Come Rain Or Come Shine: From Grey's Anatomy To Private Practice
The dog-walking leads, of course, to the delightful poison-oak-on-the-vajayjay plot, and we get another look at Kate Walsh's masterful itchy-crotch walk past all the interns, followed by Chandra Wilson's priceless reaction once she gets Addison in the stirrups. The exchange between Dr. Bailey and Addison ("You have poison oak…where nobody wants to have poison oak." "I slept with Mark a year ago, and apparently this is what I get!") is intercut with footage of People editors paraphrasing what has just been said. "If there was ever a case of karma…" observes one Julie Jordan (do you think her coworkers tell her she's "a queer one"? Because I would. At least once a day. I'd probably sing it, too). "The fact that it's a rash where you really wouldn't wanna have a rash just makes it all the more fitting!" That's the kind of deep insight that keeps People in circulation.
Bailey invites Derek in to see his wife at her most vulnerable, and Julie Jordan (hee) observes, "When Derek laughs at Addison's misfortune, you definitely see the chemistry between the two." True enough. A cut takes us to the scene where Derek (having just told Meredith she should apologize to George -- a detail not included here, but I'm proud of myself for remembering) flops onto Addison's bed, looking all vulnerable, and says, "I'm partly to blame for what's happened to our marriage…I'm sorry." And another People editor paraphrases the scene for us. (Derek is sorry.)
After the ads, we see Addison being cordial to Meredith at work, and then Julie Jordan is back to tell us that just when we think they are (not "thought they were") making progress, Addison and Derek have (not "had") sex. Derek describes this attempt as "the most boring sex ever," and they both giggle. Aw. Then they conk heads, and another People person (who, alas, does not share a name with a Rodgers and Hammerstein heroine) wonders aloud whether that happened because "they're just out of practice, or it's really a sign that maybe they're not meant to be together." Just based on the clips I've seen tonight, I'd say a momentary lack of coordination was the least of their relationship issues. Now Derek and Meredith and Addison (and the dog) are all together at the vet, receiving a diagnosis of bone cancer (for the dog). A People editor informs us that Addison is "very astute when it comes to human behavior." Later, in the elevator, astute Addison wonders why the air around them is so cold she can practically see her breath, but Meredith and Derek pout and insist everything's fine. So Addison confronts Meredith, directly but politely, to ask whether she's sleeping with her husband. Meredith says "not since before I knew he was married," which makes Addison happy, but when Meredith adds that she's dating Finn (the vet, whom we never actually see-- did Chris O'Donnell withhold permission to use his image?), Addison realizes Derek's reaction to this state of affairs is not a good sign. You can figure that out from Kate Walsh's expression, but in case that doesn't work for you, Julie Jordan is back! "The look on Addison's face is so compelling," says Julie, which I guess is why we're cutting away from it to look at her face while she explains it to us. Actually, what she says -- and I listened to this at least five times to make sure I was transcribing it accurately-- is: "The look on Addison's face is so compelling, because she realizes that instead of this drama that she needed from Derek getting mad that Mark Sloan was in town, instead, he's reserving all that anger for Meredith, who's now moving on with her life." Huh?