Mere, meanwhile, gets a message from Janet and has the sense to at least answer it rather than leave her hanging and angry while waiting for Derek and his superpowers to save the day. Janet wants to speak to them both but Meredith tells her that his surgery could take hours, so she wants to know what's going on now. Janet reluctantly admits that after all of the weirdness of the morning, she made some calls and discovered that Mere was fired and she and Derek aren't even living together, which was an extra-bad discovery because Meredith obviously withheld all of this information deliberately. Mere says she can explain but Janet cuts her off; it's too little, too late, though Mere seems determined not to realize that. Mere wants to know what the worst thing is that could happen, but Janet refuses to discuss it. When Mere asks for confirmation that at least they can't take Zola away, Janet refuses to discuss it. Meredith finally says that since this is urgent, she'll go get Derek out of surgery right now.
She walks quickly down the hall in the basement, as her voiceover asks questions about if your marriage can weather a storm. There's a not-convincing fakeout that Derek might be glad to see her when she walks in the OR, and it's not surprising at all that he's actually talking to Arizona and that Mere doesn't seem to have gone to find him after all. She's walking down an unending maze of corridors, and it's almost comical how they feel like they keep growing and shifting. As Mere VOs about having faith, and trust, and surviving together, the camera pans back to show her holding on to Zola, powerwalking along and asking herself, "What did I do?" Well, it seems rather obvious that the answer to that is, "Kidnapping." Well, that's certainly only going to make things go even better with Janet in the future.
Lauren S is a writer and gal-about-town who lives and works in Atlanta with her two cats, and even they agree that Derek is the most insufferable television character since Brandon Walsh. She wants everyone to know: "The views expressed in my recaps and anything else I might write on TWoP are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of my employer."