Keeping up Seattle Grace Mercy West's reputation as the least professional and appropriate medical institution around, Jackson has been allowed to stay in the OR and watch his grandfather's surgery despite the rule about family. Richard is making chitchat like it's no big thing that Harper is checking out his own intestines, and Harper asks Mere if he can ask her a personal question. When she agrees, he asks, if Ellis was still alive, would Mere have chosen to study somewhere else that wasn't as high quality just to avoid the "advantages of her legacy?" Mere knows a trap when she sees it and stalls, while Jackson jumps in to ask Richard a question about a particular method he might use during this surgery.
Up in the observation deck, there's general bitching by Cristina, Lexie and Alex about Jackson's being allowed to be down there and Harper's personal request for Mere to join in as well. Alex decides that a quickie might help his mood but when he tries to convince Lexie to go grab "a bite" she tries to shove him off to prove to nearby Cristina that she doesn't have feelings for him. It doesn't entirely make sense because if it's sex without feelings as she insists, she could just... go have sex, but I guess she's trying to cut it off completely for now and Alex is miffed. Charles then walks in to provide his usual few seconds to the episode -- Cristina bitches at him for blocking her view and then mocks him for letting the daredevil die. Charles takes immense pleasure in reporting that the guy didn't die and that Charles personally got his heart function back so that now he's an organ donor. Before you can say "shady maneuver," she bolts from the gallery as Derek comes in to watch. At that moment below, alarms start to ring and Richard tries to keep Harper calm while he figures out what is going on.
Meanwhile, Mark has gone to deliver the good news about Mom's ear, and while he talks to Daughter mom shouts in the background to try and find out what's going on. Daughter can't believe that all this time she just needed to force her mom to go to the doctor, but Callie tries to change her course of thinking and assures her that now all that matters is that Mom's hearing can be restored after Callie operates on her knee. She's totally thankful, and as she heaps praise on Mark she starts giving him sexy eyes, and he's happy to give right back. He hugs her and stops just short of feeling up her ass in front of her mother, and then when Daughter goes and talks to Mom Callie whispers a warning not to sleep with her. Mark seems bummed at that suggestion but then is immediately called over to give Mom the happy news himself, all full of charm as he yells the good news.