It's been so long since a new episode, where to begin? First of all, Meredith snores. She snores so loud that Derek apparently never actually spends an entire night in her bed, but sneaks off to get sleep elsewhere and sneaks back in before she wakes up. While dealing with this new knowledge about herself, she's also dealing with running into her father repeatedly; he's hanging around the hospital looking after his new granddaughter whose mom and grandma are conveniently gone with the flu. They share a couple of awkward meetings with one another but she still can't forgive him. When the baby is rushed to surgery, she can't bring herself to help comfort him or give him updates, though Richard tries to tell her to ask him what really happened when he left and why he didn't ever get in touch with his firstborn daughter. The baby's surgery isn't alienating everybody, though, as afterward Alex and Addison almost share a kiss after he admits that he's not going to pursue plastics with extra-grumpy McSteamy.
George's dad has his cancer surgery and, unbeknownst to George, has told Bailey and Richard that he wants them to take out the tumor no matter how badly it has spread. When they open him up, that means removing quite a large portion of various vital organs as well, and it looks like he could have a tough recovery ahead of him. But so far his kidneys are working, which is a sign so good that it makes George dance and kiss Callie in front of his mom and brothers. They're much more functional than Cristina and Burke, who are together but each refusing to be the first one to speak to the other, and by the end of the hour, neither one has broken down.
In the Shocking Medical Anomaly of the Week, Ann from Arrested Development is in the hospital with a rare condition that has left her spine severely bent and she has to live life at a 90-degree angle. Callie convinces Derek to see her, and he says he can do an experimental surgery that might actually help straighten her out. Izzie wants to be in on the surgery but Bailey won't let her until she gets the all clear from psychâ¦which psych is not doing until Izzie deposits The Check. She finally realizes that surgery is more important to her, and takes her crying self down to the bank to leave the eight million dollars somewhere safe and interest-bearing. Unfortunately, she's not going to be in on the surgery in the end anyway, since the girl's insurance company has turned it down and her mother can't afford to pay for it. Wow, whatever might happen with this story next week? I cannot possibly imagine.
Meredith and Derek are in bed between some awesome red sheets that I don't believe we've seen before, and she's snoring as he gazes at her. Eventually, she snores herself awake, and he wishes her a good morning and gives her a very McDreamy kiss on the lips. She's all cute and charmed that he's so sweet, oblivious to her nose trumpet.
Downstairs, George goes into the fridge and as he's getting out some mayo, he knocks the magnetic clip holding The Check -- looking wrinkled, grimy, and stained --to the floor. After pondering this a moment, he points out to Izzie, "I just dropped 8.7 million dollars on the floor." She's unconcerned, sipping coffee and reading a newspaper much in the same manner as those of us non-millionaires and asks, "And?" George replies, "I shouldn't be able to drop 8.7 million dollars on the floor." He finally throws something at her paper to get her attention and demands that she deposit The Check, but she calmly asks if he's misplacing anxiety about his father's upcoming surgery. She's no longer depressed, now she's just condescending. George asserts that it ruins every morning for him, not just this one, and pleads with her to deposit it as a favor to him. She declines but finally tears her attention from the newspaper long enough to offer him a ride to work, complete with a little, "ta-da!" face at the end that I love, even though I also get nervous now every time I see The Check, and I'm a viewer who knows that this is a fictional show and it's fictional money. Defeated, George picks it up, but before sticking it back on the fridge, he shows it to her face and growls, "You don't deserve 8.7 million dollars!" "Hmm, so true," she agrees. I guess you've got to hand it to her that she does realize that.
The merry band of interns is following Bailey through the hall and, in tag-team conversation, ask Cristina how Burke is doing. Despite Burke's surgery being the day before, she doesn't know, since they're still a couple but aren't speaking to each other. ... Okay. Cristina then asks Mere if she asked McDreamy about Burke's hand, because apparently now this is junior high school. In a rare wise move, Meredith says she's not going to be in the middle of The Most Dysfunctional and Baffling Relationship Ever. (Fine, so the last part was maybe a leeeetle bit of editorializing on the part of your recapper.) Izzie suggests swallowing her pride and ASKING HER BOYFRIEND how he's doing, but Alex smarms, "Her gut's not big enough for that." It's funny 'cause it's true.