'Grey's Anatomy' Recap: Goodbye New Friend, Hello Old Friend
'Grey's Anatomy' Recap: Goodbye New Friend, Hello Old Friend
Esther Gim
Esther Gim
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
Hey, Grey's Anatomy fans! I'm taking over the role of discussing Season 9's latest episode "Beautiful Doom" for this week only. Your trusted recapper will be back next week.

In this week's episode, it's all about Meredith and Cristina, their surgeries and their losses.

A Sudden Death

It was only a matter of time before Cristina would make her return to Seattle Grace-Mercy West. But no one could've imagined it happening like this. It seems all the mentors Cristina has had during her career have all left her. There was Burke, Hahn, Teddy and now Thomas.

He's taken away just when they've started developing this true mentorship that I don't think she had with anyone else before. I love the scene where he picks her up in the morning -- complete with a danish. I love their bantering, when she makes fun of his age. But most of all, I love the words of encouragement he did tell her, and the confidence he instills in her, calling her the surgeon of her generation.

In a way, his sudden passing happened at the right time for Cristina. It allows her to have the courage to finally board a plane and return home, to a place where people understand her and get her, which Thomas had told her he didn't get.

Meredith Does It All

We see Meredith as Grey's Anatomy's own Wonder Woman throughout the whole episode. (I'm just going to imagine that's what she dressed up as for Halloween). Not only is she trying to save a woman's life -- under some emotional durress, no less -- she has to get Zola ready, get the fish sticks for Brazil Day at the day care and try to get her potty-trained. Whew! She's a tired mom and doctor, but at the end of the day, her best friend's back. Oh, and let's not forget that she squeezed in a 30-second dance party during surgery.

When Cristina shows up at Meredith's doorstep, she's drunk. And sad/depressed. But Meredith is feeling exactly the same way, too. We haven't seen her truly deal with Lexie's passing -- emotionally at least. But when she stops at the scene of an accident on her way to work, it seems to bring back memories of the way Lexie died.

It's about time. I had been waiting for her death to truly be addressed. With Cristina back, maybe they can both start healing. And thank goodness we've seen the last of Harper -- and snow.

Best Friends for Life

I loved this Meredith-Cristina focused episode. I hardly even noticed Alex or Arizona weren't around, and we only saw glimpses of Derek, Callie, Owen, Bailey and Webber. The relationship between Meredith and Cristina has been the show's rock since day one so getting an episode focused on them worked -- even with the split screens, which I'm generally not a fan of. We love their bond because we can relate to it with our own best friend.

It's also evident how much they've grown. Cristina, compassionate? Meredith, happy? At one point in this series, those seemed like the impossible. Although I'm sad for Thomas' passing, Grey's Anatomy feels right again with Cristina back in Seattle.

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