Everyone's dealing with the fact that their fairy tales are a little less stellar than they thought they'd be while growing up. Meredith's fairy tale of a Prince Charming sweeping her off her feet to go live in a castle on the hill has turned into a smugly secretive quasi-boyfriend who won't tell her what his favorite color is and who lives in a Silver Bullet trailer on a hill in the middle of nowhere. Izzie's fairy tale was long ago dashed by a real life spent in a trailer park with a mother who made cupcakes that greatly resemble Hostess Cupcakes. George's fairy tale involves Meredith, so that's trashed all to hell. Cristina's fairy tale of living an angst-and-emotion-free life came to a crashing end the day she started sleeping with Burke and got pregnant.
Mere spends the majority of the episode trying to pry her way into McDreamy's secret past life, to little success. He finally shows her his trailer and tells her that his favorite color is Indigo. Izzie spends an inordinate amount of time worried that she can't duplicate her mother's cupcake recipe. A psychic named Duff informs her that she's missing coconut extract and this somehow makes Izzie feel that it's okay to call her mom in the trailer park and say that she's missed her. George grows a pair and gives up on Meredith and asks out a hot redheaded nurse who may or may not have an STD. Cristina schedules a termination, only to find that she has to spend the whole episode caring for a woman who has to choose between her baby's life or her own.
In the end, really, I think we discover that everyone's fairy tales aren't so different. They all suck.
Previously on Doctor, Doctor, Gimme the News, I Gotta Bad Case of Screwing My Boss: Meredith finally decided to continue sleeping with McDreamy, even though it's going to make her life much harder, and George had to suck it up and admit that, if he had ovaries, he'd probably be in love with McDreamy too. Hell, he doesn't need the ovaries -- McDreamy's the kind of guy EVERYONE can be in love with.
Until his ex-wife shows up.
But I'm getting ahead of myself.
We begin with Mere and Dere sharing a little domestic bliss moment in Mere's bedroom as Mere VOs: "You know how when you were a little kid and you believed in fairy tales? That fantasy of what your life would be. White dress, Prince Charming, who'd carry you away to a castle on a hill?" Hm. Well, I can't speak for all the men in my life, Mere, but I'm thinking none of them have ever been into a white dress or a charming prince. Except for my friend Wendy Kroy who seems to STILL believe that one day his prince will come and he'll look like Chris Evans. McDreamy continues to get dressed and put on deodorant as Mere watches him obsessively from the bed. The VO continues, "You'd lie in bed at night, and you'd close your eyes, and you had complete and utter faith--" We interrupt this voice-over, currently in progress, to bring you a pissy Izzie in the kitchen, bitching out loud to George about the chocolate cupcake recipe that she just can't seem to get right. "Nomph," says George with a mouth full of chocolate, "thesth areph goodmph." Mere continues, "Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, Prince Charming, they were so close, you could taste them." Izzie claims that there's something missing from the recipe that's making them less than the cupcakes her mother used to make. "But, eventually, you grow up," says Mere's voice-over. "One day, you open your eyes, and the fairy tale disappears." George tells Izzie to call her mother and ask for the specific ingredients so she can shut the hell up already about the damn cupcakes. "Most people turn to the things and people they can trust," says Mere's VO. Izzie tells George she doesn't want to call her mother because her mother is a trailer park waitress with no teeth and Izzie wants to forget that she exists.
Upstairs, Mere shuffles into the bathroom and declares that she and Hunny Bunny should go sleep at his place tonight. I mean, why are they always sleeping at Mere's? Does Derek even HAVE a house? Or does he just live in a damn trailer out in the middle of nowhere while pretending he's going to build a house and put down roots at some point in the near future? Derek pretends not to hear her and just continues to brush his teeth while Mere yammers at him about the house and how he doesn't seem to have one. He passes by her, touches her face, and just adorably goes, "Mmmmph" at her like she's the cutest thing in the world with her silly little questions about a house and personal space and, you know, A BACKGROUND. By the way, I hate it when people do that "I'll pretend I didn't hear you and I'll just give you a non-answer so you'll shut up" thing. HATE IT.