One week after Lil' B's birth, Mere and Derek are both super sleep-deprived and Callie isn't much better since she's still staying at their house. Bailey and Smash are left to take care of Richard, who is doing terribly since he refuses to eat -- which, we learn, is because he's physically unable to swallow -- and also refuses to let them put in a feeding tube. Bailey is also determined to work with Richard and not put in the tube, but Smash realizes that this is pretty much a terrible idea. He calls Mere and tells her what is going on, so she shows up at the hospital to figure out what they can do. Smash finally goes in to see Richard alone and tells him that Mere showed up and manages to convince him to put in the tube now and have a big showdown with the exhausted new mother later. But when Mere goes in and sits with Richard, and mentions that she knows he made her his family, Richard quietly growls that he did nothing of the sort. He explains that he made her his person because he thought she wouldn't be sentimental and wouldn't let them bring him back from being on the edge of death, but announces that now he knows he chose wrong. I feel like just having a clear medical directive that said that might have solved this whole situation…?
In relationship news, the interns are all sleeping in a pile on the floor every night at Alex's house (and I think they are also studying for their boards) which is all very sweet but it's putting a crimp in Alex and Princess consummating their relationship. But by the end of the episode Cristina has convinced Alex to just go for it if he has someone that's important to him and Princess realizes she's not dirty or disrespecting Heather if she also goes for it, so they finally do the deed. On the flip side, Cristina and Owen are both having a really hard time keeping their relationship purely professional. They do, but admit that basically all time one of them wants to touch or kiss the other. Finally, out of desperation Cristina does that thing that always happens on TV and never happens in real life and tells Owen that she thinks they should date other people; she figures it will be awful but maybe eventually it will help even though it basically never has, ever, in any situation.
Callie still refuses to be in the same room as Arizona and though they agreed to go to couples therapy, Callie decides that she doesn't want to do it after all. After dealing with her Patient O' the Week, who confessed to cheating right before she died, Callie does some thinking -- she shows up at the end of the day and Arizona is desperately relieved, assuming it's to go to therapy. But Callie says that she can't talk any more about the Other Woman for the time being and also that she realizes Arizona wasn't happy before the cheating episode. So she tells Arizona to just go to therapy by herself for now, which basically shatters Arizona.
While the interns are still studying, April seems to have already taken her boards -- maybe if you're on your second go-round they let you take them earlier? She is, of course, a basket case waiting for her results, but she passes and has Jackson check the results and tell her. They have a very sweet moment that seems to start to make up a little for last week's showdown.
While all of this personal drama is going on, there is the larger problem of the state of the hospital -- the storm basically destroyed the outpatient wing and Owen keeps telling the Board members that they have to meet and make some important decisions about how they are going to rebuild and more importantly, how they are going to find the money to do it. But everyone is so consumed with their own stuff that they keep putting him off. Finally, he fakes taking away a pro bono surgery from Jackson so that Jackson will really see how urgent the situation is. He and Jackson then trick all the Board members into gathering and announce that they are going to hold a big fundraising gala to get all of the money that they need to put the hospital back together.
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One week after the storm/electrocutions/birth, Callie is still staying at the McMansion and the adults have been turned into exhausted, empty husks from sleep deprivation. Mere can't actually pick the baby up because of her surgery so when he cries, Callie goes to get him. Of course, his cries wake the little girls up before he can do that and we hear the kind of auditory chaos that has surrounded these three for a week. Mere VOs about a sadistic game that kids play where they try to snap each other's fingers off until one cries mercy. When I was a kid there were a lot of chicken-related pastimes, but fortunately none of them involved possibly breaking bones.
Arizona is getting ready for work in her quiet apartment and is deciding between a blue and (amazing) red dress. Bailey is already at the hospital, and as she peeks into Richard's room she looks fairly dejected at how awful he looks even while he's sleeping.
The interns are all sleeping at Alex's house in a giant tangle of blankets, limbs, pizza, flashcards, and certainly BO. Cristina is standing in the doorway regarding the mess of them, eating cereal out of the box, and then finally rolls her eyes and goes up to Alex's room.
He's asleep, but she wakes him up and shoves him over, explaining that she couldn't sleep and she's bored. I imagine that also, she's restless and heartbroken and trying to keep herself from calling Owen, but doesn't want to admit to that part. Alex wakes up enough to try and shoo her out, but she stays put and in the ensuing teasing about if she's looking for sex (and Alex actually using the world "girlfriend" to describe princess) Cristina comes to realize that something weird is going on between the new couple with regards to getting it on. After much guessing about how it must have been awful, she realizes that they haven't actually done it yet. She is positively delighted at the juicy news, since it takes her mind off of her own situation.
Callie is pulling her stuff together and has agreed to take both the girls to daycare since she claims they are the only people who don't piss her off right now. I assume Mere and Derek are exempt from that as well since they are putting her up indefinitely. They are super grateful for the extra help, though, so it's mutually beneficial. Callie manages to rant about Arizona repeatedly so it's clear that she's just as hurt and uninterested as yet in forgiving her. Once she goes, Derek asks how they will cope once she fixes her marriage and leaves, but Mere points out that she thinks that's probably not happening anytime soon. Bailey's voice then comes from Mere's phone -- Mere called her to get an update on Richard. Bailey carefully admits he's not the easiest patient but tries to convince Mere that his weight loss and difficulties are totally normal and nothing to worry about. Mere doesn't seem convinced but Bailey assures her that she's taking care of him, and Mere should not come over nor call again since she has a sweet baby to cuddle instead.