Bailey tells them that it's "go time" and assigns them all to different doctors. Except for George, who wonders why she paged him. Bailey has just two words o say to George: "Mercy West." George realizes that Callie must have told her about the transfer, and she starts ripping him a new one for thinking about leaving the best surgical program in the country. Really, this is the best? These people? Remind me to go to some other country the next time I need surgery. Canada, or maybe Guatemala. Anything to keep me out of the clutches of these people. She accuses him of throwing his career away, and he tells her that he's just trying to do what's best for him in light of his personal issues. Bailey: "I don't know what your personal problems are, and I don't care. I do care about your career, so let me make myself clear. This is a mistake." Izzie witnessed this entire scene, and as George walks away from Bailey he stops and they stare into each other's eyes. Izzie says George's name as he walks away. And then the camera pans up and we see that Callie observed that whole scene from the landing of a stairwell.
Meredith is still sitting in the waiting area when George comes and sits next to her. He delivers a kind of obnoxious acting school monologue to the effect that when your parent dies, things stop making sense and you make horrible mistakes, but no matter how much you regret the mistakes, you have to live with the consequences. Hmmm, whatever are they trying to shove down our throats? Meredith tells him to go. With some hesitation, he does.