First off, congratulations: You’ve now spent 250 hours of your life watching Grey’s Anatomy, as tonight marked the drama’s 250th episode. Second, congratulations: You just made it through one of the more emotionally draining episodes of Grey’s Anatomy to air as of late — post-McDreamy-grieving episodes included.
As we all found out last week, Callie’s new girlfriend is the woman partly responsible for Derek’s death. She and Meredith both realize this as soon as they lock eyes, but everyone else is completely clueless. And Meredith, for one, wants to keep it that way.
She puts on a fake smile and offers everyone drinks, two things that tip Karev off that something is up. Despite his attempts to get some information, Mer insists she’s just fine. Then she grabs a framed photo of her and Derek and runs upstairs, suggesting that she is the opposite of just fine. Karev, though, is still the only one to notice: Maggie — who’s struggling with a UTI following her sex-fest with the hot intern — barges in on Meredith’s solo meltdown in the bathroom to pee, and Amelia comes in soon after to argue with Maggie about how they need someone to cook dinner. Meanwhile, Meredith is literally sitting in the corner looking impossibly emo. Do they think this is just normal for Meredith? Are they really that consumed with their vaginal problems and dinner-party issues that they don’t notice their own sister rocking back and forth on the bathroom floor?
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Meredith finally exits the bathroom and returns downstairs, where Penny kind of ambushes her. To make matters worse, Callie left Penny there alone because she is on-call and had to take care of something on the hospital. Meredith coldly waves off Penny, telling her essentially that she doesn’t want to communicate with her and to go mingle with the others. So she does just that, wooing Arizona and, unfortunately, Amelia.
They all eventually sit down to dinner, and Meredith keeps her cool (even though Penny is sitting right next to her — who decided on these seating arrangements?!) until it comes out that, surprise, Penny is going to be a resident at Grey Sloan Memorial come next week. Ha, ha. Funny joke, Grey’s!
It’s not a joke, though. It’s real. And Meredith loses her cool, promptly revealing who Penny is to her: “The perfect Penny killed my husband,” she tells the table. Aren’t dinner parties so fun?
Amelia freaks out and begins obsessively asking Penny what went wrong with Derek, what his last words were, what she could have done but didn’t to save him. Right then, a laughing Callie and Owen enter the house and are updated on the painfully uncomfortable situation now happening before their eyes. At this point, it feels like Jerry Springer is about to hop out at any moment.
NEXT: Meredith blows up at Amelia