In honor of this being Halloween night, the cases this week are all a little bit extra
stupid spooky. A guy is brought in who was attacked by a "zombie" -- a dude super high on drugs who tried to rip his face off with his teeth -- and when they bring the zombie in he reaches up and bites Leah in the neck. This is right after Leah and Arizona have finally had sex, but Leah is trying her hardest to keep things "easy peasy" between the two of them so when she finally melts down a little while waiting for the guy's HIV results, she steers clear of her hookup. Arizona finds her in tears and manages to make her feel better and assures her that in a situation like this where a guy's tooth is pulled out of one's neck and you need to see if he gave you an incurable virus, one doesn't have to be easy-peasy. Not easy-peasy: Arizona's interactions with Callie, which still dissolve into a big nasty fight every time they speak. This time it's because they each made a different Halloween costume for Sofia based on separate conversations they had about what to be for Halloween. Callie decides to skip the Halloween party and trick-or-treating in order to preserve the peace, but then her patient (who is terrified of hospitals so let something fester for months and came in with maggots in her leg) points out that a parent has a finite number of Halloweens with their child so Callie manages to keep things civil so that they both can enjoy their daughter at the same time for one night. And for the record, instead of an astronaut or a princess, Sofia goes as a space princess.
Owen and Cristina are treating the "zombie" and learn that the reason he didn't die when the cops shot him in the chest is that he has a rare condition where all of his organs are backward -- so the shots they fired didn't actually hit him in the heart. The two work together but Cristina has a way easier time than Owen adjusting her thinking during the surgery so that she can work backwards. While they are working, she frets about what is going on with Meredith -- Mere is hosting a kids Halloween party at Alex's house and only invited Cristina as an afterthought, and Cristina can't figure out if Mere really wants her there or not. More troubling is that she and Mere used to always just know what the other was thinking, so she's upset now that she's second guessing everything Mere says to her. Owen advises her not to overthink it and to just go to the party, but when Cristina gets there, she sees everyone busy with the kids and finally leaves, unnoticed except for the cupcakes she dropped off. She goes to the bar and does tequila shots with Smash instead, and man do I pray they leave that as a mentor/mentee relationship.
Owen, meanwhile, was dumped by Emma after she learned about Cristina, because she figured (correctly) that he wasn't really ready to date yet if he couldn't even bring himself to mention his ex-wife. But after spending all day with his ex, he calls Emma and leaves a horribly awkward message telling her that dating her is uncomplicated and that's what he's looking for right now. We'll see how she takes it, since it's not the best compliment in the world… especially with the way he delivered it on her voicemail.
Stephanie has just has laser eye surgery, but she worries about missing any work so she goes back when she still can't really see. It goes as well as one might imagine. Jackson, meanwhile, winds up working with April on the dude who was attacked by the "zombie." While in surgery, April hears a message Jackson sends to Stephanie where he calls her beautiful, and he admits he is trying to be a better boyfriend than he's been in the past. Seriously, he was never a bad boyfriend when the two of them were dating or whatever you'd call it, and they broke up because April took him for granted and treated him like an object, but sure, let's make it Jackson's fault. There's a lot of banter about how much better the two of them are for having dated each other, and how they're now so happy and aw, isn't that sweet. Jackson then finally convinces Stephanie to let him take her home and care for her until her vision stabilizes. I hope she appreciates it since it sure feels like he and April are going to rediscover each other one of these days.
Smash has a woman come in who has one severely clouded eye and is hunched over, so there's your old crone for Halloween night. She only wants to see Heather and says she'll wait until she's available. Smash can't convince her to do anything else, but when she eventually collapses he winds up taking care of her. It turns out Heather was treating her under the table because she was just that good a person, and Smash agrees to do the same thing as he strives to become a better person than the one who accidentally sent his friend to her death.
Richard announces that he wants to have an intern perform his surgery but Bailey doesn't even want to consider the notion because he's too important a patient and they are idiots. In response, Richard fires her from his case, pointing out that she's not actually letting the idiots learn anything. He tries to get Mere to replace her, but Mere tries to refuse so Richard finally apologizes for telling her that he made a mistake in picking her and she should have let him die. Mere then chooses Princess to do his surgery since basically she's the only available and able-bodied intern available, but she does a great job. During surgery Princess tries to unload Alex's secret on Mere, but Mere refuses to let her tell it and just says that Princess has to take care of it herself and that it's going to take some work because Alex is a tough nut to crack. Princess finally shows up at his door that night dressed as Tinkerbell and delivers a passionate apology for pressing him to talk to his dad, and Alex gruffly seems to accept.
Bailey's day is made somewhat better by the fact that Ben shows up unexpectedly, and he tells her it's because Halloween was his family's favorite holiday and he wants to do the same for his family now. Because he's just that good, he happens to give Derek an idea that's going to help his brain research while he's puttering around the hospital, gathering things for Tuck's costume. Ben then gets the house all set up and spooky so that he and Tuck can greet Bailey when she gets home. She's thrilled until they start talking and Ben admits that he missed being with them too much, so he quit school and is back for good. They argue while handing out candy to the neighborhood children and finally she admits that she's disappointed in him.
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With this episode airing on Halloween, the soundtrack gets a little spooky and we see the wind swirling some dead leaves out on the street. Leah wakes up in Arizona's bed, so I guess she really was ready to take it to the next level as promised, and she tries to sneak out and get dressed but Arizona wakes up and sees her. Leah apologizes profusely for staying over since that's not what a booty call is supposed to do, but Arizona repeatedly assures her that it's fine. Leah continues to insist that this time around it's going to be totally casual and she's going to be Ms. "easy peasy lemon squeezy." With excuses including needing to find a costume for a party at Joe's that night, she bolts out the door as Arizona offers breakfast. Mere tells us that each Halloween we have to make a choice about what kind of costume we're going to wear. Well, if you are going to a Halloween party then yes, that is true.
Derek and Meredith run into each other in the hallway and she hands off Zola's Halloween butterfly wings so that he can repair a tear in one, because Mere is too busy with surgeries and ordering a 3D printer for her research since her grant request was approved. Derek is working on his own research and the two are all cutesy and in love and making it work. Mere then runs into Alex and asks if he has the house ready – since she asks about candy, pumpkins and spiderwebs one can only assume this is for a Halloween party. Alex is just happy that he got a keg. (At least, that's what I think he said, though that's an awful lot of beer for what turns out to be a small-ish get-together.) (Spoiler!) Cristina overhears this and asks about a party, and Mere explains that since they have no neighbors at their house, she got Alex to let them use her old house for a party with other kids from the daycare and as a trick-or-treating base. She's surprised he didn't mention it to Cristina, but quickly tells her she can come in a tone that is super overcompensating for the awkwardness of the situation. She supposes Cristina might not want to come anyway since it will be full of kids, and Cristina makes a stilted comment about how she hates children (in more of a "this is the theme of my life now" way rather than an actual children-detesting way), but she does love Mere's kids. Mere finally apologizes and it's the first time she's sounded normal as she tells Cristina she should come by for a drink. She then VOs that she's trying to be a superhero this year. You know, because she's Doing It All Despite What Cristina Thinks.