The long-awaited crossover episode on Grey’s Anatomy (Thursdays at 7 p.m. ET on CTV) finally went down Thursday night and introduced a new show using an old Grey’s storyline. At some point there’s going to be an end to the supply of medical emergencies and we may have just reached it.
On Thursday’s first of two crossovers (Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder also crossed over as a part of the TGIT line-up), the new 10-part firefighter series Station 19 had its soft launch with Dr. Ben Warren marking his official first day as a firefighter. Why did the surgical resident give up a job with much better pay and no (for the most part) burning buildings? Good question, and it’s one that his new boss Andy Herrera (Jaina Lee Ortiz) asks early on. Ben’s answer? He wanted to do more. We’ve always really liked Ben, but he’s starting to show signs of a God complex and it’s not attractive.
In eight seasons, we’ve watched Ben go from an attending anesthesiologist, to a surgical resident at UCLA, to a surgical resident at Grey-Sloan Memorial, to a firefighter and EMT. We get that each character must have a storyline that draws people in, but for Ben his most dominating characteristic seems to be a lot of indecision. It’s totally normal to change jobs and careers, but in the world of medicine, Ben’s med school loans would likely stop him from ever taking off his scrubs. But, this is TV. Side note, why don’t any of the doctors ever complain about their student loans? They’re a big deal!
Okay, back to the firefighter thing. Ben and his new boss Andy bring in two brothers who almost blew themselves up trying to recreate a science experiment they saw online. YouTube isn’t always great, kids. With one of the brothers bleeding profusely, Andy decided to stop the bleed by sticking her hand in his heart. It’s a move that feels unsanitary, but we’ll go with it.
This could have been an exciting and original storyline, except Grey’s already did it back in Season 2 and it was much cooler then. In the episode As We Know It, Meredith held onto a live bomb inside a patient. Live bombs trump aortas. The episode was nominated for an Emmy and included Miranda Bailey’s first husband having a heart attack, something Miranda had two episodes ago. Not everything can be original, but two similar storylines in the same season may be the Grey’s Anatomy writers pushing things a bit too far. OG fans notice.
Back to the Season 14 version of the hand-in-body, both the brothers end up surviving, Andy has a new respect for doctors, and Meredith has a new respect for firefighters. As for Ben, he appears to have finally realized that giving up a high paying job that includes working with his wife to instead run willingly into burning buildings may not have been the best idea. Give it a few months, he’ll have a new career soon enough.