It's the day before Bailey's wedding and she's starting to get cold feet. Like really cold feet, not just chilly feet because she didn't want this overblown stupid Christmas-themed wedding in the first place. It's weird to see a woman that used to be the epitome of confidence so flustered over a wedding, especially since she's been married before, but Richard chalks up her nerves to the wisdom that comes with age. Still, old-Bailey wouldn't have been steamrolled into a wedding she didn't really want, no matter how good the sex was. But still she asks Arizona, Callie and Meredith to be her bridesmaids, in typical old-Bailey fashion, which sort of made me smile, because I've really missed her awkward social interactions. Anyway, she plans on driving herself to the wedding, but Richard (who also worked out a plan with Ben to get her a pre-wedding distraction surgery) arrives in a limo to take her in style. It's really sweet and shows what a great relationship these two have. And they are on their way, until the hospital calls and says Adele is coughing up blood. When they arrive, some doctor we don't really know is working on Adele, and Richard tries to commandeer the situation, but as the husband he's pushed aside. So since all of the other semi-competent doctors are already at Bailey's wedding, waiting for her to walk down the aisle, she strips off her veil and dress in the middle of the ER and gets down to work. Ben's probably gonna be pissed for being left at the altar, but maybe now he'll actually listen to her instead of pushing her too fast. No matter how pretty he may be, Bailey listened to her gut and made the right decision.
The other big doings is that Neve Campbell is there and totally calls Meredith out for being a shitty sister-in-law. Thank you, Neve Campbell. She says that their family is close-knit and Mere keeps them all away from Zola and doesn't include them in crap, but calls when she needs something. That said, Neve would do anything for her brother Derek, so she agrees to have her nerve cut out of her calf. But it turns out her legs are stumpy, so they need to cut nerves from both legs, and Derek has his normal hissy-fit about the whole thing, but eventually caves and has the surgery. As a reward for going under the knife, or just in an attempt at being in a functional family, Mere decides to tell Neve about the baby, even though she's still thinking that her unstable uterus might not be able to carry the baby to term.
The other person Mere hasn't told about her pregnancy is Cristina, and she senses some awkwardness in their friendship when Derek says the whole reason that Owen is asking for a divorce is because it will allow the crash victims to get more money. The thinking being that Owen has a conflict because he's married to one of the victim's, so they won't have to pay as much settlement. Mere accuses Cristina of keeping secrets, but a gobsmacked Cristina is clueless. So she confronts Owen about the whole thing, since he sped up the divorce papers, and the two get to reconciling, quickly.
Also possibly getting their relationship on track are Arizona and Callie, since Arizona is whining about having to wear flats to the wedding (she needs one of those high-heel legs like Aviva has on Real Housewives of New York City). Callie loses it and says that she's sick of talking about nothing but the damn leg, and sick of not having sex, and Arizona puts her shoes on… and this seems like progress, of sorts.
In the dumbass part of the hospital, April tries to get out of going to Bailey's wedding because she thinks she'll cave and sleep with Jackson. So she tells Jackson to bring a date, because he won't be able to resist her in her strapless dress. Her shoulders are just TOO sexy. Whatever, she's not that irresistible, and she could also wear a sweater, but instead she picks Stephanie to be his date. Then he sets April up with Smash. Both Smash and Stephanie are freaked to be "dating" their residents. Then, because this show has to be stupid, Alex is jealous, as Jackson was supposed to be his date for the night, so Jackson gets Stephanie to bring a friend. This is an insanely ridiculous way to bring Alex and Jo together for some awkwardness, as they are fighting because he let her do part of a surgery and she nearly killed a patient… and then she told Arizona it was Alex's fault for pushing her beyond her abilities. Alex gets pissed that he got in trouble with his boss, and Jo still doesn't get the idea of a teaching hospital, or how to be competent and recover from setbacks, so they have a super awkward trip to the wedding that doesn't end up happening.-- Angel Cohn
It's Bailey's Wedding Eve, but instead of looking forward to the next day with giddy anticipation, she's testily barking detailed instructions at April to care for her various patients. April then in turn gives instructions to Leah, which sets Bailey off -- not because Leah is the second most detestable intern in the hospital but because she's an intern, period, and Bailey thinks she'll kill the folks and the worry will stress her out. April is more excited about the wedding and honeymoon than Bailey is and tries to ask about details; when Bailey fixes her with a death glare, April just assures her she's got it. Mere tells us that our adrenal system reacts to stress by making us alert and reactive but the one little issue is that we can't tell the difference between regular nerves and actual impending disaster.
Alex is stuck with Princess again and he's telling a kid about the stomach implant that they are putting later. He and his family are excited and grateful, and Alex introduces Princess and tells the family that they have a great team of doctors. Well, that statement is 50% true.
When Bailey encounters Callie, Callie has the nerve to act excited and hum "Here Comes the Bride." Once Bailey shuts that down, she tersely instructs that when she and Arizona arrive at the venue, they aren't supposed to sit down. Callie is all confused and alarmed since she wants a good seat, but Bailey just gets indignant and starts ranting about how Callie is a surgeon but can't follow simple instructions. Finally, a light clicks on above her head -- this is Classic Awkward Bailey (welcome back!) trying to ask Callie and Arizona to be her bridesmaids. She gets even more annoyed when Callie has the gall to be excited and honored about it.
Jackson is in a meeting with Derek, Meredith and Lizzie to go over the surgery and Derek is being his usual ray of happy sunshine -- for each thing Jackson tells Lizzie, like how she will have some discomfort, Derek counters that it's going to hurt like a bitch for months. The two start bickering like the siblings they are while Mere presses her fingers to her forehead as if that will help her keep her sanity. Lizzie finally says something about cutting off a leg for Derek, he jumps on that and tells her it's just a nerve, and Mere tersely orders them to focus. Jackson thinks Lizzie has actual doubts but she's just trying to wind up her big brother and she cheerfully signs off on all the paperwork. Lizzie can be a little much but I'm starting to think you don't want Mere as a sister-in-law as she barely knows how mold her face into any sort of pleased or thankful expression. Once the forms are signed Lizzie asks if she can go see Zola in daycare -- it sounds like she's been chomping at the bit for it. Mere tells her she's sorry (not sounding very sorry at all) but that they don't let adults come and go because it's harder on the kids. This must be a new policy after all of the years that we have seen Bailey, Mark, Meredith, Derek, Callie and Arizona, oh, coming and going from the daycare whenever they want to say a quick hello to their offspring. Lizzie purses her lips, which Derek notices and immediately promises to bring Zola over later.