She walks out of the room past Burke, who is holding two coffees and gives one to Cristina. She's prickly and suspicious, as is her wont, but he tries hard to be cool. "It's just coffee." "Good," she says. "Okay." "Okay." Despite her less-than-warm acceptance, when she thinks he's gone she drinks it. He peeks from around a corner and grins. Coffee: Step Number One to Getting It On.
Meredith washes her face with water in a short scene that seems to be there solely to make me envious of her long bangs that sweep perfectly to the side and don't obstruct her vision like mine do every time I start to try out that style. The scene then jumps to Bailey, Richard, and George getting ready for Mrs. Drake's surgery. Bailey explains how they're going to cut and deflate the obstruction and they carefully dig around in her torso and watch their progress on a screen. They then see something black that causes them to panic. Richard immediately orders them to "open her up," Her ribs are spread, and after a moment of digging Richard pulls out the nastiest black, decaying towel I've ever seen. George asks where it came from and Richard answers that it's most likely from her previous surgery. Bailey mutters, "Something careless this way comes." George just stares. It turns out that Mrs. Drake isn't crazy at all.
Outside of the ER, Cristina has heard what happened and can't believe it while Richard keeps repeating how bad this is for them. They send Cristina to research the old files and find out who performed the last surgery. George is ordered to stay with Mrs. Drake since she likes him. He hems about it a little bit, adding, "Because technically, I'm off at six." Bailey smoothly replies, "Am I invited?" George stutters, "Excuse me?" Bailey calmly repeats, "Am I invited to the party." Caught unawares, he tells her of course, and as she leaves, Cristina stares him down and groans. He wails, "What was I supposed to say?"
In the hallway, Izzie's on the phone ordering beer. As she's befuddled, clearly having been asked what kind she'd like, Alex walks by and without missing a beat tells her to get microbrews and bar nuts. She snipes that she's ordering office supplies and then immediately orders everything he suggested. Her non-pooping patient walks by at that moment and even he knows about and wishes he could attend the party.