Mark goes in to check on David, whose head is covered in bandages, and tells him not to talk since it will only hurt. His friends are gathered around, holding his hands, and Sheena asks if he could see his face. Mark reminds them that it's early, and that the tissue will be swollen and bruised before it settles. Happily, though, he tells them that he'll give them a sneak peek. Izzie gets a mirror, and they all watch as Mark carefully peels away the bandages. Lexie smiles and they hand David the mirror. Sheena holds his hand and the others also hold on to him happily as he lifts the mirror, sees his whole face, and starts to cry. Izzie watches the display of friendship, but clearly still doesn't have the nerve to give her own friends the same credit.
Cristina walks outside that night and finds Izzie sitting on a bench. She pauses a moment and looks almost scared just for a second before she goes and sits down. With no preamble she announces, "Sometimes we fail but that's not always the case." Izzie knows this, so Cristina tells her that, "Blowhole has a new face!" She then starts to say that whatever the docs have to call him to get through the procedure... but Izzie cuts her off because she knows that too. With nothing else left but her point, Cristina tells Izzie that she told Alex and Bailey, who are now telling Mere and George. Izzie is totally stricken but Cristina defends that she couldn't do her job, and that Izzie came to her for help so that's what she did. "Because sometimes we win, Izzie, and I want you to fight." This whole hour has been such a departure for Cristina, but an amazing departure. She seems near tears as she adds, "For whatever that's worth I want you to fight." Izzie is also in tears and after a moment, quietly thanks Cristina. Cristina is surprised but sits back and then takes Izzie's hand. The pile of tissues on my coffee table is starting to reach an alarming state, but at least the cats are amused and have started batting some of it around.
Back inside the interns are all staring judgingly at Lexie. When Mark walks in she gives him an awkward look but after a moment of thought walks over and plants one massive kiss on his lips. Mark gives a happy, "Dr. Grey!" She announces that the interns think he's taking advantage of her and that Lexie is using him. But in the second accidentally humorous, totally clumsy and schmaltzy line of the episode she announces, "But they don't know us. They think that we're ugly, but I know that we're beautiful. And we can adapt to a hostile environment." Mark gazes after her as she walks away.