The main of the week is as obvious as a Mack truck rolling through the hospital and is only made better by Eric Stoltz's really creepy good acting. Jackson desperately needs a transplant, and Meredith does a test and finds out Eric is a match. Derek is hell bent on saving Eric's life so that he can meet his death at the hands of the professionals scheduled to do it in a few days, so he performs brain surgery that requires the removal of a piece of Eric's skull for a while. Meanwhile, Bailey and Arizona are fighting about the fact that Bailey keeps looking for something they can do for Jackson while Arizona's course of action is to just wait for organs. While they are fighting about which way is better, Alex gets a page that organs are available. He and Arizona go to harvest them and we learn that Arizona is peppy all the time because it's how she gets through the day without falling apart on account of all the kids that die around her. They get back and do the surgery but SHOCKINGLY, Jackson's body rejects the new organs and he ends up with only 24 hours to live unless they find a new set. Meredith decides to warn Eric very specifically about how he needs to care for his open skull so that he doesn't render himself brain dead; once she leaves the room he starts slamming said open skull against the bed. Voila! Fresh organs!
Derek's mom is in town and hanging about the hospital through all of this. Meredith takes Izzie's advice on how to appear peppy and happy but at the end of the day can't do it anymore. She admits that she's a big old mess who has sympathy for a serial killer, which leads Derek's mom to realize she's The One for Derek since she can help show him that life isn't all in self-righteous black and white. [Insert your own "Grey" joke here.] She also has time to spread her awesomeness to Mark and tells him that he should just be an adult and date Lexie, already. She also figures out after one second that Hunt isn't sleeping after his experiences in Iraq, but he's not ready to hear it. He's asked Cristina out on a date to prove that he's not hot and cold, but unfortunately then shows up late and drunk to pick her up. She is pissed at him and it only gets worse when he goes to take a shower in her apartment. But when she finds him in there fully dressed and babbling about his horrific-sounding "favorite surgery," she realizes that his behavior is all about him, not about her and she helps him.
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