"We all have the opportunity to give. Maybe the gifts are not as dramatic as what happens in the operating room." Bailey walks down the stairs, sees her father, and immediately shrinks into herself. He apparently went to Tucker's for New Year's Eve and he happily tells her about how he tucked Little Tuck into bed and gave him a kiss at midnight. This leads him into the more pressing subject at hand, and he tells her that he did the same for her every night of her childhood, and that she then grew up and got a divorce without telling him. Bailey admits that she didn't know how to tell him, and that she didn't want to disappoint him and be judged. Her dad puts it into perspective when he asks how she'd feel if Tuck did the same thing to her one day, and she gets it and apologizes to him. VO: "Maybe the gift is to try and make a civil apology." Her dad tells her he's not judging her, he's just worrying, and the two of them walk off together, with Bill admitting that Tuck doesn't seem the worse for wear after the divorce. He gives Bailey a kiss, and she visibly relaxes. Seriously, there's nothing like a showdown with a parent to make you feel like a 12-year-old again.
"Maybe it's to understand another person's point of view. Maybe it's to hold a secret for a friend. The joy, supposedly, is in the giving." Mere, meanwhile, is having to take a bit of the parent role, as Joe pages her to come to the bar. He apologizes profusely but didn't know who else to call -- the Chief's "celebrating" is getting rather public and Joe knows that could be bad for his career. Just then Richard, who has been shimmying to the jukebox, sees Meredith and happily comes over, slurring his words as he says what an amazing surgeon she will be. Meredith gets even more uncomfortable when he compares her to her mother. He then trips over his words as he tells Joe to get Meredith a tequila, very proud that he remembered that's her drink of choice, and then says he wants another club soda. He does it with a huge, cartoonish wink that comes from being extremely drunk, and it would be funny if it weren't sad. Meredith looks nauseous, which I suspect comes from her finally not being able to ignore that the Chief has a really huge problem and has tried to get her to help him cover it up. "So when the joy is gone, when the giving starts to feel more like a burden, that's when you stop. But if you're like most people I know, you give 'til it hurts. And then you give some more."
And with all of the holiday celebrations portrayed, I think that we are off for the year, my lovelies. Here's wishing everyone a happy Christmahanukwanzaakah or whatever your holiday of choice happens to be, and see you in 2010!