“The body is an infinitely complex mass of interacting systems. People like to think doctors see it all clearly. But it’s not always obvious what’s a hiccup in the system and what’s full-on medical disaster. We figure that out in our first year of residency. We spend the rest of our careers lying about it.”
Thanksgiving is but a few days away and the GSMH crew (or at least Meredith anyway) is busily making plans to celebrate the special day. Since Mer’s cooking capabilities are, well, nonexistent, she’s enlisted Owen’s new lady to do the brunt of the work. Little does Emma know, the small gathering turns into quite the party when Meredith ends up inviting most of the Attendings and their significant others. Yikes! No pressure, Emma!
With Emma’s presence in the hospital becoming more frequent, Cristina becomes increasingly antsy to pursue an interest of her own that’s become fairly absent as of late. Since her and Mer are still on the outs (more on that later!) Cristina feels it necessary to express her need for, er… sexual encounters to someone that will listen, whether he actually wants to or not! That person: Alex! Alex, clearly uneasy about Cristina’s choice in conversation with him, tells her flat out she just needs to get laid! Enter stage left, Shane who overhears the conversation and later offers to ‘service her needs’. To all viewers’ relief, Cristina immediately rejects Shane’s proposition (thank goodness!) but later has second thoughts about what it is that Shane really offers… um, ew.
Callie and Arizona are on the mend but hit yet another rough patch when Arizona confesses to Callie she was involved with someone while they were separated. Taking the high road, Callie avoids getting angry and instead asks Arizona if whatever it was she had with the other person was really over. Arizona tells her yes although Leah doesn’t exactly feel the same. As if things weren’t awkward enough, Leah, Arizona and Callie are working on the same case together and in the OR, Leah panics at Callie’s instructions on how to proceed with a surgical mishap. Leah demands that Arizona tell Callie to lighten up on her and with a look of realization and disappointment from Callie towards Arizona that could stop the clocks, Callie puts the pieces together and figures out Leah was the person Arizona was involved with. Arizona quickly apologizes to Callie yet again but insists that she won’t keep doing so and that Callie can’t keep playing the victim. Arizona continues on to say that if her and Callie are really going to try and work past their issues, she wants Callie to let her move back from the couch to their bedroom. Au contraire, my dear! Callie doesn’t feel the same, at least now anyway, and insists she needs at least one more night to process the realization that’s come to be.
April is busily tending to wedding duties, one of which includes nailing down the final guest list to her and Matthew’s nuptials. In an awkward attempt to avoid inviting Jackson outright and hurting her hubby-to-be’s feelings, April invites Stephanie “and a guest” instead. Later, Jackson confronts April and tells her that while she has his blessings to move forward with marrying Matthew, he will not be attending the wedding. Something tells me Jackson’s intentions won’t stand true. He’ll be there I’m sure of it.
Bailey continues to struggle with her OCD issues and Ben has no interest in letting her fall victim to this evil disorder. Ben unintentionally leaks Bailey’s situation to Derek who is forced to report her condition because he’s on the board for the hospital. In an effort to avoid any additional stress from the hospital on Bailey, Ben tries talking to her to get her the break she needs to get help. Sadly, Ben’s efforts are dismissed and Bailey wants to hear nothing of it. As a result, Owen later interrupts one of Bailey’s surgeries and tries provoking Bailey’s condition by using Meredith to rearrange her surgical instruments. Bailey freaks and gets kicked out of the OR, further proving her OCD is slowly getting the best of her and her career.
Richard continues his healing process and pushes himself to the limits to prove to both himself and the docs that he is more than ready to leave the hospital and continue healing at home. During a stress test, Richard ups the treadmill to a speed he can’t keep up with and as a result, takes a tumble and breaks a rib, forcing him to stay hospitalized longer over the holiday season. Fortunately for him, he’s got the interns there to keep him company!