"We think. We walk erect." Cristina illustrates it by jumping up when her own pager goes off. Izzie also bolts upright with a yell of, "I'm up!" Mere comments, "We speak." And Alex, who is sleeping through his pager illustrates, "We dream. But deep down, we're all still rooting around in the primordial ooze. Fighting, clawing, scratching out an existence in the cold dark world like the rest of the tree toads and sloths. The girls power walk down the hallway and Cristina manages to reach out and trip Izzie. This is a good episode already!
Richard shows up and comments that the residents are in a contest. Bailey, holding Tuck and putting down her bag, plays dumb. Richard goes on to explain for all of us that for 14 days, around the clock, the residents have been sleeping in the hospital and taking part in a surgical contest for points. Bailey pleads ignorance but the girls zip on by so she comments that they're just committed. Richard corrects, "It's a lion fight." Bailey goes off to take Tuck to daycare and go about her business, telling him the lions can fight all they want. "I'm not a zookeeper." Richard tells her to keep her animals under control. He's issuing that order now? Too little, too late, I think.
They round a corner and there's nearly a pileup when Meredith stops dead in her tracks at seeing Rose and Derek laughing together. Cristina immediately acts like any good best friend and tries to tell Mere that Rose is "wretched and mean." Meredith's not buying it, so Izzie tries to help by saying she's heard they've only been on five dates. They're interrupted by George, who has stopped dead in his tracks and asked Izzie what she did to her hair. She can't answer because Meredith tells them that the stopping to talk about Derek and Rose means she's just going to kick their asses, and she takes off. "I cut it during the strike while I was off making movies and talking about how I'm so over this show," she tells him. Wait, did I mishear? Oh, I did. She tells him she cut it herself the night before because keeping it clean was hampering her play in the contest. "It just makes me faster and sleeker, like a cheetah." If you're a cheetah, then show us your speed by racing off of my TV screen in a flash, okay? George can't believe she chopped off her "hot" hair for a contest, which gives them all the chance to talk more about it. Cristina pointedly tells George it's for residents, trying to get him to go away, but Izzie babbles on about how he should try living in the hospital because it will make his life seem clearer. Or something. I've started letting my mind wander when she opens her mouth. Anyhow, the contest ends at the end of the day. They leave George behind to kick the wall because he's left out.