Out in the hall Arizona proves that she's still probably the coolest and most supportive Attending as she tells Jackson he was excellent and runs through all of what he did right. But he's shocked when she finishes by telling him that Mark is going to do the surgery because she wants a different procedure used than what Jackson is planning. Jackson argues that this is his case but his protests are no match for Mark's artistry and Arizona holds firm.
guinea pig patient is Sam, the guy who Richard mentioned had been his patient for years. He's in for his third bowel resection, which sounds like quite a party. His son has taken off as semester from school is there to help out with his recovery even though his dad doesn't agree with his decision. The two of them banter and are generally lovable and awesome, so my first thought was, "Sam, no! This isn't going to end well." April is having a good time joining in and starts to tell Alex about Sam's history with Richard but Alex kills the mood in the room dead when he sneers at her to just give him the bullet. She does, and now Sam and Jason look both chastised and also rightly worried about the man who is going to cut Sam open.
Arizona, Teddy and Bailey are taking a break from their babysitting duties to hang out in the lounge and gossip about what happened to the Chief. Teddy asks if they are all supposed to pretend they don't know what happened, and Arizona asks what Richard's "deal" is with Meredith. It's funny -- because since it's common knowledge for us viewers I thought it was common knowledge among the doctors that Ellis and Richard had a History. From the little we have seen and heard, it doesn't sound like discretion was their number one concern during that time. But I guess they must not know, and I guess no one is going to consider for a second that Mere was helping Adele out from her own warped sense of goodness. Even if they don't agree with what she did, they must be able to imagine that Richard wouldn't want Mere raked over the coals for that. Richard walks in at just that moment and jauntily heads over to the fridge with his lunch and peeks inside. Once he asks about the office Fridge Etiquette he sets his down and tells it he'll see it later. He's in quite a jolly mood, but the women look at him like he has a head injury and once he leaves Teddy muses about how hard he's trying and how noble that makes him. Bailey can't handle what she saw or the talk about it and she leaves.