Presumably the next day, Bailey is leading the merry band through the hospital and reminding them to be focused since they're one intern short with Cristina gone. Unfortunately she doesn't say what they should be focused on, so as usual, it could end up being anything. Like their love lives. She also tells Alex to go see the chief, but when he asks, she says she doesn't know why. George proposes, "Maybe he gave the chief syphilis." Wouldn't that have been awesomely scandalous?
The first stop on their Magical Medical Tour is to the room of a young blonde woman who has a whole crowd of hospital staff around her listening to some captivating story she's telling. The punchline tells us that she's a doctor, but not a medical one. Bailey cracks on everyone to leave, and we can see that on the table at her bed the patient has spread a scarf and some various carved animals. Because everyone thinks to bring decorations when they are admitted to the hospital. Her name is Kalpana and she's as perky as Bailey is gruff. Izzie seems awed and delighted by her, but at Bailey's glare she acts professional and tells the group that the patient "presents with multiple syncopal episodes and ventricular arrhythmias." (Oh, thank goodness for closed captions.) So, she's been passing out and having heart palpitations. She also has a history of heart disease, including being shipped from Zambia to the U.S. for three months as a child to have her rheumatic fever treated. When Bailey asks Izzie what could cause these symptoms, a voice triumphantly answers from the doorway, where Cristina is standing in a hospital gown and pushing an IV, looking proud of herself. Bailey orders her out and as she finally leaves, everyone is treated to a view through the back of her gown. Alex compliments her undies, and Cristina shows she's returning to form by growling, "In your dreams, Evil Spawn."
It turns out she's the next patient on the tour, and it's been three days since her surgery. While she tells them all about how well she's doing and that she's totally ready for work, her mom chimes in from the other side of the room that she had a fever. George backs up a grateful Cristina by reminding Bailey of a time when Cristina worked two shifts with a 102-degree temperature. Now, I know doctors seem to do this all the time on TV, but seriously? Isn't it not a very good idea to have someone who is contagious around people whose health is already quite compromised? Ew. Anyhoodle, while Bailey appreciates her dedication she tells her she has to stay in bed until her temperature normalizes. Her mom takes the moment to mutter that she has told Cristina there's more to life than surgery and her career. With her usual grace, Cristina replies, "Mother, go upholster something." Bailey puts an end to it by telling Cristina to relax, shut up, and get better, explaining that she's the patient now so that she can be a doctor again soon. As they file out, Cristina desperately grabs Mere and begs her not to leave, but Meredith tells her she needs time to heal and winks at her as she sashays out of the room.