"People get hurt. They bleed." Mere catches Bailey as she comes out of Jackson's room, and tells her she's so sorry for what happened that day, and asks what happens now. A deflated Bailey tells her, "Now we wait for a miracle." Mere watches her go and is clearly troubled by the miracle part of it all. Her VO continues, "So we struggle, over every stitch. We agonize over every suture." Meredith takes off, her mind clearly made up about something.
She walks into Eric's room and takes a deep breath before telling him, as his doctor, that right now there is only dura matter covering part of his brain where the skull is missing. If somehow that were to be damaged, it would result in brain death, so he has to be very, very careful. She asks if he understands what she's saying, and he manages a smile and a small chuckle. She smiles ever so slightly as she turns to go but he calls after her to ask if she is doing this for him or for Jackson. While she thinks about her answer, her VO continues, "Because the snap judgments, the ones that come to us quickly and easily, without hesitation..." She tells Eric, "Whatever helps you sleep at night." He smiles as she goes and her VO finishes, "They're the ones that haunt us forever." And then comes one of the hardest scenes I've ever watched, far worse than anything the special effects department has ever been able to come up with. Eric manages to grab his pillow with his teeth and toss it aside, leaving the headboard of the bed behind him. After a moment, he sits up, and then slams his head back into the board and screams. He then repeats this, surer and surer each time. I have yet to talk to anyone that was actually able to watch it all the way through. I haven't said it often lately, but well done, Grey's. Despite how obvious the setup was about the organs, and despite having to watch yet more of Derek being a pissy-pants, this story has been a really great one. That was one of the most horrifying yet gripping scenes all season. And kudos to Eric Stoltz for being so good at portraying a creepy, charismatic serial killer.
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