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Derek has a shouting match with Meredith over whether he should tell the hospital board that the Chief fell off the wagon. He didn't go to the board right away because Meredith pulled out her trump card: Post-It style.

So Derek tries to find a new way to deal with the Chief - first complaining about the lack of sterile supplies, then offering his help, which the Chief rebuffs.

Then, Derek points out that he's not operating and only teaching Meredith, the Chief decides it's time to get back into surgery. He plans for Avery and Meredith to join him - and for Meredith to perform a very intense procedure.

Bailey is really angry, and unloads to Derek. That morning she performed an incredibly interesting and difficult procedure involving "hot" chemotherapy in the body cavity, and the Chief wasn't there to see it.

Now he's got Meredith scrubbing in on a seven-hour surgery? The Chief's judgment is not clear and rational, she tells Derek, who eventually mans up for Bailey after talking to Owen about weighing the risks of engaging in battle.

What Derek does is bring a bottle of scotch to the Chief, pour him a glass, and imply that he'll drink it, even if he doesn't want to. Wow.

Bailey takes over the Chief's surgery because he's in his office sleeping it off, and Derek tells Meredith he'll hire back Izzie (more on that later) if the board makes him Chief, he tells her.

Eventually she relents, although she's left wondering if it was the right decision.

The question of the night for Teddy and Cristina and Owen is career vs. love to begin with. Much as she wants to take back her previous comments, the more Cristina thinks about it, the more indignant and unabashed she gets about prioritizing her career.

Meredith warns her to keep this internal debate to herself.

But after listening to her opera singer patient with lung cancer explain how badly he needs his work, she tells Teddy that between fulfilling her gift and a guy, she chooses her gift.

Drunk Teddy spills the beans to Owen at Joe's, telling him that Cristina offered to give him up. In the end, poor Owen confronts Cristina and tells her that while surgery matters, people matter, and their relationship matters. Cristina's eyes well up as she surrenders to their relationship.

Izzie's back, and she seems to think she and Alex will be OK. She's applying for jobs and wants one in Tacoma because it's close by. An hour earlier, Meredith discovered him in the sack with Lexie they agreed to keep their mouths shut.

Eventually, Alex confesses that he slept with someone else, and Izzie seems genuinely intent on making things right between them.

She also seems to have gained a little perspective, finally understanding that for her love is more important than career.

Alex is working with Cristina and Teddy on the opera singer, and from talking to the guy's suffering partner he realizes how torturous it is to be involved with someone who doesn't respect them.

When he finds out that Izzie's scans are clear, he tells her how happy he is for her, but that even though he's no saint he deserves to be with someone who will stay.

So she decides to leave again, even after Meredith giving Derek the OK to go to the hospital board means she has a job again.

Despite Meredith asking her to stay, Izzie's moving on.

Finally, Callie gets chicken pox. Arizona puts her in quarrantine and says since she hasn't had the pox or the vaccine, she can't take care of her, and puts Lexie in charge.

Then Mark shows up, back from L.A., confessing to Callie that he slept with Addison and helping scratch her itch. Literally. Arizona confesses that she really just didn't want to deal with Callie with pox because it's not sexy.

Mark blurts out his Addison liaison to Lexie, who's relieved and tells him about Alex. But Mark gets all hurt, leaving Lexie staring after him.

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Mark is real unreasonable....he slept with addision, lexie slept with alex. Big deal, they re even!!


I been a fan since day one but getting kinda dry.


Every show has a couple where it goes balls up and doesn't work out for them for a while. This is the stage that Alex and Izzie are at. With them growing together and being amazing around one another, you have a feeling that they will make it look like they wont be together but then surprise you with the fact that they will. I have faith that, even on shows, that two good, right people for one another will end up together and Alex and Izzie are that for one another. They've been through too much to not be together, Izzie better come back soon though. I love Izzie, her and Alex are my favourite characters.


God I hate alex now .. Izzie is passed through all sorts of things - from George's death to cancer .. she needs little space .. if he don't know that then nobody knows. I don't know .. I'm angry .. I hope that everything will be OK


OmG if Izzie doesn't stay I'm gonna die


I get really emotional and I actually cried when Mark said he could not even look at lexie!!!
I mean seriously?? Seriously...
They have to get back together or I am going to be VERY upset!!


I love this show!!! Izzie has to come back. She has been there since the beginning so she can't go out like that. Derek should have done something about the chief, but I am not sure if that was the way to handle it. He will make it right. He always does. Meredith is going to stand by him regardless. Mark is such a hypocrite. He and Lil Grey need to work it out. Christina is just krazy!! Bailey, you go gurl!!!!


izzie needs to stay !!


you can find the song BETTER by Mathew Mayfield at


What is the song for this promo commercial?? It's kind of an electro feel... the commerical can be found on youtube... for the 1-21-2010 commercial... thank you!!

Grey's Anatomy Season 6 Episode 12 Quotes

(narrating) Number one rule of surgery is limit exposure. Keep your hands clean, your incisions small, and your wounds covered. Number two rule of surgery is when rule number one stops working, try something else. Because sometimes you can't limit exposure, sometimes the injury is so bad you have to cut, and cut big.


(narrating) In surgery, the healing process begins with a cut, an incision, the tearing of flesh. We have to damage the healthy flesh in order to expose the unhealthy. It feels cruel and against common sense, but it works. You risk exposure for the sake of healing, and when it's over, once the incision has been closed, you wait. You wait and hope that your patient will heal. That you haven't in fact, just made everything worse.