The episode begins and Cristina is back, and she's sleeping in the bed in her loft in Seattle, where she's apparently been for two days. Meredith is with her. Jackson and April have sex, again, much to April's puzzlement. Meredith and Alex get a 17-year-old patient named Brian who's cramping and looks jaundiced. And some of his hair falls out when Meredith puts her hand on the back of his head. Wilson treats a apparently homeless man with a long, white beard that the interns have taken to calling Santa Claus. He insists he hasn't been drinking but his blood-alcohol level is high, and he throws up on her again. ..Read the full recap
Meredith: (opening voiceover) Doctors have never had all the answers. There was a time when you were sick and we would just drain your blood, like you were getting an oil change. We're constantly having to rethink what we thought was true. And redefine it.
Avery: It's not just sex. I mean, I wish it was. I pretend that it is 'cause you have a good thing going with Jesus, but it's not.
Kepner: It's not?
Meredith: (waves a piece of paper in front of Alex) What is this?
Meredith: This list your real estate agent sent to mine. Repair discoloured/burrowed porch, hardwood floors
Alex: Oh, that's just some stuff you've got to take care of.
Meredith: Repair/refinish wood moulding in door jams?
Alex: Yeah, they're all scratched up. There's, like, five things you gotta fix.
Meredith: And what if I don't?
Alex: Well, then I'm not buying your house.
Meredith: Well, that's crazy, because you begged me to sell you the house. We made a deal, we shook on it, we drank on it.
Jackson: Sir. We have a problem.
Richard: You don't have to call me 'sir'.
Jackson: I do. It helps me. Sir, you need to get your Avery's straight. (Richard looks confused) In your address book. Last night you sent an e-mail which, I believe, was for my mother.
Jackson: It began "I can't sleep, thinking about you tonight"...
Richard: (embarrassed) That's enough.
Jackson: It would have been for me too. But it really goes on. Sir, I do not like thinking about you in that way. Or my mother, in that way. Or you and my mother, in that way.
Richard: Message received, son. It won't happen again.
Jackson: Don't... don't call me 'son'.
Richard: I... I meant it colloquially. But that won't happen again either.
Jackson: I took the liberty of forwarding your e-mail to my mother.
Richard: Thank you for that.
Cristina: (referring to the new chief of cardio) Yeah, no one named Jeff has ever done anything substantial.
April: (sees Jackson running away) Where is he going?
Cristina: Away from you, it seems.
April: Cristina! I'm glad you're back.
Cristina: You're still doing it with Avery?
April: Does everybody know this, now?
Cristina: God and everybody.
April: Four whole seconds I was glad you are back.
Arizona: Did you send the chart?
Miranda: I did, an hour ago. I told my intern to leave the copies by the door.
Arizona: Well, did you tell them to ring the bell?
Miranda: That was a given, but this year's interns seem more defective than most.
Meredith: (closing voiceover) It can be scary to find out you've been wrong about something. But we can't be afraid to change our minds, to accept that the things are different, that they'll never be the same. For better or for worse. We have to be willing to give up what we used to believe. The more we're willing to accept what is and not what we thought, we'll find ourselves exactly where we belong.