Some soulful dude music starts up as Alex comes in to the locker room where Meredith, Derek and Cristina are waiting to tell them that they removed all of the adhesions and that the shunt is working again, and Zola will be fine. Meredith collapses onto her seat and takes Alex's hand as she starts to cry; shockingly, Derek reaches out and starts to rub the back of her neck. Cristina smiles at them too, sincerely happy as well. Alex hesitates a moment while Mere holds his hand as if he's judging if Derek is really going to be there for his wife and if it's then safe to leave. He then goes, and Cristina tells the couple that she'll stay with Zola that night and will call if there are any problems. She then orders them to go home. Mere can't stop sobbing but Derek keeps rubbing her back and he looks at least a little bit happy for the first time I think all season.
Teddy has heard about the awkward Eli invite and finds Bailey to ask her if she should really set a place for him. Bailey moans about forgetting to invite him and then finally admits that she has to break up with him. Teddy begs her to do it after the party, but Bailey doesn't seem to notice since she can only think about how she might tell him. She's worried about not being clear after her conversation with Ben about his waiting at her request. Teddy finally instructs her to use short, declarative sentences. "I'm ending this. All the best to you." She then changes her mind and tells Bailey to do it before dinner, but Bailey wants to wait until tomorrow so as not to deprive Eli of a tasty fish dinner. Teddy isn't excited about hosting a "dead man walking" but Bailey digs deep and finds some of her inner feistiness and tells her to buck up, that she can handle it.
For some reason today I keep typing "Dere and Merek" each time I mention these two. Maybe my subconscious is trying to construct a new couple that's more mature and able to handle their relationship woes and each take responsibility for their parts in what happened, Merek. Our Mere and Derek are in the elevator, actually holding hands, and Mere has her head resting on Derek's shoulder. She looks emotionally and physically drained, like she can't actually hold her own head up, and still has tears and mascara drying on her cheeks. The doors open, and they find themselves face-to-face with Janet. No one says anything as they all stare at each other, everyone sad, and Janet looking mildly accusing. Finally, without any of them uttering a word, the doors close again.