Dr. Bailey has a dream. A dream to one day be among the ranks of Jonas Salk and the like—but, most importantly, a dream to cure fistula. Surely even Jonas Salk had some help in finding a cure for polio, so Miranda enlists the assistance of Lexie, April, and Jackson—each of whom has his or her own unique approach to preventing the post-op complication. But it is Nurse Elli’s acts of insubordination that lead Bailey to her magic number of “Day 3” and put her one step closer to attaining her ultimate dream. And to top it all off, brightly-shining Bailey is even asked out by the hot male nurse she owes most of her thanks to.
Callie has finally regained her confidence and is playing hard-to-get. And honestly, she has every right to. Because Callie is fabulous. Only, no matter how fabulously she presents herself, lately everyone seems to be doubting her fabulousness in belief that they can find someone or something more fabulous. So when those doubters come running back to her, she plays hard-to-get. She makes them beg. Just like she and Alex made hip-guy beg to re-obtain her immediate services, it seems like Arizona, fresh off the plane from Malawi, is going to have to do a little begging of her own in order to win back her girlfriend’s affections. On a side note: I was kind of sad when Alex went back to Dr. Stark, and thus PEDS. I was kind of hoping he’d jump ship for the sake of becoming guy-Callie.
Meredith and Owen haven’t really ever seen eye-to-eye on anything yet, so it’s no surprise they’re still at odds over the best remedy for Cristina. Just to recap: Owen thinks it’s best to just let Cristina do her thing and hope she gets so bored, she’s begging to get back into surgery, but even if she doesn’t, that’s okay as long as she’s truly happy. Meredith, on the other hand, thinks Cristina needs a push—or at this point, rather, a shove to get back into the game so she can be reminded of what she’s been missing out on. While Owen has taken Meredith’s criticism on his husbanding of Cristina in stride until now, he was not about to let her question his professional judgment as well. So when push comes to shove in his OR, he kicks her out. Not until their confrontation after surgery did the two really get to the root of their issues. Meredith thinks she and Cristina are one in the same. The problem with this logic, as Owen points out, is that both of them had a loaded gun pointed at them, but only one of them was asking to be shot. Cristina was afraid then and she’s afraid now and Meredith doesn’t entirely understand Cristina’s fear.
“The only thing predictable about fishing is that it’s unpredictable.” How right Derek was. I don’t think any of them—Meredith, Owen, Derek, or especially Cristina—could have predicted that a fishing excursion would have any positive effect on Cristina, much less be the beginning of a breakthrough for her. While Cristina already started showing signs of returning to form by doing her research before hand, it wasn’t until she experienced the unpredictable that she started to see the light. She got a bite. She caught a fish. She experienced victory. One can imagine it was similar for her to the first time she experienced triumph in the OR as an intern—the first time she had saved a life, only this time, as evidenced by her silent, tearful breakdown, she knew she was saving her own.
One last thought. I’m not sure what to make of Teddy and cancer patient Henry. Right now, I’m not seeing how this storyline isn’t anything but a rushed rehashing of the Denny/Izzie storyline. I suppose one has to admire Teddy for caring so much about the hospital’s patients that she’s willing to go that extra distance for them, but marrying one—whom she hardly even knows, by the way—because he lacks adequate health insurance? I don’t get it. I guess I’m curious to see how the writers plan on playing this one out…as long as they stay within the realms of plausibility.