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On this week’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy (Thursday’s at 7 p.m. ET on CTV), the past came back to haunt more than a few of the doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. Whether it was the hospital’s new #MeToo movement–thanks to Jackson’s awful grandfather Harper Avery–or Alex’s past as a one-man welcoming committee to the female staff, there’s no escaping bad and sometimes illegal behaviour.

After weeks of anticipation, Thursday’s episode featured the return of Nurse Olivia, the woman Alex cheated on Izzy with and gave syphilis to, who then gave it to George. Ugh, that’s so much bad karma in one exchange. Also, this show has been on a looooong time. We get Schmidt being worried he too now has syphilis from his one night with Jo. Sleep with one person, sleep with all their partners, right?

Olivia originally came to the hospital because her son swallowed a squeaky toy, but then used the opportunity to hang all of Alex’s dirty laundry out to dry in front of Jo as way to ‘warn’ Jo. Is that what she was doing, or was this 10 years of revenge she had been waiting to exact? Well, getting syphilis from a partner is crappy, so she gets a pass.

Alex spent most of the episode acting cagey, which I thought was because he was worried that Olivia’s son was actually his, but it turns out that his mom hasn’t been cashing his cheques, making him think that she’s either dead or is living on the street. Worrying that your mom is in trouble definitely puts running into an ex in perspective. And syphilis. Kinda.

Next up in men behaving badly, it’s time for Harper Avery. I’m not saying what Alex did was even remotely close to Harper Avery’s years of assaulting women, but it hasn’t been a good week for the men of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. The Avery Foundation is also way bigger than I realized and if the Harper Avery scandal takes everyone down, that means 72 hospitals. Damn, Jackson is super rich.

Meredith was upset that Jackson didn’t want to try a risky surgery and have yet another bad outcome for the hospital, but thankfully he got over his fear after Meredith spent the day bullying him (the 0.0001 per cent of time bullying is okay) and the pair successfully performed a tumour removal on the face of a young boy. Side note, did someone in the music department get a cut for playing Justin Timberlake’s new single “Say Something” during Jackson’s (Jesse Williams) surgery scene? Considering Timberlake wrote the song in response to backlash he faced after tweeting about William’s 2016 BET speech, it seems too big a coincidence to have not been on purpose. We see what you’re doing, Grey’s Anatomy. Someone got free tickets to the Super Bowl this year.

Post-tumour removal, Meredith and Jackson worked together to propose that Jackson’s mother Catherine go back to her maiden name of Fox and rename the foundation and all the hospitals, which seems like a much better plan than her being the fall guy for her awful father-in-law. How does Meredith have the time to raise three children, remove a giant tumor from a patient’s face, come up with a hospital-saving plan, and curl her hair? It really is amazing.

Oh yeah, and Dr. Roy is back too. Can’t say that I blame him for suing the hospital for wrongful termination. He was given a weed cookie at work by an attending and then fired for being high. Okay, he should have fessed up to being under the influence, but the guy has a case.

Scratch that, it’s not a bad week for the men of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. It’s a bad week for all the employees.


Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 7 p.m. ET on CTV.