It’s been two months since Grey’s Anatomy (Thursdays at a new time of 7 p.m. ET on CTV) left us with a midseason cliffhanger. The hospital was under attack by cyber terrorists, Jackson and Maggie had their almost-kiss ruined by a patient exploding with blood, Meredith was in the middle of surgery with no power, and Jo had just been confronted by her ex-husband while on her way to save a child. Ain’t no cliffhanger like a Grey’s Anatomy cliffhanger because a Grey’s Anatomy cliffhanger leaves us with a gut punch.
Wasting no time, this week’s episode picked up without missing a beat. Jackson and Maggie returned to the hospital and managed to save their patient while still looking good covered in blood. Genetics? TV lighting? The pair had a few more near-kisses even though they still don’t have any chemistry. Can we stop shipping them already? After more will-they-won’t-they moments than we care to count, Jackson finally asked Maggie out for a date. Pointing out all the reasons why that would be a terrible idea on paper (they work together, they work with Jackson’s ex-wife, they work with their married parents), Maggie is saved from making a decision by her super-hot Tinder date, who shows up with his own set of blue eyes that could rival Jackson’s pair. Well, hello Clive. Now this could get interesting.
As for the hacker who is wreaking havoc on the hospital, Bailey enlists the help of new intern Casey, who has a background in cyber security. It turns out that cyber security is code for being charged with hacking into a government system. How does Bailey know Casey has a background in cyber security but doesn’t know about his sealed record? Moving on, Casey legally isn’t allowed to help the FBI or come within 10 feet of a computer, but after Bailey learns the FBI are more interested in catching the hacker than getting the power back on at the hospital, she logs Casey in and gives him a pass to work his magic. Casey gets the hospital back online in a matter of minutes after the hackers nearly kill every patient and worker from heat stroke. As for what Casey did that is both illegal enough to have a sealed record and moral enough for us to still like him? He hacked into the DMV to change his license from female to male when the agency refused to recognize him as a man. Yup, we like him. Plus, blowing up the blood bank doors with a defibrillator was pretty cool.
Now onto the week’s biggest story. After Jo decided to finally file for divorce from her husband Dr. Paul Sadler (Glee’s Matthew Morrison), he tracks her down at Grey Sloan Memorial along with his fiancé Jenny, played by Joy Lenz (shout out to my fellow One Tree Hill fans).
Paul also wants a divorce, but first he accepts Weber’s offer to help in surgery so that he can spend more time at the hospital mentally torturing Jo. It works, and within seconds she’s understandably in tears.
Paul is assigned to working with Meredith, who thankfully makes the connection between his name and the name of Jo’s ex-husband. Paul uses his time with Meredith to try to discredit Jo, but in a move that had us in tears (anyone else?), Meredith assures Jo that nothing he says matters. “You are Jo Wilson. I know exactly who you are.” It’s official, Jo is now one of Meredith’s people and the timing couldn’t be better.
Jo signs the divorce papers, but can’t let Paul and Jenny leave without checking on Jenny. With Arizona and Meredith creating a distraction, Jo manages to have a few moments alone with Jenny to relive some of the most traumatic beatings and periods of emotional abuse she suffered at the hands of Paul. Leaving Jenny with her phone number, Paul quickly finds it and returns to the hospital to threaten Jo.
And here’s where it gets (possibly) worse. After Jo wishes out loud to Meredith and Alex that her ex was dead, Meredith finds Jo and Alex at the hospital the next day watching April try to revive Paul, who has been hit by a car.
So. Who did it?
This is where Grey’s Anatomy is going into full Downton Abbey mode. Much like the storyline of Mr. Bates and Anna, who were suspected of murder after the man who attacked Anna wound up dead, Alex and Jo look like the obvious suspects.
Maybe they did hit him with their car. Or maybe it was Jenny. Or maybe it was a stranger with really, really bad timing. At this point, the only thing we know for sure is that we won’t know anything for sure until next week’s episode. And even that is a maybe.
Oh, Grey’s. We have missed your cliffhanger endings.
Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at a new time of 7 p.m. ET on CTV.