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.
Danny hits the bone and starts to freak out again, while Callie assures him that that is a good thing. She then instructs him to take a clamp and work it back and forth underneath the bone. He struggles and can't really get it, which is frustrating, but when Callie tells him to put his hand in the incision to get some traction, it causes the last bit of courage that was holding him together to melt away. Quite understandably, I might add. He begins to scream that he's going to kill his wife and he can't do this, and Owen has seen enough. He declares he's going down there and while Karen protests, it's pretty weak sauce and Owen pretty much ignores her. Callie tries to convince him that Danny can do it but Owen says that they are asking too much of the poor guy. Callie points out that she should probably be the one to go but since she has a wife and baby, that outweighs his just having an estranged wife so he does the job.