Welcome to season 9, my awesome readers! I kind of can't believe that the show has been on that long, though in other ways it feels even longer -- like, for instance, it seems a million years since Izzie had ghost sex and for that I am eternally grateful. Mere kicks us off on a cheery note, voiceover-ing about how dying changes everything, especially because some other person winds up taking over your life, doing your job, living in your house, etc. The good news for you is that you're dead, so it's not actually your problem.
As she talks, we see a new intern get off the elevator; the only thing I know her from is the Lifetime movie where she played Kate Middleton and even then, I know that from my friend Jessica's hilarious recap of the movie and not my actual viewing of said movie. I can't believe they finally pared down the cast somewhat and decided to then go and add new characters. Kate meets up with another new intern whose name IMDB tells me is Stephanie. They walk and talk as Princess Kate tries to convince Stephanie to take her shift with "Medusa." They are obviously supposed to strike us as Meredith and Cristina 2.0, but I'll honor that only when I really see it. The two round the corner and stare at Medusa, who is either Bailey or Meredith and since Bailey already has her own scary nickname, it's not the surprise I think the show thinks it is that they are referring to Mere.
Bailey sees the girls hovering and orders them to speak; Kate can barely stutter that she has the labs for Dr. Grey. Meredith is utterly no-nonsense and notes pointedly that she's been waiting; when Kate starts to stammer she's told over her mutterings to stop making excuses, stop apologizing, and finally to stop talking. Bailey raises an eyebrow in intern-intimidation-approval as Kate's legs turn to goo. Once Meredith banishes the girl to the pit, Bailey admits she'd have expected this from Cristina rather than Mere. This gives her the opportunity to ask how Cristina likes Minnesota, and Mere unconvincingly says that she loves it.
How could she not love it, when she gets the opportunity to don a parka just to venture outside to the ambulance bay? She looks like an Eskimo ready for surgery with her green paper gown on the outside of her giant fur-trimmed coat. Mr. Feeny is out there with another doctor, Dr. Parker, and is amusing him greatly with some long-winded story about a case he had 10 years ago. Cristina tries to interrupt -- unsurprisingly, she's not at all interested in the jolly yarn that Feeny is weaving -- and she just wants to talk about her recommendations for an upcoming surgery and get inside out of the freezing wind. Parker wants her to hear this gut-busting story so he agrees with her recommendation but then suggests that Feeny scrub in with her so that he can tell her the story as well. She tried to sound positive as she grudgingly agrees and is not overjoyed when Feeny realizes he has a conflict so makes her push her procedure to a later time to accommodate him.