Since Seattle Grace can't seem to hang onto a cardiothoracic surgeon, Richard (James Pickens Jr.
) is reviewing candidates to take the now vacant spot. The surgeon he's wooing to fill the position is one Virginia Dixon (played by Mary McDonnell
). She is "a little bit different" according to Richard, because she has Asperger's Syndrome and isn't good in social situations. She doesn't pop like Christian Clemenson
's character on Boston Legal
, but she likes to rattle off facts about heart surgeries, whether apropos to the conversation or not. She is here today to perform a heart transplant. Izzie, who is seeing Denny everywhere, and Alex are the two residents on the case.
Izzie preps the transplant patient, a Navajo man who doesn't want a new heart because he doesn't want to be haunted by the soul of the deceased girl who donated the heart. Dixon can't deal with this man, but of course, Izzie understands all too well what it feels like to be haunted. The man wants his old heart back after the surgery to perform an Indian de-ghosting ritual, but since that is technically not allowed, Dixon won't go for it. Bailey (Chandra Wilson
) goes behind Dixon's back to ask Richard to make it a rule to respect all patients' religious or spiritual beliefs. So because it is now a rule, Dixon goes along with it.
George (T.R. Knight
) is in like one scene in the entire episode, and that is to walk in on the interns practicing stitches on each other. He's all, "Oh, I want to hang out with you too!" but Lexie curtly tells him to go away. Bye-bye, George! See you when you get a storyline!
Derek and Mark get mad at Major McHottie for canceling the surgery. The major says that he's just respecting the patient's wishes, but Derek and Mark insist that they can't just leave their patients to die. Callie works on a plan for piecing together a new leg out of titanium for Timothy.
Cristina, uncomfortable with Dixon as her potential cardiothoracic mentor, demands that Callie tell her why Hahn left. Callie is dodgey, until finally Cristina pries out of her the fact that they were girlfriend-and-girlfriend. In quintessential Cristina bluntness, she says, "Wait, so are you a lesbian?" Well, it doesn't matter whether Callie was just a once-bian or a twice-bian or a full-on lesbian, because Hahn is gone and it's over.
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