Derek: Started his Alzheimer’s clinical trial without Meredith. He let Alex Karev assist him instead. Meredith was ticked. Alex needed some help and took advice and lines from Meredith to feed to his troubled patient’s wife. The words were perfect and Alex delivered them well. In the end, he told Derek that Meredith had been saving his tail all day and that she should be on the trial. “She’s the only one twisted enough to handle this,” he said. Derek decided to suck up his personal issues and let Meredith assist.
Alex Karev: Realized that Alzheimer’s is super-depressing and quit the trial. Alex, you know you love pediatrics, so stick with it! The case that broke Alex involved a patient and his wife who had been married for 40 years. Sometimes he is lucid and recognizes his wife, but at other times he says that his wife is another woman named “Victoria.” Victoria is a real person who is also married and memory-impaired. The patient’s real wife begged Alex to give her husband the real medicine rather than a placebo (which you need to randomly give half of the patients when you do a clinical trial). Alex made no promises. Sure enough, the man was slated to receive a placebo and woke up calling for Victoria again. Depressing.
Cristina: Spent all day competing with Jackson for a heart surgery. She’s baaaaaaaack. Their bickering was funny and called-for, until Jackson said that she hadn’t gotten enough practice in a couple of months. Cristina gave him a look that said, “Below the belt, dude,” and walked off. Teddy scolded him. Jackson brought Meredith to Cristina to make sure that Cristina was ok. Cristina was in the locker room, pretending to cry. She yelled for Jackson to get Owen for her. Jackson ran off, and Cristina jumped up, laughing that Owen was at the dentist all day. HA. We love having Cristina back. And she was able to hold a patient’s hand, comfort her, and talk her into surgery, so it looks like she is a better doctor because of her breakdown.
Owen: Had one scene with the chief, because the actor directed this episode. And Owen had to go to the dentist, because that’s what clean people do. One of these bloggers just realized that she is due for a trip to the dentist as well…. We think this episode is even more of a triumph when we realize that everyone had to hear directions through Kevin McKidd's insanely thick Scottish accent. Decent first effort though, and it's nice when people try to broaden their horizons and learn new skills.
Bailey: Started broadcasting her surgeries over Twitter to residents all over the country, with the patients’ permission of course. The Chief freaked out about it, but the benefits to technology won him over in the end.
Arizona/Mark/Callie: Arizona was sad that Callie slept with Mark, wanted to be involved with the baby, and wasn’t too happy about it being Mark’s baby. Mark was extremely onboard with the whole baby thing and excited to be a dad. (Callie: “It’s growing like a weed in my uterus.” Mark: “Not a weed. A MIGHTY OAK.”) One problem—Lexie. She didn’t take the news well/stormed off angrily. Pregnancy has turned Callie into an annoying hypochondriac/"hormone casserole". Her OB/GYN needs to dye her roots.
While we weren’t excited about the stupid Callie having Mark’s baby plotline at first, we are warming up to it now that we’ve realized we are going to get more great Mark/Callie interaction that doesn’t involve them hooking up. They are such fun friends, and now they will be in each other’s lives, being friends, forever. That should lead to some good one-liners and other humor. So we forgive the show. Plotwise, this was kind of a filler.
Episode Grade: B
Episode Grade: B