What Is It About Men
Season 8 | Episode 4 | Aired 10/6/11
During the operation, Mark won't let Jackson do anything. That's cool. Derek will. After the surgery, Mark makes it clear that he still doesn't think Jackson is ready to operate on anything other than fruit. That's cool. Jackson will work through his frustrations by hammering things at Derek's place. So will our old friend Ben, who is bummed to learn that Bailey has moved on to a relationship with Eli.
A guy who claims to be a hobbit thinks April looks like a legendary princess. An irate hulking patient begins assaulting hospital personnel left and right. Now, hobbits are gentle folk who crave adventure. When they find it, they become heroes. Well, sometimes. Hulk Man gives Hobbit Boy a serious beat-down. Only Owen can stop the rampage with a swift left hook. Fortunately, he was in the area since he's opted to go mobile office-wise.
Alex gets roped into helping Richard operate on Hobbit Boy even though he needs to work on getting a paper published. The two docs have a meaningful chat during the operation. Richard's "live in the moment" message seems to sink in with Alex moments before the patient starts crashing. When they pull the patient through, Alex finally starts feeling the joy Richard has been talking about all day.
Jackson gets out of skills lab using the "Mayfield" excuse. Richard cracks up when he hears he used the line on Bailey. We get the feeling there's a hidden meaning behind this seemingly innocuous phrase. Later, after Jackson says Derek asked him to scrub in on a surgery, Mark lets him take the lead on the ear reconstruction.
Now for a series of quick updates. Owen is told to apologize to Hulk Man. Instead he tells the guy he feels good about decking him. Hobbit Boy strikes out with April, but takes a liking to another hobbit-loving patient. Ear boy's friend sold the Dr. Who Tardis to pay for his pal's medical bills. Nice. And Mayfield happens to be a doc in the hospital who treats erectile dysfunction. Oops!
Richard picks apart the first draft of Alex's paper sending him back to square one. Sounds like the guy needs some hammer time on a deck, as do many of the other men at Seattle Grace. Mark shows up with Sofia to stake his claim on Jackson. In a separate chat, Derek admits how his life is so up in the air and how much he misses Meredith. It's just a bunch of guy talk.