Four patients die in quick succession, and according to intel from "the guy in the morgue," these deaths come in threes and sevens. Oh, who will be next? It's a tossup between a woman who fell out of a tree while stalking her boyfriend; a very annoying man with a head injury and a bad case of OCD; Webber's old AA sponsor (!), who needs a liver transplant; and of course, our old friend Denny the Magical Heart Patient. All this action has our doctors in a superstitious tizzy. Addison runs around handing out good juju in the form of hot chocolate, even to Meredith. Burke blames his first patient's death on his lack of personalized scrub caps. When he finds out that Cristina has one stashed away in her locker, he orders his guy George to get it back before he operates on Denny. George fails, but when Izzie finds out, she threatens to literally kick Cristina's ass if she doesn't return it. Cristina does, and -- surprise! -- Denny lives. Izzie, by the way, is supremely irritating for the entire hour, especially when she dumps Alex for her soulmate Denny. It does prompt Alex, however, to awesomely get in George's face about what a pussy he's being re: Meredith. This in turn prompts George to finally move the frick on and ask Dr. Callie out on a date. Oh, and the other two patients die, bringing the death tally up to six, and proving the guy in the morgue wrong. We can only hope this means Denny's time is coming.
We open with outside shots of Seattle Grace. Mere voice-overs that her college campus has a magic statue the nose of which students rub for good luck. Inside shots of the hospital flash by as Mere tells us that her freshman roommate really believed in the statue's power, and insisted on rubbing its nose before every exam. That sounds kind of weird, and besides, what if the statue has a cold? MereVO: "Studying might have been a better idea; she flunked out sophomore year. But we all have little superstitious things that we do." Now we see how the doctors are superstitious before surgery: Addison pins her wedding ring to her scrubs and pats it; Burke frets about his personalized scrub caps, which didn't come in the laundry delivery, and then cracks his neck; McDreamy says, "All right, everybody. It's a beautiful morning to save lives. Let's have some fun!" Hee. Bailey's superstitious tell is closing her eyes, leaning her head back, and taking a huge breath. She recovers and snaps, "10 blade!" Suddenly, all the surgeries go wrong. Bailey's patient spurts blood everywhere, Burke's patient crashes dramatically, Addison's has a bad reaction, and McDreamy's doesn't like him rooting around in the middle of his brain. They all die. MereVO: "Knock on wood. Step on a crack, break your mother's back. The last thing we want to do is offend the gods."
In the interns' locker room, George whines, "Four surgeries, four fatalities, and the day's barely started." He asks for a bite of Cristina's breakfast bar. She refuses, saying that he's already in her apartment -- he doesn't get to be in her food. Izzie says that she talked to the morgue guy this morning, and that he said that fatalities come in threes and sevens, so there'll be three more before midnight. Cristina is skeptical, but Izzie's all, "He's the morgue guy! He knows things about death!" Mere tries to hand George something he's dropped, but he pointedly turns around and leaves without taking it. This is going to become very annoying very quickly. Alex is trying to ask Izzie why she snuck out last night when Bailey calls them all down to the ER: "We've all had deaths, now let's go save a life." The interns follow, and are interrupted by Addison handing Bailey a cup of hot chocolate. She explains that it's a little ritual they had in New York -- four surgeries, four deaths, they can all use some good "juju." Bailey's all, "And...hot cocoa equals juju how?" Addison commands her not to question the cocoa, and then hands Meredith one too. She's all shy about it, saying, "Thanks. You know, thank you. For your help. This morning." Aw. McDreamy receives his own juju from Addison, commenting, "You jujued Meredith?" Addison says that she did; she did juju Meredith, we all juju, too. McDreamy says that's very big of Addison, being friends with Meredith. Addison pretends it's no big deal -- McDreamy and Mere are friends, so she and Meredith are friends by proxy, right? McDreamy: "Well, it's not like I'm going to be friends with, say...Mark." Addison says that neither is she, and that he should finish his juju before somebody else dies. I love this Addison!