Mere updates Mrs. S, who is still accompanied by the buddy Meredith grabbed, plus a few others, but she doesn't really understand when Meredith says that they're taking off the other half of her husband's skull, freezing it, and then sewing the scalp and muscle back over his brain. I can't really blame her, since that does sound more like science fiction than actual medicine. Meredith tells her she knows that it's extreme and scary but Derek is a very good surgeon, even if he is a petulant man-child who only wants his own way all the time. Okay, fine, I added the last bit.
Across the room, Officer Graham calls out for the family of Jared Sworn, and a woman stands up and worriedly asks if her son is okay. We all know what horror is about to befall her as Graham asks her to step into the other room and Jackson abandons his search for another patient's family to follow and see what happens.
What happens is that Jared's mom starts screaming, freaking out that her son can't be the shooter. While Graham doesn't reach towards her his body language still reads as sympathetic, at least, while in the hallway Jackson just puffs out his chest in anger and storms off somewhere.
In the community OR, Mark is doing stitches on a girl's arm when Owen walks up and unceremoniously shoots a few staples in to finish the job, then tells Mark he's done and to find another patient. Mark is livid and refuses to put his name on the chart since it's what he calls a "hack job." But it frees him up to go help Lexie, who is in tears, calling for another doctor to help with her patient's intercranial hemorrhage. She tells Mark what needs to be done and calmly, he assures her that they can take care of it.
I thought Jackson was going to storm back into Teddy's OR for another argument but he just goes back to the pit, and Alex calls him over to help with Chuck's procedure. Jackson can't help but gripe about what's happening and Alex just tells him that they can't choose who they save. In a voice dripping with attitude, Jackson replies that that is certainly the party line. Alex just tells him that the shooter was sick, since no one in their right mind does this kind of thing. Jackson is unmoved until Alex mentions calmly, like he's talking about the weather, that his brother had a psychotic break and tried to kill his sister, was hurt in the process, but after all that Alex still wanted the doctors to save him because he's still his little brother.