Once the doctors get inside, the news is really bad. The cancer has spread everywhere. But when Meredith assumes that they're going to close him up, Bailey and Richard share a glance over their surgical masks and Bailey tells her they'll proceed. Mere is confused, and Richard explains to her that the patient asked them to proceed with the surgery. "This man asked for a chance to fight. What it means is he's gonna have to fight like hell." Mere asks if there really is a chance he'll recover, and Bailey starts to answer and then realizes what she is really asking and tells her the request was confidential. The air in the room is that of resignation.
Addison, looking spectacular in glasses and high heels -- with her hair up, it's very sexy librarian, and very hot -- pops into Burke's room to see how he's doing. Eventually, she realizes that the gossip about he and Cristina not speaking to each other is in fact truth and asks him why. He asks her if she's ever played Uncle and goes on to explain the pain-inflicting pastime of many a young boy's youth where one's arm is twisted behind his back until he yells uncle. She's extremely unimpressed, asking what the person wins once his prisoner yells uncle. He matter-of-factly tells her, "Then they have all the power." So, she surmises, neither of them is playing uncle. She voices the viewers' opinion, declaring, "That's pathetic." He's unconcerned with his own stupidity and half-smiles, and she goes on to say that if he says something wrong, he should apologize. He very quickly asserts that he didn't do anything wrong, prompting her to ask, "Did she?" Burke answers, "She doesnât seem to think so." That's the kind of boyfriend I want: one with whom I'm repeatedly engaged in power struggles and who considers himself to be a vastly better person than I am even when faced with a colossal mistake that he got himself into. Addison just repeats, "That's pathetic," and leaves.
Callie finds George alone and pacing in the waiting room; his family is eating, which seems to be their preferred way of dealing with stress. He's worried about how long the surgery is taking -- again looking at the bad side of things, like that there could be complications -- while she points out that it could mean they're just being thorough and that he would have been told if something were wrong. She tries to tell him it's okay to be scared, but he denies it unconvincingly, so she puts her staring to work. Unfortunately, this time it comes out a bit more psychotic/crazy-eyes but it makes him giggle a bit, pointing out that now he's just scared of her. He can't believe it when he hears that it worked on Shepherd. At that moment, an exhausted-looking Meredith and Bailey appear at the door and he runs over for an update that we don't hear.