“Can you direct me to the Space Needle?” Cristina poses this question to a cyclist on the street. She’s lived in Seattle for years, but never really explored the city. The Space Needle is west, but Cristina heads east. She’s following a caravan of ambulances. Something has happened. Something everyone a Seattle Grace has been through before. Something that nearly destroyed Dr. Cristina Yang.
A gunman opened fire at Pacific College. Many of the wounded are heading to Seattle Grace. A 21-year-old kid got an emergency thoracotomy at the scene. Both Owen and Teddy are shocked to see Cristina in the back of the ambulance with her hand inside the guy’s chest. They wheel the patient into surgery. Jackson is asked to assist, just in case Cristina falls apart. But she seems to be doing just fine.
The cop who shot the gunman took a bullet himself. He’s unconscious, so the Chief must perform a painful procedure to wake the officer long enough so he can give a description of the shooter. The Chief informs Teddy and Cristina that the kid they are trying to save is actually the gunman. Lexie and Jackson refuse to help this particular patient. As for Cristina, she’s staying.