Derek walks in to Owen's office just in time to see him throw back a healthy glass of what I presume is Larry Jennings' congratulatory scotch. He's already feeling the stress of being chained to his desk with paperwork, so Derek just orders him to finish his drink and they'll go somewhere.
"Somewhere" turns out to be his house, where they can hammer away their problems like manly men. One particular shot shows the trailer in the background; I can't believe I forgot the trailer! That thing was practically a character in its own right for a couple of seasons. That at least gives a much more reasonable explanation as to where Derek was sleeping when he wasn't with Mere. [But I thought Alex was in the trailer in the parking lot? Maybe Derek took it back when Alex moved back in Mere's house? -- Angel] Owen asks, mildly concerned, if Derek's contractor doesn't mind Derek doing the deck himself but Derek points out he's the one paying the guy, so I guess if he wants to hammer away at the deck he can do it. He then gripes about Alex not caring about surgeries and just wanting the hours, and Owen ventures that Alex isn't Meredith. Derek agrees and then starts to hammer extra hard. Owen then admits that while he thought Derek was crazy to quit being Chief and asks if he's just paranoid that everyone expects him to fail? Derek tells him that they have a pool going and he needs to hold on for six months for Derek to win $100. Owen then starts to air his own problems; despite my thinking he and Cristina had a breakthrough last week he complains that he's walking on eggshells at home, and while he used to go to work to get away from it, now work sucks too. Derek just thinks and nods; this is obviously too much talking and Owen finally stops so they both can hammer away their feelings like men some more.