Meredith is all finished and the Chief tells her that he's been reading Ellis' journals and wishes she was there with them. Meredith rightly points out that she's not sure how her mother would have felt about her marriage, but Richard actually means he wishes she was there for the solo surgery. To this, Meredith answers that she probably would have said that with all the mistakes she made, she's lucky the patient is alive. But Mere is smiling as she said this, and she clearly just knows what her mom was like versus internalizing all of it. They both chuckle and Richard agrees, but tells her that she also would have been thrilled even if she couldn't actually say it. Meredith grins and gives him a big thank you.
Derek then finds her in the locker room ready to go, and she excitedly tells him, "Best wedding present ever." She then asks if he knows why it's the best -- that's because she has to go home and get brided up in a corset and petticoat so that she looks like a wedding cake topper to walk down the aisle. "But it's okay, because I got to cut someone open today from start to finish! I saved a life!" He doesn't really answer and when she asks what's up, he asks her, "What do you say we make this day even better?"