The trial over, Callie is back at work and she and Arizona are actually working on a case together since they can finally now be in the same room as one another. At least, they can sometimes -- Arizona is back to living at the apartment, but she's sleeping on the couch. She admits to Callie that she got involved with someone while they were separated, but swears that it is now completely over. Awkwardly for that someone, she has to then work with Callie and Arizona. Leah tries to get herself excused and then during surgery has a bit of a meltdown -- the way she turns to Arizona to handle it tips Callie off to the fact that she was the very "someone" that Arizona had been sleeping with. Callie freaks out anew, but finally Arizona tells her that if they are going to really try to make this work, she can't keep apologizing for everything that happened and they have to move forward.
Bailey's tics and nerves seem to be getting worse, not better, so Ben tries to talk her into going and talking to somebody. This goes over like a lead balloon, so later when he's hanging out with Derek he does what friends do and unloads about his troubles. He mentions that he's sure that Bailey kept patients under longer than necessary and performed unnecessary procedures as she tried to convince herself that everything was okay, and all this appears to be because she's suffering from OCD. The problem with this is that Derek is a board member so he has to take this information to Owen, and Owen decides he has to relieve Bailey of her duties until she gets some help. Ben tries to talk to her about it first, but she brushes him off, so Owen has to go into the OR and stop her from operating in front of everyone. She tries to claim that she's fine, but when Owen has Mere move her instruments slightly from where Bailey originally placed them, Bailey can't leave them be and she finally has to listen to Owen and leave. She then gets in a screaming match with Ben at the house and knocks over a chair in frustration, but her OCD has gotten so severe that she can't actually leave it on the floor; she puts it back right in place, but this makes her even angrier and she seems to blame Ben for everything.
Emma uses her day off from work to go hang out in a conference room at Seattle Grace and write a grant proposal. She brings homemade muffins for Owen and when Mere tries them, she invites Emma to come cook Thanksgiving for all of them at her house. Emma agrees to do it, but then of course the guest list begins to snowball and she kind of freaks out when she realizes she's going to be cooking for most of the main cast of the show. To top it all off, Owen wants to invite Cristina so that she's not alone, but Emma promises she'll be too busy cooking to be bothered by it. Too bad the same can't be said for Mere. She finally is going to get her printer back from Cristina and is going to start printing veins, which she needs to do within the next day so as not to lose her research funding. The problem is that something went wrong with the conduit that Cristina and Smash printed for baby Nathan, and they need to make a new one.
Cristina doesn't want to do it since she's tired of fighting with Mere and doesn't want to argue about using the machine any longer than was already agreed, but he pushes her to do it anyway. When Mere finds out she is livid, but Smash finally yells at her that she's the one who made all of this personal, and Cristina didn't want to do it but he bullied her and Mere needs to just shut the hell up. Once Mere storms out, Cristina thanks Smash with a kiss while Mere sulks and gripes to Derek about how Cristina is a Mean Girl and she's sick of it. It seems awfully like Cristina's not going to get that invite to the McMansion for Thanksgiving after all.
Mere is also frustrated with Richard, who keeps trying and failing to pass a stress test that he needs to be discharged from the hospital. He forces them to run it again, and Princess is in charge while he struggles on the treadmill. When she won't increase the speed for him, he does it himself and winds up flying off the back of the thing and breaking some ribs, thus earning himself a longer hospital stay. The interns all stay with him and the gang decides to order fried chicken for their own Thanksgiving dinner.
Finally, April is getting ready to send out wedding invitations and lets Stephanie know that she is invited -- what Stephanie fails to realize is that she's only invited so that she can bring Jackson, who is not. It turns out that the groom is uncomfortable with the man who deflowered his wife coming to their wedding, but April tells Jackson she can't do it without him there to give his blessing. Jackson promises her that she has that, but points out that if this bothers her, then maybe she's not quite ready to get married? Stephanie is also a little bit wigged out by the whole situation, but Jackson assures her that while it's a little bit weird, he totally wants to be with her and no one else.
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First of all, big thanks to Al Lowe for filling in for me last week while I was out -- it turned out to be an extra good thing when my cable went out on Thursday night and ultimately my DVR only caught 15 minutes of this episode. Yay technology! We open on a Bailey-finger-pulling montage and see her trying to grab her purse to leave for work, but she stops to pull everything out, organize it, and put it back in again. Ben notices, worried, while Mere tells us that doctors actually sometimes don't know what is some little glitch and what is a full-fledged medical disaster. Ben seems to realize that what's going on is a full-fledged disaster.
Arizona may be back at home, but it seems she is still sleeping on the sofa. There's a nice invitation -- please come back, but please sleep like a second-tier houseguest. Mere tells us that docs learn that they don't know everything at the beginning of their careers, and then spend the rest of said careers lying about it. This makes me super confident about my next trip to the doc.
The McDreamys are getting ready for work and Lil' B is looking McCute in a little hat with tiny bear ears. Derek tells Mere that he had an epiphany about his research based on the pattern he saw in the sink when he spit out his toothpaste. Mere isn't entirely thrilled to learn that Derek has brilliant ideas even when he's expectorating.
Emma is spending her day off hanging out in a conference room at her boyfriend's workplace, like you do, working on a grant proposal. Of course she also brought muffins, and she and Owen flirt sweetly before she gets to work. I so wish I found her more interesting but she still is just "NotCristina" to me.
Callie and April have been gazing at them from the hallway when RealCristina walks up and welcomes Callie back. And that is all of any mention there will ever be of the massive lawsuit of last week, folks. Cristina is surprised to see Emma there and Callie and April try to commiserate with her, talking about how pathetic it is to spend her day off this way. Once Cristina leaves, though, the girls both admit they find it adorable.
Princess finds Mere to tell her that Richard wants to take another stress test, and we learn that he failed one spectacularly just the week before. Stephanie then runs up and Mere doesn't hide her disgust that Stephanie is on her service again. It was clearly way too good to last, Mere being the coolest and most level-headed doctor of the bunch. Those britches of hers are now getting awfully tight. Mere gives Stephanie some instructions about what they need to do before they print a vein, but Stephanie needs her to come see a patient named Donna whose scans showed something bad.