Jackson seeks out Richard one last time that day to make sure that he and Catherine got in touch and that there will be no more awkward sex emails delivered to his inbox. Richard tells him it's all straightened out, but when Jackson thanks him and tells them to keep it to themselves. Richard agrees to it only if Jackson can do the same. Jackson acts totally offended but Richard points out what I thought from the very beginning -- when most people realize an email has been sent to them by mistake and they immediately forward or delete it rather than read all of the naughty thoughts someone is having about his mom. Richard adds that then Jackson went out of his way to make sure they got each other's notes, and concludes that he thinks Jackson isn't as upset as he pretends to be. Jackson tries to deny it, but Richard supposes that Jackson is glad she has someone that makes her happy. Richard gives him a wide, smug smile that says Jackson was just totally called out, and as the doors close Jackson tries to save face but Richard is clearly right as usual.
Alex and Kate sit down with Santa and Alex explains that he has a very hard to diagnose condition called Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome that is then triggered by his migraines. Seriously, few things sound more hellish to me than repeated, unexplained vomiting. There's no cure, but there are meds to control the migraines so that he will feel better. Kate changes her expression for one of the first times and beams as Alex goes on that if it happens again, he's to come see one of them and they will take care of them. She leans over and thanks him, and the seeds for a hate-love crush are watered and given a bit more fertilizer. Santa thanks them profusely and Alex gives Kate all of the credit for sticking to it. When Alex walks off Santa admits that he wants to hug her, but not right now with puke all over her shirt. See, because this time she really did leave it there but Alex didn't notice because he realized she was being a great doctor. Awwwww. (Blech.)
Cristina and Owen are waiting in a conference room, and it's a wonder they can breathe with all of the suffocating tension in there. She tells him he knows full well she had no choice, but he just pouts that they will wait for Dr. Jeff. As they wait, Cristina finally points out that if he didn't want her there, he shouldn't have hired her back. Owen is saved from a response by Jeff walking in; Cristina starts to explain to him but he shushes her so he can go over the chart himself. Owen adds that the patient is stable and starts to throw Cristina under the buss but when Jeff finishes reading he turns to her and thanks her for a good save. He then tells Owen that he was right about her, and he now understands why Owen pushed so hard to have her hired. What the what? Jeff rushes back out, while Cristina brightens visibly at this intriguing bit of news. Owen, though, grits his teeth in anger and embarrassment and runs out.