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Grey's Anatomy Episode: "This Magic Moment"

Season 8, Episode 11
Episode Synopsis: The doctors split into teams for a risky surgery involving conjoined twins. Meanwhile, Teddy questions Cristina about Henry's surgery; Bailey enlists Meredith to be a buffer between her and Ben, who's pressuring her to ratchet up their relationship; and Richard teaches Alex a tough lesson in the OR.
Original Air Date: Jan 12, 2012
Guest Cast Brendan Coughlin: Mr. Evans Jason George: Ben Holland Roden: Gretchen Shaw
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Grey's Anatomy Recap: "This Magic Moment" Season 8, Episode 11

This week's episode of Grey's Anatomy pushed the limits of each side of the emotional spectrum. On the one hand, Meredith and Derek were elated to see their daughter walk for the first time. On the other, Cristina was forced into Teddy's grieving process by reliving Henry's surgery over and over and over again. Meanwhile, nearly every doctor at Seattle Grace teamed up to make history. Let's check out the top moments from Thursday's Grey's:

1. MerDer's home videos: It's nice to see Meredith happy for once — or, as executive producer Shonda Rhimes puts it, "bright and shiny" — while she and Derek capture what they hope to be Zola's first steps on video, though Mer notes she'll be crushed if Zola starts walking when she goes to daycare. From Zola's introduction, the once dark and twisty storyline of these lovers has evolved into what we hope is a happy ending. Our hearts melt even more so when Zola does take her first steps and Derek just misses getting it on film.

2. Team Seattle Grace: We miss the days when more of the doctors were in the OR, back when the Fab Five Three were sitting up in the gallery looking down on another historical moment at Seattle Grace, whether it was a face transplant surgery or George's first appendectomy (RIP 007). It was fun to see everyone working together — though Arizona was a bit intense — to separate conjoined twins, especially with every doctor wearing their color-coded scrub caps to keep each baby team straight.

3. A flustered Bailey: Once the Nazi, then the broken woman who watched a fellow doctor die in her arms during the hospital shooting, Bailey has come a long way since the beginning of the series, now finding some happiness with Ben. Though she's hesitant when he asks her to move in with him, hearing that Ben actually wants to be around not just Bailey, but also her son, she decides to take it one step at a time by leaving a toothbrush at his place. (Highlight: When she must coerce Meredith to run interference during her surgery, she has to reveal her relationship status to Mer, noting, "The fact that I know things about your personal life is one of the great sadnesses of my existence.")

4. Teddy's unconventional therapy: In denial over Henry's death, Teddy forces Cristina to repeatedly recount each step she performed during his surgery, which Cristina delivers professionally and methodically, often having to defend each of her actions as Teddy tries to understand what went wrong. After two weeks of this scrutiny during surgeries, April loses it on Teddy, explaining that it won't bring him back, but this doesn't deter Teddy one bit. Finally, Teddy tearfully admits that Cristina shouldn't apologize, that she would've taken the same steps during the surgery. Sadly, the promos for next week don't indicate that things will get easier for Cristina anytime soon. 

5. Alex gets played for a fool: Alex is set to play a huge role in the conjoined-twin surgery, but fears that Arizona may be too stressed to handle "the flip," a notion planted in his head by Webber, who then snakes Alex's spot in "the flip." When one of the twins goes through kidney failure, Alex brilliantly suggests a transplant from the other twin. As Alex prepares to scrub in, Webber admits he played Alex and took away his big moment because he fears he's getting too old and won't get the same opportunities, a speech that would've made a bigger emotional impact had we not quickly foreseen that Webber was just playing him again in order to get the transplant surgery out of sympathy. Though Webber thinks he taught Alex a lesson, we think the former chief has turned into a jerk and we wish Alex would've decked him.

What were your favorite moments from the episode? Hit the comments with your thoughts.

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This week's episode of Grey's Anatomy pushed the limits of each side of the emotional spectrum. On the one hand, Meredith and Derek were elated to see their daughter walk for the first time. On the other, Cristina was forced into Teddy's grieving process by reliving Henry's surgery over and over and over again. Meanwhile, nearly every doctor at Seattle Grace teamed up to make history. Let's check out the top moments from Thursday's Grey's: read more

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