Grey's Anatomy recap: Take a Vow

Bailey (finally) ties the knot, but tragedy strikes as Adele Webber's fate comes into focus for the doctors of Seattle Grace
Ep. 10 | Aired Jan 10, 2013

R.I.P. On Bailey's (Chandra Wilson) wedding day, the Alzheimer's-riddled Adele Webber (Loretta Devine) made it through a precarious surgery but died suddenly soon after.

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Before I move on to some thoughts on Bailey's wedding and, well, actually getting to Bailey's wedding, a word on Adele. I hope, hope, hope that Grey's does something more with her demise or memory in a future episode. There's something that oddly felt unfinished about the way that Adele's end came. And maybe it was supposed to feel that way? But when you consider it, we hadn't seen Adele in an episode since last April, and then -- bam! -- she appeared in December's mid-season finale coughing up blood. The next episode -- last night's episode -- she was dead. I know that in the scheme of things, she was a somewhat minor character on the show, but the character somehow transcended the 22 episodes in which she appeared. Maybe it's my love for Loretta Devine (she was in the original Dreamgirls!), but I'm counting on some more resolution with Adele and her tragic end.

But moving on from tragedies, let's talk about Bailey's wedding! Well, first there is some tragedy to it all -- that being the fact that Bailey almost didn't make it to the whole thing. And as I mentioned above, Bailey even admitted to Ben (when he came to get her at Seattle Grace) that she had forgotten about everything -- him, the nuptials, everything. There was even a moment when Bailey was dealing with Adele that a co-worker asked: "Should I call your fiancé?" She seemed stunned and confused. Did she even have a fiancé? But later she explained to him. "In those 20 minutes," she told an ever-understanding Ben, "I forgot about the wedding." The scene that played out between the two was priceless, as it became clear that Bailey never had any intention to bail on Ben -- although she could have maybe given up the big, gaudy ceremony. "Do you want to spend the rest of your life with me," he asked, "even if it is only in five-minute increments every two months?" (Remember: She lives in Seattle, he in Los Angeles.) Yes, she said! The wedding was so happy, as was the love between these two. And Bailey's adorable little son -- he's practically a man now! -- stood there with them while they said their vows, too.

The rest of the night was rather inconsequential compared to what happened to Bailey and then Richard and Adele. But there are a couple important beats. It wasn't until after the ceremony that Bailey encountered Callie and Arizona, who had just snuck back into the reception. "I hope whatever you were doing was worth it," Bailey lobbed at Callie, "because you're a terrible maid of honor!" It was mostly a joke, of course, and what Callie and Arizona were doing was trying to have sex. Yes, the ladies haven't had any quality bedroom time -- very understandably -- since before the plane crash last spring. With the delay in the wedding, Arizona had an idea: Why not go upstairs to a hotel room and try to have a little fun?

But it didn't go that well. First, Arizona made Callie hang out in the bathroom while she attempted to take off her prosthetic leg and get under the covers. And when Callie finally emerged from the bathroom -- after taking a bath and briefly calling a still-groggy Derek to check on his hand to kill time -- she found Arizona sitting there on the edge of the bed, still clothed. "I wanted to be spontaneous and fun, but I can't, and I'm so sorry, Callie," a clearly pained Arizona explained. "I'm not ready. Please don't be mad." Callie's response? She cheerfully called room service to order champagne to go with the mac and cheese cupcakes they'd grabbed from the reception. It was only then that the really touching moment happened between these two. "Callie, please don't run," Arizona pleaded with her wife. "It's all been awful, and I've been awful, but I'm just starting to feel like myself again." It was Callie's response that made my heart melt. "After the car accident, you never left my side -- not once. There's no way I'm leaving yours." And the cherry on top of the whole situation came with Arizona's sweet reply, in reference to her nervousness about sex. "What would you say to a good, old-fashioned junior high makeout?" I couldn't love these two more as a couple.

NEXT: Owen and Cristina end their marriage and share a kiss

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