Lexie's back at her apartment examining an orange when George bursts in and tells her he's retaking his test. She's thrilled for him and he goes on to say that he knows he was mad, but thank you thank you thank you! He then grabs her and plants a kiss on her lips. As he runs off looking for alcohol for a party, she touches her lips -- with that, George O'Malley has snared yet another woman to make him officially second only to Mark in the race for Seattle Grace Ladies' Man.
Alex is sitting on his bed, looking like a broken man with tears in his eyes, when Izzie comes to the doorway. Maybe the door was unlocked because they were home, then? But then why wouldn't one of them just tell Derek that Mere was out and shoo him out of the house? Oh, who knows, it's the last five minutes of the season, so I'll just let that be. Izzie leans in the doorway and tells Alex she's sorry, and he tonelessly just shoots back, "Whatever." She walks in and sits down next to him, saying, "Not whatever. I'm sorry." She's sorry for what happened with Ava and his mom. That seems to have gotten him, and he turns to her, an absolute mess, and grabs her face and kisses her. She pulls away but he begs -- it's horrible and desperate and really raw -- "Just this once. Just for one night. Please." She gives in and they make out, while elsewhere both Richard and Adele and Callie and Hahn do the same. Izzie pulls away again and Alex's face is a red mess of tears as he begins to sob and beg again. She pulls his head to her chest and just holds him. And I pull out some more Kleenex.
Bailey gets to kiss someone too... except, of course, we never get to see her be romantic at all, and her kiss is with her exceptionally adorable son. But she's happy, and she tells him they're going home. "Home to daddy." So maybe there is hope after all!
Back at the trailer, Derek runs up looking for Meredith but when she's not there, he stops and heaves a sigh. But then, through the trees, he notices a person pacing among a ton of candles in the grass.
That person is Mere, who is talking to herself about what a stupid, corny idiot she is. He calls her name, and she jumps and demands to know where he's been, switching her efforts from yelling at herself to yelling at him about how she did a stupid, idiotic thing for him. She then yells that over here is their kitchen. From above, you can see that the candles are laid out to show a floor plan -- it's their house on his land. She points out their living room and the room where their kids would play, explaining that she had this whole thing about building a house but that she doesn't build because she's a surgeon. "And now I'm here feeling like a lame-ass loser. I got all whole and healed, and you don't show up. And now it's all ruined because you took so long to come home. And I couldn't even find that bottle of champagne." With that, he lifts the bottle and she finally stops yelling. He walks towards her and tries to banter about the house, but she's still upset and doesn't know if she can trust him. "I want to trust you, but I don't know if I do, so I'm just gonna try and trust you because I believe we can be extraordinary together instead of ordinary apart." He reaches her and starts to kiss her, and I reach for yet more tissues. After some good kissing, he pulls away and tells her that he has to go. "In order to kiss you the way I want to kiss you, in order to do more than kiss you, I need to speak to Rose. I want my conscience clear so that I can do more than kiss you." He tells her to stay and wait for him, and she smiles after him as he walks away. There's one more shot of the candle floorplan and then a close shot of her face, now not smiling. I do think, though, that she's supposed to be scared but happy and that the blank look is just some unfortunate acting.