With all medical dramas there is always some leeway on behalf of the viewer when it comes to unheard of diagnoses and possibly fictional treatments, but on this week’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy we actually got to hear the word ‘miracle.’ It was a word that could have been used a few times during the episode.
Of course, the main miracle came when Georgia, the Jon Snow of Grey Sloan Memorial, died Notebook-styles with her husband, if only to get a break from her family. When she came back to life 20 minutes later, everyone had chilled out and agreed to let the past stay in the past. But if they get out of line again, she could totally play possum and score a few much-needed moments of quietness before ‘coming back to life.’
That medical miracle wasn’t the only miracle we saw tonight. We actually saw four more. It was a busy night at Sloan Grey Memorial Hospital.
First, there was the endearing lesson on why not to pick a fight, a message delivered by step-dad of the year Warren to Tuck Jr. Sure, getting a pre-teen to listen to an adult is a miracle in itself, but actually seeing Bailey decide to not bring down the hammer herself, and instead delegate is something we’ve almost never witnessed in 13 seasons. Is Bailey finding her zen? She definitely deserves some.
Next, there was the return of Arizona, fresh from her visit with Callie in New York and back with a new lease on life and co-parenting. While her first interaction with a still very bruised and battered DeLuca was as cold as an actual dead person , eventually Arizona remembered that she was named after a warm and sunny place and gave DeLuca a hug. A real, live hug. So far, DeLuca’s attempt to help a fellow resident who was heavily intoxicated resulted in him almost losing his eyesight and his career. Meredith vaguely threatened him during last week’s episode, and Jo’s attempt to check on DeLuca in the hospital was more centered around making sure he wouldn’t tell her secret. Maggie has been concerned about DeLuca, but we haven’t actually seen her helping him. Finally, someone gave this poor guy a hug! Miracle!
The third miracle of the episode was courtesy of Hugh Jackman in scrubs, Riggs. Although Meredith is intent on treating their love triangle like a problem to be solved between geometry and study period, Riggs has a better approach. Why not tell Maggie the truth about Riggs and Meredith. The truth? Like an adult? A true miracle for any Grey’s Anatomy relationship.
Finally, there was the greatest miracle of the episode, possibly even greater than seeing a woman come back from the dead. During his first scolding of the episode from Arizona, Karev was his usual cankerous self, too busy to take his lumps, instead delivering his trademark ‘shut up’ and storming off. It was a typical Karev move and one that after 13 seasons has left us with little incentive to feel any pity towards the character. But then, a miracle.
When Arizona later saw Karev starring longingly at tiny babies outside the NICU, she again delivered a verbal thrashing, but this time he listened! And he admitted that he knew he was wrong! He’s even going to work hard and do whatever it takes to be a surgeon again! Is that a hint of humbleness from Karev? It may only be October, but 34th street called and they want their miracle back.
Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV