McDreamy and Cristina are performing a neurological exam on Taylor. Just to note, the surgery was at 4:00 and McDreamy's date with Meredith is at 8:00. Taylor must have powers of super recuperation, because there's no way he should be this awake and alert so soon after having a man's hand in his brain. Taylor's physical responses are all fine, and Leanne makes a joke about him always testing well. Taylor boasts about kicking ass on the S.A.T., but can't remember what the actual test is called. So McDreamy asks him to identify a cup, and he can't name that either. (There's a tiny moment where Cristina asks him if he's having trouble seeing the cup -- very good doctoring, that.) And then he can't name his wife or son. Leanne is freaking out and pressing him to come up with names that he should know. But it doesn't really help. Commercials.
McDreamy, Cristina, and Leanne are in the corridor outside Taylor's room. Leanne notes that Taylor was the one who named the baby. McDreamy explains that cutting the linkage between the two halves of the brain may have made it hard for Taylor to access the names of things, but that with a lot of work he'll grow new pathways and recover those names. McDreamy tells Leanne, "Recovery's hard work. It's a learning process. You need to be patient. You need to help him. He can't do this without your support." And what do you know, Cristina hears all this and gets a thoughtful look on her face. Who could have anticipated that a patient's condition could have some relevance to the lives of one of our characters? This show's just full of surprises.
Bailey and Alex perform Megan's surgery. She's pretty messed up inside. Bailey reminds Alex that pain exists for a reason â to tell us when we're in trouble. And now Alex looks thoughtful. And he looks thoughtful some more as he watches Mr. and Mrs. Foster Parent sitting by Megan's bedside in recovery. He walks up to Bailey to tell her that Megan is stable. Bailey is looking out a window, and asks if Izzie has been standing there the entire day. At least she had the sense to put her sweater back on when it got cool.