It's Bailey's wedding day! But, in true Seattle Grace fashion, things go awry

By Tanner Stransky
Updated December 14, 2012 at 06:27 AM EST
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Grey's Anatomy

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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

The only person who could really seem to calm Bailey down through all of this was Webber, who offered to let her scrub in on a surgery with him as a way to ease her nerves. (It turns out, though, that her super-thoughtful husband-to-be Ben had asked Webber to do that. How sweet.) But Webber was also the only person Bailey ever got real with about why she was so nervous to marry Ben — and even that didn’t help explain too much about what was really going on with her. “You think it’s a mistake?” he asked her. “I just feel worried. I never felt that way with Tucker.” It goes without saying that she was being a little bit more cautious the second time around — and that only seemed natural to Webber. “A little bit of doubt,” he told her wisely, “is just a sign of an intelligent adult.”

Another plot within all this wedding-jitter madness was the idea that Bailey would be driving herself to the wedding — she insisted on it, as she wanted to enjoy her last 10 minutes as a single lady alone. But Webber swooped in again to save the day, and further showed that these two have one of the most complex, interesting, and special relationships in the Grey’s Anatomy world. He pulled up to her house in a limo and Bailey hopped in. But that’s where things started to really go wrong for Bailey.

Minutes into the ride, Webber received a call from Seattle Grace saying that the very sick Adele — who we haven’t seen on the show since April, in a heartbreaking, Alzheimer’s-related storyline with her husband — was at the hospital throwing up blood. Bailey immediately swung into action — clearly she was concerned for Adele (and, by proxy, Webber), but she also used the tragedy to avoid her wedding further. Truly, she probably couldn’t have done anything different — any sane person would have went to the hospital with Webber, but it’s slightly suspicious, considering all her consternation about the wedding itself. (Was she just using the situation to get out of her situation?) Honestly, it probably wouldn’t really have worked for her to send Webber on to the hospital by himself while she walked down the aisle. So she went with him. “Turn the car around!” she yelled at the driver. “We need to go to the emergency room at Seattle Grace Hospital right now.”

There, Adele was in a state — honestly, what looked to be a really bad one. So bad, in fact, that Webber got so emotional and demanding that the doctor who was working on Adele had to tell him to leave. And it was Bailey who took over and, eventually, seemed to somewhat stabilize Adele, who had lost a lot of blood by this point. The last shot we saw of Adele was her being wheeled off by Bailey, who had removed her own (truly hideous) wedding dress and veil to be able to get her hands dirty in the case.

What happens now? Well, that’s just the cliffhanger that Grey’s wants for us, right? Back at the chapel, all the guests — mostly doctors from Seattle Grace — had assembled, and it didn’t seem like anyone was too worried that Bailey wasn’t there yet. (In the Grey’s universe, weddings are always delayed.) That is, until we saw the bridesmaids waiting in the back, and Callie admitted how she thought maybe she had scared Bailey with her comments about just leaving Ben at the altar. And guess who heard her say that? Yep: Ben, who was none too happy with what he heard.

NEXT: Are Ben and Bailey going to walk down the aisle?

We’ll have to wait until Grey’s returns in January to know what happens with the wedding, but suffice to say that it’s unlikely that Ben and Bailey are getting married…at least on this particular day. However, it wouldn’t surprise me too much if some flip-turn situation happens where — maybe, just maybe — Bailey and Ben somehow get married at Seattle Grace itself amid everything with Adele, ensconced in the place she loves (or hates?) so much. It would somewhat fitting. And somewhat odd, too. But also very, very Grey’s Anatomy. Or maybe Bailey’s fears will prove too much and she really will have just left Ben at the altar. All I have to say about that is: She’s a silly lady if she lets this guy go. He’s a hottie, a doctor, and doesn’t seem to have any real issues. Don’t lose him!

Elsewhere at Seattle Grace, the drama wasn’t quite to Bailey or Adele’s levels. Derek’s sister Lizzie was back, and this week, they performed the surgery to give her leg nerves to Derek to repair the damaged nerve in his hand. (Ultimately, the surgery seemed to go fine, but we don’t know how Derek’s hand is yet.) Mostly, there was a lot of back and forth, where Derek insisted that Lizzie not do the surgery, largely because it was going to require her to give some nerves from both legs. But it was Meredith who convinced her to do the surgery, although Lizzie also gave her distant sister-in-law doctor a piece of her mind about her closeness to the rest of the family. “You’re not shy about asking me for a couple of body parts,” Lizzie said to Meredith frankly, “but now you want me to cover your tracks with Derek?” My favorite line from Lizzie (the well-cast Neve Campbell), though, was: “If you want to be a sister, I am delighted — but then act like one.” Her big beef was that she didn’t really know Zola and that Meredith had never really become part of the family.

