Bailey and Meredith return to tell Mrs. Hansen that they stopped the bleeding, and that hopefully Mia won't need more surgery. Meredith waits with her for Mr. Hansen so that she can take the parents up to see their daughter in recovery. She assures her that Mia is fine, but tentatively admits that the little girl is asking for Anna. Like a gunshot, Mrs. Hansen tells her, "We fired Anna." Meredith tells her that Mia seemed very attached to Anna, and Mom replies that it's all her fault. She's clearly bitter that her husband blames her for being a working mother when he's also a working father. She tells Meredith that she loves her job and her daughter, and shows a tiny crack as she nearly pleads that she's not good at "the mom stuff," but that she's good at her job. I'm nursing the lump rising on my forehead from being clubbed by this storyline. She's a bad mom, Bailey's an insecure mom, everyone loves their jobs -- can I cut this off, halfway through the episode, and say just try to find a balance? That you can know your child and also work, if you choose to do both? Criminy.
In the hallway of misery, which seems to feature windows for the first time (that, or it's just daylight hours for the first time) Meredith gripes about Mrs. Hansen and other career women having kids, and George says he talked to Burke. Cristina ears burst with steam. She assures everyone that everyone is fine, but George spills about her surgery, and Meredith is duly impressed and happily calls her a bitch. Still not taking the bait, Cristina again says she didn't do the surgery by herself. Good grief, if this storyline goes on much longer, I'm going to have to add "Cristina says she didn't do it, and she and Burke try to pretend she's modest" to my Microsoft Word auto-complete. Don't make me do it, Grey's, you're a better show than that. Let's see this finally go somewhere. Alex tells Izzie, "Yang decanulated a heart. Why is Alex not surprised?" Izzie chuckles and says, "Izzie isn't either. Last week Izzie was digging through crap. This week she's fondling man-boobs. No decanulating hearts for Izzie." Dear Izzie: A week ago, you weren't even sure you could make yourself walk through the door of the hospital. Ignoring the whole "killed your fiancÃ©e" thing, let's wait until everyone is sure you might be able to really be a doctor, mmm-kay? Wow, I had no idea that everyone was aggravating me this much until a second watching of this episode, but there you have it. That said, the Alex-Izzie third person is kind of awesome. George calls Cristina on lying; Cristina tries to cover, but "Alex and Izzie do not believe you." Meredith finally bites and asks why they're speaking like royals and Izzie explains, "Izzie and Alex have a patient that talks about himself in the third person." Alex adds, "They thought it was annoying at first, but now they kind of like it." Meredith wants to know when they'll stop, and Cristina asks where bright and shiny went. I guess when you're treating a five-year-old for massive internal injuries and facing your own parent issues at the same time, things start to dull a bit.
In the chief's office, Derek and Addison announce to him that they think he is depressed, and then they both sit down. He points out (not incorrectly) that if they're agreeing on it, he must be really bad. He finally admits that Adele wants him to step down, and the floodgates open. Derek and Addison dissolve into arguing about what people should do for marriage. I'm sparing you the minutes of bickering because I can't bear to recap it all. The chief tries to keep talking, knowing full well that they aren't listening, and admits that he could make time for Ellis but not his own wife, and things need to change. He finally orders them to "Stop helping me." He admits he wants his wife back and his marriage to not be over. Addison assures him that it's not over until he "decides the sacrifice just isn't worth it," sounding a bit wistful. Cristina then walks in, looking somber, with some papers in her hand.