Back in 2012, Meredith is writing a surgery up on the board and Richard and Owen realize it's the infamous Intern Appendectomy. It doesn't feel like Kate and Smash's first day, but maybe now they just do this near their first day and not right ON it. Whatever their time there, she gives Owen and Richard the same reason Derek gave her for doing it today -- best to keep her mind off things. When Bailey comes up trying to find someone to take her surgery so that she can get bi-ZAY with Ben, she mentions Meredith's nickname and Meredith is intrigued to learn what the interns are calling her. Bailey is vibrating with pride that one of her chicks grew up to be a monster with snake hair who can turn people to stone, though it's also probably with about-to-have-sex excitement. She tells Mere it's good to have a scary nickname since it keeps interns in line. "Take it from the Nazi." Richard, however, informs Bailey that particular nickname has been retired and she now has a new one. However, no one will actually tell her what it is.
Back in freezing Minnesota, Cristina pops her head in to the OR to ask Parker a question. But unlike Seattle Grace, where doctors will have conversations, fights, or deliver dissertations on their relationships, Parker calls out to all of the other surgeons and everyone simultaneously lifts up their hands and turns to stare at her. She's taken aback and stutters that she didn't mean for them to stop, but Parker cheerfully tells her that they have found multitasking leads to errors in both hearing and healing. This guy is a caricature of a caricature. Cristina tries to shake it off and asks Parker if he can somehow get Feeny off of her surgery. Parker makes it hard for her, though, asking her why and then when she says he talks too much, going into a long stupid story of his own about Feeny's long stupid stories. He seems to be intentionally missing her point, and just wishes her good luck.
Mere and Cristina have made up for not living in the same city and spending all their waking moments together by getting iPads and FaceTiming each other multiple times a day. As Mere works at the computer she props "Cristina" up against the monitor and brags about her nickname. Cristina tells her that she had to push her flight but insists to a disappointed Meredith that this isn't like the other times. And while Mere is disappointed she's obviously understanding and gently tells Cristina that it's okay if she's not able to fly. She points out that she won't get there by five anyway, so there's no need to push herself. Cristina insists that she'll be fine, compliments the nickname, and they hang up. Owen walked up in time to hear the tail end of the conversation and is overly casual as he asks if she is coming. Meredith says that she is but after a pause, Owen asks if she's really going to get on the plane. Meredith tells him that they are working on it but then admits that it's probably not going to happen. There's not much to say, either by them or by me, because it's about the most understandable thing in the world that they all would be put off of air travel. I have to assume Cristina drove herself to Minnesota.