“Grey’s Anatomy” has babies on the brain — from Mark’s newborn grandson to Callie and Arizona fighting about starting a family to a couple of residents out-and-out acting like them.
Mark and Sloan: We left off last time with Sloan busting into her father’s apartment, in labor, while Mark was in the process of getting down with Teddy. Luckily the apartment next door is lousy with surgeons, so when he runs over looking for a few suture kits he ends up coming back with Callie, Arizona, Cristina and Owen — and they find Teddy has delivered the baby. Arizona makes the mistake of calling Mark “Grandpa” when she hands the newborn to him, which one should never do with an immature, family-hungry guy in the midst of a midlife crisis who will only end up bonding with the baby his daughter has previously decided to put up for adoption.
And … bingo! That’s exactly what happens, even as Sloan panics in the hospital when the baby won’t stop crying and pages Arizona and Callie to rescue her when Mark doesn’t get back with a bottle fast enough. When Mark asks her if she’d reconsider giving the baby up, she sees an opportunity and tells him it’s his call, especially since she and the baby would have to move in with him. Arizona is adamantly opposed to the idea, insisting that the best instinct Sloan has had toward the baby is to put him up for adoption. Mark’s equally adamant that Sloan and his grandson are his chance to have a family, and that he needs to figure things out.
But after a conversation with Derek where he slips and says he doesn’t want to call strangers to come and take away his kid, Mark realizes that he’s hanging on too tight, and that Sloan is considering motherhood for the wrong reasons. He tells Sloan to make her decision based on what she wants, not on him, because he’ll care about her and want her in his life regardless — because she’s his kid. Later, he’s the one handing the baby over to the adoptive parents. It’s a great episode for Eric Dane, and it’s nice to see him step up when he’s actually given something to do.
Callie and Arizona: Callie’s apparently taking Arizona’s promise to discuss having a family as an invitation to try to change her mind, but Arizona’s not biting. She wants to travel, and spend time having fun with Callie — she doesn’t want that to change, and she doesn’t want to have children. And I have to say, I applaud her for sticking to her guns, because if she caved it would feel like a real betrayal of her character. And not everyone has to want kids — even a pediatric surgeon who’s great with kids.
Callie, however, doesn’t understand. She doesn’t get why Arizona would rather drink sangria in Spain than have a kid with Callie, and she’s beginning to resent it — in that Callie way, where she kind of sulks and pouts. Callie’s got a point too, and watching Mark with his new grandson is making her fall even more in love with the idea of having a baby. And Arizona had a great childhood and is really close to her parents, so it’s not like there’s any weird childhood damage that’s informing her stance. Then it dawns on Callie that Arizona’s brother died, and she might be averse to becoming a parent herself based on what her parents went through and what she sees parents go through every day.
But Arizona’s not budging. She’s not broken, she doesn’t need to be healed, and she doesn’t have some psychological problem that Callie should feel victorious for having diagnosed, she says. She likes her life the way it is, she doesn’t want it to change and she thought Callie could be part of that. Maybe not.
To her credit, Callie tries to accept the idea and later on as they go to bed she relays a story about her cousin, whose 1-year-old punched her in the face and gave her a black eye, and about how kids smell like poop, so who wants that? She starts to cry, and Arizona kisses her, but I’m still betting that she doesn’t relent.
Teddy and Cristina (and Owen): Meredith finds Cristina acting like the president of the Jonas Brothers fanclub at a Disney concert when she learns that cardio god Dr. Tom Evans (Scott Cohen) is in the hospital on a case. The guy’s an incredible badass, and comes off kind of like a more tolerable Dr. Burke, which is of course like catnip to Cristina. Teddy learns that Evans is at Seattle Grace from Cristina, and immediately — and rightfully — suspects that Evans is there interviewing for her job, since she’s working on a temporary contract right now.
Cristina suggests that she scrub in on the case, but Teddy’s got her own stuff going on, and Derek’s made Cristina the cruise director for Evans’ visit. Which means she gets to stand next to him in surgery, not touch the patient, and be in awe of Evans’ awesome skills. And bask in the glow of him telling her she seems like a fellow and not a third-year resident. Alex ushers in the best exchange of the Cristina/Tom Evans storyline, telling Cristina that she’s like a kid with trading cards, only the cards are cardio surgeons. She agrees, admitting that despite Teddy being the love of her life, she’s a total cardio whore. Glad that’s settled.
