In surgery, Burke chews her out for both not speaking up earlier and then blurting out her confession in front of the husband. The reason he's so angry is because she might have had nothing to do with it, but now that the husband has heard he can still cause them lots of trouble. At that moment, he finds the problem and angrily points out to her that the ventricle wall burst -- something that had nothing to do with Meredith's fingernail. The door slides open and Richard storms in, having just been confronted by Mr. Patterson. He orders them to show him the chart and meet with him and legal the next morning. "And you better damn well be able to explain what happened here." He mutters on his way out, "People poking holes in hearts, leaving towels in patients..." What kind of two-bit operation are you running over there, Chief? I hope this isn't what comes from hiring the Best Looking Staff in America. Burke tells Meredith, extremely clipped, that he's going to speak to the husband while she reviews the file, and that she needs to apologize. Not one to mince words, he warns her, "Your ass is on the line here, Dr. Grey." It's moments like these that make me realize when someone calls me and says they have an urgent question about some variety of lame paperwork when I'm at work, they don't really mean it. No one's got holes in their heart and pending litigation.
Meredith is studying while George and Cristina hang around, each playing their own personal roles to a tee. George is freaking out and assures her she's not getting kicked out, while Christina is blasÃ© in saying she thinks the husband will sue, and then berates Meredith for speaking up at all. She seems extra gruff, and I think some of those icky "emotions" might be seeping in and she might be worried about her friend. As Meredith leaves, Izzie comes in and updates them on the booze and the ever-increasing, Cristina-angering guest list. George asks if she's told Meredith and she again assures him that, "a few more people's not going to make a difference." Cristina starts in again about the bad sex, Izzie shoots back about the buckets and loads and hours and days of sex they're going to have, and George pipes in again to order her to talk to Meredith. Izzie finally admits to her actual reason for the party, which is that she wants her hockey-playing love monkey to know that, "we're not all workaholics with God complexes." Cristina retorts that in fact, "We are workaholics with God complexes." Realizing that no one ever listens to him, George has merely blown up a glove and put a worried face on it, and flicks a finger at the two ladies. He really is Mere's best girlfriend of the three of them.