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Could Cristina’s (Sandra Oh) prickly exterior be melting in the unlikely setting of freezing-cold Minnesota?

In this sneak peek from Grey's Anatomy Season 9, Episode 5: “Beautiful Doom” (airing November 8), Cristina is planning a surgery with her new best friend, Dr. Thomas. Dr. Parker, Cristina’s former “sex friend,” is still trying to slowly retire the older Dr. Thomas by giving him less surgeries, but Cristina insists that there is still a lot to learn from the old-timer.

Besides, as we saw in the last episode (Season 9, Episode 4: "I Saw Her Standing There"), even an old dog like Thomas can be taught new tricks by young pup Cristina. We’re really starting to dislike Dr. Parker, and starting to love this slightly softer, more compassionate Cristina.

Check out the sneak peek below.

Credit: ABC Photo: Preview Clip of Grey’s Anatomy Season 9, Episode 5: Cristina’s Softer Side Revealed (VIDEO)

Catch the next new episode of Grey’s Anatomy on Thursday, November 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

Molly Friedman is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @MollyFriedman.

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