Meredith and Derek finally go to the baby doctor to see how everyone's plumbing is working, and it turns out Mere has a hostile uterus. And yes, that comes with as many jokes as you think it might. April is in on it, because she knew about the miscarriage, but Lexie doesn't know that and just thinks that Meredith is yet another person who thinks she's nuts and not worthy of being told anything important. Lexie and April then have to work together on a patient who crashed her car into a laundromat, and when they find out that the woman did it on purpose to try and hurt her ex-husband, Lexie cracks and starts sympathizing with her just a little bit. She and Mere have a talk and straighten everything out, though, and Lexie manages to lay off of April a bit, too, while once again being reminded that in fact a lot of people actually love her and don't think she's crazy.
Cristina is on Bailey's service for the day, and their patient is a guy who is doing a medical experiment that involves letting worms grow in his body to try and find a cure for asthma. When it comes time for his surgery, Bailey is the first of the doctors to actually ask Cristina if she wants to scrub in for surgery, even just to observe, and while Cristina still isn't ready she seems touched by someone actually asking rather than telling her or just assuming things about her. She also has a moment with the worm guy when she realizes how passionate he is about his work, and how he is going to try the experiment again even though it might kill him -- because, when you have a passion for something that lights up your life like that, you do whatever you can to live that passion. Cristina seems to take this to heart, and while she doesn't yet brave the OR, she decides to take a step in her personal life -- she and Owen have been looking for a place to live and he's bummed that she seems totally disinterested by everything. After her day with Bailey and worm guy, though, she winds up buying Owen the converted firehouse that he so loved, because, as she explains, she genuinely doesn't care where she lives, but he loved the place and she loves him, and it's a rather awesome step for her.
Arizona is being driven crazy by Mark and how he always seems to be around wanting to do everything with her and Callie these days, and she also hates that he is That Guy who always stares at her boobs. But when she, Callie and Alex help a kid who is a crazy gifted dancer with bone cancer in his leg, Alex, of all people, manages to teach her that Mark actually is a pretty good guy, and Arizona decides to finally give him a chance.
Jackson, who up until now always seems to have been smart and on the ball, is now screwing things up on a regular basis and as a result is not being taken very seriously as a doctor. When Teddy leaves him out of a surgery he decides to use what God gave him in terms of his numerous physical assets, and he flirts his way into the OR. He thinks he's got Teddy all flustered but it seems she actually just couldn't believe he was really going there, and afterward she lays into him and promises to report him if he ever tries using his charms to get ahead again. Fortunately for all of us, he's not wearing a shirt during her entire lecture, so while he's going to have to stop using his looks to try and get ahead, we at least get a nice long parting moment with his abs. Boy howdy!
And finally, between Meredith's not-great news about her uterus and her treating a patient with Huntington's Disease, she decides that she should know if she carries the gene for early-onset Alzheimer's like her mother had. When she tells Derek, however, he says that he doesn't want to know, because he loves her either way, and baby or no baby, Alzheimer's gene or no Alzheimer's gene, he just wants them to live their lives, so she decides to just be happy with what she's got and not learn the results. Well, at least for now. Since she did actually have her blood taken and sent to the lab, I do kind of wonder if this is going to come up again in the future. We shall see.
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ABC seems to be making a habit of starting this show a few seconds early now, cutting off the beginning of Meredith's always scintillating voiceovers. But seriously, in this age of the DVR, why is it that shows suddenly get a little bit off schedule every so often? In terms of Important Issues, this is clearly up there with world peace, I know. In the absence of the first ten seconds, I shall fill in: "Blah blah blah something about biology... we grow older, new instincts kick in. We become territorial." It's hard to be territorial when four of you have to share a bathroom in the hospital's local frat house, even if this is the BIGGEST bathroom in the world. Seriously, I could fit my bed in there. Alex is brushing his teeth, Jackson pops out of the shower asking for a towel ("But why bother?" most of this show's viewing audience asks their television), April hands him one but then she knocks in to Lexie and causes her to cut a giant gash in her leg with her razor. Have any of these people heard of taking turns in there? Meredith and Derek pop their heads in and while Derek comments (rightly) that this isn't normal, Meredith beams at her motley crew of lodgers.
"We learn to compete." Arizona and Callie are getting frisky when Mark knocks on the door trying to get Callie up, as she promised to work out with him. Arizona yells at him to go away but he instead decides to burst in, and then gives an approving nod at what he sees going on and says he'll wait before heading back out.
"We seek shelter." Owen and Cristina really are looking for a place and go in to a building that says Seattle Fire Department. Inside it's dusty and a bunch of furniture has been abandoned but it's a really cool space that indeed used to be a fire station, and still has all of the original doors and hardware. Owen clearly loves it but Cristina just looks around listlessly and shrugs when he tries to get her excited about the fireman's pole in the middle of the room. He finally comes over and points out that this might be their house, so he needs her to care. But she only sighs, and he tells the agent they will think about it, obviously a bit frustrated.
"Most important of all, we reproduce." Meredith and Derek are in the baby doctor's office, and she's terribly nervous as she nervously remembers all of the tequila she drank that she fears now might have caused her problems. Derek points out that tequila has actually aided in many a pregnancy, and he tries to tell Meredith that everyone is going to be fine. As the doctor walks in Mere VOs, "Sometimes biology can turn on us, though." Case in point, the doctor tells them seriously that they have a few things to discuss. VO: "Yeah. Biology sucks sometimes." You are a doctor Mere, you JUST figured that out?