Meanwhile, Meredith had accidentally (wrong; there are no accidents; billions of neurons!) gravitated toward the same research topic her mom had been working on when she got sick: portal veins. She doesn't want to be compared to her mother, and she wants to prove to Cristina she can be a research surgeon and a mom. After Meredith acted icy all episode long, the co-"persons" continued their heated argument from last week. Sorry Yang -- fights don't end when you've stopped obsessing over the patient of the week.
This time Meredith did most of the talking, firmly reminding Cristina, "This is when I need you. You're supposed to help me, and last week you pushed me aside because I had a baby." I like that even when they're fighting, they acknowledge how strong their friendship is. But Mer didn't hold back: "You don't have time for people who want things that you don't want." That's perfect. She's totally right.
We got just a few seconds of Owen this week -- he's officially dating Emma, an attending at Seattle Presbyterian who was at Sloan Grey observing some surgeries. She had all sorts of compliments -- my fave: "I am impressed by your enormous balls" -- for Cristina, who was attempting to block blood flow to a patient's heart tumor with… glue. And yet she had no idea that Cristina was Owen's ex-wife. He hadn't even mentioned it! Marguerite Moreau's hilariously "tempered" reaction to this news -- proudly delivered by Cristina as she hoped for major jealousy-driven drama -- was my favorite moment of the hour.
Back to this heart surgery/glue mess. Nothing like that has ever been attempted before. And it WORKED. 'Til at least the end of the episode, anyway. I hope for his sake that the patient's probably about to get his last living wish and die already.
Ugh, this dumb patient and his ridiculous wife. Assuming he was about to kick the bucket, they blew all their savings on weightless plane rides and thrilling plane fires. It was like that movie Last Holiday, if Queen Latifah was played by Bruce Jenner. "Could I die? Could I die on the table?" Bruce asked hopefully. Yes, absolutely. "Then there's hope." Okay, crazy.
Anyway, pumping glue into a man's ventricle passages like some sort of kids' art project was Mug Babysitters Club president Dr. Shane's idea. TV's Smash had spiraled back into the guilty place after finding a second-year lab coat for the girl he KILLED (in his mind at least), Heather Brooks. His guilt drove Shane to rather obnoxiously refuse to work with Derek anymore -- but he found solace in Dr. Yang, who thinks he's a genius with innovative instincts. Despite the surgical mask, we could see Shane visibly wince as Yang also complimented his "killer instincts."
NEXT: All the other spare parts (sadly, no connective glue available)