A little while later, Meredith has joined Richard and a teary Avery and as they sit and watch, she frowns and finally says to the room that they tried so hard to keep him alive in the woods, figuring that if they got him back to the hospital everything would be okay. She seems to be talking to herself more than anything. Finally, she can't take it anymore and she jumps up, asking Richard to tell Derek she was here but left to go visit Cristina.
Owen finds Princess Kate crying in hallway; his body language says he wishes he hadn't even seen her but finally, he grudgingly asks her what is wrong. She unconvincingly apologizes and says she was leaving but Owen calls out that the surgery was designed for her to fail and to make her an example for the others. She's more interested, though, in finding out why Meredith is such a big old meanie. When Owen says she's not mean, she's just being a teacher, Kate asks again while stressing that in fact, she means this totally personally. If this is supposed to endear me to this character, it's not working. Especially when she asks Owen if it was the plane crash -- see, she heard that Mere was in a crash with some other doctors (not even seeming to realize it was other doctors here, just some other peeps somewhere out in the world) where they were stranded in the woods for a week (!!) and, "People died, or almost died, or something."
Okay, I call bullshit on this. This is almost as bullshit-deserving as the Boise hospital only calling Owen's phone number for a full day when the plane DISAPPEARED OFF THE MAP. If a plane of surgeons on their way to a conjoined-twin separation surgery crashed and then wasn't found for a week, and then was found with at least one person dead and most of the others near death, this would be the top news story in the country for quite a while. And even if it wasn't the TOP (which, I live in America and have seen the news, so...) Kate would definitely have been aware of events as she is not only a surgeon but a surgeon AT THE SAME HOSPITAL THAT EMPLOYED ALL THOSE SURGEONS IN THE CRASH. UGH. To his credit, Owen is extremely unimpressed by her reaction as he repeats her words, sarcastically stressing, "Or something," to himself. He informs her that Mere isn't going easy on her because that would be a disservice, and that if she can't handle the job she should leave. Otherwise, start crying somewhere else where he can't see her.
Back in Minnesota, Cristina has been called to the principal's office. Dr. Parker greets her and asks how her surgery went with Feeny. She's on her best Cristina behavior but is still herself enough to add that while she's happy to take one for the team, she'd like it if Parker sent Feeny off to bother someone else. Parker and his weirdly peppy demeanor tell her that he's not sure that will work, since he asked Feeny to help Cristina learn her way around, and he's not talking about the layout of the hospital. Cristina is confused since her record is perfect but Parker informs her that at Mayo, there are no egos, nor are there superstars other than the hospital and her patients. He sounds like a bad motivational speaker and Cristina can basically only stare incredulously. Parker tells her that she's not fitting in and he thinks she should take a few days off to go see the Mall of America and, "Soften up those sharp Seattle edges. Doctor's orders." Cristina is totally offended, and it's a sign that she has matured over the years that she doesn't send a sharp Seattle edge immediately into his ass. She asks if this is a suggestion and he gets serious as he tells her these are mandatory orders. And so we see how it is that Cristina will work her way back to Seattle Grace sooner than later.