Up in Seattle, their potential replacements are now looking critically at the food offerings in the cafeteria. Many of the current attendings are at a table, watching them and rightly mocking one of them for actually sniffing a dinner roll. Dude, you're in a hospital. I doubt there are many hospitals in this country with actual gourmet offerings. Get over yourself. Bailey finally admits to the rest of them that while she never thought she'd say it, they have to convince their own residents to stay on in Seattle; she adds that she didn't put up with all of their years of bullshit to then have to grovel for some other snot-nosed kids. Owen warns her that April already has four job offers elsewhere. Mark is sure Mere won't leave, at least without Cristina, but Owen just tells them that Cristina has a number of options. Bailey reports that her contact in Boston said that Mere told her that was her first choice. Well come on, we know that's not exactly true. Mark doesn't want Derek to go, and reminds him that he's building a house, but Derek merrily tells him that Harvard has a great neuro department and Boston has plenty of houses.
He then calls his wife who finally admits that she's sick as a dog, and he asks why on earth she didn't tell him before. That's a really good question, actually, but not one we get the answer to because Mere just moans about possibly failing and then asks him, "Will you still love me if I fail?" Derek asks her if she wants to be yelled at or told to come home, and she whines that she just wants to be told what to do. Aha! Here is the perfect chance for a metaphor! And he does a good job pulling something nonsensical out of his backside and tells her with a serene smile that the test is a mirror. We then get a ridiculous shot of the Mere on the phone on one side of the screen and Derek's face overlaid on the other side, and each time one of them talks their picture gets stronger. I'm sure it is its own metaphor, somehow. Maybe about how this show is sometime so ridiculous that I have an out-of-body experience and can almost see myself from above, writing my recaps? Mere asks him what on earth that means and finally guesses that she won't like herself if she gives up and won't be able to look at herself in the mirror. Derek won't confirm if that is what he meant -- probably because he doesn't even know what he meant -- and assures her that no matter what she decides, he'll still love her. She's still grumpy but he seems thrilled that this metaphor plan is actually working.