This week we get about 95% heavy, 5% fluff -- though I doubt any males in the audience wouldn't consider having one's, er... member fractured as fluff. But that's what happens to Mark when he and Lexie are having a tryst. Callie and Hunt come to the rescue to fix him up, and when Sadie realizes that Little Grey was involved, she pretends it was her to save the other interns finding out about the relationship.
In far more serious corners of the hospital, Mere tries to let Eric die quietly and pages Bailey instead of Derek when he starts getting bad. However, Bailey is pretty adamant that Mere should call Eric's actual doctor and should save her patient's life. When Cristina arrives and checks Eric out she realizes something is horribly wrong, and it's at that moment that Eric changes his tune and manages to wheeze that he doesn't want to die. They rush him into surgery, but are interrupted by a nearly delirious Bailey. She begs Derek to let Eric die so that she can have the organs for Jackson even though that would be blatantly against the Hippocratic Oath. Derek goes so far as to put the scalpel down and has Bailey make the call as to what he should do, and she comes to her senses enough to allow him to continue.
Unbeknownst to her, the Chief has sent George to quietly scour the hospital for patients who might have organs that would work for Jackson. George finds a man who is a match, but his wife is too upset to even contemplate the issue. The Chief winds up doing what he's yelled at his employees for doing so many times before and kinda-sorta talks her into donating the organs. Just as Bailey and Arizona finally give up and Jackson's mom begins a sad goodbye with her son, Richard runs in to say they've got organs and they manage to rush the boy to surgery. At the end of the episode Jackson opens his eyes and asks for a drink of water, which I think means that he's going to be fine and have no brain damage as a result of how close he came to death.
Meredith is in an even worse headspace when Eric wakes up from his surgery, realizes he's alive, and admits he was just playing Meredith earlier. Imagine how much more screwed up she'd be if she knew that Derek had arrived at the hospital that day with his mother's ring and plans to propose before he knew that his girlfriend was trying to let the serial killer die quietly and comfortably? But only Cristina knows about the ring and she pretends not to care. Cristina is also being pursued by Hunt, who wants to apologize for what happened before and asks to take her out again. She tells him he's got some major issues and he agrees, but asks if she'll go out with him anyway and she accepts. Meredith ends up on a very different kind of date -- she winds up going to watch Eric's execution after he says it would be nice to have a friendly face there when it happens. Derek is outside waiting for her when she leaves the prison and she's absolutely shattered by how horrible it was. She admits she just wanted to show Eric compassion, and she knows Derek doesn't understand her because she doesn't even understand herself. Derek winds up driving to Cristina's and begging her to come see Meredith since Mere won't stop crying, so Cristina goes out to the car and they seem to finally start to talk things out with each other though we don't get to hear what they say. ["That would involve the writing staff having to come up with dialogue for people and a storyline we're actually interested in." -- Angel]
And finally, Izzie gets increasingly mad with Denny when he won't leave, even though she dumped him. He won't tell her anything other than that he's there for her, and she gets increasingly distracted and upset trying to figure out what that means. Finally she comes to the realization that it doesn't mean he's there to support her, but that he's there to take her, as in, she's sick and dying! She's livid that he didn't just tell her that earlier and orders him gone, even though he says that while he can now leave, he's not sure he can ever come back. One can only hope that he really never can come back, and that we can finally see the medical side of what's been going on these past waaaay too many weeks.
Look back at the most annoying moments on this show (there have been a lot). Come back next week for our full detailed recap of this episode.
It's nighttime, and there's an ominous rumble as we pan over to see... Izzie brushing her teeth. That must be some bad breath to require that kind of soundtrack rumbling. Of course, Denny is behind her. But this week he has special duties -- he's taken over Mere's voiceover. "I believe in heaven. I also believe in hell." Hell here is illustrated by Eric, still banging his head on the bed while a pool of blood seeps out of his bandages. Mere watches Eric's stats calmly and ignores the banging as Denny explains, "I've never seen either but I believe they exist. They have to exist." Izzie, cutting a tomato, nicks her finger and Denny jumps up to help before realizing it's not his place. "Because without a heaven, without a hell, we're all just headed for limbo." Eric lets out one last strangled cry, blood pouring down his neck, and lays still. Sadie walks up to Mere at the monitors and asks if she's coming, but Mere tries to act nonchalant as she tells her that the nurses will come and get them if it's bad. On cue, Tyler (yay!) comes to tell her he's seizing. Hey, how come Sadie is helping out anyway? Wasn't this a strict "no-intern" operation? Sadie asks rather smugly if they can go now, but Mere just stands up and quietly tells her to go find something else to do, "That's an order." Sadie looks confused but actually goes with it while we're treated to a shot of Eric seizing, eyes rolling up in his head, as the screen fades to red and then white for the show's title card.
Izzie's in bed not sleeping, and finally turns her light on and turns to ask ever-present Denny why he's still there. Once again he says, with that hangdog yet maybe-almost-laughing look that only he can do so well, "I'm here for you, Izzie Stevens." I guess now she's the Joey Potter of the show, since he seems to enjoy using her full name for (not actually much) impact. She points out that since she broke up with him, he's not there for her and so he has to go, but he says that he can't. I think that what he maybe could do is talk in riddles less, but that doesn't seem to be an option, unfortunately. He keeps repeating that he's here for her, to the point where even Izzie gets fed up, yells at him to stop, and turns out the light.
Mrs. P is sitting with an unconscious Jackson and while Bailey watches them, Alex comes to update her that Jackson is officially #1 on the list for a liver and small bowel. Bailey points out that this is good since his ammonia levels are rising, and Mrs. P overhears and freaks out mildly that they were supposed to have 24 hours. Bailey calmly tells her that they are doing everything they can and then excuses herself to answer a page.