Cristina has once again escaped her room, and she and Meredith are in the (oddly always deserted) hallway of abandoned beds. Cristina is working on a chart when Meredith mentions the divorce papers, but claims not to be jealous. Cristina tells her she's got every right to be: "It's your territory and she's peeing all over it." Ah, Cristina, our delicate flower. She then mentions that Burke's patient has been in four hospitals this year, and Mere takes her turn to call her out. "Cristina, you lost a fallopian tube, a baby and a boyfriend all in one day. You have the right to be upset." Help me: How did she lose Burke the same day? He'd already dumped her. But I guess that makes Meredith's comeback less snappy, so details are let slide. Cristina merely tells her, "And you're losing McDreamy to his perfect wife. You have a right to be jealous." Blah blah not jealous, divorce papers, blah, I'm not upset, blah. After a moment in which Cristina has Meredith contemplate being stuck in a small room alone with her own mom, Mere asks if they're like their mothers, to Cristina's disgust.
That seems to have spurred Meredith to visit her mother, but she's greeted instead with an empty bed. George is so dead, and he knows it when he walks in and is faced with a missing patient and an angry daughter.
Sure enough, Samuel's scan shows Alex that there's a bullet lodged right in his noggin. He and the tech gape at it awhile until Ellis, who has appeared at the (still open) door, announces it's a bullet and asks them if they'll leave it there or get the guy into surgery.
A few moments later, she's showing Alex certain things on the scan and explaining how the surgery will work when McDreamy is brought in and calmly introduces himself as her neuro consult. Behind him, George calls to her with an empty wheelchair in front of him and says that she's needed upstairs. She calmly gets in while George takes a moment to gawk at the scan. Richard arrives -- this room is getting to be more of a social hub than Central Perk ever was on Friends -- and he asks George if he can't handle his job. George mumbles that he can handle a lot of things, which is really a good way to portray confidence. Way to be strong, George.
Addison is talking to Jeremiah, giving him her surgery recommendation with Bailey behind her to answer questions. It boils down to the fact that it's a long, hard surgery and his lungs don't do well with anesthesia, but on the other hand he's at a risk for multi-system organ failure. Bailey tells him there are no guarantees, which he knows, and his response is, "Yeah, but I'm me." She repeats, "But you're you," with the teeniest of cracks in her strong veneer while Meredith watches it all quietly. He sums up, "So if we don't operate, I die. And if we do operate, I may die." That's the gist, so he decides to go for it, thinking he'll either get lucky, or he can at least know he lasted 26 years, which is "awesome." He takes Bailey's hand and tells her, "It's been sweet." She orders, "It's gonna stay sweet." He (and Cristina, Meredith, Derek, and Addison) isn't the only one staying afloat via denial.