As with the last episode of Grey's Anatomy, the most moving storyline this week appeared in small snatches throughout the episode. Adele's Alzheimer's, and Webber's struggle to come to terms with it, has been consistently touching since it emerged, and this instalment was no exception.
Adele's clearly ill, but Webber's in complete denial. That's supposed to be a coping mechanism, but actually it seems to be making things worse, because every single time Adele's Alzheimer's comes to the surface - such as when Webber takes her to care home Rose Ridge and she complains it's too small for them to start a family - it seems to come as another body blow. Watching the horror on Webber's face whenever this happens is awful (but it is beautifully acted).
Of course, Meredith has experience with Alzheimer's and patiently urges Webber to check Adele into Rose Ridge. Adele's getting dangerous, causing fires and throwing things at her nurse. But Webber can't bring himself to do it - partly because he feels guilty about his treatment of Adele during their marriage.
The climax of this storyline is a complete sucker punch - Webber's crying in the dining room when Adele comes to him and says simply: "I have Alzheimer's, don't I?" It's heartbreaking, but she does ask to move to Rose Ridge. Webber's keen to keep her at home, but in another moment that's so, so painful, she takes her hand from his and says: "I'd rather be there."
Alzheimer's is such a sensitive subject, but Grey's Anatomy has dealt with it beautifully throughout - this week it was unexpectedly moving.
Elsewhere, there's more from Cristina and Owen after their tough counselling session last week. Cristina's got it in her head that Owen's cheating on her, which does provide some funny moments as she stalks guest star Summer Glau around the hospital, convinced she's sleeping with him (and bumping into Meredith along the way).
But Grey's knows how to surprise you, so it doesn't stay funny. The scene as Cristina admits her suspicions to Meredith, and goes back and forth on whether she's crazy or not, is hard to watch. Even harder is the end of the episode, as she lets her paranoia get the best of her and checks Owen's emails, mail and laundry, until she hears him coming up the stairs and dives into bed.
The thing I liked about this is that it was left ambiguous - was Owen's shower when he got home a sign of illicit behaviour and guilt? Cristina must certainly think so, but are we just seeing her suspicions? I'm sure all will become clear soon, but I like that Grey's didn't spoonfeed us.
Speaking of Owen, we saw more of Teddy's anger with him. He steps in without her knowledge to make sure she gets a grant after she botches her presentation, but refuses to let Callie reveal his intervention. His dejected acceptance that he's Teddy's punching bag is so hard to watch, but it's such an interesting relationship to explore.
Another emotional storyline came courtesy of intern Morgan, whose baby is struggling after last week's premature delivery. Not helping is Morgan's partner Chris, who's stuck in his doctor mindset and can only see things in terms of survival percentages.
He's really hard to take, especially when he dictates that they should stop trying to save the baby (after all, he was an accident. And yes, Chris does say this.) But after Alex counsels Morgan to act like a parent, not a doctor, she kicks Chris to the curb and agrees to do whatever it takes in an attempt to save her tiny little son.
This was an interesting storyline - it showed us more of Alex's caring paediatric side (and, if reports are to be believed, it could be setting things up for a romance). I particularly liked the scene where Alex takes Lexie, despairing about the chances of the babies, to see photos of all the children that survived and grew up. It's so touching, especially as Arizona takes note and smiles.
Of course, there were lighter moments, too. Derek's worried that people are being racist as he has a black baby, only for Bailey to reveal that actually, they're just appalled at how he has styled Zola's hair. Elsewhere, Mark decides that Jackson's too uptight and needs, um, the company of a woman. It's good fun - especially when Mark asks April to do Jackson a favour, nudge nudge - but eventually it emerges that actually, Jackson's still in love with Lexie...
We need that humour, though - Grey's Anatomy has always mixed its more dramatic moments with humour. This episode was a great example - moving, funny, warm and emotional. And I'm still wondering if Owen's being unfaithful...
- A nice touch for us to see the chairs Meredith and Ellis used to sit in at Rose Ridge.
- I like the way that Cristina's suspicions were paralleled by that patient mistakenly believing his barista was in love with him - how we build things up inside our heads that aren't there.
- Mark and Derek in daycare. Could that have been any cuter? (No.)
- Cristina bumping into Meredith was great.
- Loretta Devine has been really wonderful this season.
- "Babies, yay!" I liked how Lexie was so excited about working on paeds as a break from neuro's "lost causes", only to discover how tough it is... and then to be reassured by Alex at the end.
- "You're just trying to shut me up." "How am I doing?"
- The moment when Cristina tried to kiss Owen in the on call room and he stopped her and pulled away was just horrendous. Poor Cristina.
- On the other hand, Cristina trying to hack into April's account was fantastic. Particularly that when April realised what was going on, Cristina gushing about how April knows everything persuaded her to help out.
- "If I see her crying or bleeding I'll come after you."
- "This is sexual harassment! You know that, right?" "I think of it as sexual encouragement."
- I still love Meredith and Cristina. Meredith is willing to help Cristina in anything - even a murder or nuclear attack. Now that's friendship.