"The thing people forget," says Mere's VO, "is how good it can feel when you finally set secrets free." George looks on as Burke tells Bill about his wife's infidelity. "Whether good or bad," continues the VO, "at least they're out in the open, like it or not." Later, down in the Medicine CrÃ¼e Locker Room, George is hunched over on a bench, contemplating his red and itchy dirty parts. Olivia enters and George starts to apologize for his horrific reading of "How to Tell your Girl you Gots da Syph." Olivia cuts him off and tells him that when they started dating, she was already kind of seeing someone else. She wasn't sure how much she'd like him, so she kept this other guy around as an alternate. When she realized how much she liked George, she broke it off. George is still stuck on the whole "other guy" portion of her story. "Who's the other guy?" Olivia just kind of looks up and behind George. He turns and the only person behind him is Alex. George laughs. "You and Alex?" Olivia just purses her lips. George loses his sense of humor. "YOU AND ALEX?!" George is up and at Alex's throat in a flash. "YOU GAVE ME SYPHILIS?!"
He starts beating the shit out of Alex, but all the girls pull them apart. Cristina holds off George and Mere tries to hold off Alex, although, really, she weighs about as much as an arm tattoo, so I really fail to see how she's strong enough to hold him back. Izzie gets between everyone and tells Alex to back off. Alex just rubs his tagged nose and glares at George as Cristina tries to put his weapons of fury away. "Once your secrets are out in the open," says Mere's VO as we see McDreamy sitting in the lobby, waiting for her, "you don't have to hide behind them anymore." She walks up to him and they commiserate about the long day they've had and how there's a steak and a bottle of wine out there with Mere's name on them. "This is why I keep you around," she grins at him. "So we need to talk," says Derek. "Wine first, talk later," says Mere. Okay, Mere. But just remember that later when you bitch at Derek for never telling you anything; he was just ABOUT to tell you something BIG and you wanted to get DRUNK first. "You trying to get me drunk so you can take advantage of me?" quips McDreamy. She laughs and says she thinks she likes this rules thing they're trying out.
They put on their coats and he fixes her collar. In the distance, we see a tall woman stop and turn to look at them. She's placed directly between them, you know, so we immediately notice that she's COMING BETWEEN THEM. Derek picks up his bag and they turn to exit and he stops and sees the woman. She's a gorgeous redhead dressed all in black and she has quite a snarly expression on her face. She swaggers directly over to them. Derek turns to Meredith. "Meredith, I am so sorry." "The problem with secrets is," continues the VO, "even when you think you're in control... " Snarly McRedhead steps up and swings her hip into her hand like it's a gun and her hand's the holster. "Addison," says Derek with a hint of animosity. "What are you doing here?" "Well, you'd know," she sneers, "if you'd bothered to return any one of my phone calls." She turns to Meredith. "Hi. I'm Addison Shepherd." ["Yeah she is! Woo!" -- Joe R] She holds out her hand and Meredith takes it. "Shepherd?" is all she can manage. Addison releases her hand and points a snarky finger at Meredith's chest. "And you must be the woman who's been screwing my husband." The camera swoops in and closes in on Meredith's stunned and hurt expression. D'oh!