Richard: Performed his 10,000th surgery. Bailey had prepared him a party with a large cake and other festivities, but Richard had to skip it in order to take his wife home. Adele had come into the hospital, crying, convinced that Richard had left her. She watched him perform surgery from the gallery and they sang “Funny Valentine” together. That was their wedding song. We know this was supposed to be heartbreaking, but we didn’t care. We’ve never cared about Adele. We know the actress who plays Adele can sing in real life, but you could hardly tell from this. Disappointing.
Zola: It’s her first birthday. Meredith baked her a sweet little cake (which she ended up giving to Richard) and planned a night party. Nearly all of Seattle Grace was in attendace.
April: Is still annoying. She decides that she and Jackson should move out of Meredith’s house. After all, Meredith and Derek have a child now. They are a “real family” and they need their own space. April later decides that she and Jackson can’t afford a good new place unless Alex moves with them.
Guest stars!: The chief’s surgery is a liver transplant. One sister is giving part of her liver to the other sister. The sisters are played by Peri Gilpin (Roz Doyle on Frasier) and Nia Vardalos (from My Big Fat Greek Wedding, duh). They were pretty funny.
Meredith: She spent the whole episode trying to pick a specialty after some pushing from Owen. She doesn’t want to declare general surgery, because she doesn’t want to end up just like her mother. Cardio is Cristina’s and neuro is off the table since Derek doesn’t trust her at work anymore. Everyone thinks that general surgery is her best pick. The chief assures Meredith that while she has her mother’s gift for general surgery, Meredith will never end up like Ellis, because Meredith has a good heart and Ellis was the freaking devil.
Lexie and Derek: These two have a difficult case to work on. It’s an 11-year-old boy with a 5% chance of surviving the tough surgery they are going to perform on his brain. He has a tumor and his mother doesn’t think he knows. His mother tells the boy that he is in the hospital for back problems. However, the boy knows about his tumor, because he heard some doctors talking about it. He tells Lexie that he knows about his health problems, and he asks Lexie not to tell his mother, because “she’s happy when I’m happy.” We can’t believe that mom said he was “a young 11.” This kid is a rock star adult in a child’s body. When Derek and Lexie open the boy up, Derek realizes he can’t do anything for him. Lexie freaks and gets kicked out of the O.R. After the surgery, the boy admits to his mother that he knows he is dying. It’s really sad. Later, at Zola’s birthday party, Derek asks Lexie if she wants out of the more difficult neuro cases. Lexie says that of course she doesn’t want out. Good girl.
Callie, Arizona, Mark: The girls spend all day trying to get Mark to tell Julia that he loves her. Mark finally shuts them down by saying that he doesn’t want to rush the relationship and ruin it too fast, even though he is glad that Callie and Arizona like his new girlfriend. Callie and Arizona need a storyline right about now.
Bailey: Nothing, thank God. We are so sick of her unrealistic, nauseating boyfriend dramas.
Teddy, Cristina, and Owen at the hospital: Teddy is doing better and is getting along with Cristina really well. The target of her wrath is Owen. Owen wants to talk, but Teddy wants to be left alone. Cristina and Teddy got into workaholic mode and worked for days straight, without sleep. Owen smells a potential liability there and tells the two of them to go home. However, Teddy and Cristina couldn’t resist stealing one last difficult surgery before leaving. The way they stole it was genius and really funny. Owen should have let it go just for the pure brilliance of their conniving ways. Owen finds out that Teddy and Cristina are performing the surgery when they are halfway through it. He bursts in and Cristina tells him to get out, because it’s a hard surgery and they should have their fight later. As Owen walks out of the O.R., he hears Teddy and Cristina making fun of the “throbbing vein in his forehead.” Oh, real smart, you guys. He is going to KILL you.
Owen and Cristina at Zola’s party: Owen walks into Meredith’s just in time to see Cristina playing with Zola, telling Zola about her awesome surgery, and speaking in baby-talk. We know this just kills him. They go into the kitchen for what Cristina thinks will be a discussion solely about Teddy. Owen punishes Cristina by telling her that he is taking her off Teddy’s service. Separating the dream team! Cristina replies that this is unacceptable, that he is just feeling guilty for Henry’s death, and that since Henry died on Cristina’s O.R., that means Teddy gets anything she wants from Cristina, forever. That includes Cristina as her student to distract Teddy from grief. Owen starts hollering about how Cristina always gets what she wants and that everything in their lives is all about her, and that she can’t even accept a simple punishment when he could have fired her.
This isn’t the life he wanted for himself, he says. Cristina realizes he’s talking about her abortion. It's realistic that Owen would not be over this and that the show would have to address it again. Cristina is all, “It always comes back to that. Is it too much to ask that we just put that behind us and forget it?” Then he yells, “You killed our baby. You don’t ever forget that!” All of their colleagues are in the other room, listening. After Owen’s devastating line, the camera cuts to Zola, who looks confused. Way to slam it home, show. Meredith’s voiceover asks, “When do you just throw in the towel?” Was this a breakup fight? If so, most awkward breakup ever. We are still sort of rooting for these two to make it though and get past all the crap they’ve had to wade through for three years. Lots of people say this relationship is based completely on lust, but we think there’s something more to it if they’ve held on through all this drama. We still think their season five arc was one of the best romance arcs in Grey's history. There can still be forgiveness and growth, if the writers choose to stick with these two. We think they have a lot of potential to round each other out.
We have to wait two weeks for a new one and that one will be the “what if” episode, so we won’t know this couple’s fate for a while. This was the major cliffhanger of the week. If they break up, we are shipping Cristina/Jackson and Owen/Julia. We like Julia and we want her to stick around. Let’s get Lexie and Mark back together, already. This episode was classic Grey’s.
Episode grade: B+