Meredith joins them and Owen tells her they think she should stay with Holly until her parents arrive. She points out that she has no training but Fincher explains that Holly has had no control over her life for the past twelve years, so now they have to let her know she's in control and that happens by letting her have whatever she wants, including Meredith. She tells Mere they will work together, and Mere of course agrees because she's not an ogre. Whatever, this has been contrived so that now we get how unusual and possibly important this bond is. Fincher goes to call the parents and Meredith immediately gets defensive, asking Derek if she really could have said sorry, she can't help because she has an important job interview. I also think that this is a case where the interviewers would understand the situation as they are all doctors and this is unusual, extreme, and very delicate. But whatever, we're obviously supposed to realize that Mere does not actually seem too shattered to postpone her meeting. And anyway, she tells Derek she can catch the last flight out once Holly's parents arrive.
When Richard has a chance to speak to Owen he tells him that he's doing a good job with a tough case, but Owen disagrees and admits that between dealing with the parents and the press, he's totally out of his depth. Richard offers to deal with the parents and advises Owen on who to call in security and PR to help take care of the situation. He then adds that Owen should go home and make sure his suits are clean for all of the press conferences he is about to have. He assures Owen that he will be okay and pats his arm before leaving and the takeaway is that of the two of them he is obviously the only one who knows what he is doing right now.
Later that night Cristina finds Owen and asks about Holly; when she gets a long and detailed answer she asks Mere point-blank if she is trying to get out of her Brigham interview. Mere of course denies it but she's not entirely convincing and Cristina says she thinks Mere wants to stay and raise "happy cutie babies" with her "happy cutie husband." Mere snaps back at her, asking why she's so fine with leaving. Cristina answers matter-of-factly that she's a surgeon who wants to work with the best, and Mere should too. Alex comes up and asks them if they've heard of a hospital called Carson Methodist which is outside of Toledo. The girls don't even know if Toledo is an American city, so they certainly haven't heard of this place where Alex now has an interview. Cristina makes fun of him and wishes him goodbye since they are clearly on different career paths. We're saved more mean-spirited mocking and yet more of Alex's defensive sniping by Holly's parents Frank and Kathleen, who sweep in. Mere seems nervous on Holly's behalf as Kathleen begins to cry that it's her.