Grey’s Anatomy followed up its high-octane medical emergency season premiere with the relationship-focused “No Mercy.”

Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Derek (Patrick Dempsey) spend another sleepless night taking care of their newborn baby boy Bailey. Lying in bed with the baby crying, Meredith tells Derek that if he’s hungry, he’s out of luck. “My nipples are of no use to him,” she says. Later on, Derek reasons that the new addition to their brood simply “hates sleep.”

At the hospital, Richard Webber’s (James Pickens Jr.) health still isn’t in good shape and he needs a feeding tube inserted if he’s to make it through. He tells Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) he doesn’t want it – that he’s ready to die. Shane (Gaius Charles), at Meredith’s behest, goes against Bailey (Chandra Wilson) and Webber’s understanding. Acting on both Meredith’s wishes and his own feelings about not wanting any others to die on his watch (Brooks), Shane inserts the feeding tube.

Webber is anything but pleased about his new shot at life, and tells Meredith so when she arrives at the hospital. "I didn't call you my family. I'm not your father. I chose you because I thought you could put emotions out of it and make the right call," he tells Mer. "Bailey was too weak, but I thought I could trust you not to let them operate on me when I was all but dead. Not to bring me back to life. Where I have to get my meals from a tube. I thought you wouldn't be sentimental. I was wrong. I chose the wrong person." Yikes.

Cristina (Sandra Oh) and Owen (Kevin McKidd) are still trying to navigate the platonic waters of their newfound relationship. Knowing that their feelings for each other will continue to crop up if they don’t make an effort to move on, Cristina suggests that they begin to try to see other people. Owen isn’t thrilled about it; he’s also not thrilled with the board’s handling to the hospital’s finances, but that's another matter. While trying to sort her own relationship drama out, Cristina also gives some words of advice to Alex (Justin Chambers) concerning his situation with Jo (Camilla Luddington). She’s tells him to just go for it, and he does as soon as he and Jo find themselves in his house alone.

Meanwhile, Callie (Sara Ramirez) takes her aggression regarding Arizona’s (Jessica Capshaw) on-call room affair out on her fellow doctors since she’s still not speaking with her wife. Oddly enough, Callie’s resolve seems to soften slightly when she learns that a woman whose life she’s saving cheated on her husband with her brother-in-law. When she returns home to Arizona, she tells her she wishes she’d never known about her cheating. Callie goes on to suggest that Arizona go to therapy alone to sort out her feelings about losing her leg in the plane crash.

In semi-medical news, April Kepner (Sarah Drew) learns that she finally passed her boards. Who is next to her to share in her joy? Jackson (Jesse Williams), with whom she had the bathroom sex that led to her first failed boards exam. Trying to keep things PG now that April has renewed her engagement to Matthew, the two celebrate with an awkward high five.

Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays on ABC at 9/8c.

– Chelsea Regan

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