George is clutching a handful of pencils as if his very life depends on it. When the Chief calls his name he shrieks, "What!" and then tries to calm himself. Richard looks a little bit scared and has the grace to act a bit embarrassed as he asks, if George is done with his test, if he can help with everything that is going on. (Help solve things before the patients find out -- other than the guy who nearly blew up in the CT, I suppose.) George trembles and says nothing until his proctor comes up and excitedly tells him he's found a room in which George can take his test. George manically turns back to the Chief, who realizes what's up and tells him to go ahead. But after a beat, George seems to be pulled back to his duty, and says that he's the Chief's Intern for at least one more day and can help. He and Lexie are like the most perfect, pathetic would-be couple of all time! I hope someone gives them his-and-hers doormats as a wedding gift.
Speaking of Lexie, she and Sloane head back into Barry's room, and Mark asks Derek if he can run a test. Derek quips that he doesn't think Barry needs a tummy tuck, which Mark brushes off. He then puffs himself up to brag that he takes the new teaching protocol seriously, so when Lexie came to him with an idea, he listened. Cristina's ears perk up angrily at the idea that her intern had an independent and possibly intelligent thought. Lexie explains what she read, something about a nerve in Barry's nose. Cristina cuts in to condescend, but Sloane answers that if Lexie is right, Barry will let them know. With that, Derek gives Mark his blessing. Mark sits down and introduces himself, and Barry only moans quietly that 16 other ENT's so far have been unable to help. Mark just continues and sticks some sort of tool up his nose, which causes Barry to start shrieking that this is what's been causing all the pain. Cristina seems stunned and almost unhappy that Lexie caught the problem, and sulks a bit as Mark explains the ridiculous technical name for what Barry has. He says it's a simple procedure to fix it, unless of course Derek still wants to cut out part of his brain. Derek congratulates him, but it's lacking sincerity.
Shelly wakes up from her surgery to find her sister holding her hand and Bailey and Mere at her bedside. She's groggy but happy as she asks how it went, and it's heartbreaking to see Bailey have to break the news that the cancer was much more extensive than they thought. Jenn jumps in quickly to tell her it just means a round of chemo, and that she's already called the oncologist. Her phone rings, and she leaves to take the call. Bailey quietly tells her that they can manage the pain, and apologizes for not having better news. Shelly takes a moment to try and digest it, but then decides to ask Mere if she decided what to do. Mere just tells her that she's so sorry, so Shelly tries again and asks how good Derek is in bed. Mere only answers with a sad chuckle.