Mere is waiting in the lab, and Cristina joins her in typical fashion, sassing the overworked lab tech. When he walks off, she asks Mere if she is okay, commenting that what happened that morning was "mortifying." Mere thanks her for her sensitivity, but Cristina only challenges her to say it wasn't mortifying. Meredith admits that she just wants the baby to get better and go home. "Is that wrong?" Cristina lets her know, "Wrong would be if you wished the baby wouldn't get well." Mere thanks her, and Cristina pounces, informing her that a real thanks would be asking Derek about Burke. Mere's spine is solid today, though, and she declines and tells Cristina to talk to him herself. Cristina adamantly declares, "No. Because then he wins." "Wins what?" Mere asks. They stare at each other a while, Cristina possibly pondering how much she loves winning a big bag of lonesomeness, and Meredith probably thinking that even when she was involved with a married man, she never reached this level of dysfunction. Cristina tells her to forget it, so Mere asks if she has a father. Confused, Cristina tells her she's got a stepfather. The only point I can possibly get from this exchange is that maybe some Cristina/parent issues are coming up in a future episode.
Sloane gives Alex shit about the charts, and Addie asks him if he enjoys torturing the interns. I think we've seen this scene before: we get it, he's a jerk, let's move on. And also as we've seen before, Sloane does enjoy it. However, the script veers from normal when he reminds her, "In case you've forgotten, you don't get to high-horse this week, Addison. Not this week." Alex remarks that he's an ass, but she grudgingly tells him, "Not this week."
Finally, in less angsty conversation, Callie asks Bailey, "You know Shepherd pretty well, yeah?" Bailey explains, "Lots of hair. Too many women. Likes elevators and long walks on the beach." In that case, Callie asks what's the best way to get him to do something like, oh, a consult not requested by a patient. Bailey explains that he's a busy man wrapped up in his own importance and will say no, which means Callie will have to stare him down. Callie snorts and questions this, but upon receiving her own stare-down, she gets scared and leaves. Bailey giggles delightfully at her own awesome superhero powers and goes about her day.
Izzie's in Heather's room, looking annoyed while she does her work, and Heather comments that she's too hot to be a doctor. She makes sure Izzie won't be on her surgery, and when it's confirmed, takes that as proof that Izzie's dumb. To clear things up, Izzie explains, "When my fiancÃ© dropped dead not too long ago I went a little nuts, so no surgeries for me for a while." Heather is finally stunned into submission and acknowledges that maybe life can suck for pretty people too. Izzie concedes, "Well, you're in pain. Sometimes I'm a bitch when I don't have a good reason at all." Again, she's more self-aware than I think many people realized.