Oh, Lord. We're back with Mrs. Griswold, who is ordering Al to make sure they get the breathing tube out of her throat sooner after surgery, since they screwed it up last time. George is taking her blood pressure, and she then sinks her fangs into him. "Are you TRYING to CUT OFF my CIRCULATION?" Al tells his wife that George is just doing his job. Mrs. G: "What did you say?" Al repeats himself. Mrs. G. says she doesn't really care whose job he's doing, because he's squeezing her arm off, and is Al just going to SIT there? Al finally, blessedly loses it. He tells her to shut up. Kim looks at him like he's lost it, which we're all hoping he has. And he has. "Just...shut up. You complain to me, about me, around me all day. EVERY DAY. A little silence would be nice! A few measly minutes of quiet." The heart monitors start going crazy, but Al has had enough. "CAN'T YOU FOR ONCE! IN YOUR LIFE! JUST SHUT! UP!" Ahhhh...that was beautiful. Mrs. Griswold does not agree, however, because she totally has a heart attack. Oops. Commercials.
We return to Mr. Herman's room, which is filled with doctors and onlookers. Bailey is explaining to Burke that labs show elevated HCG levels in his system, which accounts for the positive pregnancy tests. (HCG, which stands for "human chorionic gonadotropin," is the pregnancy hormone, but can also appear in non-pregnant humans as a tumor marker. I went through IVF, writers. Ask me another! Also, I did not have to look up the spelling of any of those words. Shut up, it's the little things.) Webber says that also means that Mr. Herman's tumor is probably malignant. Mr. Herman looks a little green, and Meredith says so. She tells Webber he might need some air. Mr. Herman says that most of this medical-speak goes right over his head. Izzie tells him kindly that he has a teratoma; it's very rare in adults, and that is why he's so popular. I learned from the forums that a teratoma is also called a dermoid cyst, which I am more familiar with. A friend of mine had one removed a few years ago. It also had hair and teeth, and she named it "Clyde." Meredith says it's just a mass of cells that has been there his whole life, only now it's growing. "Yeah," Mr. Herman says, "growing jawbones, and toenails, and clumps of hair." Well, when you put it that way...maybe you should name yours "Robin Williams." Mr. Herman's wife says maybe the reason they don't understand what's going on is that no one's really talking to them, just about them. Meredith tells her she knows what that's like. I'm sure you do, Projecty. Cristina, finally finished with her vomit, runs in and asks what she missed. Izzie: "Ew. Is that rectal jelly on your scrubs?" It is, and it is indeed ew. Unfortunately for Cris, her pager goes off again, and she has to leave the room. Meredith finds Bailey in the crowd and tells her that all the people and attention are making the Hermans panic. Bailey: "Oh." So much for her relating.