Izzie & Denny Do the Deed Izzie is still seeing dead -- well, a dead person -- and she reasoned that it must be residual grief and sense memories. Phantom Denny suggested they do something they never did in life and suddenly it was wham, bam, thank you dead man. While the rest of the group headed to work to try and get on a surgery, Izzie claimed she was sick and stayed home with her sexy dead bedfellow. Maybe it was a dream? "That one moment between waking and sleeping where anything can be real," Izzie told herself. When she woke up, Denny was gone and she flipped out. He walked back in the doorway and he said sorry. "Dead don't apologize. I killed you. You left me all alone. Why did you come back?" she said. "I have a life and a job and a boyfriend. And now you're back and I'm in this room all day probably talking to myself." She told him that she had to go to work and he promised that he'd still be there when she got back.
At the hospital, Izzie saw Alex stick up for her and later hinted at her crazy when they returned home. "I'm a mess. I'm a flat out frickin' mess," she said. Alex wouldn't back down: "If you don't want to be with me, if this is too much for you, it's okay. But you're going to have to break up with me because I'm not going anywhere. I can handle mess." Izzie chose to sleep with the living in Alex's room, but not before apologizing to the vision in her doorway.
Practice Doesn't Make Perfect With Izzie indisposed and the rest of the residents busy trying to scrub in on cases to win the solo surgery, the interns took the chop shop to the next level. Sadie arrived to find out that they had given one of their own an epidural. "Death is so wrong about you. She called you a priss," she joked to Lexie, impressed with her risk-taking. Irked by her sister's assessment, she suggested they take out his appendix. When he refused, Sadie offered herself up as a surgical subject. Lexie shook on it so they rounded up supplies, found an empty room and prepped her. With scalpel in hand, Lexie went to cut Sadie but had second thoughts. "We're about to do something we'd all regret, possibly from jail," she said. Sadie grabbed her hand and sliced herself open. The organ looked inflamed and it was no longer a routine procedure.
The residents began wondering where they were, so Yang, who knew about the chop shop, went looking and found the paralyzed intern. Simultaneously, Lexie reached out to Mer because Sadie's operation took a turn for the worse. Bailey coached Mer and Yang through the surgery and Sadie survived, but the news traveled throughout the hospital. As the chief was congratulating Yang and Mer for getting help from Bailey instead of trying to fix it themselves, Lexie burst in to clear their names. Instead, she let it slip that Yang knew about their secret the day before. Yang though Mer left her hanging with the chief and yelled at her friend in the next scene. "You have a relationship with the chief," she said. "You have his ear and you didn't say anything to defend me. This isn't just on me. You let me take all the blame, but the fact is that we all had interns in that room."
When Bailey refused to punish the interns, the foursome told them they were all on probation. "So much as sneeze and you're done," Mer threatened. Yang added, "None of you will see the inside of an OR until further notice." George continued the lecture: "You've lost the chief's respect which believe me is not an easy thing to get back." Alex finished it. "You lost my respect and you will probably never get that back." One guy muttered something about him still respecting Izzie, even though she killed a patient. "She was trying to save man's life. You almost killed a friend for fun."
The Hunt is On When Yang arrived at the hospital for the scheduled appendectomy (not the secret one), she ran into Dr. Hunt, who looked like he needed to tell her something important but instead made awkward conversation. Later, she found him in the doorway of her building. He didn't want to come in because, "it seemed inappropriate," but he also refused to go somewhere else. All he managed to say was, "I think you're beautiful." She responded only with a knowing gaze.
Slexipedia Sloane ran into Lexie in a supply closet and Der walked by shortly after, reminding him of his mission to keep little Sloane out of little Grey. McSteamy blamed Der for his impure thoughts. "I never thought about Little Grey in that way until you told me not to. Now I can't help it. You planted a seed." Der demanded he unplant it, but since leopards can't change their spots, how long until we see something Slexy?
Guts But No Glory Callie sympathized with her patient, a man who started sleepwalking when his wife died and injured himself on a nightly walk. "Sounds like my life," she said. "Married, betrayed, gay, abandoned and then I woke up and have no idea how I got here. I just figure this is the bottom. This is as bad as it gets." Seconds later, the sleepwalker woke up, freaked out and punched her in the nose. McSteamy fixed it and Bailey came to see her in recovery. They commiserated about being exhausted and feeling lost in life. "I can do most of my surgeries without thinking about it," Bailey complained. "It's like driving. It's rote. I don't remember most surgeries, most of the lives I save ... Maybe I need a new challenge, something to make me bounce up and down." Callie agreed. "I'm exhausted too," she said. "I want, I don't know. I want something."
Tell us: Did the interns get the punishment they deserved? What's going on with Izzie? Should Yang be upset with Meredith? And should Yang get involved with another attending?