Sometimes Shonda Rhimes, Grey's Anatomy creator and exec can set up maddening plots with bad news befalling the major characters.
Last night, viewers were treated to a happy and content Meredith Grey and Amanda Bailey, whose wedding plans were being pushed along by fiance' Ben.
Cristina Yang has become a true teaching physician who cares about her interns despite refusing to call them by their given names and Arizona Robbins has accepted her fate as an amputee who returned to work.
It's odd to see Meredith this way, all optimistic and spouting patience in the face of her husband's inability to find a solution for nerve damage that keeps him from his surgeon duties.
Something of larger significance was revealed in the final minute when Meredith took a suggestion from April about a cute way to announce a pregnancy. Whether her "hostile uterus" will allow her to carry the baby to term is besides the point, in the brave new world of optimistic Meredith.
Speaking of change, Cristina was stunned to realize that on top of her about face as an attending, she has changed enough to seek a reconciliation with husband Owen.
While Owen concluded that the two have not changed their positions on the things that drove them apart making him resist it, something intervened.
It demonstrated his true love for Cristina and what he is willing to do to give her what she deserves for enduring the plane crash.
As the guy who sent the surgeons in a private jet that crashed, he is the point person for attorneys that are defending the lawsuit that names Seattle Grace among the defendants.
When Dr. Webber told Owen that he was surprised the hospital board didn't fire him as a scapegoat he understood why.
His conflict of interest due to his wife being on the plane and one of the injured plaintiffs might just get a judge to dismiss the suit in its entirety. The hypothesis is that as her husband he stands to benefit from a monetary reward. What to do?
Ask for a divorce so that Cristina and the rest of the doctors who are forever scarred by the experience get their day in court. The question is whether he can keep up the pretense that he is no longer in love with her.
The other couple at Seattle Grace, the reluctant April and her understanding Jackson faced the real possibility that she was pregnant.
As much as she believes she is sinning by engaging in a physical relationship with him, the thought of being pregnant and unwed sent her into the stratosphere of self-loathing and fear.
Jackson stepped up and not out of obligation to declare his intention to marry April and become a happy family.
It struck him that some things were meant to be and that a baby might be a sign that the two should stop diddling around and get down to business.
As much as it would change his life forever, Jackson was ready to do it and not just for April although he knew it would make her feel better about her situation.
Unfortunately for Jackson, his dream became a nightmare when the pregnancy test was negative and April's relief at avoiding a shotgun wedding devastated her boyfriend.
File that under the heading of No Good Deed Goes Unpunished.
Takeaway message: The bond of true love not only allows for sacrifice but encourages it. Whether it results in success is another question.
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