Turns out Meredith Grey isn't the only doctor at Seattle Grace with a hotshot doctor for a mom — Jackson's mother Catherine shows up on this week's episode of Grey's Anatomy to stir the pot and make her son cringe with embarrassment. Catherine brings a heavy dose of some much-needed spunk, and her sassy personality makes for one of the best episodes of the season yet.
Catherine manages to get to just about everyone throughout the course of the episode: she banters with Mark, badgers Jackson about Lexie, and even pushes April one step closer to losing her virginity. She may be a meddler, but I loved every minute of it. Ready to break down the highlights? Just read more.
- Lexie makes an appearance at the beginning of the episode (yay!) but then she quickly shuttles away to visit her sister for the weekend (boo). Jackson is actually the mastermind behind the trip, and his intentions are thinly veiled: he doesn't want to make Lexie feel the wrath of Catherine. That doesn't prevent Mrs. Dr. Avery from trying to get the dirt though, and she grills everyone from Meredith to Mark for a little bit of info. Though she's taken aback by Mark's glowing recommendation, the real kicker is when Jackson plays coy about whether or not he's in love with Lexie. I felt like it was insinuated that he is in love with her, but I'm not buying it just yet — maybe because we've barely seen them together all season.
- It's always fun when Bailey's love life takes center stage, and this week she has to suffer the consequences of last week's male gossip session. Now that Ben knows about Eli, he's got a bit of a chip on his shoulder. Bailey tries to smooth things over, but it appears that she might not be over Ben just yet (or at least she's not over his butt.) I loved the scene where she tries to tell Ben that she didn't dump Eli on his account, because it's so clear that she's lying through her teeth. Better yet, Ben eats it up. Do I feel a reunion coming on?
- Meredith and Derek are taking very different approaches to waiting out their Zola situation. Namely, Mere is trying to stay optimistic while Derek can only focus on the negative. Their feelings are put to the test when Karev spills the beans about Zola's seizure, and Derek opens up to Owen about his feelings, saying that he still can't really look at Meredith and that it's all her fault. Ouch. Despite the unhappy circumstances, my heart completely swelled when the forlorn parents sing "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" to Zola over the phone during her hospital visit.
- April is super googly eyed over Mrs. Dr. Avery, but all of her sucking up pays off when she gets to participate in the penile transplant. Catherine also can't help but comment on how tense April is, and basically announces that April's virginity is showing. She even goes as far to say that April would be a better surgeon if she just got laid — and then tries to hook her up with a cute guy in a bar. April seems to go along with it, but do you think she'll come back next week as a new woman? I'll be disappointed if she didn't lose it to one of the guys (despite all that's happened, I've always assumed it'd be Karev or Jackson.)
Did you enjoy this week's episode as much as I did? Do you think Jackson's feeling for Lexie are real? Will Meredith and Derek ever be on solid ground again? Sound off in the comments!
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