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CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) showed that she's a different woman since returning from her stint in Minnesota.
…Low point: Kepner and Jackson’s resulting break-up
After Kepner revealed the news that she wasn’t, indeed, pregnant, you could see that Jackson was upset. And I don’t think his reaction had anything to do with the actual news about the lack of a baby -- but instead with how Kepner delivered it. She was elated that there was no baby and that things could go back to exactly how they were before -- lots of sex, dating, etc. Jackson was clearly excited about the prospect of marrying Kepner and having a baby with her. So he pulled the plug on the whole relationship when he realized that, truly, Kepner didn’t feel the same way that he did. “Maybe this was a sign, you know,” he told her on a bench outside the hospital, “that we needed to stop. Honestly, I think it’s for the best.” There’s no way these two are over -- and hopefully there is good baby or wedding news for them coming down the line. This whole sad string of events did produce a classic Kepner crazy moment, which I have to recount here. It was when she went on a tirade in an OR, while working on a patient who’d be injured while riding a horse -- and it came before she got the news about not being pregnant. “Horseback riding is supposed to be fun,” she said, her voice getting shrill. “But even if you wear the right shoes and helmet, protection doesn’t always work. What’s the point? You might as well just ride bareback.” Not so subtle, Grey’s writers, but it was still hilarious. It’s a wonder that Karev -- who caught the pair drawing blood from Kepner’s arm -- wasn't able to piece together what was happening between these two.
High point: Derek’s re-dedication to fixing his hand
Callie kept presenting Derek with options that could restore full use of his hand -- he didn’t like any of them, though -- but it was ultimately Meredith who convinced him that he needed to re-dedicated himself to the efforts and get it fixed. It was a lovely moment of the evening. It all happened after Meredith showed a brain scan to Derek, a brain scan of a patient that he could easily fix. But the doctor -- not Derek -- who was going to do it, Meredith said, wouldn’t do an adequate job. “Derek, he’s not going to do as good a job as you,” Meredith said, pleading with him, “which is why you have to get your hand fixed.” Thus, Derek and Callie pledged to get back to work on figuring it all out. Methinks Derek will be doing surgery again at Seattle Grace before the season is over, and thank goodness for that.
NEXT: The demise of Cristina and Owen continues