always thinking, asks if she'll make time for a drink. She's a bit different from his usual conquests, though, and doesn't find him funny or charming, but just keeps getting madder as they keep going back and forth. Finally, he relents, apologizes, and says that he'll do it without the promise of a date. And then Mark, in a rare moment of goodwill, tells Alex that he can scrub in, much to Alex's delight. Alex apologizes to the patient he's working on for the scene, and then needs to apologize again, as none other than Ava appears at the doorway and he heads out to talk to her.
She asks him to coffee and he says, somewhat uncomfortably, that he can't. She wheedles him a bit, clearly a tad surprised that he's not jumping at seeing her or spending time with her. He tells her that he needs to finish up and scrub in to a surgery he's never seen before, so she asks if she can watch. My response might have been to ask if this means that she was single, or now living in Seattle, or anything that might indicate why she's back yet again to see him, but he just stutters and says he can't. She plays him like a fiddle by telling him he's never been one to follow rules, and cites the gallery and all the people usually hanging about watching. And instead of pointing out that quite a number of people at the hospital would totally recognize her, as she was a patient there for weeks who had tons of attention...well, the scene cuts, so we don't see the outcome yet, but my guess is that her batting her eyes at him could get her just about anywhere.