Hi there, Seattle Grace. I missed you.
We start with Derek and Meredith in bed, which is rarely a bad place to be. She's snoring, which becomes the comic relief plotline of the week. Derek has never admitted to Meredith that her snoring keeps him awake, opting instead to sleep on the couch and sneak back into bed before Meredith gets up.
Rounds. We learn that Burke had surgery, and he and Cristina have technically made up, but they're still not speaking. Meanwhile, there's a pre-surgery party — with hats and noisemakers — in George's dad's room. The doctors then meet a teenager named Heather, who has a spinal defect and one heck of an attitude: "If you're expecting me to be the brave and heartwarming 'differently abled' girl, that isn't going to happen."
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Izzie asks Bailey if she can scrub in on Heather's surgery. She's done everything the shrink asked her to do, she says, except deposit the $8.7 million inheritance check from Denny. Bailey tells her she's losing thousands of dollars in interest a day — I had no idea she was such a financial planner! — and tells her no money, no surgery.
The Chief and Bailey explain to George's dad that if they find out his cancer has spread, they won't proceed with the surgery. George's dad tells them O'Malleys are fighters, and closing him up and sending him home to die is not an option. The Chief agrees to go ahead with the surgery no matter what. Meanwhile, Mark snaps at Alex again and tells him to go back to gynecology, "where life is all squishy and pink." Addison says she has an awesome surgery, if Alex wants in.
Derek tells Heather that he can get her standing up straight by replacing part of her spine. Mom's not so sure, but Heather says she's in. Izzie asks Bailey again to get in on the surgery, and Bailey reminds her that in the time she's been whining, she could have made $400 in interest. Meanwhile, in George's dad's surgery, they discover the cancer has spread but proceed because George's father asked.
Addison stops by Burke's room, and they end up talking about his silent feud with Cristina. He says it's like a big game of Uncle, and neither one of them wants to say uncle first. Addison tells him that's pathetic.
Izzie goes to the bank with the check, and she's a total mess, alternately laughing and sobbing. "It's covered in food," the banker says. "Is this some kind of joke?" Izzie says yeah, it's a really cruel joke, and could he just deposit the check already? She comes back to tell Bailey the deed is done, but it turns out Heather's family's insurance won't cover the surgery and they can't afford it on their own. Hmm, I think I see where this one's going.
Addison and Alex operate on Meredith's niece. Meredith's watching through the windows, and the Chief tells her that Thatcher is pacing in the hall, so maybe she should give him an update. She says that's not going to happen — even if her mom was the one who had the affair, it's not like her dad sent her birthday cards every year or anything.
George is fussing with his dad's catheter bag when Callie walks in and asks what he's doing. One of the brothers: "Georgie's obsessed with our dad's pee." George says he's not obsessed, he's excited, because apparently the amount his dad has peed is a good thing. He and Callie do a happy dance, and then they make out in front of everyone.
Alex and Addison check on the baby, and Alex says it's hard to see babies so sick because they haven't had a chance to deserve their pain yet. Addison says she loves imagining the lives they have once they go home, and the two of them come thisclose to kissing before someone walks in the door and interrupts their moment.
We get one last glimpse of everyone — Addison in the elevator, Callie in the stairwell, Meredith snoring with Derek awake next to her — before the screen flashes To Be Continued.
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