This week’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy (Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV) doubles as the mid-season finale, which means we won’t be getting new episodes until January 18, 2018. It also means that Grey’s is about to do what it does best – leave fans with a cliffhanger like no other show. Every time we think Grey’s has to be out of shocking finales, they one-up themselves. This is why we can’t quit you, GA.
Grey’s Anatomy premiered in the summer of 2005, which means the series missed the Y2K fears that came with the millennium. On this week’s episode, Grey’s finally got their chance to go back in time and write their own version of what happens when our lives, and in this case, our hospitals, are run by computers. Admittedly, we thought an episode about a cyber attack was going to be a snooze. We were wrong.
A group of hackers quickly took over the computer systems, the labs, the monitors and the blood bank at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital, demanding 5,000 bitcoin, which translates to $20 million, a number the hackers know the hospital can hit because Jackson was bored and rich and wanted a contest. Dammit Jackson. While some patients were able to be saved thanks to Dr. Webber remembering his training from the ‘Stone Age’ (show some respect, April), there were a number of lives hanging in the balance.
We’re not really sure why Meredith decided to proceed with a non-urgent surgery when she knew the computer systems were down, but winning a Harper Avery can make you do stupid things, like pick the worst intern for your service and open a woman’s stomach in the dark. We left Meredith with her intern Glasses/Schmidt donating his own blood to the patient, a sight that made him queasy. But he’s okay with other people’s blood. Yeah, this guy was made for medicine.
Next, we had Jackson and Maggie continue their will they/won’t they dance while working on a patient who was recently reunited with his daughter. While transporting the patient on a helicopter, the pair were having a nice time bonding over their shared summer memories, which for Jackson included spending his days at the Country Club and for Maggie included working at the Country Club. Just as they were about to have a ‘moment,’ their patient began spurting blood all over the helicopter, which also meant that Jackson didn’t see Bailey calling him/Aretha Franklin to approve the $20 million ransom. So yeah, everyone in the hospital and possibly this helicopter is going to die.
It looked like we were finally going to get a good ending for Alex’s patient, a little boy whose mom has the hots for Karev (dammit Grey’s, can’t we just have one finale without a sick kid?). Jo had finally managed to track down the patient’s nurse to confirm which medication the little boy was given during the night shift, but just as she was running back to the room to stop Karev from giving the boy an injection that will likely kill him, she ran into the one person who could distract her from saving a kid.
We knew that Grey’s was going to bring Matthew Morrison back at some points as Jo’s abusive ex-husband, but with all the panic taking place during the finale, we forgot to even consider the possibility. Damn, Grey’s Anatomy. You’ve done it again.