McDreamy is breaking the news to Jorge and his wife. He thinks the best practice is to operate to remove the tumor, but notes that he won't be able to get all of it. Thus, the surgery will have to be followed up with chemo and radiation, which will probably give Jorge five to ten "good years," but which won't ever cure the cancer. Jorge tells him he wants to go with the surgery, but McDreamy tells him that there's a serious downside. The tumor is located in part of the brain where Jorge's memory and "personality" reside, so the surgery could cause memory loss and completely change who he is as a person. There's some kind of less-invasive surgical option (which sounded like it involved radiation), but it would only give Jorge three to five years of life. McDreamy and Mere leave the two of them to make their decision.
Nurse Fallon is sleeping in her room. She opens her eyes to find Mere sitting off to one side looking at her. Nurse Fallon greets her warmly. Mere tells her, "I told my mother about you. She remembers you very well." Nurse Fallon thinks that makes perfect sense, as "Ellis Grey never forgot a thing." Mere takes that in for a second, and then starts laughing. After a minute, she apologizes to Nurse Fallon, explaining that it's not really funny. And then Nurse Fallon cuts through the crap by asking what Ellis's diagnosis is. As we know, it's early onset Alzheimer's. Nurse Fallon knows Ellis well enough to realize that she's making Meredith keep her condition a secret. Mere: "You know my mother well." Nurse Fallon: "What a bitch." That sets them both laughing.
Cristina is lounging around on some kind of metal wicker bench. Izzie is nearby, defending the decision to let Nurse Fallon die in the hospital to which she devoted so much of her life. Cristina just thinks it's a waste of a bed and her own time. Mere approaches and asks them what they're talking about. Cristina explains that Nurse Fallon was brought to the hospital so she could die. Izzie thinks it's what Cristina would want if she were in Nurse Fallon's shoes, but Cristina disagrees -- she'd want every possible step taken to keep her alive. And then Cristina uses her feet to pick up a copy of the magazine with Izzie's pix that is sitting on a nearby table. Dexterous. Burke, you are (or will soon be) one lucky fellow. She flips through the magazine until she comes to Izzie's ad. Cristina: "You are eight feet tall. Your boobs are perfect. Your hair is down to there. If I were you, I would walk around naked all the time. I wouldn't have a job, I wouldn't have skills. I wouldn't even know how to read. I just would be... naked." She passes the magazine to Mere, who seems to be seeing it for the first time. Mere starts laughing. Izzie blames her blinding beauty on makeup and retouching. Cristina: "You get that we hate you, right?" But Izzie clearly doesn't get that, because she's smiling for the first time that day. Izzie's pager goes off. It's Bailey, "again." Cristina points out that "any patient who spanks to his doctor's pictures forfeits his rights." She thinks Izzie shouldn't give up participating in Creepy Masturbator's surgery. Izzie doesn't answer, and Cristina, frustrated, shouts out, "You know, sometimes it's actually, you know, painful to be around you." This makes Izzie smile again as she walks away.