April and Jackson are doomed (maybe).
From the beginning, religion has been a touchy subject in their relationship. To briefly recap: April’s all about God; Jackson’s not. They’ve managed to get through this, and for awhile, it seemed like things were going smoothly in that area—until this episode, when April’s mom comes to visit.
April’s mom on a normal day: delightful. April’s mom during a time of crisis: incredibly annoying. She comes to Seattle after hearing about the baby’s potential problems and shows up in the hospital as April and Jackson are sadly embracing, trying to figure out if they need to figure anything out. April’s mom suggests they get out of the hospital and go somewhere, something Jackson agrees with… until he finds out she wants to go to church, not to the ocean like he was envisioning. He’s visibly disappointed, realizing that, oh, right, his wife is really into church and he’s not. Poor Jackson just wants to hit the waves, man.
While April is praying and Jackson is moping, Meredith’s trying to solve a seemingly unsolvable problem: Her patient has a fast-growing tumor that’s already scarily huge. To make the need to fix her even more urgent, this woman and her husband insisted the Meredith swear on a copy of the The Odyssey that she’d try her best. Meredith later calls these two “weirdos,” which is kind of true, but they’re also pretty cute: They first met over a copy of The Odyssey when she was checking out at the bookstore where her now-husband worked. It’s their wedding ring, they say—something Meredith, who got married via a Post-it note, should understand.
Her solution is to build a copy of the tumor with the good ol’ 3-D printing machine and then use that to practice surgical tactics. She, Bailey, and Maggie are all super-excited about this revelation until they realize it’ll be 10 hours until the tumor is actually printed. So they wait.
Waiting gives them a chance to talk about loneliness, something Meredith’s getting some experience with now that Derek’s away in D.C. She jokes—or at least, I think she’s joking—about 3-D printing a copy of Derek for sleeping purposes; Bailey complains about Ben’s body heat; Maggie reveals she was almost engaged once but couldn’t stand sleeping in the same bed as him (or anyone, for that matter). Seeing them casually chat is a nice reminder that they don’t spend all the time shouting orders in a stressful O.R., that they have personal problems in addition to work problems. But then again, this is Grey’s, so we’re never in too much danger of thinking these people don’t have any personal problems.
Speaking of personal problems, a tech rep gets flirty in a meeting with Owen and Callie and Callie’s convinced she’s into Owen. So convinced that when they see her at the bar later, Callie goes up to this so-called “sexy tech rep” in an attempt to put in a good word for Owen. As it turns out, Sexy Tech Rep was actually flirting with Callie. Callie responds by being crazy awkward and ultimately rejecting Sexy Tech Rep because she’s “not ready.” And then she grabs her coat from Owen’s table and leaves without even saying goodbye. TV show characters not saying goodbye on phone calls is one thing; not saying goodbye in real life is straight-up rude—no matter how awkward of an encounter they just had with a potential hook-up.
NEXT: The wonders of a 3-D printer