Elena is at Peter's bedside. She nervously points out that they're finally alone. He looks incredibly sad and tells her that it's been a long day. She gives him a very timid kiss and tells him that she'll see him in the morning. Mere V.O.: "At the end of the day, when it comes down to it, all we really want is to be close to somebody." Izzie and Alex wheel Jacob's bed into the room and place it next to Peter's bed. Peter tiredly asks Jacob, "Couldn't stay away?" Jacob doesn't respond. He just holds out his hand, and after a second, Peter reaches up and takes it.
In the NICU, Susan, Molly, and Addison all coo over baby Laura's incubator while Meredith watches from a distance. Mere V.O.: "So, this thing where we all keep our distance, and pretend not to care about each other? It's usually a load of bull." Susan walks over to Meredith and asks if she'd like to come see the baby. Meredith is flustered and says that she doesn't, but she does ask if the baby is okay. Susan says that she's beautiful, and Meredith smiles and nervously walks away. But Susan calls out after her, "We could be your family, if you wanted. You have a mother, I know. I'm not saying...I'm just saying that we could be your family, too." So, Molly must have figured out who Meredith is by now. Unless her mother routinely invites random doctors to join the family. Meredith stops, but doesn't respond or turn around, and then walks away.
Locker room. Cristina, dressed in human clothes, sits in front of her locker and broods. Mere V.O.: "So, we pick, and choose who we want to remain close to." All of the interns are dressed, and George, Alex, and Izzie are still ignoring Cristina. Meredith slams her locker door and tells them she can't take it anymore. Izzie asks what she's talking about, and Meredith tells them, "Let her off the hook. Let Cristina off the frickin' hook!" Cristina asks her to shut up, but she doesn't. Instead, she points out that when Izzie cut the LVAD wire, Cristina stood by her. Alex cheated on Izzie with "syph nurse," but she still helped him study. "Syph nurse?" That's not very nice, Meredith. We don't call you "tequila doctor." To George, she says, "And George, when everybody was calling you '007'..." George: "She was calling me 007." He leaves. Meredith again tells Izzie and Alex to let her off the hook. They both apologize to Cristina and leave. Meredith sits down next to Cristina, who asks her, "Why can't you mind your own business? You know, what is your problem?" Meredith: "You're my sister, you're my family, you're all I've got." That was an oddly flat line reading from Ellen Pompeo, whose work I usually find so strong. Mere V.O.: "And once we've chosen those people, we tend to stick close by." Cristina, laying her head on Mere's shoulder: "I'm so tired." Mere: "I know. Me too."