I don't know what I did to deserve this gift, but Jackson's mother is in town this week and she is played by none other than the spectacularly fantastic Debbie Allen. She is in town to do a groundbreaking penis transplant surgery, which means that Mark and therefore Jackson will be helping her. Because she is both a famous surgeon a la Ellis Grey and also his mom, Jackson can't help but be embarrassed by her at every turn -- to the point where he sends Lexie away so he doesn't have to deal with them meeting each other -- and also feel all sorts of pressure from her about every life and professional choice he has made. She's appalled to hear that he wants to go into plastic surgery but when April accidentally messes something up during the transplant, Mark suggests a procedure that Debbie has never heard of and has Jackson actually do it, which saves the day and the patient's new manhood. She seems to finally respect Jackson's choices at least a little more than she did before, though as she sort of connects with Mark she realizes that he is in love with her son's lady and warns Jackson to keep an eye on him. It's not all of the relationship advice she doles out, either -- she realizes that April is sorely lacking experience with the opposite sex and orchestrates a meet-cute between April and the transplant patient's brother. There's no indication if April is finally ushered into womanhood, but it's implied that it might happen sooner than later.
Through a surgical contest, Alex had almost earned the right to assist on the transplant when gets a page that's important enough that he chooses to forfeit -- that's because the page is that Zola is in the hospital having seizures. She needs surgery right away and Janet tells him and Arizona in no uncertain terms that Meredith and Derek can't be told because they currently don't have custody of Zola and if they got involved it could jeopardize the adoption. Alex isn't entirely sure he can live with this so he finds Cristina for support, and she winds up telling Mere and Derek what is going on. Derek flips out that Zola is still his patient so he should get involved, but Meredith manages to talk him out of it so that they don't lose their chances of getting her back for good. Arizona convinces them that she and Alex will take awesome care of Zola, and they do, and she is fine. Derek spends the day enraged at Meredith anew about the whole situation but once they find out that Zola is okay and Mere breaks down, Derek at least manages to rub her back and seems for the first time in a long time to not hate her completely, though he's still a long way from being a full-on supportive husband. Cristina assures them that she will stay at the hospital with Zola all night and then she calls them so that they can sing her a song to go to sleep.
That night, Owen hangs out for a little while with Cristina and the baby but when he sees her basically being awesome and sweet and loving with Zola he can't handle it anymore and takes off to a dinner party that Teddy and Henry are throwing. The party is for all of the couples, and Bailey and Eli were invited, but she forgot to invite Eli and when she realizes that, she realizes that she also can't keep going on hooking up with him since she doesn't want to be in a relationship with him. This seems directly related to her having to work with Ben again, and though she insists it doesn't, Ben is mighty cheerful when he hears about the breakup and obviously thinks that he might have a chance again with her at some point. But for now, she goes to the dinner and enlists her new date, White Wine, to help keep her mind off of the hot anesthesiologist.
An episode is really filled with promise when the opening voiceover is all about dealing with loss. I mean, it virtually ensures an hour-long laugh riot, right there. I gear myself up as Mere tells us that the body is designed for loss, but sometimes it's just too much and the body can't compensate, and that is when surgeons step in. She's dealing with her own loss by folding Zola's clothes but when Derek sees her and suggests taking down the crib, she quickly assures him that she's just sorting out the clothes that Zola has grown out of. She clearly is trying to make the best of things and stay positive while Derek chooses to sulk. He's certain that it's been too long but Mere reminds him that the process was supposed to take a while. She tells him to fold clothes, promising that it somehow helps, but almost as soon as he picks up a piece he throws it down and storms out.
Things are far happier over at the fire house, where Cristina is rocking out to loud music while she cooks breakfast. Owen comes out to see what the party is for and she explains that Teddy told her that the best cardio surgeons have two dominant hands, so she's cooking breakfast entirely left-handed. She doesn't notice that Owen spits out a big piece of eggshell, and he distracts her from the food by pulling her down to the floor for some one-handed sexy time.
As Mere goes downstairs she runs into Lexie and her kind of distracting bangs, rolling a suitcase down the hall. She's off to visit her sister Molly, which was a surprise that Jackson arranged for her. It all sounds super cute and loving until we come to find out that Jackson's mom is coming to town, and so basically he's sending Lexie away to avoid a meeting between the two. Lexie's understandably touchy about it and frets that maybe she shouldn't go but Meredith is surprisingly cool and points out that while Lexie had a real mom, she and Jackson had, "surgeons who procreated." She finds it strangely sweet that Jackson is doing this and advises Lexie to get out while she can. I am seriously wondering at this point what Chyler Leigh has going on in her life because Lexie has been virtually nonexistent so far this season; the magical interwebs tell me that I'm not hallucinating but that she apparently asked for an extended hiatus to spend time with her family but that she will be back to regular screen time sooner than later.
Bailey is staring at the board when Ben walks up to her and points out what she is staring at: they are working together later that day. She assures him it's not an issue and he's glad, and goes on to explain that he'd been bringing lattes to a guy named Pierre in scheduling to keep him away from Bailey since she told him she was being held together with tape and glue. Now that he knows she's dating a nurse, he's no longer interested in being the coffee delivery boy. He's not hiding the fact that he obviously wasn't expecting her to find solace in the arms of another man once she didn't need so much tape and glue anymore. As he walks away, she can't help but stare rather wistfully at his rather stare-worthy backside. It seems my theory from last week is totally wrong, and we are to pretend that he was around the hospital this whole time, even though it feels like he went off the map for a while.