Izzie spends a lot of time contemplating her undeposited check for $8.7 million. Of course, she does this while hanging around the hospital trying to quit medicine. Because she's there, she accidentally wanders into the mortality & morbidity conference at which Denny's death is discussed. At that M&M conference, Bailey is raked over the coals by other doctors, basically ending up being dismissed as an emotional female. In the process of treating a young mother with breast cancer, Bailey ends up realizing that her emotional femaleness is something she can use as a doctor.
Meredith still hasn't told McDreamy that she's broken up with Finn. McDreamy and Addison finalize their divorce, with McDreamy taking very little of their shared real estate. He does this because he thinks he's more to blame for the divorce. He changes his mind when Addison confesses that she and McSteamy didn't just have a one-night stand â they spent two months living together after McDreamy took off. That revelation puts McDreamy in a pretty bad mood, so that when Meredith finally tells him about Finn, he's totally non-responsive.
George follows Callie around trying to apologize for ditching her the other night, but she won't accept his apology because she's too consumed with her own guilt over having slept with McSteamy. George shows up at her hotel room and tries to pick up where they left off, and she makes it clear that she really truly has broken up with him.
And Burke engages in complete and utter malpractice by performing heart surgery on a guy who got his pierced junk caught in his ex-wife's diaphragm, even though Burke is clearly still suffering from the shakes. But Cristina saves his bacon (and the patient's life) by stepping in when the tremors start. The sight of this inspires Izzie to realize that she loves being a surgeon, and she tells the Chief she wants to come back. And she still doesn't deposit the big check, deciding that she'll leave it sitting around until she decides what good things she can do with it.
Thanks to the many people who wrote to remind me about the difference between a diaphragm and an IUD. My high school health teacher is so embarrassed for me right now. Also, in a previous recap I maligned Addison by claiming that she called McSteamy's visit an "intercontinental booty call." In fact, she properly called it a "transcontinental booty call." Finally, Addison's stated medical specialty (or specialties) involves pregnant women, newborn babies, and people with genetic abnormalities, so it make sense that she's involved in so many different types of cases. You guys sure keep a recapper honest. And I don't mind, as long as you don't choke me.
Izzie is cooking pancakes and bacon on a griddle. She's smacking her gum like a short-order cook. I hope she tells somebody to kiss her grits. George and Meredith enter the kitchen. George is apprehensive, worried that they're about to be buried beneath a mountain of high-fat breakfast goods. But Izzie reassures him that she's not planning to cook breakfast obsessively -- she just felt like making a big breakfast for Meredith, who is returning to work for the first time after having her appendix removed. Meredith asks if Izzie is okay, and she tells them both that she's obviously fine, as she's now a millionaire. She continues to babble about what she might do with her life now that she's rich enough to do whatever she wants. She's leaning towards opening a bed and breakfast in Vermont. She also tells them that she's going to the hospital -- but not to ask for her job back. Instead, she's just going to clean out her locker. And then she spills a massive amount of orange juice on the kitchen counter, completely soaking the check for $8.7 million. George and Meredith freak out over this, but Izzie doesn't seem to care a bit. I'm guessing that the check already has some bacon grease and pancake batter on it, given its proximity to the stovetop. George cleans up the check and deposits it in the dish strainer to dry off, while Meredith insists that Izzie deposit the check in the bank. Meredith and George both give her worried looks, but she insists several times that she's fine. Oh, you really want to know what the Meredith V.O. says? She's babbling on about the first rule of doctoring being "first, do no harm." But harm inevitably happens, and it's followed closely by guilt.