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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I know I said there wasn't much of consequence besides Adele and Bailey, but Owen and Cristina did make a major move: They signed their divorce papers. The episode began with them in bed together, and Owen hushed Cristina when she tried to talk about them as a couple. Then what seemed like the Sons of Anarchy crew blew through Seattle Grace, and while it seemed like pointless medical cases and a little humor from the tireless Gasoline (love that lady!), it all served to help Owen realize that the same thing that these bikers love -- freedom on the open road -- is what he needed with Cristina, too. Which brought the pair back to their divorce papers. "We don't have to do this right now," Cristina pleaded. "Let's just take a minute and think about what this means." But Owen insisted: "I'm not thinking about it, Cristina." He signed it then because, as he explained, it would mean that "we don't hurt each other anymore." They sealed it with a passionate kiss. Will these two stay together, post-divorce? Remarry after the lawsuit is over? Have a child out of wedlock? The shackles of marriage certainly didn't work for them, but maybe some other situation will. I predict a big Owen-Cristina episode in our near future.

I'm not going to get into it, but the awkwardness among the three interns -- I can't hardly recall their names, really -- and their wedding dates Karev, Kepner, and Avery continued. Each did their own little thing. Karev and his gal (is her name Wilson maybe?) hated on each other for a while before both realized they came from hard-scrabble backgrounds and used that to con themselves into a hotel room. Smash (or is it Shane?) and Kepner were being weird together, as he thought she was coming on to him. When he brought that up to her, she was stunned. "What makes you think that I want to sleep with you?" And Avery -- in what seemed like a very bad move -- slept with his intern gal. (I really, really have no idea of her name.) In a car. I mean. I just don't really have anything to say about that whole situation. Are these folks in high school? Sometimes it seems like junior high. (Cue Callie and Arizona's makeout session.)

I found Meredith's voiceovers much less poignant in this episode, hence why I didn't open this recap with her opening thoughts. She was talking about how surgeons need to ask questions, and if they don't get answers, then they're forced to rely on tests of insight. "Until those test results come back, there's nothing we can do...but wait." And she ended the episode nearly as cryptically: "The next time you're in your doctor's office, remember: She's not asking asking all those questions for her health, she's asking them for yours. Tell her everything. The small details aren't trivial -- they actually make the story. There's no rush. Take all the time you need. Start at the beginning." And that's when we saw Webber and Adele dancing to "My Funny Valentine." Was that all an allegory for Richard and Adele's relationship? If it was, I don't think it was particularly strong. I guess maybe it just means savor things and talk when you can? Anyway, I'll let you all ponder that.

What'd you think of the episode, Grey's watchers? Thoughts? Hit the comments below.

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