Meredith, though, eventually came around to apologize for the way she was over the past few years, and also explained by blaming her actions on how she was raised. “My version of family isn’t like yours,” she said. The two made up, but not before Meredith revealed the news about her pregnancy and Lizzie offered up a hilarious quip to her sister-in-law: “You don’t have to want to Derek’s truckload of sisters in your life.” It’s clear that Meredith didn’t really want that truckload in her life — but she seemed to be warming to the idea.

Speaking of Meredith’s pregnancy, she also got a sonogram with Derek by her side. But she seemed so apathetic to the whole pregnancy, which is probably just a coping mechanism since she’s had such bad luck with miscarriages in the past. “I have a very unstable uterus,” she explained once again. But the doctor assured her and Derek: “You’ve got some risk factors, but we’re going to watch you like a hawk.” I hope to hell that they’re not going to put Meredith through yet another miscarriage. Just how much pain can one TV character endure? I guess heaping a little bit more on Meredith’s already huge pile of tragedy wouldn’t make that much of a difference, but I’d like to see her be given a tiny bit of a break. Please, Shonda?

NEXT: Drama between Arizona and Callie, Owen and Cristina, and Karev and Wilson

As for Arizona and Callie, the two were still an quite an impasse in their tenuous relationship, despite making great strides forward since the beginning of the season. Things for the lesbian couple came to a head, though, just as they were getting ready to head off to the wedding. Arizona had already expressed dismay at having to go to the wedding and not be able to wear heels — she said she wouldn’t feel confident in flats. And finally, Callie just blew up at her about it and basically told her to get over the whole leg thing. “I think it’s everything!” Callie said, after Arizona accused her of thinking her issues with the prosthetic leg were nothing. “And you know what? It has been — for months. And I have been supportive — for months. But there comes a point where you have to suck it up and stop whining and start living. Maybe for one night our lives can be something other than that damn leg. My whole life is about that leg!” Right on! Sort of. We all feel for Arizona, but Callie’s got a good point there. And what do you know? Arizona showed up at the wedding — granted, a somewhat botched wedding so far — without much of a complaint, as far as we know.

The last big drama of the night came between Owen and Cristina. A storm has been brewing between the star-crossed pair all fall, and finally it just blew up. Cristina found out that Owen was pursuing a divorce so that she — and her coworkers also involved in the plane crash — would be assured of winning their lawsuit, without him as a conflict of interest. After she learned all of this, Cristina confronted Owen, in what turned out to be one of the most honest conversations the pair has had in ages. “Was the lawsuit the only reason you asked for a divorce?” she asked him before heading to the wedding. His retort: “You were done a long time ago,” as if to justify his lawsuit reason with the fact that she didn’t want to be married to him anyway. And that’s when Cristina offered up a somewhat shocking revelation: “Okay, let me put it another way,” she said. “I wanted to try again. I was gonna ask you if we could try again, and you said, ‘I want a divorce.'” We don’t know much beyond that at this point, but signs point to some sort of reconciliation between this pair — or at least an attempt at a reconciliation. But how will that affect the lawsuit? Seems like that will be rather sticky.

The only other storyline worth noting from the night was what was going on between Karev and his intern Wilson. Basically, they were fighting because she accused him of setting her up to fail during a surgery. He denied it and said he was trying to teach her a lesson. This all dovetailed with a storyline that found Kepner and Avery going to Bailey’s wedding separately, but with interns — Ross and Edwards, respectively. Edwards was tasked by Avery with finding Karev a date so they could double. But she didn’t know Karev was the guy that needed the date — and naturally, she picked Wilson. And, wait! Don’t those two hate each other now and have lots of weird issues? OMG! No one could see that one coming from 10 billion miles away. Oh wait, yes we could. But whatever — the storyline was simple and brought a little bit of lightness to an otherwise frantic and busy hour.

As she does, Meredith closed out the hour with another little voiceover to sum things up — mostly on the Bailey-storyline front — and that’s what I will leave you with here in these wee hours of the morning. “The body doesn’t know the difference between nerves and excitement, panic and doubt, the beginning and the end,” she said, ever wisely. “The body just tells you to get the hell out. Sometimes you ignore it. That’s the reasonable thing to do. But sometimes you listen. You’re supposed to trust your gut, right? When your body says run, run.” Poignant, yes?

What’d you think of the episode, Grey’s watchers? Do you think Bailey did the right thing by going with Webber to the hospital? Or should she have headed to the chapel? Do we think that Derek’s surgery will stick? Are you with Callie and over Arizona’s victim attitude? Sound off in the comments below!

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