Hello my lovelies, and welcome back to another season of Grey's! We're picking up immediately where we left off last season, so let's get right to it. As the doctors work on both Izzie and George, both seemingly about to die, Mere leads us in with her VO: "According to Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, when we are dying, or have suffered a catastrophic loss, we all move through five distinct phases of grief." Derek is working on George while Mere, Hunt and Callie look on, while at the same time Alex is breaking down watching the Chief, Cristina and Bailey all work on his wife. (It's unfortunate that we already know due to the wonder of casting news that she's probably going to make it. Though I guess technically she could die and then Alex could start having ghost sex, but then I think I might have to pitch myself out of my apartment window if that happens. And I only live on the second floor, so I'd most likely only succeed at breaking one or both of my legs, which would really, really hurt. And then I'd still be watching Grey's but with two broken legs.)
Mere continues, "We go into denial. Because the loss is so unthinkable, we can't imagine it's true." Cristina has her brow well-furrowed into denial at what is happening in front of her. "We become angry with everyone, angry with survivors, angry with ourselves. Then we bargain." Derek starts begging George to live. "We offer everything we have; we offer up our souls in exchange for just one more day." Callie looks on, eyes as wide as I've ever seen them. Back in Izzie's room, she finally wakes up as she gets another shock, and looks around confused until she finally obeys the Chief's order to look at him.
"When the bargaining has failed, and the anger is too hard to maintain, we fall into depression [and] despair until finally we have to accept that we have done everything we can. Derek curses as his attempts continue to not work, Hunt slumps, and Callie succumbs to her panic. As Derek takes his hands away the exposed bit of brain swells back up, and Hunt quietly asks if anyone knows if George is a donor. Callie begins to hyperventilate as we see written, "Day One" and then fade into white and the title card.
Izzie pulls at her breathing tube and she's deemed well enough to have it removed, but as he prepares Meredith arrives at the door sporting a Very Bad News face. She's there for Bailey, but Cristina sees it too. Callie is still hyperventilating in the OR and Hunt is the only one to finally go to her and try to help. The Chief and Bailey arrive as she finally starts to get a hold of herself; everyone else in the room is silent. Derek tells them that he did everything he could, and as Bailey gapes in denial Hunt tells them that George's organs are only going to be viable for a short time longer. Richard doesn't know if he's a donor, but he called George's mom and she's on her way. He orders Derek to close up George and get him to the ICU in case his mother wants to see him. Would there seriously be any question of that? But regardless, everyone just stands there, shell-shocked.