Izzie, George, Callie, and Meredith walk towards the hospital. Callie tells George that since their shifts end at different times, she should probably get a copy of the house key. He immediately says, "No!" and then tells her that it's more romantic if they go home together. Izzie is wearing the hideous sweater she made for Denny, which is sweet and all, but perhaps not the best attire for an important meeting at which her professional future will be decided. She stops a little ways back from the front door of the hospital. Meredith notices, and tells her that everything will be fine. George and Callie come back, and George tells her that everyone wants her to return to work. The Chief will act all mad, but he'll eventually let her back in. Izzie tells them that she just wants to think about what she's going to say to the Chief, and tells them to go ahead without her.
Speaking of the Chief, he's in his office discussing Izzie with Bailey. He doesn't actually seem that interested in meeting with Izzie, but Bailey points out that it was all her (Bailey's) idea. The Chief is still resistant, and Bailey tells him, "She's an intern. My intern. You want to blame someone, blame me. But that girl is coming in here today, and you are going to talk to her. And you're gonna remember all the other surgeons you've known who've ever had a lapse in judgment that lead to someone dying, or someone's arm falling off. Most importantly, you're gonna remember all the mistakes that you made when you were young, and stupid. And you're gonna be filled with patience and compassion." Bailey is yelling by the end of this speech, in a very impatient and noncompassionate way. The Chief asks her if that's really what he's going to do. Bailey: "Yes!" He reminds her that he's the boss, and she apologizes for the shouting and the telling him what do to. But she tells him that this is very important to her on a personal level. Chief: "Being the boss isn't as gratifying as it used to be." He dismisses her, and she leaves.