Cristina walks with Burke to their patient's room. Burke asks her when Hanukkah falls this year. Cristina says she has no idea. Burke, who is entirely too sweet, is like, "Oh. Well, if there are any more traditions you want me to be aware of..." Cristina cuts him off again, and says she hasn't observed any kind of religious holidays since she was old enough to know better. Burke doesn't know what to do. I can think of a few things, starting with the word "boot."
Their heart transplant patient is a young black boy named Justin. Burke tells Justin and his mother that he's there with great news. He says they have a heart for Justin, and he'll operate this morning. Justin's mom starts to cry: "You hear that, baby? Santa Claus is bringing you a new heart for Christmas." Justin doesn't seem to like this idea at all, and tells Burke to tell Santa's fat ass to give it to someone else. "I don't want it!" Damn! Burke just stands there while Cristina grins evilly behind his back. Maybe she and Justin should get together. Credits.
When we come back, Justin's mom tries to laugh it all off, and tells Burke that Justin's just tired today. She seems very sweet, and clearly loves her son more than life, but also kind of clueless about what he's feeling. Justin says he's tired every day, and hates Christmas every day, and doesn't want another stupid operation. Burke tells him that he knows operations are scary, but he needs this heart, because he wore out his last one. Cristina's like, "Wait, what? Last one?" Burke explains that Justin had a heart transplant as a baby, but his heart hasn't aged as well as he has, and asks Justin if he understands that. Justin says he doesn't care; he doesn't want it. Burke asks if he can tell him why not, but Justin just crosses his arms and looks away.
Bailey finds Webber at the surgery board. "Anxiety attacks, aneurysms, and ulcers," Webber says. Bailey: "Must be December." Webber's secretary walks up and tells him that Adele called. He tries to brush her off, but the secretary interrupts, "She knows you're not in surgery, and she says, quote, 'We are going to our niece's school pageant this morning. You have known about it for months, and after what you pulled on Thanksgiving...' Then she started using a great many words I don't feel comfortable repeating." Webber says he has seven surgeons on vacation. Secretary: "Then there was something about divorce." Heh. Webber reluctantly tells Bailey she'll have to cover his ulcer excision. Bailey, stone-faced, says yes sir, she will.