That evening, Richard and Meredith are with Ellis as the nursing home guys prepare her to leave. As Meredith leans in to tell her she'll visit tomorrow, her mom grabs her arm and hisses that he doesn't love her, but he'll stay with her anyway. Mere is confused and when Ellis gets her attention, she looks at her daughter with a softness we haven't yet seen with anyone but Richard. "Sweet Meredith. You grew up!" She then continues, "It's a shame. It's awful being a grownup. Where the carousel never stops turning. You can't get off." Richard looks gutted -- he needs to work on his poker face if he wants to maintain in front of an employee that he wasn't the cause of her parents' separation. Mere looks at her like it's just rambling, but then gives Richard a confused look.
At the bar, Joe is pouring vodka shots -- okay, don't be silly, we know Mere's alcohol of choice. He tells Mere that "he'll" show, and she keeps jumping and turning each time the door opens. But the man through the door is George.
Derek's busy having a one-person pity party in the lobby of the hotel, but he's interrupted by Bailey, looking awesome in a fancy dress, shawl, and high heels. There's a knock at the window and she beams at the man outside. Derek can't believe it, telling her, "Look at you! You look like a girl! That your date?" It's actually her husband, come to take her away for their tenth anniversary. He can't believe he didn't know she was married, and she points out that it's because he never asked. Imagine that, Derek being self-involved. She realizes that he didn't sign the papers, and he turns and asks her what he should do, and why it has to be so hard. She just tells him, "You know what to do already. If you didn't, you wouldn't be in so much pain." He smiles at her and watches as she goes outside and happily hugs her hubby.
Meredith VO: "Pain. You just have to ride it out. Hope it goes away on its own. Hope the wound that caused it, heals." Cristina bursts into the on-call room where Burke is sleeping, turns on the light, and declares, "So, here's where we are. I work too much, I'm competitive, I'm always right. And...I snore." He's totally confused and groggy -- as much as I don't like him, I give him a big pass here, as I'd be the same way, except probably crankier -- and she shouts, "I'm trying here!" and finally his face lights up with an "Oh!" of realization. He then asks, "So?" It's quintessential Cristina when she deadpans, "Okay, we're a couple. Whatever, don't make a big deal about it." She turns to leave but thinks twice, runs up and kisses him, then leaves with a happy smile as she goes out the door.