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Grey's Anatomy Episode: "White Wedding"

Season 7, Episode 20
Episode Synopsis: Callie and Arizona's wedding nears, but things aren't turning out the way they had thought; Alex continues to make the other chief-resident contenders envious; Andrew Perkins has a proposition for Teddy; and Meredith and Derek make a major decision.
Original Air Date: May 5, 2011
Guest Cast Denis Arndt: Colonel Robbins Peter MacNicol: Dr. Stark Judith Ivey: Barbara Robbins Gina Gallego: Lucia Torres Hector Elizondo: Carlos Torres
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Season 7, Episode 20
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Length: 43:30
Aired: 5/5/2011
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Grey's Anatomy Episode Recap: "White Wedding" Season 7, Episode 20

On this week's episode of Grey's Anatomy, Callie and Arizona prepare to walk down the aisle, but not without a few glitches that may get in the way of their impending nuptials. Meanwhile, Meredith and Derek make a life-altering decision and Teddy gets an intriguing offer.

The episode opens on Callie and Arizona's rehearsal dinner, where Colonel Robbins makes it quite clear he's not happy about "sperm donor" Mark being around. Callie's mother also seems displeased, declining to hold baby Sofia and being uncomfortable with the whole affair.

As Alex presents the cases of his African patients, the residents discuss how he's stealing Chief Resident from them. Cristina insists that no one else would've had a chance if she wasn't benched. She later asks Owen to talk to Teddy, but he says she should just apologize to her.

Owen and April take on the case of a young girl who doesn't speak English. As April tries to calm her with different phrases from her native language, Dr. Stark tells her she should focus more on working than learning foreign languages.

Cristina and Teddy end up in an elevator together, where Cristina attempts to apologize for going over her head on Callie's case. Teddy inquires whether it's a genuine apology, to which Cristina asks whether it even matters. "Yes, it matters," Teddy says before leaving her in the dust.

Arizona's father has put together an hour-by-hour schedule leading up to the wedding. It becomes quite clear that Arizona's parents care deeply for this rag-tag family, whereas Callie's mother continues to be put off by the whole idea of their children getting married. While they practice the wedding in their apartment, Callie attempts to hand Sofia, who is acting as the bouquet, to her mother, but she quickly excuses herself.

Teddy realizes that she really needs Cristina's help on her surgery, but asks Owen to come up with 20 reasons why she shouldn't let her. Owen says Teddy should let up on Cristina because she saved Callie's life, but Teddy retorts that the surgery on their colleague could've gone either way; basically, Cristina got lucky. Later, in the OR, Teddy makes a point of letting Lexie help finish the surgery right in front of Cristina.

Derek takes on Zola's case, who has Spina bifida. The moment she's in his arms, she stops crying immediately. The look that comes across Derek's face speaks millions. As he and Meredith prepare the next wave of clinical trial patients, Alex confronts Meredith on invalidating the trial by switching the packets, but she tells him to butt out.

April later screams at Stark for promising he'd still treat her the same as the other doctors, but has gone back on his word. Their patient, who needs surgery, has not been eating or speaking, so April decides to make a corn meal the girl normally would've eaten back at home in hopes that she'll be comforted by it after the surgery. Because of her kindness, Stark decides to recommend her for Chief Resident to Owen.

Unfortunately for Jackson, he's been working on the Chief's clinical trial, which means tending to mice. He doesn't believe this will give him a leg up in the race for Chief Resident. When one of the mice dies, Jackson runs several tests, much to the Chief's chagrin, and discovers that the location of their device, not the device itself, is the problem. Once they've fixed that, the Chief notes that Jackson may have a chance after all.

Callie reveals her beautiful veil to her mother, which is fashioned after the one she wore during her wedding to Mr. Torres. When her mother isn't excited, Callie confronts her distaste for the wedding, saying that she's getting married in a church for her mother. Mrs. Torres is upset that Callie is marrying a woman and had a baby out of wedlock, explaining that it's tough to raise a child and know you won't see them in heaven. "You are not a bride and I'm not the mother of a bride," she says. "This isn't your wedding." Callie's mother decides not to stay for the wedding, and Callie insists her father go as well, despite his protests to stay.

Meredith tries to explain to Alex that she didn't change any of the data in the clinical trial, but he sees right through her. He says that if the FDA finds out, it will invalidate Seattle Grace as a research institute, effectively taking down not just Meredith, but the rest of the doctors as well.

The bad news continues for Callie as her priest's wife got into a car accident and he won't be able to be there for the wedding. She resigns herself to the fact that she and Arizona aren't getting married. Bailey goes to Callie's apartment to convince her that you don't need a priest and a church to get married, that God is everywhere and if she can stand up in front of her community and pledge her love to Arizona, then that's enough for a wedding.

Derek pages Meredith to come meet Zola, who went through her surgery successfully. He suggests they adopt her, and Meredith gets on board. As they fill out the paperwork, they realize there's one thing they need to knock off their checklist: getting legally married. No more Post-It!

As Mark tracks down Arizona for the wedding, he finds her crying. She says that when she came out to her now-deceased brother, he smiled and promised to dance hard at her wedding. Her dad scheduled the day so tightly so she wouldn't think about her brother and she needs a minute to do so. Mark is there to comfort her and it really shows how far these two have come.

Callie and Arizona's walk down the aisle is juxtaposed with Meredith and Derek's trip to City Hall. As Bailey officiates the beautiful outdoor wedding, a judge announces Meredith and Derek man and wife — after they sign the paperwork.

At Callie and Arizona's wedding reception, the Chief tells Cristina that he always saw her as the frontrunner in the race. As he leaves, Cristina grabs Teddy and apologizes that she's a better doctor than Teddy, who responds that Cristina still doesn't get it. Dr. Perkins, Teddy's date, proceeds to invite Teddy to move to Germany with him and work at a hospital there.

As the reception comes to a close, the father-daughter dance is called. Callie is initially sad, but Mark steps up to dance with her. Callie's father surprisingly returns, telling her that he's been wanting to dance with her on her wedding day since she was born. There are two other guests also missing from the party: Meredith and Derek have stayed behind at Seattle Grace to spend time with Zola, their possible future child.

What did you think of the surprise double wedding on Grey's? Are you glad Meredith and Derek finally made it official? Sound off in the comments below!

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On this week's episode of Grey's Anatomy, Callie and Arizona prepare to walk down the aisle, but not without a few glitches that may get in the way of their impending nuptials. Meanwhile, Meredith and Derek make a life-altering decision and Teddy gets an intriguing offer.

The episode opens on Callie and Arizona's rehearsal dinner, where Colonel Robbins makes it quite clear he's not happy about "sperm donor" Mark being around. Callie's mother also seems... read more

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