No singing, just voiceovers. We pick up in the hospital where a teeny Sofia is in the NICU, and Callie is in her room trying to open her clenched fingers. Callie's all pissed that she can't see her baby, and Cristina is the least supportive godmother anyway and just says the kid is ugly. But stupid April walks in all gaga and baby talk and sends Callie into some of the ugliest crying ever, and the residents cave and wheel her to see Sofia. One of the patients in Meredith's trial lied about some pre-existing condition, and when the queen of post-its finds a post it from Adele in Richard's pocket that says "This is Richard. Richard is your husband," she begs to get Adele into the now-vacant spot. I'm thinking Adele should really have tattooed important info like that on herself, Memento-style, because post-its are easily lost. There's also a race for chief resident, and Alex decides to help Arizona bring sick babies from Africa here to give them surgeries. Remember, when Arizona abandoned these needy children? Yeah, neither do I. Alex is also dealing with a barely recognizable Doris Roberts, who is a bitchy patient with some long-term disease.
When baby Sofia is five weeks old, Callie is pissed because she still can't pick her up, so she fires yet another physical therapist. Stark is still all pissy at everyone, basically, because April won't have sex with him, so he basically lashes out at everyone, including Karev, who he deems incompetent. But then when Callie and Sofia need simultaneous surgeries, the heartless man lets Arizona in to watch, and doesn't even freak too much when she's on the phone narrating the events to Mark, who is doing the same about Callie's surgery. Can that be sanitary? Alex, meanwhile, bullies his bitchy patient into donating money, but just as she agrees, she croaks. Teddy (who is still on this show!) is visiting Henry, but only after her real dates flop. So he's basically sloppy seconds, but dining well on her leftovers.
Almost two months later, baby Sofia is now 12 weeks old and Callie's picking her up and Bailey's ready to kick them out of the hospital for overstaying their welcome. Callie can't really cope with the outside world, but Bailey smacks her upside the head and tells her that's the deal with being a mom. Meredith sneaks into the pharmacy and switches the paperwork so that Adele can definitely get the meds (guilt over Ellis sleeping with Richard or some shit) and nearly gets caught, but doesn't, but you know she's gonna feel hella guilty when the other patient dies. Alex almost screws up the African exchange program he's got going on, but he gets a last minute reprieve from dead bitch lady. And though Arizona was all excited about it and basically tracking the movements of the African patients, she leaves the hospital with Callie, Sofia and Mark without even stopping to say hi and check on them. Also, Teddy (who really is still on this show, they totally swear) breaks poor Henry/Noel's heart by having a date that goes well. This is almost unacceptable… except that it is Hot Trauma Therapist, so we'll give her a pass on this one.
And in 12 weeks, no one else in the hospital has any sort of life-changing events or dating happenings. Not buying that, at all. -- Angel Cohn
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Mere's back to voiceover duty this week, but it's hard to concentrate on what she is saying when we see Sofia Robbin Sloan Torres, one week old and 1 lb, 1 oz, in her tiny incubator hooked up to an even tinier ventilator. As she holds up a tiny hand, Mere says something about the importance of response time.
Like daughter, like mother: Callie is holding up her own hand and glaring fiercely at the loose fist while Bailey, Cristina and Arizona cheer her on. Finally, she manages to nearly straighten her fingers. She and the docs are thrilled but after a moment her face goes from happy to defeated. Arizona comforts her while Bailey gently reminds her that they are just trying for small goals right now; it's clearly not the first time they've had this conversation. Bailey is checking on Callie's impressively long incision when Mark comes in with the most recent pictures of Sofia and good news about how she kept breathing through the night. Sofia also apparently has a brain bleed, but the good news is that it's not getting any worse. If I may mix metaphors -- talk about taking your silver linings where you can find them. Mark's pumped to hear that Callie straightened her hand out, and everyone's happiness is super genuine about these little victories, but Callie is obviously already sick of it. She wants to see Sofia, and Bailey has to remind her that she can't do that until she's mobile and her infections are gone. She starts to tell Callie she'd let her see the baby if she could, but Callie pouts and turns her head away, so Bailey leaves her to her little tantrum. Cristina also tells Callie that she knows Bailey would let Callie see Sofia if she could, and she's rewarded with a fist and an ever-so-slightly raised middle finger. Cristina is impressed and congratulates Callie on flipping her the bird before leaving her friend alone in her hospital room. Mere tells us that even though you're surrounded by all sorts of doctors and other folks, recovery is a solitary, lonely business.
Doris Roberts is guest-starring this week, though she looks almost unrecognizable; it appears the makeup team modeled her look after Skeletor. She is dying of lung cancer, and the makeup team has really made me believe it. Alex and Owen are trying to convince her to stop smoking but she just yells at them both that the infection she has is their fault, and refuses to listen when Owen tells her that her cancer has spread. She's prone to bragging about how much money she has and how she could sue the pants off of Seattle Grace, but methinks her bark might be bigger than her bite. She certainly gets the choicest lines of the episode, yelling at them that the hospital is a "third-rate crap factory" and she wants to go home. Alex is tired of the verbal beatings and begs Owen to just discharge her, but as Owen is a professional he of course won't do it. He tells her that her white blood count has to be at an acceptable level, so she asks him what that is -- a 2, and she's currently at 0.8 -- and then immediately starts to try and negotiate the number down to a 1.5. When the doctors don't play along, she gives up but asks for a wheelchair so that she can go outside for a cigarette.