George walks out of the hospital and finds Izzie sitting outside. She smiles at him and says they made it through the day, which he repeats. She takes his hand and they smile at each other, in what can only be described as the most strictly platonic smile in the history of television. They just are not good enough actors to get past the fact that there's actually negative chemistry between them.
"So, the only way we can clear out the cobwebs is to turn a new page," Meredith's VOs to show that Callie's new page is in Cristina's filthy apartment. Cristina shows her around, and Callie seems quite happy and grateful. Her first question, however, is if Cristina would mind if she picked up a bit. Cristina sternly tells her that she minds quite a lot. While it's nice continuity that Cristina has gone back to being a complete slob, my inner neatnik is crying at the crap all over that gorgeous apartment.
Meredith finishes, "Or, put an old story to rest." In the scrub room, she takes a handful of her mother's ashes and slowly rinses them down the drain in the sink. Richard comes in, rather distressed that she's got a bag of ashes in a sterile environment, until she tells him that they are her mother. "And I think this is where she'd want to be." He walks up and quietly takes his own handful, then she takes another. They look at each other, and he asks if they should say a prayer. Meredith tells him Ellis didn't have faith in anything, so he simply whispers, "Ashes to ashes, dust to dust," as together they both put their hands in the water and put the woman who so affected both of them "Finally, finally to rest."