S10E03 – Everybody’s Crying Mercy
This episode provides nothing short of much welcomed comedic relief after all the doom and gloom swept over the hospital when the super storm took charge.
Mer and Der are, for the first time, experiencing what life is like with a newborn and all is right with the world until they lose something particularly important to them: sleep. In fact, they’re both so tired that a quick trip to the grocery store or a chance at taking a shower opens a small window of opportunity for them to get a little bit of shut eye that they so desperately want!
Richard’s condition remains stable however his continual weight loss, although common in patients in his condition, becomes a concern to the doctors. It’s necessary a NG tube be inserted for feeding but Richard remains adamant on refusing the method of treatment. Bailey, feeling obligated to respect Richard’s wishes, agrees that other methods can be used. Meredith and Shane, on the other, hand feel otherwise and proceed with an order to insert a NG tube. Shane takes the reigns and after a stern it’s-my-way-or-the-highway pep talk with Richard, proceeds with inserting Richard’s NG tube.
Alex and Jo have yet to do the horizontal mambo and while Alex wants to handle this newly formed relationship with mature gloves, Jo is ready to take matters into her own hands. Sort of. With neither party fairly sure when the right time to make the first move is, both dance around the fact that it’s been over a week and nothing sexually has happened yet between the two. Cristina isn’t helping matters either. This episode we get to see the fun, lighter side of Cristina and Alex’s brother/sister type friendship when she really razzes him on how unlike his evil-spawn ego he’s been. Ultimately in a heart-to-heart convo in the OR, Cristina encourages Alex to look at the bigger picture with Jo and urges him to not be scared. Alex takes her advice and within moments of arriving home, he meets Jo at the door, sweeps her off her feet and takes her upstairs to, er, um, “mambo” the night away.
Arizona continues to express her sincere regret for her infidelity when she goes all out on impressing Callie with a new look. A fresh new ‘do (or “haircut!” as Cristina pointed out) and red dress clad Arizona tries to eagerly persuade a still angry Callie into attending couples therapy with her but Callie isn’t so sure she’s ready for that. After working on a case with a patient who coincidentally slept with another man (her husband’s brother to be exact) Callie, at first, feels the all too familiar feeling of distrust, dishonesty and heartbreak when she initially hears the woman’s story. Before undergoing surgery, the woman makes Leah promise that if she doesn’t survive, that Leah informs her husband of her infidelity. Without much thought, Leah obliges, and later regrets having made the promise when the woman dies in surgery. Callie orders Leah to follow through with the woman’s request but as they break the news to the family of
the woman’s death, Callie has a change of heart and decides they not tell the husband of his wife’s infidelity. Later that night, Callie meets with Arizona for their couple’s therapy appointment, only Callie chooses not to go in and instead encourages Arizona to go to the appointment. Alone. Arizona, tearfully admits to her mistake again but says no to Callie’s request but Callie doesn’t stick around to hear why. Arizona is left standing alone, with her new haircut and red dress clearly distraught with Callie’s appeal and we’re left wondering if Arizona follows through with the appointment that was once an initial attempt at repairing the relationship between the two.
April is stressing out after not having heard back whether she passed the boards or not but when she finally gets an email with the much anticipated news, she asks Jackson to read the email that reveals her fate. When Jackson reveals the email states she’s now a board certified surgeon, April happily celebrates, looking for a celebratory hug from Jackson. When he holds his hand up for a high five instead, a look of disappointment followed by realization they’re still just friends falls over April’s face. It’s then when they walk away from each other, that both Jackson and April smile contently, indicating both are happy for each other just the way things are.
Cristina continues to avoid physical contact with Owen in hopes of setting them both straight on their “friends only” status. It isn’t until Cristina confides in Owen that despite how difficult it will be, it’s necessary for them to start dating other people to help them learn to grow apart as a couple. With a concerning nod, Owen agrees and they both realize just how hard processing their separation has become.
Owen tries educating the board members of the severity of the damage that the storm has caused to the hospital. The insurance companies are already swamped with numerous other storm claims but with the outpatient surgery wing now uninhabitable, those patients are now over-crowding their already full ORs. Arizona notes the board members are swamped with their own problems and with Mer/Der out on baby leave and Richard still recovering, it’s nearly impossible to get everyone together to make an executive decision on how to fix the problem. Owen insists that the board come up with a plan to fund the repairs needed to rebuild the outpatient wing so with the help of Jackson, he strategically plans a way to get all of the doctors together at the same time to present to them the severity of the hospital’s situation. Collectively, Jackson and Owen decided to throw a party. And not just any party. A gala fundraiser that will (hopefully) raise enough money to fund the needs that will repair the damage.
Later on, Meredith visits with Richard to apologize for not having been around much. Before she can continue, Richard stops her and informs her of his reasoning for choosing Meredith as his healthcare proxy. He chose her thinking she would be able to put all emotions aside and make the right call when it came to deciding his fate, medically speaking. Words spoken from Richard, admitting he chose the wrong person stung like a million needles and with that Meredith pulls back and looks on at Richard, confused at his confession. Did Richard really mean that or is he just crying mercy?
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