This week’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy saw the return of a familiar face, an almost-nice Alex Karev, and a lot of dead babies. Enough with the dead babies, Grey’s Anatomy.
Grey Sloan Memorial has always been the hospital of second chances, with two big second chances happening this week. First up, there was Bailey reclaiming her hospital and standing up to the always intimidating Catherine Avery and refusing to fire Karev, even though if this were any other company he would have been fired simply for how he speaks to his superiors. That dude does not know when to take his own advice and shut up.
Then there was the return of Leah Murphy, the notorious resident who slept with both Karev and Arizona (not at the same time, this show is on at 8 pm) and made more than a few mistakes in the operating room. Let’s admit – when we heard someone was returning to Grey Sloan Memorial, we all prayed it was Cristina Yang. But at least Murphy will add some new (returning?) story lines to the mix.
Her appearance as the new and improved protégé of Maggie could signal a possible romance rekindling with Arizona. Plus, Murphy 2.0 may even be a good enough surgical resident to take Jo and Edwards down a notch or two. That would be nice. Their cattiness is getting stale.
The highlighting of Karev and Murphy receiving second chances this week brought about an important factor that we hadn’t really noticed before – a lot of residents and attendings mess up. Like, big time. And this isn’t anything new on Grey’s Anatomy.
Back in Season 2, Izzie Stevens was cutting LVAD wires in the name of love and keeping her job. Meredith tampered with a study in Season 7 and stayed in scrubs. When all these mistakes are lined up, it becomes clear that there is something bigger happening at Grey Sloan Memorial. For a teaching hospital, their methods are questionable. Catherine Avery is finally adding up the mistakes and realizing something big needs to change, which raises an exciting development going forward this season.
The second big story line this week was all about dead children, with Grey’s Anatomy making every effort to leave us in sobs. Well done. There was the woman who had to decide between treating her cancer or keeping her unborn child, the young boy who died after his father’s road rage led to a violent car crash, and Amelia’s revelation to Karev that she lost her baby 45 minutes after he was born (this is the part where Karev is actually a decent human being).
Amelia has quickly become this season’s most interesting character, with more layers of her dark past revealed each week. It’s only a matter of time before her secrets are discovered by Owen and all hell breaks loose. This guy really needs to start having the ‘kids’ talk with women before he marries them. But until then we’ll enjoy the focus on a story that doesn’t include hearing about Meredith Grey’s childhood for the billionth time.
Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV