Well, it was basically inevitable that, as a visible reminder of Derek's downward spiral, the man would start growing a beard.
We also know that this is a temporary lapse, and that soon, our favorite neurosurgeon (sorry, Jim!) will be back in the OR saving lives.
The question is--how?
Leigh (poke, poke) will have more soon about how Derek will end up back at work, but for now, I'd like to conduct a little poll.
Personally, I'm still not sure. After seeing this clip, it sure seems like Dr. Stevens needs some serious McDreamy brain surgery.