Nicky is brought in at that moment and Alex has already called Arizona and Derek to let them know. Supposedly a room was set up but when he asks April which one, she looks frantically at the board and admits she has no idea. She then gets angry and yells uselessly at everyone that they have to update the board. She's not new here, and Seattle Grace is no stranger to mass trauma, but she's so in over her head that keeping order via the board is all she can process, it seems. Meredith then walks up with her stack of charts and has finally found enough good sense to tell April to reassign all of her cases. Cristina walks up, drinking a bottle of water, but when April tries to give her the stack of charts Cristina refuses and adds that Mere should keep her cases. That's all well and good, but let these people who need to go under the knife at least momentarily have a doctor who actually still works for the hospital. April yells that she's Chief Resident so Cristina has to do what she says -- always an effective leadership technique. Meredith just jumps in to tell April that it's fine and she can wait.
After April leaves, Cristina asks Mere if she's just going to give up and suggests she talk to the Board. Meredith tells her with mounting frustration that the Board is in fact who fired her so that is a no-go. Teddy sees what looks like Cristina just visiting with her friend and walks up to admonish her, so Cristina gives her an official medical analysis of the situation: she presented as thirsty so she treated herself with water and now will recycle the bottle to avoid landfill strain. Teddy just kind of looks at her and with a slightly strained smile drawls that she's a funny girl. It's a weird delivery, one that makes her seem more drugged than strained, but either way her resident is severely testing her good mood. Before she leaves, Cristina hisses at Meredith to come up with a plan. As Meredith's name is the title of the show, I found I wasn't super worried about her employment this episode, but I did keep wishing she'd work a plan elsewhere because I want to understand her and am getting frustrated with her increasing lack of good judgment that gets herself and everyone around her in hot water. Stay away from the patients, lady.
Down in the sinkhole, it's Cuttin' Time. Callie is talking Danny through the prep, and then warns him that once he starts he is going to have to put his weight into the cuts. Danny is game but once he's hovering over his wife's thigh with a sharp blade, he starts to lose his resolve again. Owen jumps in and suggests he cover Susannah's face with a towel so that he doesn't think so much about the fact that he's slicing into his own wife's flesh. He and Callie are obviously both upset for Danny but Owen is especially affected by what is about to happen. Callie gives Danny a countdown and finally he sticks in the knife, screaming his way through the first cut. I saw Aron Ralston speak once and when he talked about his own ordeal -- which culminated in his amputating his own arm after days of being trapped with no hope of rescue -- he said that after it was all over, when he was having a crummy day, he'd just think to himself, "Did I have to drink my own urine today? No? I guess today is still a pretty good day." Mentally, I added that he might also ask, "Did I have to cut off my own arm today?" Now Danny gets his own version of that. Did he have to cut off his wife's leg today? Yes? Okay, then yes, this is possibly the worst day ever. For truly reals.