Meredith gets home to find Derek waiting for her, but she basically ignores him. He offers that he can move back to the trailer, which takes her by surprise and she tells him she wants him at the house. She then finally admits that he needs a place for his things, too, and offers use of the den. He points out that it's her mother's den, but she tells him, "She's not here. You are." They have a kiss that is probably supposed to be all romantic and understanding, but comes off kind of face-smooshingly awkward, without their usual chemistry. He tells Mere he loves her, and adds that she also needs a place that she can get away to. She tells him she can always go to Cristina's, but he has a better idea than that.
Voiceover time! "We like to think we're fearless, eager to explore unknown lands and soak up new experiences." Mere hands Cristina a drink. "But the fact is, we're always terrified. Maybe the terror is part of the attraction -- some people go to horror movies, we cut things open! Dive into dark water." Either Ellen really rushed through the voiceover this week or the edited it for time and nearly overlapped the sentences. It must be that they spent too much time showing off their good work with Faceless Arnie. Mere and Cristina are on a couch, and once they have drinks in hand Mere starts to read a 1977 entry from her mother's journal. VO: "And at the end of the day, isn't that what you'd rather hear about? If you've got one drink and one friend and 45 minutes? Smooth rides make for boring stories. A little calamity, that's worth talking about." The camera pans back to show the dermatology sign on a door. But it's not just any door -- it's Derek's trailer, repurposed as a place for Mere and Cristina to be safe and comfortable. As douche as Derek's been lately, it's a really heartwarming gesture and once again a really nice illustration of one of the best relationships on the show -- Meredith and Cristina's friendship. Aw.
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