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.
Meredith is on the phone, clearly going through preparations to sign the paperwork with her mother later that day and says she'll be there at 6:30. McDreamy joins her and says that he overheard. She panics and abysmally covers with, "It's a notary thing! Some thing to get...notarized!" The only reason he doesn't notice her lie is that he's had a lobotomy. Oh, actually not -- it's because he's talking about the heart situation and it's serious enough to distract him. When he asks if she wants to talk about, it she just says, "We're adults! When did that happen? And how do we make it stop?" He looks contemplative. And honestly, I'd love to see the script for every episode and start doing a count of how many times a scene ends with that direction for Patrick Dempsey.
Burke and Cristina see each other and avoid each other's eyes as they greet each other formally. When she makes a comment about the surgery getting complicated he suavely says, "Nothing I couldn't handle." "Good," she says, and we really start to see the infinitesimal cracks in her faÃ§ade as she hopes he really can handle anything.
Mr. Patterson is on the phone outside, and Meredith approaches. He was talking to his lawyer, and as he says he's been advised to not speak to her, she ploughs ahead and persists that they need more information about his wife. When she continues that her heart walls were weak, he explodes. He yells at her to not blame his wife, who was in the best shape of her life, having lost 100 pounds the previous year. He finally cuts off her pleas and leaves.