Derek finds Finn reading a book in Meredith's empty room. Finn asks him about his fishing, which Meredith told him is one of Derek's hobbies. "She tells me a lot of things." Finn continues and asks if he's fished a particular spot and Derek is surprised to learn he fishes too. God, please don't let them become friends, that would be too much, even for this show. Finn laughs about his wife hating it, and it's the first Derek has heard of her. Finn explains that he's a widower and seems a bit delighted that Meredith doesn't talk a lot like that to Derek. But then the emotional scars of his past show through, and he makes sure that even though this is routine surgery, she'll really be fine. This makes Derek thoughtful, and he observes that Finn really likes her and is a good guy, to which Finn replies he thinks and hopes that he is. They have their own staring moment, and he leaves.
Mr. Duquette is explaining to Izzie the parade of doctors that they saw and how every prognosis was worse. He's struggling, and he tells her, "The thought of having to bury your own son... his mother and I, we didn't handle it very well." They came home one day to a note from Denny, saying he didn't want them to watch him die. It turns out they thought he had already died, and had no idea he was in Seattle going through all of this. Izzie's eyes fill as he goes on. She assures him she had no idea, and that if she had known, "Believe me, I would never have let him get away with that." Mr. Duquette seems to know she's telling the truth, and he smiles at her. "I believe it." She explains that she worked through med school, and he interrupts her, embarrassed, assuring her she doesn't need to explain. But she does, and goes on. She explains that she had no debt, and she didn't need his money, "I had everything I needed. I had everything I needed, until... " "You miss him." She cries, and agrees. He reaches into his coat and pulls out an envelope. "It's for you. It's from Denny." I know, I know, he and his wife would have been notified if he was actually dead -- which is proven by the fact that they were notified of his ACTUAL death, but I loved Denny, and I love him and Izzie together, and my fairy-tale loving heart is just going with it. So there.
Callie finds George changing in the locker room after Meredith's surgery. She smiles saucily at him and asks if he's ready to go. He explains that Izzie called and needs him. Which she does, and he's making the right call, but it pains me that he can't just get that across and comes across as a buoy being tossed around in the ocean that can't sack up and do what he needs to do when he needs to do it. Yes, I know that makes no sense but I'm so frustrated with him that I'm mixing my metaphors, insults, and probably not even using proper punctuation right now. Callie's stunned, commenting that it's always Izzie or Meredith and never her. George brushes this off, but though we know he's got a good reason, from her point of view from all of his actions, it's totally true. He takes her hand, but she asks, "How am I to you, George? Am I your girlfriend? Am I somebody you mess around with? Do you even know?" He doesn't say anything, natch, and she tells him, "Well guess what. Now you don't have to bother figuring it out."