Last night’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy was its usual mish-mash of relationship-driven melodrama, but one particular duo — who have been careening toward marriage this fall — took center stage: Bailey and Ben. Congratulations! This episode was mostly focused on the lead-up to Bailey’s big wedding day to the cute guy. But, as is typical in the Seattle Grace world, it wasn’t that easy.
To boil it down: Bailey didn’t get married…yet. Hence the title of this recap being “Runaway Bailey.” We knew from the previews last week that we’d be headed toward Bailey potentially saying “I do” to beau Ben, and Meredith — in her trademark voiceover at the beginning of the episode — previewed trouble to come. “The adrenal system reacts to stress by releasing hormones that make us alert and reactive,” she intoned, as Bailey nervously stomped around the hospital. “The problem is the adrenal system can’t tell what’s a regular case of nerves and what’s a real, impending disaster.”
What Meredith was saying, in simpler terms, is that Bailey was having a severe reaction to her impending nuptials to Ben. And as was no surprise, she was taking that out on everyone around her, starting with Kepner. Bailey tasked the non-board certified doctor with taking on her patients, but wasn’t happy with how Kepner seemed to be passing the bulk of the work off to interns. “The notion of an intern handling my patients,” she barked at Kepner, “is the best way I can think of to ruin a perfectly good Mai Tai.” Bailey was referring, of course, to the fruity drinks that she’d potentially be sipping throughout her tropical honeymoon.
And Bailey’s nerves manifested themselves in various other, very Bailey-esque ways. Specifically, she asked Callie and Arizona to be two of her bridesmaids…without ever using that particular term. Instead she just told Callie that she and her wife should just not sit down when they arrived the ceremony. “Are you trying to say, ‘Would you do me the honor of being my bridesmaids?'” a clearly amused — but honored — Callie tried to clarify with Bailey. The militant doctor just offered back snittily: “Does the whole thing have to be about you? Just put on a dress, and don’t sit down.” Bailey went about asking Meredith to be in her wedding the exact same way, and Meredith — being Meredith — didn’t object. “Everyone’s acting like I’m a jittery bride,” Bailey yelled later. “Maybe I have something to jitter about.”
The truth is, though, that it’s a little bit unclear about what was making Bailey so jittery about her impending wedding to a man that, honestly, seems almost perfect. But Callie didn’t help one bit — instead, she told her that the best way to break the engagement would be just to not show up at the altar. Clearly, Callie was just teasing and having a momentary break with reality, but it made Bailey stop and think for a second. Maybe she should do it?
NEXT: Webber proves to be Bailey’s stabilizer