The big news is that today is the solo surgery, which will be an amputation. The attendings all voted and unanimously chose Cristina as the winner, but as she was taken out of the running by the Chief, she instead has to choose which of her peers will do the surgery instead. As if that's not enough, Dr. Dixon has agreed to come back to Seattle Grace for one more day, and Richard tells Cristina it's her responsibility to ensure that Dixon wants to be the head of cardio by the end of the day. Interestingly enough, she seems to have an easier time of it with Dixon, who advises Cristina to rank everyone against the same standards and pick the best, no emotions involved. The other residents, meanwhile, all take turns kissing her butt or manipulating her in some way -- that is, except for Alex, who fails at the ass-kissing and instead lays out why he's the most qualified to do the surgery. Because of that, Cristina ends up picking him. But when Mere comes to talk about the fight the two are in and how Cristina's picking Alex was personal, Cristina loses it. She again reminds everyone else that all of their interns were involved too and that she should be the one operating, along with pointing out that she chose Alex because he was qualified and that Mere was the one who just made it personal. Hunt takes Cristina somewhere private so that she doesn't just break down in the hallway, and it turns out to be the basement where she stands on top of an air vent and has all of her troubles blown away a la Marilyn Monroe. I have to think the passionate making out that followed also had something to do with her resulting good mood. Rowr.
Alex is stoked to get the surgery, and immediately runs off to ask Izzie to assist him. She's been busy shunning all of her work to have sex with Denny (It kills me that I'm writing that sentence yet again) but Alex thinks she's just being aloof because she's scared of loving him. He tells her that he loves her, but unfortunately that sends him into a panic spiral right as he's scrubbing in for the amputation. He pages Mere, who talks him off the ledge, and then Izzie shows up at the last minute to grin away and help him out. George is the only one who has managed to see beyond his own life and realize that something is wrong with Izzie, but he's either yelled at or brushed off when he tries to bring it up with her friends.
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