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Grey's Anatomy Episode: "I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked"

Season 6, Episode 12
Episode Synopsis: Izzie returns in hopes of reconciling with Alex; Derek confronts the Chief about his drinking problem; and tensions between Owen, Cristina and Teddy mount.
Original Air Date: Jan 21, 2010

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Grey's Anatomy Episode Recap: "State of Love and Trust" Season 6, Episode 12

In this episode of Grey's Anatomy, Derek assumes the role of Chief of Surgery and quickly learns some of the headaches that go along with the job. The cause of his biggest problem: Bailey and Meredith's patient wakes up in the middle of a surgery. Alex works with Arizona on a peds patient who complains of abdominal pain but shows no physical signs of anything wrong. And while Mark and Lexie aren't speaking, Cristina and Owen can't keep their mitts off one another, which leads to problems of both the serious and hilarious variety.

For his first day on the job, Derek wants to look Chiefly, so he wears the blue tie that Meredith suggests. (He later is told he looks like an undertaker, and Bailey simply tells him to take it off.) But he has bigger problems than fashion: He's facing a lawsuit on his very first day. As Bailey was preparing to close her patient's abdomen following a successful tumor removal, the patient's heart rate spikes and Meredith realizes the patient's awake. Naturally, Bailey blames the anesthesiologist, and she gives him an earful.

Ultimately, the anesthesiologist proves that he didn't drop the ball, but that the patient metabolizes anesthetics faster than normal. Even though he's out of hot water, Bailey isn't: The patient refuses to let Bailey touch her, even though they need to go in and patch some things up. In comes Meredith to save the day, and ultimately all is well. Bailey tells Derek that the best way out of a lawsuit is to apologize, something she learned from the Chief and something she has trouble doing with her "gas man" after being called out for the way she treated him. (The real question: When are these two going to get together?)

Derek's other problem on his first day? Tying up the Dr. Weber loose end. The board has presented Richard with two options: early retirement and forfeiture of his medical license, or rehab with the possibility of regaining his job after treatment. Derek is shocked that the Chief is even considering quitting and tells him he's being foolish. Richard accuses Derek of only wanting the job, which he cops to, but he also says he's doing what's right. Meredith tells Richard that her mom would have kicked his ass for thinking of quitting, and Bailey makes him see that going to rehab is not the end of the world. Derek apologizes to Richard, promises his staff not to undo Dr. Weber's legacy (even though he hires back some Mercy Westers), and presumably talks his way out of the lawsuit. Not bad for a first day's work.

Alex gets roped into working with Arizona, who is out to prove that peds is hardcore. Together, they try to diagnose a teenager who has frequent abdominal pain. The boy's father, however, suggests his son is only faking the pain to avoid going to school He's even angry that he has to pay for the CT scans. When the scans are clean, Alex suggests an exploratory surgery to rule out a rare but risky disease. The father refuses, but Arizona tells Alex he has to advocate for his patients in peds. He gets the father's OK by warning him that his son would likely not make it back to the hospital if he went home with the disease.

Too bad for Alex, though, that the surgery shows no signs of trouble. The father is livid, but just as he comes down on Alex, he and Reed notice blood in the patient's chest tube. Alex makes an emergency incision and stops the bleeding, which is being caused by a ruptured aorta. Teddy finishes the job, but Alex is the hero. The father is still angry, and Alex gets defensive, letting Arizona give Rule No. 3 of Peds: Advocating for your patients is not the same as berating terrified parents. In any case, Alex seems happy to have saved a life in "hardcore" peds.

Lexie wants to talk to Mark, but he ignores her like a 12-year-old. Callie thinks Mark is being a hypocrite, as does Derek. Mark says Lexie dumped him because he was trying to be responsible and help his daughter. In his mind, he wasn't being immature, and she ran off with Alex. He's still wrong, and even Lexie's tears in a deafening silent elevator can't repair this relationship for now.

Yang and Owen, however, are hotter and heavier than ever. Especially when their midday romp in the steam room leaves Cristina with burn marks on her behind (or "hot cross buns," as Alex quips.) A later love-making session is interrupted by a page from Teddy, who wants Cristina to assist on the peds patient. Owen begs Cristina to stay with him and she does, but when Teddy yells at Cristina, he tells her it was his fault that he didn't let her go. "What are you trying to do to me?" Cristina asks.

She tells Owen that he's been trying to screw her into submission (he really is too aggressive — all their love scenes make me uncomfortable), and he says he's simply trying to connect with her because she doesn't tell him anything. Case in point: He doesn't know why she jilted Burke. She finally caves and said she loved Burke so much that she stopped being who she was for him. She's frightened now because she loves Owen even more, and when she didn't take Teddy's page, she was doing the same thing all over again, just after she finally found herself again. "And that will never happen again," she says. (Props to Sandra Oh in this scene.)

What did you think of Derek as the Chief? Are you glad he's hiring back old docs? What about all the steamy Crowen hook-ups? Share your thoughts on the episode in the comments below.

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In this episode of Grey's Anatomy, Derek assumes the role of Chief of Surgery and quickly learns some of the headaches that go along with the job. The cause of his biggest problem: Bailey and Meredith's patient wakes up in the middle of a surgery. Alex works with Arizona on a peds patient who complains of abdominal pain but shows no physical signs of anything wrong. And while Mark and Lexie aren't speaking, Cristina and Owen can't keep their mitts off one another, which leads to problems of both the serious and hilarious variety.

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