Okay, I'll admit it -- somewhere, deep down, deep DEEP down, I appear to have missed this show the tiniest of bits as evidenced by the fact that I thought this was a fairly entertaining hour. It's been six weeks since we last saw everyone and in that time, Derek and Rose have been on five dates, Lexie and George got themselves a roach-infested apartment (which George hates), and Meredith has been going to therapy but not actually talking to the therapist. George is also in a bad mood because as an intern he can't participate in the contest going between Mere, Cristina, Izzie and Alex. They've been sleeping at the hospital for two weeks straight in order to get surgeries, and there's a point system for everything they do, and today is the last day. Cheech is the first patient to arrive; all he has is a hurt ankle but Izzie jumps on it. She proceeds to then order tests for every obscure medical condition in the book, including giving him a spinal tap, only to find out that all he had really was a hairline fracture and a bit of the flu.
While she's busy making a fool of herself, a car drives up carrying two brothers and one's wife. The guy is covered in blood from a bear attack, and when he gets out of the car his intestines spill out all over Cristina. Alex and Cristina work on him along with Bailey and the chief, and the two of them do sutures for points. Meredith, meanwhile, takes the brother. When she's talking to his wife she's horrified to learn that he married his rebound girl, and starts to look hard to see if something is wrong that would affect his judgment so that he would do things like marry a girl after ten days and try to pet a bear cub. It turns out that she happened to be right, and he has an inoperable brain tumor. His wife is devastated to think that she was just a "symptom" of this, and Meredith doesn't do much to try and console her. Because Meredith caught a medical mystery, she earns enough points to win the contest and with it the Sparkle Pager -- a blinged-out, red, white and blue pager that the other residents must beep whenever they have a surgery, and Mere can take it from them if she likes. She's been affected by Brain Tumor and Rebound Wife, though, and ignores the pager to do a bunch of research about how it might be possible to remove tumors like the one she found. She presents the idea to Derek since she needs a neurosurgeon to be on the study. Rose is probably not going to like that, since she has blurted out to Lexie that she loves Derek. Fortunately for Rose, Lexie is too busy stealing supplies from the hospital to fix up the apartment to really care. When George gets home it's transformed into a weird, medical, but cozy space and she gives him an impassioned plea to give it and her a chance, since he's the only friend she has. He takes it to heart, decides to stop complaining, and they settle in on their hospital-sheet-covered couch.
Across town there's another cozy scene as Hahn and Callie have wine in Cristina's apartment. Cristina decided to pass up doing sutures for points for the win so that she could observe one of Hahn's surgeries (something she clearly only offered so that Cristina would lose.) When she gets home she can't help herself and the ass-kissing picks up, which only makes Callie and Hahn laugh and basically dismiss her. Will she figure out how to act like a normal person around Hahn? And while we're asking questions, are they really going to go the couple route with Hahn and Callie? We'll have to wait and see.
Welcome back, my lovelies! That was a nice break, but my poor DVR was starting to feel useless and needed things to tape, so thank goodness we are back. Let's let Meredith give us the rundown on this week's episode. "We like to think we are rational beings. Humane." Christine is asleep in her scrubs, surrounded by food wrappers. "Conscientious." Izzie's asleep on a gurney in the hallway. "Civilized." Alex is asleep in the on-call room. Well, that is the most civilized we've seen so far. "Thoughtful." Meredith is shaking her foot, playing with her watch and looking generally like she might vomit. Pan back, and you see that she's actually in therapy, and her doctor is Amy Madigan. It's her third session, and she has yet to say anything. Dude, Meredith in therapy is the most character development we've seen in four years, I'll take her just sitting there for now. She tells Dr. Amy that she read a study that just going to therapy is beneficial, even if you don't say anything. Dr. Amy asks if she's going to solve her problems by just sitting, and Meredith quickly counters that she doesn't have problems. So Dr. Amy asks why she's there. RealMeredith thinks, while her VO concludes: "But when things fall apart, even just a little, it becomes clear. We're no better than animals."
Now, I say I love all animals, but the cockroach seriously tests that statement. George and Lexie have gotten an apartment, and it's a disgusting hole already inhabited by tons of the little buggers. Lexie's calm about it, but George runs around like a madman trying to kill them. He won't look on any bright side, and refers to the space as "The Crapartment." Lexie pleads with him, promising that they'll figure out a way to fix it up, and tells him that she likes it and she'd like it even more if he liked it too. Seriously, the place is a hole but consider that she just moved out of her alcoholic father's house, George. Emotionally, this place is like a suite at the Ritz for her.
Meredith's VO continues: "We have opposable thumbs." Mere finally admits that her little problem is that she hasn't been able to sleep for five weeks. Now there's a surgeon I want working on me, ladies and gentlemen. She won't tell Dr. Amy what happened five weeks ago so she finally puts down her clipboard and leans forward to delicately admit that since she works in the hospital, she knows all the gossip. Meredith of course says Derek isn't why she's there. Amy asks what it is, and Mere is saved by the pager. She takes off, saying she's in a contest. If it's a contest for who is the most emotionally stunted, that's going to be some stiff competition but I think she's got it.