The Chief wants to get Adele into Derek’s clinical trial even though she refuses to accept that she has Alzheimer’s. But Derek can’t pull a patient off the waiting list without compromising the whole study. When a woman Derek was treating pulls out of the trial, he agrees to test Adele.
Adele’s test results are one point away from qualifying for the trial. She claims this proves she’s not sick. What it really means is that the Alzheimer’s simply hasn’t progressed far enough yet. It will get worse though. That truly scares Adele as she finally accepts the reality of the situation. Derek can’t help but look at Meredith as the Chief and his wife tearfully come to terms with the challenging future ahead.