George and Alex troop down the stairs as they chat about Bill and his ovary. Olivia enters and passes between them and says hi to George but not to Alex. He notices, of course, because he is the center of the damn universe. "What am I, invisible?" Olivia just offers up a terse, "Alex." George tells Alex to go on ahead and he'll catch up with him later. Alex leaves and Olivia launches herself at George's face. He enjoys it for a bit but then finally pulls back from her and starts to stammer that he has to tell her something. She's all, what? Are you breaking up with me? He's all, no. NO NO NO. And then he dives headfirst into the deepest damn mess of a speech I've ever heard. He says he hasn't been with anyone else in a long time, but it's okay if she's been with someone, even if he hasn't, then he practically calls her a prostitute and finally winds the whole thing up by saying that he likes her a lot but... he has syphilis. She steps back from him like he's covered in baby shit and just runs up the stairs. "That could have gone better," he says with a furrow in his brow. Bet yer ass it could've gone better. Unless you were thinking that calling her a hooker was going to somehow distract her from noticing the syphilis statement.
The Chief's Office of Stabbing Eye Pain. Derek enters and observes that the man dropped a retractor. The Chief spills that a few weeks ago, he was operating and the vision in his right eye became blurry. Well, it's come back again. He had it checked out, but the examination was normal. "But you know what a decline in my visual acuity can mean," the Chief tells Derek. "I'll set up some tests," Derek responds. The Chief asks him to keep it a secret and Derek agrees.
Later, in the cafeteria, George and Alex pass Olivia as they walk toward their table and George wonders if Olivia is talking about him. Alex says that she absolutely is. He goes on to say that syphilis is the best thing that ever happened to George. "In their eyes, you're a player." Yeah. A player who's not going to be getting LAID any time soon. "Hey, syph-boy!" Cristina greets him. George looks at Izzie. "You told her?" "Just Cristina," says Izzie, as if telling "just Cristina" is going to stop this from spreading like, well, syphilis, all over the hospital. To prove my point, Meredith drops down next to George and says, "Hey, George. How're you feeling? Sorry about the syphilis." George is stunned. "Everyone in this hospital knows?" "Knows you're a player," says Alex. "You're disturbed," says George. "True," says Alex. Hee. So true. Alex goes on to say that everybody's got secrets and George should be glad his is out in the open. Cristina challenges Alex to tell them HIS secret. "Show me yours, I'll show you mine," says Alex. Mature. Burke passes just then and Cristina kind of tilts her head his way and then smoothly brings it back to the table so that no one notices what she just did.