S10EP08 – Two Against One
“Glioma…..Fibroma….Blastoma. Whatever the tumor, people assume you approach it the same way. You find its hiding place in the body, then open the patient up…. And you cut it the hell out. But you’re not just fighting the one tumor… You’re actually at war with over a billion cells..”
Bailey continues to suffer from what appears to be a gradual case of OCD when she starts off the episode frantically searching through Tuck’s room in the middle of the night for the source of a funky smell. Ben notices Bailey’s constant obsessive interest in this and becomes increasingly worried with her paranoid tendencies. Later when Bailey stops by the OR board to find her surgery had been moved to another OR room, she freaks out on Owen, who dismisses her concern for the change. Before surgery in the OR, Bailey finds out that Ben will be the anesthesiologist on the case and while he and Jo are chatting over an unrelated topic, Bailey goes into freak out mode, counting the surgical tools and blaming Jo for becoming unsterile during prep time. During surgery, Bailey becomes so invested in instructing Jo not to cut the patient’s bowel that Bailey herself accidently cuts the bowl and things take a sudden turn for the worst. Ben, being the
good, loyal, supportive husband he is, steps in and talks Bailey off of the ledge she put herself on and all is good in the world. Later back at home, Bailey reveals to Ben she found the source of the funky smell in Tuck’s room. Unfortunately, that’s not what’s been on Bailey’s mind. Ben knows something’s up and when he suggests that Bailey seek help for her underlying issues, she refuses, telling Ben everything will be fine. Fine. A word we all know in Shondaland a little too well…
Meredith teams up with Stephanie on her 3D printing research project and hopes are high when Stephanie notifies Meredith that the first product of her printing experiment is almost complete. Stephanie gathers all of her fellow classmates to check out the big reveal and as Meredith explains the concept of her research and the project, she pulls out the result from the printer to find she’s miraculously 3D printed…. A plastic fork?? Before she gets a chance to redeem herself to her audience, everyone bails on her. Poor Mer. Door worry, we know you’ll create life saving portal veins….some day!
Meanwhile, Richard is keeping to his hospital bed and avoiding the walking he’s been instructed to do by telling stories of the good ole days to…. well, pretty much ANYONE that will listen. Including his next door hospital room neighbor, CJ (played by the brilliant Lainie Kazan). Unfortunately, CJ is full up to her ears with listening to Richard’s “theatre of boredom” and isn’t afraid to tell him like it is! In a desperate attempt to keep him from retelling his stories over and over again, CJ defers their conversation to a more, um, appealing topic. Meatballs. Or the recipe to make them, that is. Richard let it be known to her how unamused he is of her choice of topic and when Richard hears a crash in the hall and CJ goes silent, he becomes concerned for her safety. In a weary attempt, Richard manages to get up and walk out to the hallway only to find CJ lying on the ground unconscious. Richard’s medical instincts kick in and he
rushes to her side, assessing her vitals when April comes to help. Little did he know at the time, he saved CJ’s life and with that, Richard has a brand new story to tell!
April and Matthew continue their marital classes and are not surprised to see they aced their compatibility test. Much to April’s surprise, however, Matthew suggests they do the deed BEFORE they get married so they’re both “equal”. April stresses out about Matthew’s proposition and seeks advice from her new BFF Arizona but doesn’t exactly get what she’s looking for. Turns out while asking for advice on the subject, she also finds out that Arizona neglected to put the kibosh on taking things further with Leah and doesn’t seem to regret the decision either! Later on back at Matthew’s apartment, April explains to Matthew she regrets the loss of commitment she had to her faith a year prior and knows how awful it feels to break a promise, hoping to keep Matthew from making the same mistake. And with that, instead of doing the deed, they decide to hold out until they’ve officially become Mr. and Mrs!