Speaking of lung surgery, George is in the room with Mrs. Drake who is explaining to him how the last surgery was supposed to help but that "it never felt right." Despite the Chief's words, George tells her that quitting would have helped. Mrs. Drake indignantly tells him that she did -- a four-pack-a-day habit, in fact. She gets onto a gurney to be transported while George confusedly tells her that her x-rays tell him differently, but she's adamant that she went cold turkey five years previously. She's had to quit her job since even sitting hurts her, and no one believes that the pain is real. Even though he still doesnât quite believe her, he assures her that the pain definitely isn't in her head -- the proof is in the x-ray. She pulls him close and flirts, "You're too damn young to be a doctor." Smiling he throws back, "Hey, I'm older than I look." She asks him if he thinks the surgery will work and he noncommittally tells her that it's the best option. As she's pushed out of the room she calls him a straight shooter. "I like that!" I like her, despite the fact that she might be lying and/or deluded in some way.
Meredith visits Mrs. Patterson, the heart patient, who is in recovery with her husband standing over her. She tells him that all of her test results are fine and that, "heart surgery takes a lot out of a patient." She assures him that his wife should be just fine.
Izzie visits one of her patients who has just had a bowel obstruction removed. Talk about a party in your pants! They joke about it and she asks him follow-up questions including the always fun, "Have you pooped yet?" He hesitates and tells her, "I'm not exactly sure." This gives me some revolting mental images but he doesn't mean anything gross -- he's just hedging because he'd rather go home and can't until he's gone. He says that he should know better than to lie, since he himself went to med school. When Izzie asks him about it, he explains that by his last year of school he nearly got divorced because of the hours he was working, and so he quit and now does research and enjoys having a family. He assures her he meant no offense, and she says she didn't take any. "I'm one of those people who believe you can have both." He tells her, "Maybe so, but your first responsibility is always going to be your patient." That is surely not going to bite her in the ass later on, I'm sure of it. Although, on the off chance it does, I wonder if it will also have some uplifting undertone to the tough lesson? We're going to have to just wait and see.