"My mother used to say that, for a surgeon, a day without death is a rare gift." Mere's voiceover comes as we, from the perspective of the fridge, see Mere reach in and grab something. Right in the middle among the leftovers and whatnot is the bottle of champagne with a "Do Not Drink" note on it. "Every day we face death. Every day we lose life." To illustrate, there's a Death Montage of patients flatlining, Mere and Derek calling time of death a few times, Derek angrily pulling off his surgical mask, and through it all, the bottle of champagne sitting unopened in the fridge.
The scene changes to that of an aquarium as she finishes, "And every day, we're hoping for a stay of execution." The fishes are in Dr. Amy's office, and Mere stares at them as Dr. Amy gently encourages her to talk about her mother's suicide. To Dr. Amy's surprise, Meredith was there when it happened. She doesn't offer any more details, just stares at the fish, so Dr. Amy tells her it's okay to talk about it. Mere finally turns her attention from the fish to her therapist, who looks extra-nice today with her hair all big and curly and some makeup on. Mere tells her that she was there as her mother took a scalpel and slashed her wrists, and that Mere had to sit in a pool of blood and wait for her to pass out so that she could call 911. "It's not okay to talk about it." Dr. Amy closes her book and asks why she waited -- turns out that Ellis told Meredith not to call, and she didn't want to get in trouble. She insists her mother didn't want her life saved. Dr. Amy suggests that Mere is really angry with her mother, but Mere says it's not her mother she's angry with. Dr. Amy asks who it is, but we're not treated to the answer just yet. "We're attached to death. Chained. Like prisoners. Captives," she VOs, as she stares at back at the fish.
Like old times, Mere and Cristina are lying in bed and Mere offers possible pick-me-ups for her friend. She throws out solutions that have worked before -- tequila, dancing, or even calling Mere names and mocking her endlessly. The last one deserves a moment of thought, but Cristina then shoots it down like she did the other suggestions. Cristina tells her to stop and that she's too upset for cheering, so Mere pulls out the big guns and offers her Sparkle Pager. Cristina bolts up and warns her that this wouldn't be a funny joke, but Mere tells her she knows she's really sad because she didn't even ask for Sparkle Pager. Cristina tells her, "If I were the kind of person who kissed people? I would kiss you!" while Mere pulls a pillow over her head at the prospect.