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This was one of those episodes where there wasn't much in the way of light storylines to balance out the dark ones. The lightest one we get is that Richard is having a hard time adjusting to being just another doctor, because everyone still treats him like the Chief and he can't fit in. He eventually tries to talk about how hot one of the nurses is to fit in with the rest of the boys, but it falls flat and eventually, he seems to come to terms (at least somewhat) with his in-between status and he gives Derek some advice on how to better handle being Chief.
Earlier that day, when Mere told Derek about an amazing surgery she was assisting on, Derek wound up stealing the surgery for himself and has to later admit that not operating is driving him crazy.