After the sudden departure of her unenthusiastically semi-lesbian heart surgeon girlfriend, Dr. Torres is not holding it together as well as she thinks. She works out her sadness by attempting to construct a faux-but-expensive titanium replacement leg for an unappreciative homeless man who rudely dies before she can see if her metalsmithy will cut it on the mean streets of Seattle.
Speaking of long lost Dr. Hahn, Cristina was glad to see she was gone until she got a gander of the replacement. The new hotshot heart surgeon is so robotic she just might be a Cylon! Banish the thought! It's not robotics, it's Asperger's! And when a patient's deep-seated religious beliefs don't jive with the robot doctor's love of rules, Bailey makes an end run to the Chief. While the patient gets to live with the heart of his choosing, Seattle Grace will have to live without the heart surgeon of their dreams.
Meanwhile, the surgical interns' cutting is starting to get noticed. After Lexie is complimented in surgery for her self-inflicted masterly stitchery, Cristina catches on and bans the practice. Sorry interns you'll have to find a new storyline!
When Sloan doesn't get laid for seven minutes, he starts to hit on Lexie, Meredith calls in Derek to make him stop. 'Cause Lexie's twelve and Sloan is like seventy and statutory rape is still a crime in Washington State, right?
With words of advice from a wise old Navajo and a little help from Alex, Izzie finally bids goodbye to Denny. I think he has to get back to Weeds now anyway. But before he goes, Izzie has to make out with his strangely corporeal ghost for about an hour.
Oh, and Cristina makes out with the new bad-ass surgeon. Again.
You know how Shondaland Productions has a roller coaster as its logo? This week we finally find out why: hoo boy! Are we in for a wild ride in this episode! I am so excited to be filling in for this week's adventure.
While Meredith's disembodied voice rambles about ties that bind, Izzie leaves Alex sleeping in bed to go to the closet and sniff Denny's sweater. Is that considered cheating? Or just a cool fetish? Callie sleeps alone in her bed. Meredith and Derek are snuggled in bed with visions of job security and tequila shots dancing in their heads. As dawn breaks over the horizon, Cristina swings open the bedroom door with big news and only two cups of coffee. As Derek tries to roll over and go back to sleep (he is a brain surgeon after all, I'm sure his patients would prefer he was well-rested), Meredith scoots over and Cristina jumps in to the bed and starts chattering loudly. I know Cristina is ill-mannered and narcissistic, but this behavior is remarkably rude. And Meredith just loves it. Cristina reports that the Wicked Witch is dead. Hahn is off the surgery board and has completely disappeared from the halls of Seattle Grace. Cristina is overjoyed, but Derek is sad to see such a talented colleague leave. When he senses the evil eye pointed his direction, he realizes he is not at all included in the conversation taking place in his bed and gives up and rolls out the door. And it's a good thing he went downstairs when he did, because there is a knock at the door. It's a blonde girl asking for Grey. When Derek says she's home, the girl knocks him out of the way, runs into the house and starts screaming, "Death! Death! Where are you Death!" Apparently Shonda has been watching a lot of Bergman films lately. The blonde jumps into bed with Meredith and Cristina and starts cackling. Meredith joins in and Cristina looks confused. Downstairs Derek is dejectedly watching the coffeemaker fill. He has been joined by Cristina who was booted out of the room by the reunion between Death (Meredith) and Die (Sadie). I could never come up with such a perfect moniker for Meredith. It's just so fitting! Cristina complains about this unfair treatment by a woman Death has never even mentioned. Derek welcomes her to the club.
On the way into the hospital (there are five of them, so did Death buy a minivan?) Sadie fills the team in on the facts: She went to med school because of Meredith and put off her residency to work in a morgue. Sadie bears more than a passing resemblance to Eliza Dushku (aka The Dush!), so I can only imagine that her time in the morgue was spent rushing into awkward situations trying to resolve corpse angst. As the crew walks into the hospital, they run into Izzie, who despite living in the same house as the rest of them has managed to beat them to the hospital. She is standing in the shrubbery staring blankly at the hospital doors. All of her so-called friends brush past her on their way into the hospital, but Alex stops. He knows that Hahn's case brought up memories of Denny and something is up with her (he is using his newfound ability to recognize the crazy) and he wants her to know he is there for her. Izzie tells him that he doesn't understand, but he kisses her on the cheek and leaves her standing in the bushes. It's nice! And sweet and I wish these two would get together emotionally as well as physically. Izzie calls up some inner strength and barrels through the doors of the hospital and is greeted by... Denny. He was waiting for her in the lobby. He must have checked in with security already because he just follows her right into the nerve center of the hospital. He likes her hair cut. Speaking of haircuts, did Denny get a haircut in the afterlife barbershop? He looks freshly shorn. Anyway, Izzie is not thrilled to see him, what with him being dead and all.