Mere and Cristina have made up for not living in the same city and spending all their waking moments together by getting iPads and FaceTiming each other multiple times a day. As Mere works at the computer she props "Cristina" up against the monitor and brags about her nickname. Cristina tells her that she had to push her flight but insists to a disappointed Meredith that this isn't like the other times. And while Mere is disappointed she's obviously understanding and gently tells Cristina that it's okay if she's not able to fly. She points out that she won't get there by five anyway, so there's no need to push herself. Cristina insists that she'll be fine, compliments the nickname, and they hang up. Owen walked up in time to hear the tail end of the conversation and is overly casual as he asks if she is coming. Meredith says that she is but after a pause, Owen asks if she's really going to get on the plane. Meredith tells him that they are working on it but then admits that it's probably not going to happen. There's not much to say, either by them or by me, because it's about the most understandable thing in the world that they all would be put off of air travel. I have to assume Cristina drove herself to Minnesota.
At lunch, Mere, Avery and Alex are talking about Alex's working his way through all of the interns; Alex tells Avery he'll have to step up and comfort them when he leaves for Hopkins but Avery has no interest in sloppy seconds. Without realizing what he's saying, Alex needles him that he has to enjoy the perks of being a surgical fellow and besides, he hasn't slept with anyone since Lexie. It's insensitive even for Alex, but I guess on the flip side at least he's not walking on eggshells like I'm sure most of the other people at the hospital are doing with Meredith and the others. It's a silver lining thinner than razor wire, but I'm trying, here. He immediately apologizes while the others just gape at him and then Avery defensively mumbles that he has too "banged" other people.