George, of course, gave in. We see him waiting to ambush the Chief as he emerges from an OR. George, stammering and stuttering, explains that the interns have located a liver for Lloyd. Cut to the three Furies, watching from the side. They think Burke will condemn them straight to hell for going over his head. An extra walks through the scene carrying some sheets, and he does a complicated little piece of business with his glasses. That's some dedication to the craft of acting, right there. Alex comes upon our three heroines and asks them what they're up to. In unison, they tell him, "Nothing." Over their shoulders, we see Burke walk by George and the Chief. The Chief grabs him and explains about the donor. Burke gives George a withering glance, and George turns on his heel and walks away. Izzie laughs aloud, and Burke turns and sees the interns. All three women turn and run, while Alex looks stupid. Burke walks away, but Alex realizes something is going on and chases after Burke, calling out his name.
Gah! Beating heart! Burke is performing the surgery needed to keep John Doe's body alive. Alex kisses his ass. The camera pans up to the gallery, where Mere, George, Cristina, and Izzie are watching. Meredith calls Alex "vermin," noting that the surgery belonged to one of them. Izzie is just happy the surgery is happening at all. Izzie thanks George for his help, and he explains that he now fears that Burke will kill him and make it look like an accident. A nurse enters to tell them that John Doe has been identified; his wife is on the way. Wait, there's a Mrs. John Doe? Well, there go Izzie's chances.
Izzie sits with John Doe in post-op. McDreamy opens the door to the room for Mrs. Doe. She is appropriately emotional. McDreamy introduces her to Izzie and then tells her to call if she has any questions. Mrs. Doe asks Izzie if there's still a chance for John to recover. Izzie tells her that they can hold off until the morning, but that if there's no change they'd like to discuss organ donation.
The Chief enters Lloyd's room while George hovers at the doorway. The Chief wakes him and asks how things are going. Lloyd tells him, "Oh, fine. Except that beautiful boy won't let me smoke. You should reprimand him. Make him change bed pans." The Chief tells Lloyd that George may have found him a liver. Lloyd looks over at George and is overcome with emotion. George backs out of the door.
Mere is in the locker room looking at her pager (or phone or whatever). Alex slams open the door, all cock-of-the-walk. He declaims his own greatness, and boasts that he smells of open-heart surgery. He walks over to Mere and tells her that she has to smell him. She tells him she's not really interested, but he wraps himself around her anyway. She grabs his arm, turns him around, and throws him up against the lockers. Mere: "You have got to be kidding me. Okay, I have more important things to deal with than you. I have roommates, and boy problems, and family problems. You want to act like a little frat boy bitch, that's fine. You want to take credit for your saves and everybody else's, that's fine too. Just stay out of my face. And for the record, you smell like crap." Alex looks surprised, then he yawns, then he leers. McDreamy enters the room and sees the last bit of this. Mere sees him and walks back to her own locker. McDreamy saunters over, his body language clearly asking for an explanation. Alex tells him, "She attacked me." Meredith runs back across the room to beat the crap out of Alex (and I do believe she could take him), but McDreamy gets between them. That's a yummy sandwich, right there. He pushes Mere back to her own locker and tells Alex, "You know what? You might want to leave, before I change my mind and let her beat you to a pulp with her tiny, ineffectual fists." He walks Alex out of the room and closes the door behind him. And then he turns towards Meredith, looking adorable. They do a bit of the "what?" "what?" "nothing" dance, and then she takes her purse and leaves the room.