Season 6 | Episode 10 | Aired 11/19/09
Miranda's father, Bill, shows up out of the blue for the holidays and scolds her for not telling him or her mother that she was getting a divorce. We cringe when he tells her he's disappointed that instead of being with her family on Christmas, she's operating on some fat guy's hernia! We're really proud of Miranda for finally telling her father to back off—even if she chooses to do it over Christmas dinner at Meredith and Derek's! "You and mom showed me what true love looked like, so I didn't settle," she tells her father. "And I'm happier for it. Even if I'm alone at Christmas. My child is healthy and I'm happy. That's enough for me." We're happy when he finally admits he was mostly worried for her, and hurt at not being told about the divorce.
At Christmas, with everyone gathered at Meredith and Derek's, Thatcher notices that Richard is drinking. Meredith shrugs it off, saying, "Everyone drinks egg nog at Christmas," but Thatcher points out, "Recovering alcoholics don't." Meredith doesn't see that Richard's got a problem, not until Joe pages her on New Year's Eve: Richard is nearly falling-down drunk and he's worried that word will get out. We wonder, now that she knows, if Meredith will continue to keep Richard's secret.