While Cristina’s standing in on Evans’ surgery, Teddy’s falling apart under the pressure of trying to impress Derek, who’s promised to put her “into the mix” of those being considered for head of cardio. When a father-son duo of patients come in with terrible injuries from a fishing boat accident, her judgment is questioned, she has to fight to be heard, and when she sneezes in the OR (she has a cold), it causes Owen to make an error in extracting a giant shark hook from a man’s chest. It’s not good, and frankly, Derek can’t see why he should hire her for the full-time position.
Teddy finally breaks down when she runs into Owen in the elevator, crying in his arms and admitting that everything’s going wrong. He holds her, and because vulnerability is apparently the world’s greatest aphrodisiac, they nearly kiss. But they don’t, and when the father crashes she finds herself fighting for a surgery he ends up not needing, after Lexie diagnoses both patients with an infectious pneumonia that’s causing the problem, rather than a surgical error.
Later, Teddy tells an excitedly babbling Cristina that if Evans is her new attending she won’t be taught a whole lot, and Cristina sends Owen in to talk to Derek and make the case for keeping Teddy. But Owen, who’s obviously scared by his near miss with Teddy in the elevator, tells Derek that she’s an amazing surgeon but she has connections back east and will be fine if he decides on another head of cardio. Apparently getting Teddy out of there would be easier than just confronting the problem. In the end, Teddy gets the permanent contract, to the relief of her, Mark, Cristina, and Dr. Webber, who tells Derek he did the right thing. Derek admits that he offered Evans the job, but he passed — and that’s why it fell to Teddy.
Derek, Meredith and (blech) April: Besides Derek’s agonizing over the Evans-or-Teddy question and complaining about how hard his job as chief is, the main deal with this storyline is how the April situation is coming to a head. Avery totally busts April in front of Meredith, exposing the fact that April thinks Derek walks on water. April rubs salt into her own wound by babbling incessantly and incoherently at Meredith about how great she and Chief Shepherd are together, blah blah and blah. Meredith has the good sense enough to be amused and bewildered rather than threatened, and the nice camaraderie she’s developed with Avery gives her an ally — or at least someone to roll her eyes at when April starts her gushing.
But as she describes the situation to her posse, Alex is once again the guy with the wisdom and the great line, telling Meredith that powerful guys dig adoring chicks — or at least women who shave their legs and laugh at their jokes. “I shave my legs — sometimes,” Meredith says. This is really where the genius of happy married Meredith comes in, because she clearly ruminates on what Alex said and what she’s seeing, but she doesn’t go overboard or get neurotic or find a bottle of tequila. She goes to see Derek in his office and gets it on on the desk, after telling him she picked up his dry cleaning and got his car washed. Nicely played. Even so, can we wrap up this April thing soon?
Lexie and Alex: Alex is doing this thing where he sleeps with Lexie — and watches her sleep — but treats her horribly at work, using her, in Bailey’s words, as a scut monkey. And she, while a very good doctor who as yet lacks the arrogance of a true surgeon, all but invites him to walk all over her because she’s deferential and nice. See, kids, being nice really doesn’t pay. Bailey finally has to set her straight, and while it’s not nearly enough Chandra Wilson in this episode, at least it’s better than nothing. You have a gift with that memory, and you’re a good doctor, Bailey tells Lexie. But you’re letting Karev walk all over you, and that’s too high a price, regardless of how good the sex is. “I’m Dr. Bailey — I know everything,” she says. Indeed.
In the end, Lexie bawls Alex out for being such a jerk to her, saying he can’t act like an ass to her all day and then expect her to respect him, or sleep with him. And in fact, if he doesn’t start being nice to her, and doesn’t give her the beer she asked him for (yes, it’s sort of a metaphor — with real beer), she won’t be sleeping with him again any time soon. He hands over the beer. Lexie’s getting pretty good at the Bailey-esque speeches herself.
What did you think? Were you surprised that Sloan did end up giving up her baby? Do you think Callie and Arizona will be able to figure out what to do and stay together? How long before Teddy and Owen can’t stay away from each other any more? And is the jerk thing part of Alex’s charm, or is he just reverting back to the early days when he was just a jerk?