To celebrate its landmark 332nd episode (at the same time surpassing ER as the longest running medical drama), we knew that Grey’s Anatomy (Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on CTV) was going to go big. Grey’s Anatomy went so big that they left the hospital. It kind of felt like the equivalent of taking a field trip in Grade 2. The doctors are outside of the hospital all the time, just like we spent most of our time outside of school, but there’s something extra-exciting about watching the surgeons away from Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital/the classroom during an episode/school day that we love. We’re not sure who was in charge of the patients since literally every doctor and nurse (hey Bokhee!) was at the same party, but having that many people who have slept with each other in one room proved to be one of the most entertaining episodes of the season.
People hooked up, broke up, got punched, and had to deal with their toxic parents. Throw in an open chest cavity and there isn’t much more we could ask for from a landmark episode of Grey’s Anatomy. Maybe a dance break set to an eletcro-pop remix of “Chasing Cars.” There should have been a dance break.
The episode centred around a party Jackson was throwing in honour of his mother and Amelia and Tom, the two surgeons who saved Catherine’s life. Starting at the end of the night and then going back to the beginning, we knew there was a fire, with every chance to do a close-up of a candle or an expensive glass fireplace used ad nauseam. It turns out that Meredith started the fire. She and DeLuca put a plastic tray of spring rolls into the oven, which is what happens when women work outside the home and don’t know their way around the kitchen. They become one of the best surgeons in the world and hook up with really cute residents and start tiny smoke fires that are easily put out. Is this what Republicans are worried about? Seems like an easy fix.
The fire storyline helped build anticipation, but the episode had enough fiery moments without it. Pun fun! More exciting than Meredith and DeLuca starting the fire was the hot mess they came home to when they arrived at DeLuca’s house. After ignoring his sister Carina’s calls all night, Carina pulled up to his house in a heavily tinted black car just as Meredith and DeLuca were arriving. We would have put good money on the person in the car with Carina being DeLuca’s ex-girlfriend Sam, who moved to Switzerland to work with Cristina after she was tracked down by ICE. That would have been a Grey’s Anatomy move for the first 331 episodes. For the 332nd episode, Grey’s pulled the old switchero and had DeLuca’s mentally unstable father (the guy who killed a bunch of his patients during a psychotic break) as the person behind the tinted windows. Expect the dialogue for the rest of the season to be half in Italian.
DeLuca wasn’t the only doctor with parent troubles. Alex’s mother Helen made an unannounced appearance and Joe and Alex spent the entire evening trying to determine whether she was having a psychotic break or was truly in a healthy mental state and simply wanted to visit her son and daughter-in-law. Instead of asking her, they tiptoed around her and her handmade scarves, eventually coming to the conclusion since she can smell a fire when a room with 50 other people can’t smell it, she’s in a good place mentally. Physically, Helen is now in a place that is their couch. So…where’s this going?
Instead of reuniting with their parents, Owen and Amelia reunited with their children. Betty and her parents (bye Jennifer Grey…dance break!) decided that they weren’t capable of taking care of Leo and instead needed to focus on letting Betty be a kid. That’s great news for Owen and Amelia, except the highly dysfunctional pair broke up after Amelia pointed out that the only reason they were together was for the kids.
This breakup came right before Owen was his trademark awful self and told Tom, who had the audacity to treat a pregnant woman like a woman, that he wasn’t a father. Not a good thing to say to someone who has lost a child. We don’t condone violence, but we also understand why Tom punched Owen. He had it coming. No condoning…but yeah.
There may not have been a dance break this episode, but we did love Kathryn and Miranda being each other’s person, if only for the night. Catherine convinced Miranda to buy an $800 blender, which does look awesome, and Miranda convinced Catherine to stop feeling sorry for herself because she has a little bit of cancer, but a whole lot of love (and money) in her life. Whatever therapy Miranda has been doing since her heart attack, it’s working. Maybe it’s the treehouse? It could be the treehouse.
And no one feels sorry for Maggie and Jackson except for Maggie and Jackson. These two have become truly insufferable, haven’t they?
Watch Grey’s Anatomy every Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. MT on CTV.