Richard finds Alex sitting on a gurney and is surprised that he seems sad. He's worried that Hopkins pulled the offer but Alex admits that they gave him an international rotation, moving expenses, are paying all of his student loans and on top of that they offered him a mortgage allowance. Wow, for the first time ever, I kind of wish I'd gone to med school. Richard is delighted for him, especially when he says that Hunt matched the offer, but Alex is having a hard time with it because he's a poor sad angel clown who no one has wanted like this before. Rather than rolling his eyes, Richard is gentle with him and says he just doesn't recognize what it looks like to finish first. Alex thinks about this and Richard gives him a pat on the shoulder and leaves him. But as he goes, he puts a fist up in a silent cheer that one of his kids is so awesome. And I get that this happens to people but I'm just a little over it because we've been on this merry-go-round with Alex for years now, with him not believing in himself, then doing well, then realizing that there are people who love him, then sabotaging himself, lather, rinse, repeat. Let's try for some character growth with this one, shall we?
As Owen continues to erase names, April walks in, responding to his page. She's all hopeful and bright, while he's sad and quiet. Finally, struggling, he tells her that he can't hire her for next year. She's shocked, and pleads that she will take the boards again and pass. But he tells her that he had to do some shuffling of his budget (so, Alex) and that he doesn't have the money. She argues that a hospital like this should always have money, but she doesn't know the magic words that Richard gave Alex. She even offers to help him figure out his budget, and then finally, shaking, admits that this is all she has left. Owen simply tells her, "You're not the best candidate for the job anymore." She looks as if he just punched her in the gut, and he looks as sad as if he just did that too. He apologizes, but that is that.