Izzie sits with George and mopes that maybe Cristina was right, that trying to teach the interns is pointless. George tells Izzie she shouldn't listen to Cristina, telling her about the comment that since Izzie wants to teach instead of operate, she's the new George. I feel like maybe there could be, oh, a balance between the two -- because teaching is super important, but she is there to learn to be a surgeon, so surgery is still a rather crucial aspect to that as well. And something she should know well if she's going to teach it. Happy medium, people, try it! You might like it! They laugh at George's comment but Izzie tells him sincerely that he does more research, reading and practice than anyone she knows, and that he always strives to be better without stepping on others. She'd be lucky to be the new George. And because George is awesome and not completely self-involved, he seems to detect something in her voice and maybe seems to pick up what's going on; he asks her if she's going to tell him about Patient X. She's saved by the intern, as Lexie runs out to let her know what they missed. Izzie leaves George and goes back with the interns where Lexie presents more information. She thinks that a CT was wrong and she wants to do an MRI with contrast, figuring that whatever X has is already in her brain. Izzie looks so pleased with them for a moment that I really wondered if she had already diagnosed herself and really was just trying to teach them -- wouldn't this be more of an unhappy surprise? But then her face falls, so maybe she is just marginally better at hiding her emotions today than she usually is.
The team takes out Meg's stomach and Bailey and Richard have the same staples vs. sewing fight, but this time Richard announces that she doesn't want to be a general surgeon so he gets to make the decisions. She's a bit of a smart-ass back to him when she says she was just expressing her opinion but it still doesn't warrant his reaction, which is once again straight-up yelling. He has another tantrum, this time yelling that she doesn't get an opinion, it's his patient, his hospital, and once it's hers she can make the decision but it's his all his gimme gimme gimme. I'm honestly surprised he didn't stamp his foot as well. Everyone in the room is clearly embarrassed but he actually goes on to order, "And I want all of you people to do what I say!" Bailey agrees with a curt, "Yes, sir," and begins to sew.
In another OR, the surgeons are calmer but the general attitude is also snide disapproval. Alex tells Beth she'll be in good hands, and she goes to sleep. Once down, Arizona pointedly asks Alex if he's sure. He says that he is, so she puts him on the crash cart and tells him if he's wrong, he should be ready to use it. Way to support your staff and work together to save the life of a child there, people. Alex positions the paddles over Beth's chest.