Happy New Year, everyone! We pick up right where we left off before the holidays with Bailey operating on Adele instead of attending her own wedding. Mere goes to the hospital to see what is going on and winds up helping out with the surgery while Richard watches from the gallery. It's going pretty badly until he has one last-ditch idea and yells it down to them to try it; it works, and when the surgery is over Adele wakes up and actually recognizes him and cries with joy that he stayed. He promises he won't leave her again.
Ben finally shows up at the hospital to see what is going on and Bailey is a mess when they talk, shamefully admitting that for about 20 minutes she forgot that it was their wedding day. Because Ben is the awesomest, he points out that when someone is dying, as a surgeon she in fact should forget about everything else. She then finally articulates her fears, which are that she has lots of ambition and things she wants to do and that's what destroyed her last marriage so she's terrified that it will do the same to this one. He points out that he is the same way and even if they only see each other in tiny spurts because of their careers, it will be enough because they'll make the most of their time together. She admits that she loves him more than anything and so they go back and finally, very happily, get married.
With the wedding postponed, at least for a while, Ben tells the guests to eat and be merry while he tracks down his bride-to-be. Callie is happy to nosh and have a good time, but Arizona decides the time has come for her to be spontaneous and also to finally have some sex with her wife again. She books them a room, much to Callie's delight. But once they go upstairs she's too nervous to go through with it yet. She's also terrified that Callie is going to leave her because she's been so difficult to live with since the crash, but Callie convinces her that after the way Arizona was there for her following her car crash, she won't ever leave. The two decide to just make out like teenagers instead and seem finally to be back on the right track.
Owen and Cristina wound up having sex after we saw them mauling each other in the last episode, but Owen doesn’t want to think about what it means. As he's trying to convince Cristina to go to the wedding, a huge motorcycle gang shows up, escorting some ambulances as there was a huge crash and a number of their members were hurt. Cristina stays to help and most of the docs still at the reception site are paged as well. Jackson, Stephanie, Smash and April all go back, but since Alex and Jo started drinking already, they can't work. They wind up drinking some more and Alex admits that he had as miserable a childhood as Jo did, while she claims that she knows how to cry on cue and that all of the crying she's done so far has been fake so that she can get what she wants. So somehow, she's become an even more unlikable character. The two finally bond and swindle some poor guy out of his room and drink some more while wearing the complimentary bathrobes.
As they work together pulling mangled skin off a biker's arm, Jackson and Stephanie start to get hot for each other. Smash thinks that April is hot for him, but he kind of freaks out about it. One of the bikers, meanwhile, teaches Owen some important lesson about how he's stuck in a box and when he can break out his life will be free and glorious or some such. By the end of the night, Jackson and Stephanie can't control themselves and Do It in the backseat of his car. Smash tells April he can't sleep with her and she's horrified that he thought that she liked him, so the two can then barely look at each other once they head back to the wedding reception. And while Cristina tries to stall, Owen tells her that they need to sign the divorce papers because they've been trying to fit their relationship into a marriage-shaped box and it's been horrible. I think that maybe though, they are going to try and stay together? I can't quite tell, but they make out while they cry, at least.
After the ceremony is over, Bailey is delighted to see that Richard has shown up, but when she tries to ask about Adele's stats he convinces her to just enjoy her wedding and she runs off to dance her first dance with Ben. Mere sees Richard and walks over to him, and it only takes her a moment to realize that there's only one very sad reason why he would have left Adele's side. Though her surgery was a success, it was too much for her heart to handle and she died of a heart attack. As Mere and Richard cry quietly for her, we wrap up watching Richard and Adele dancing in their wedding finery and are given a few moments to think about what a horribly sad end this is to their story.
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Happy New Year, my darlings! We're ushered into the latest episode by... pretty much showing the end of the last episode once again. Bailey's wedding is missing a bride, Bailey is missing her dress while she works on Adele, and Princess and Alex are annoyed. Moving forward a little bit we see that Owen and Cristina have progressed to pulling each other's clothes off. Derek is sleeping and recovering from his surgery, while at the venue Callie tells the other bridesmaids that Bailey was nervous, Ben overhears, and asks Callie just how nervous she was.
Mere VOs that we should answer our doctor's questions because if we don't, they have to run a bunch of tests to try and figure out what's wrong and everyone is left waiting. Like Ben. And his silent phone.
Back at the hospital, things are still going horribly. Bailey orders Leah to arrange an endoscopy for Adele; Leah says she will and then asks pointedly if Bailey wants her to call anyone else. Bailey has no idea what she's playing at until Leah gives her Look and Bailey gasps in horror. She immediately claims she didn't forget and Leah plays along even before the words are fully out of Bailey's mouth. She tells Leah to call Ben but is incredibly frustrated at herself for having "not" forgotten.
We see Cristina and Owen in a naked post-coital tangle; Cristina asks Owen what it means but he doesn't know. When she starts to talk -- clearly about to suggest that maybe they could make it work -- he tells her not to talk about it now. They kiss again but are interrupted by the familiar bonky bonk of his pager and he sighs at the idea of facing the real world again.
[Reader Tonya emailed me and finally enlightened me about the magic bonky pagers, which are a technology called Vocera. They basically can do anything -- page people, call people, give notice when a patient is calling a nurse, cook a five-course dinner and give you a manicure. Most awesomely, apparently if you tell it to "Call Captain Kirk," you get a recording from William Shatner. AMAZING.]
Leah seems to have called Ben because he gets up in front of his guests and very classily explains that Bailey is stuck in emergency surgery, which the fellow surgeons will understand, and everyone else can go eat and drink on his dime while they wait. When Callie hears this she figures Bailey has fled and she moans that she's the worse (self-appointed) Maid of Honor ever. She decides to go to the hospital but Mere says that she'll be the one to go since she's a general surgeon and might be able to take over for Bailey. Arizona then turns to Callie and asks if she really told Bailey to run; Callie tries to soften her faux pas by pointing out that she said Bailey "could" run, not that she "should." Callie then, well, runs for the bar while Arizona mulls this over, looking like she just tasted something unpleasant.