Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy began on the stormy morning after Cristina and Owen’s wedding, with the bride waking up in a panic next to her new husband. She was married! Owen seemed prepared for a freak-out and encouraged his wife to stay calm. “We’re just gonna get up and go to work like always,”he said casually, handing her a multigrain bar and tenderly offering to shampoo her hair.
But it would take more than a good scalp massage to get Cristina through the day. At the urging of Owen and Teddy, Chief Weber overruled trauma counselor Perkins and cleared the resident to return to the OR to help reconstruct the heart of a patient she’d last operated on with Burke. “She won’t feel like herself until she’s back in surgery again,” Teddy insisted.
That would’ve been true of the old Cristina. Not this one, who’s still so traumatized by the hospital shootings that the moment a tray of surgical tools clattered to the floor, she hit the ground, too, overwhelmed by tears and PTSD. Meredith was eventually able to get her BFF back on her feet but the experience so shook Cristina that she removed her wedding band and left it in Owen’s hands.
Thankfully, he wasn’t about to give up on his marriage that easily. He reminded her she hadn’t abandoned him during his own struggle with PTSD. “I’m not going anywhere without you,” he promised. To which an approving Mer quipped, “I already fixed her before you came, but that was a nice speech.”
Mer had a harder time fixing herself. Still not cleared for surgery, she tried her best to avoid Derek, who was none-too-thrilled to have been left in jail overnight for his latest arrest for reckless endangerment. (He had been urinated on by a meth head while in custody so we can’t say we blame him.)
Their eventual confrontation led to Mer finally confessing her pregnancy – and miscarriage– and while the revelations surprised Der, his response was surprisingly low-key. Steady. “You didn’t say anything,” he said before wrapping her in a hug. “I could’ve helped you.”
At least coming clean, not just to Derek but McShrink too, did help: By episode’s end, Mer had gotten the go-ahead to scrub back in. For Alex, that feat first required the doctor to play patient and let Bailey remove the bullet still lodged in his chest.
Elsewhere in the hospital, the docs worked to save an entire flag-football team that had been struck by lightning. Grateful to be alive, several members of the team were compelled to reveal their true feelings for each other which, in turn, convinced Sloan that he didn’t want to wait any longer to ask Lexie to marry him. So what if the girl’s fresh out of the psych ward?
But Sloan was stopped short when Lexie, annoyed at his overprotectiveness at work, asked him to leave her alone. Poor heartbroken McSteamy – left to nurse his wounds over a bottle of wine with Callie, who was wrestling with whether to let new live-in girlfriend Arizona repaint her walls. It was Sloan who provided the answer: If Arizona wants to lighten up the “harsh and frowny” apartment, let her. After all, Seattle Gracers have had more than their fair share of darkness recently. – Shawna Malcom
Tell us: What did you think of the episode? Did you expect Derek to have a bigger reaction to Meredith’s news? Which couples are you rooting for or against this season?