She manages to compose herself once they are in the room but as she tells Holly she'd know her anywhere, that she is her perfect daughter, Holly's fist is balled into a tight fist and she's shaking. Kathleen asks tentatively if it might be okay to give her a hug and after Mere gives her a tiny nod, Holly gives a similar tiny nod to her mother. She and Frank practically fall onto her, crying and holding her, and she looks terrified and suffocated while Mere watches, worried.
Five days later, Alex is at Carson Methodist and all I can think of is the tiny hospital in Jupiter Hollow at the beginning of Big Business where the Ratliff and Shelton twins were mixed up and shenanigans were begun. The doctor showing Alex around is really nice but ultimately admits that what excites him about Alex is the money he raised for the African kids, since Carson Methodist is working to upgrade their NICU. He then signs off on the discharge of a liver patient transplant and Alex learns that the hospital is so small they can't yet handle that serious a procedure. By the time the guy excitedly offers to take Alex to the cafeteria for make-your-own-sundae day, Alex looks like a deer in the headlights, if a deer could sneer while trying to force a game smile.
Cristina arrives at her apartment and as she gets to the top of the stairs dumps her bag and then takes off her jacket and leaves it in a heap on the floor. I was appalled until I remembered that she was always known for being a slob, but I guess Owen must have helped keep this place under control. I mean, I'm still appalled as I veer into Monica Geller territory when it comes to my home, but it was a nice reminder of the Cristina from years ago and how she's already slipping back into her single ways. She stops when she sees men's clothes strewn around and then jumps out of her skin when Owen walks into the room. The two are really stilted even when she's startled but she admits she thought he was the kidnapper. Why, pray tell, would the kidnapper be in their apartment rifling through her estranged husband's dress shirts? Really, it's just something stupid she says so that we learn from Owen that they caught the guy. He was at the apartment to get more suits for yet more press conferences, and he apologizes that he thought she would be studying at Mere's. She's more defensive than mean when she says she came home to take a shower. He immediately starts to throw things in a bag as he offers to leave but after a moment she tells him he should stay since she's sleeping at Meredith's until the Boards. There's a note of hope in his voice as he asks if she is sure and she's quick to say it's just until the Boards are over.