Picking up where Part I, "Good Mourning," left off ...
Day 20 after George's death. Clara actually doing well, until she finds out about an infection in her colon. She loses it at the thought of having more surgery, which Cristina tells her is a possibility. Bailey flips out on Cristina for not being more sensitive.
Callie is still upset at the chief and gets a job at Mercy West.
At day 22, the residents start making cancer and George. Well at least Cristina does. She's even more out of line than usual, but funny!
Callie asks Lexie and Mark for fashion advice for her first day at Mercy West. Then she strips in front of the couple like it's the most natural thing in the world. Lexie is a little taken aback by all this.
The Chief practices his speech to the board in the car, and in the middle of showering himself praise and accolade, doesn't notice the red light. A car hits him, but he looks OK, just a little frazzled.
He is wheeled to Mercy West, and of course, Torres is there. She has one of the interns patch up the Chief's leg. He quizzes the doctor about the hospital's program, and he says it's "not too shabby." The wheels in Richard's head start turning.
At day 23, Owen and Cristina talk to Dr. Wyatt and Cristina is anxious to prove to the therapist that they're a normal couple. But Dr. Wyatt cuts through the crap and says she just wants him to be comfortable with her.
When the trauma and all of his war issues are brought up, along with the whole choking incident, Cristina is taken aback. She says the problem is that they don't talk about the disorder, and asks them to wait.
Lexie reads over an email that she intends to send her patient's mom. The patient calls Lexie a bitch and demands she not.
Back at Mercy West, Andy (the kid who no one can diagnose) was referred by Arizona to Callie, and the mom is angry because no one seems to know what's wrong with her kid.
Yang and Bailey are fighting while operating.
Derek informs Mark that the chief is making him chief - because he's retiring ... kidding! Oh, those Grey's Anatomy fake-outs.
Callie gets home and tells Arizona that it's inappropriate and manipulative what she did - but still, she did it. The scan doesn't show anything.
Lexie also gets home and finds Meredith and Derek doing it on the counter. They really are doing it all the time, everywhere.
Alex is being distant to Izzie in their trailer. She tells him that she wishes for a brain tumor so that he can see George. It's awful. Alex is insulted, however, and tells her "real seductive" that she tells him she misses George.
Shepherd goes to the chief's office to ask if there's anything he needs to know. He gets blown off. Arizona runs to Derek, telling him she needs to have a test run on the boy. Derek agrees to sign off on it
Meanwhile, Clara is starting to learn to walk with her prosthetic legs. But she still wonders what she's living for.
Arizona says she gets why people say Derek's McDreamy. Derek tells Karev, who tells Arizona that he's not even married, that they consummate the marriage all the time, unlike Karev. That one hurt.
Thanks to Arizona's insistence, the hard-to-diagnose boy finally gets, well, a diagnosis. Well, more thanks to Derek, who discovers that his spinal cord is tethered to something it shouldn't be. He'll fix.
Izzie and Alex are referred to another doctor because Swender apparently doesn't like dealing with not so major cancer patients, which is a good thing. Izzie's cancer has stopped growing.
Day 37. Dr. Shepherd is operating on the boy, and insists that Arizona makes the first cut, because this is all thanks to her.
Lexie's informs Clara that people are calling her ceviche - which she actually finds funny, and the two share a laugh.
At day 39, Amanda is still on her Seattle Grace bench and Izzie comes to her to talk. She tells her to have enough respect for George to go get a life. She obliges.
It's another session with Dr. Wyatt, and Cristina makes a joke about Owen choking her. Dr. Wyatt is not amused. Things get serious, and Owen states that she wasn't trying to hurt Yang, even if he doesn't know what he was really trying to do.
Dr. Wyatt confirms that this was progress: "You made a start."
Clara, meanwhile, makes her first step with her prosthetic leg, and tells Lexie that she's ready to call her mum.
Lexie goes in to move with Mark. Alex comes home to their trailer, which is lit with a bunch of candles. Izzie orders her to take his pants off, but he tells her that he's still scared because she died in his arms.
Derek catches up with Miranda on the elevator. Bailey says she should stop caring too much for these people, like Georga and Izzie, because she needs to reserve those emotions for her son, who needs her.
Owen tells Cristina that he doesn't want to hurt her.
Meredith sees George's stuff being taken away, and says "The minute you think you're past it, it starts all over again."
Cristina gives the closer of the voiceover - "George O'Malley died" - and nearly gasps at the realization. After all this time.
It's day 40, and the Chief, apparently having survived getting the axe from the board himself, tells the staff members at Seattle Grace that they will merge with Mercy West, and that there are only so many jobs, meaning some people will sadly get the axe.
It's a down economy, after all, as we know.
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Lexie: [narrating] Grief may be a thing we all have in common, but it looks different on everyone.
Mark: It isn't just death we have to grieve. It's life. It's loss. It's change.
Alex: And when we wonder why it has to suck so much sometimes, has to hurt so bad. The thing we gotta try to remember is that it can turn on a dime.
Izzie: That's how you stay alive. When it hurts so much you can't breathe, that's how you survive.
Derek: By remembering that one day, somehow, impossibly, you won't feel this way. It won't hurt this much.
Bailey: Grief comes in its own time for everyone, in its own way.
Owen: So the best we can do, the best anyone can do, is try for honesty.
Meredith: The really crappy thing, the very worst part of grief is that you can't control it.
Arizona: The best we can do is try to let ourselves feel it when it comes.
Callie: And let it go when we can.
Meredith: The very worst part is that the minute you think you're past it, it starts all over again.
Cristina: And always, every time, it takes your breath away.
Meredith: There are five stages of grief. They look different on all of us, but there are always five.
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The dictionary defines grief as keen mental suffering or distress over affliction or loss; sharp sorrow; painful regret. As surgeons, as scientists, we're taught to learn from and rely on books, on definitions, on definitives. But in life, strict definitions rarely apply. In life, grief can look like a lot of things that bear little resemblance to sharp sorrow.Meredith (narrating)
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