George is in with Ellis, but she's making it impossible as she bats him away and screams at him. Even worse, she thinks that he's Meredith's dad, whom she seems to have loathed. They have a tug-of-war over her chart and he tells her she just needs to check it, but she spits that she's "not in the mood to play doctor now." That's just a saying I never want to hear out of anyone over the age of five, but especially not out of a parent or parental figure. She keeps screaming at George and Meredith is able to get his attention from the hallway. She tells him that Ellis is allergic to penicillin, and to be patient. He asks who Thatch is and she says he's her father, and looks gutted at what his question must mean. They have an awkward conversation and George puts on his happy face, but back in the room Ellis keeps turning away from him.
Meredith runs into Derek and addresses him as "Dr. Shepherd." He tells her that he heard the news, clearly worried about her as she confirms it. She sticks to calling him Dr. and when he tells her she doesn't have to do that, she asserts that she does. She tells him that she wants in on a surgical case, and he owes her this since she never asks him for anything like that. He immediately tells her to scrub in on an ATS that afternoon. Ah, emotional blackmail to get yourself into the OR for surgery. Reminds me again why, if admitted to Seattle Grace, I'd run out through a wall leaving a Lauren-shaped cartoon hole in order to avoid these people working on me.
Burke has already started on his surgery when Cristina comes in, and he snipes at her for being late. I'm going to have to recap parts of these scenes strictly by sound, as I'm still not so good at watching fictional recreations of a surgery I actually had. I prefer to not think of the details at all, actually, but of course this is one where special effects got to get their hands dirty (so to speak) and really show some slicing and dicing.