According to tvbythenumbers.com’s prognosis as of two days ago, Grey’s Anatomy is almost certain to be renewed for another season, but between the title and the ending of this episode, I have to wonder if there’s something ABC isn’t telling us?

So, as usual we begin with Mere’s voice over, talking about tests and prognoses. We find out for sure that it’s been a month since the last episode a bit later; other clues are that this is the last day of her first trimester and she can finally tell Christina she’s pregnant, and this is also the day the judge tells them his ruling about the plane crash.

It turns out, no surprise to us viewers and it really shouldn’t be a surprise to Derek, that Christina already knows Mere is preggers and that she’ll tell Yang when she’s ready to be happy about it, which by the end of the episode, she is. The plane crash survivors have gone out to dinner to celebrate their victory (more on that in a bit) and she declines toasting with champagne due to being pregnant. I know a lot of people who don’t tell anyone until after the first trimester because even when you don’t have a hostile uterus, so many things can evidently go wrong then, and I’m just going to presume that it’s even more true in this case and hope that this means smooth sailing for them now.

Yang and Owen are back to having hot singles sex and he’s sneaking in and out of Mere’s old house, which she’s still sharing with Alex and which neither one has furnished as of yet.  In the meantime, Princess Jo appears to not be sleeping with Alex except in the literal sense after their nightly partying routine winds down. At least I presume it’s nightly. Maybe weekly? I don’t know. At any rate, there’s a funny bit where Owen thinks she’s Christina and sneaks up on her and caresses her intimately, which amuses both Christina and Alex no end but horrifies Owen and Jo.

Stephanie and Jackson, in the meantime, are trying to keep their new relationship on the DL, but Leah (who appears to have gotten over Alex, and BTW she and Stephanie both appear to be off probation) has suspicions and tricks Steph into confessing all. Evidently the latter then mentions this to Jackson, who knows he needs to tell April ASAP, the hospital being what it is. When he does, she confesses that she misses him, and he whips out the old, “We can just be friends” line, and she answers that all she can think about whenever they stand looking at each other like that is kissing him, so no, she can’t be his friend.  Jackson looks like he likes that idea very much as he huskily asks her if she’s sure, and as I’m screaming at him to just kiss her, she says she’s sure and pushes him aside and runs off. He and Steph are cute and all, but I’ve been rooting for Jackson and April since he took care of her at Mere’s party after she almost lost her virginity to Alex. I think that might even have been Owen and Christina’s wedding.

Jackson’s also involved in another new relationship, but then again, he has been involved in this one for a while. He is running interference between Chief Webber and Catherine. Dr. Webber, who is feeling mega guilty that he was sleeping with Catherine while his wife was dying of Alzheimer’s, is not only not doing any surgeries, he’s contemplating getting rid of his collection of atrocities removed from patients over the years, as each is a reminder of the time he didn’t spend with Adele. When Catherine tracks him down her own self, he takes it out on her (and Debbie Allen does a beautiful job of showing that she’s crying for him, not because of him), then decides to take Mere up on her offer of an assist on a surgery for an abdominal mass. Which turns out to be a bezoar, so Mere later gives it to him for his collection. After which, he finds Catherine and she explains she just wants to be there for him while he grieves and hold his hand, which he finally, literally, lets her do.

Derek’s wrist is in so much better shape that Callie sets up a ping pong table in the conference room. Evidently the motion you make when playing is similar to a particular type of motion Derek needs for a surgery, and since the average surgery he uses it in lasts 8 hours, he gets to play Shane for 8 hours. Shane, who wants to be Derek so badly he creeps him out by using phrases like “Until I become you”, is just happy to be with the great Dr. Shepard, and lets him win until the latter explains neurosurgeons are very competitive, and then they have some real games. Slowly, per usual, the whole hospital comes by to watch at various times during the day, and Alex and Princess Jo wind up making a $1,000 bet on the outcome. When she wins, she runs right out and buys him a couch for her to sleep on when she crashes, and a six pack to start the next party session.  He calls her out for acting like a girlfriend, to which her reply is that she thinks of him as a brother. Yeah, I’m sure Sally said that to Harry at some point, too.

Meanwhile, back at the hospital, Jackson is taking over one of Mark Sloan’s patients, and there’s a scene which made me wonder how many takes Jessica Capshaw had to do, because the shot that made it to air has her refer to him as Dr. Avery. At least, it sounded like she was referring to Mark and not starting a sentence to Jackson to me, but I could be wrong.  But I have to side with Jackson on this one. Mark taught him, and more than once let him change a planned surgery because he had a better idea, or a different method. Arizona’s attempt to bully Jackson into doing it as originally planned (even calling in Derek as back-up, which temporarily works) is, IMO, not what Mark would’ve wanted, contrary to her belief.  So she winds up standing in surgery for five hours on her prosthetic leg, a fact which Callie insists on celebrating at their dinner. (I’ll get to it!)

In the meantime, Bailey has to operate on a man whose wife fell on him while she was giving him a pole dance for their 45th anniversary, and the wife also has had something called vajazzling. Yeah, go look it up yourselves; I’m afraid of the pictures I might get. This results in Bailey confiding in Callie about what really happened on her and Ben’s honeymoon, and honestly, Miranda, you know how Callie is. How could you think she’d not laugh her ass off at you for that? But you get a sympathy ouch from me.

Speaking of sympathy, we’re finally to it, folks. The judge isn’t even going to bother with a trial. His decision is that the five survivors get $15,000,000.00 each, for a grand total of $75 million. Arizona, Christina, Derek and Meredith are all stunned, and pretty much just want to go back to work, although the latter three do contemplate buying houses with yards big enough for football games and then a couple of teams to play them. But Callie, who was late to court, wants to celebrate, and she finally talks them all into it, and they go out to dinner.  After dinner, she gives a speech that gets me a bit verklempt, and then they start the champagne toast that Mere refuses. After that, everyone (except Mere) gets drunk and happy.

So Derek, who has been hard put to forgive Owen for making the decision to put them on the plane (but Christina rightly reminds him of all the decisions he had to make when he was Chief, which include, IIRC, decisions about a season ending massacre), decides to forgive Owen and calls him to join in the fun, even recruiting Christina to try to talk him into it. But Owen has other plans. It would seem that the insurance company has found a loophole about no more than two attendings being on the same medivac flight, so when Arizona got pissed at Alex and took his place, that violated the policy and they’re now refusing to pay. Which means the hospital is liable. But you may remember (if you’ve been watching for a while) that not too long ago the economy sucked so much that a sister fictional hospital in Seattle had to close its doors, and many of their staff got absorbed by Seattle Grace, thus giving the additional “Mercy West” to its name.  (And which is where Jackson and April came to us from). And even after that, they had to let some people go.  Sure, some of those people they kept got killed off in that massacre, but then the interns we started with all passed their boards, and at least one of them finagled his way into getting more money that Webber told him would be available in the budget.  And then Owen went and gave April her job back.  And after the accident Christina left and he fought for her to come back and I believe there was mention made of a pay bump when she did. In short, the hospital can’t afford $75,000,000.00 and will have to go bankrupt and close its doors. Dun dun.

Thoughts? Questions? Comments? Concerns? Bueller? Bueller?

NT

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