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'Grey's Anatomy' Recap: Two Weddings, A Baby…And A Major HIV Foreshadowing?

Fri, May 6, 2011 12:55pm EDT by 5 Comments

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ was so jam packed with stories May 5, I don’t even know how to begin. I will say, it was about time Meredith and Derek tied the knot for good!

Loose ends were tied all over the place on Grey’s Anatomy May 5. Callie and Arizona walked down the aisle in their big white wedding, Meredith and Derek tied the knot legally and a baby appeared, seemingly out of nowhere. It was literally the most action-packed hour of TV I’ve seen in a long time.

I thought the juxtaposition of Meredith and Derek and Calzona’s story lines was beautifully crafted. Throughout the entire episode we watched Callie and Arizona desperately piece together their dream wedding, only to have everything go wrong: they can’t legally tie the knot, Callie’s parents flip, the pastor backs out and Arizona misses her dead brother. Seriously, I had pretty much written it off from happening.

But then, in comes the fairy godmother — Bailey. In a beautifully written monologue, she convinces Callie to go through with her big day:

“You do not need the law, a priest or a mother to make your wedding real…Where do you think God is? He’s in you. He’s in me. He’s right in the middle of us. Your church just hasn’t caught up to God yet. Your mother hasn’t caught up to God yet.”

And she continues:
“If you are willing to stand up in front of your friends and your family and God and commit yourself to another human being…honey, that is a marriage. That is real — and that’s all that matters.”

My god, Bailey is brilliant. This woman is a saint, so it’s perfectly fitting she is the one to perform the ceremony.

I appreciated how Calzona’s wedding was cut next to Meredith and Derek’s surprise decision to make their union legal.

In the episode, Derek falls in love with one of the African babies and convinces Mer to adopt. However, as they are filling out the paper work, they realize their odds of winning the child (who might be the most precious baby I’ve ever seen) are far better if they are legally married. After seasons and seasons of controversy on this very topic, Mer and Der waltz over to the court house and seal the deal. Easy as pie. Bye, bye “post it” marriage.

This entire sequence was cut in with Calzona’s lavish wedding. It was brilliant to show how easy it was for one couple –who didn’t even care — to legally marry, while the other worked tirelessly and still had to walk down the aisle in front of family and friends without the sanction of the government.

On the same note, Callie and Arizona have this baby they weren’t expecting in any capacity, while Meredith and Derek have struggled for a long time to have a child. And now they’ve chosen to adopt a foreign baby, which is one of the most tedious processes through which a couple can put themselves.

Bottom line: Life isn’t fair.

Speaking of not fair, did anyone else notice how April refused to put on a gown when she was helping the little girl who’s HIV-positive? This makes me VERY nervous. We’ve all been focusing on April losing her virginity. However, when the actress, Sarah Drew, has chatted with us, she’s said her character will go through a major story line near the end of the season — and it’s not popping her cherry. Who else thinks she’s about to have an HIV scare?

What did YOU think of “White Wedding?” Did Meredith and Derek’s marriage surprise you? Please you? Sound off below!