It's nighttime, it's raining (in Seattle! Imagine that!), and the thunder rolls and lightning flashes ominously so we know that things aren't good. Mere tells us, "In order to get a good diagnosis, doctors have to constantly change their perspective. We start by getting the patient's point of view, though they often don't have a clue what's going on." Mere, an overnight bag packed, gets her IV taken out by a nurse while she looks anxiously out the door.
"So we look at the patient from every possible angle. We rule things out. We uncover new information, trying to get to what's actually wrong." In one of the trauma rooms, a guy mops up a massive pool of blood. Outside, Alex walks out into the rain while on his cell phone. "We're asked for second opinions. Hoping we'll see something others might have missed." Alex paces a bit, then hurls his phone into the wall, which made all the more dramatic by the sound effect they picked -- not a crunching phone, but the sound of a car crash. No, the accident of the week isn't a car crash, but doesn't it sound scary?
"For the patient, a fresh perspective can mean the difference between living and dying." Inside, Alex is back and he and all of the other regular residents and attendings are gathered in a hallway, looking somber. "For the doctor, it can mean you're picking a fight with everyone that got there before you." Reed comments rather breezily that someone is getting fired, and April tells her, horrified, to stop while Charles gripes that it wasn't his patient. Everyone's tense and cranky, and when Alex asks how long it's going to take, Avery asks pointedly if he needs to leave and make a phone call. When Charles snickers, Alex snaps and lunges at Avery, and a thousand fanfic chapters are begun. I think this is what it must be like for guys watching two hot girls have a pillow fight -- I just had to fan myself! Everyone jumps in to separate the two and Richard comes out of a room at the end of the hall and hollers, "Enough!" He lectures them all that what happened that night was inexcusable, and they'll all be there until he figures out who is responsible. Everyone is to sit and shut up until they are called, and Hunt is the first up. As he walks in Cristina tells him in a low voice that she's not going down for this, but he just tells her that someone is before going inside to face the jury.
It's a good thing there's a big storm because thunder and lightning punctuate just about every dramatic moment tonight, and there are a lot. Hunt sits on one side of a long table, facing Richard, Jennings, and a woman who is their "in-house counsel" but yet is not important enough to have a proper name. As the actress' name is Saundra, let's call her that, shall we? Jennings plays good cop and tells Hunt they, "just need to get in front of this thing," but Richard cuts him off and has Hunt lay out the scene that evening. Hunt explains that the ER was slammed with victims from a hotel fire including burn victims, a "penetrating chest wound," and a firefighter with multiple injuries; there's a flash to each as he lists them. When asked he tells them that Cristina, Lexie, Alex, Reed, "That big kid whose name I don't know" (Charles), April, Avery and Callie were all working that evening. We're also treated to a shot of each of them, all looking worried and/or flustered in the middle of a whole lot of chaos. Jennings asks him who was on the patient who died, and Hunt nearly shrugs as he tells them that everyone was everywhere. Richard asks who then got the chart first, and a roll of thunder precedes his reluctantly admitting that it was Cristina.