Burke is packing up his things in the Chief's office, doing some overly cheerful ass-kissing. Richard tells him to stop fishing, and that while he did a great job, Richard plans to be there for a long time to come. Burke finally admits, "I'm glad that you're back. I'm just hiding my joy, deep down inside." For the most part I'm not going to miss Burke next season, but what I will miss is the occasional deadpan joke like this one. "And Chief? The hat? It's a little pimped out." Richard takes it off, not sure if he wants to be pimped out I could have sworn a bandage was visible under the hat in the elevator, but now there's nothing there, other than a really well-healed scar for so soon after surgery.
As Burke leaves, Meredith comes in and welcomes him back. She then tells him that she's there because of her mother. She hands over Ellis's chart and as he reads it, he grows incredibly sad and sits down. She apologizes for not telling him but explains that her mom made her promise. And as we've learned already, she is not the woman you want to cross. Meredith continues, "She seems to be reliving the heyday of her residency a lot these days, and I just thought maybe if you could stop by and say hello, it would mean a lot to her." He pauses, clearly having some sort of issue with it, but then tells her of course he will, and asks if she needs the day off. She naturally tells him she's fine, and leaves.