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As surgeons we are told to always be honest, to ensure that our patient knows everything they need to know in order to make the correct decisions. We can sugar coat it, make everything seem more positive but we cannot lie. We can't lie, we can't make promises and we can't pretend everything is going to be OK. Yet as people, we lie all the time. We don't tell the truth, we hide information and we make promises we can't keep. The saddest part of it all is that honesty can sometimes fix it all.
Meredith's House. Kitchen. Meredith is sat with Izzie. There are cakes and cookies everywhere.
Meredith:Somebody's been busy
Izzie:I couldn't sleep, I just keep going over and over things in my mind. I needed it to stop so I baked
Meredith:You baked?Izzie:Yeah, I baked
Meredith:And now you feel better?
Izzie:No. What the hell is wrong with him?
Meredith:You left him, he's hurt
Izzie:I didn't leave him, I just went away for a while
Meredith:You didn't call, you didn't write... he didn't know what happened.
Izzie:Whose side are you on?
Meredith:I'm not picking sides, Izz, I'm just stating facts
Izzie:Well I feel crappy enough as it is
Meredith:Why did you leave?
Izzie:He didn't need a cancer wife
Meredith:He didn't have a cancer wife, you were recovering
Izzie:I was letting him go, he wasn't obligated anymore. He was so fussy, he distracted me.
Meredith:That's crap! Alex doesn't do obligations. He was with you out of love. You knew that and he wasn't the one that got you fired either.
Izzie:Just leave it, Mer
Meredith:Well, where did you go?
Izzie:Why do you even care?
Meredith:Because you left me too!
Meredith:You didn't just leave Alex, you left all of us. You left me, Christina, Owen, Derek, Bailey... the Chief. You left all of us.
Meredith:We all sat and watched you as you got ill, we all watched you get better and then we watched you screw it all up like it was nothing. Derek but his ass on the line, the Chief ignored a DNR... we all went out of our way to give you a life. A life you walked out on.
Izzie:So what, I'm meant to be eternally grateful?
Meredith:You could at least act like you give a damn. Like it meant something because it meant something to us. We lost George and then we lost you.
Izzie:I had a lot to deal with
Meredith:We all did, Izz. Nothing is easy anymore. We're fighting to keep our jobs, the Chief isn't Chief anymore... everything is difficult but we don't walk out, we stay and fight
Izzie:I'm sorry, I was just so lost
Izzie begins to cry. Meredith hugs her.
Meredith:Just don't do it again. We were so worried... where did you go?
Izzie:I went back to Chehalis
Meredith:The trailer park?
Izzie:I had nowhere else...
Meredith:What did you do? Did you work?
Izzie:You could say that...
Flashback. Chehalis, Washington. Diner. Robbie Stevens is serving two customers.
Robbie Stevens: That's two coffees and what'll you be eatin'?
Diner #1:I'll have the pancakes with bacon please
Diner #2:I'll have scrambled eggs with mine
Robbie:No problem! CRICKET!The kitchen doors swing open, out steps Izzie Stevens dressed as a waitress. Cut back to the House.
Meredith:You went from surgeon to server?!
Izzie:No hospital would touch me, it was like I was the angel of death or something
Izzie:I kept applying and applying to hospitals but nobody wanted me. I realised that I was 16 again and I just had to get the hell out of there. I kept up my treatments but what I really needed was Alex. I didn't care about my job, I didn't care about anything... I just needed Alex so I came back and now... what do I have? Still no job but what's worse... no Alex either
Meredith:What are you going to do?
Izzie:Go back to square one
Meredith:Wait, you're leaving again?
Izzie:What's the point in sticking around?
Meredith:Don't walk out on us
Izzie:I'll stay in touch this time...
Meredith:You can't go!
Izzie:Why not? Give me one good reason?
Meredith:I traded the Chief!
Meredith:I let Derek go to the board as long as he hired you back, so please... you have to stay.
Izzie puts her bags down and stares at Meredith in shock.
Izzie:You cost one man his job so I could have mine?
Meredith:I wanted to help you
Izzie:I want a job because I'm good at what I do, not because my friend is sleeping with the boss
Izzie:No... Leave me alone. I thought you were my friend!
Izzie storms out. The door slams as Meredith puts her head down on the counter. She picks up a cookie and bites into it.
Telling the truth isn't always easy, especially when you're not obligated to do so. Yet still we try and hope that our honesty will be rewarded with thanks but sometimes the truth is the last thing people want to hear.