Flashback episodes are usually just a way for TV series to kill some time during a long season, but this week’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy (Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV) helped define a character that we’ve known mostly in the past tense.
Megan Hunt has largely been spoken about but not seen, at least until this season of Grey’s. First, we knew that Owen was in the military and suffered from PTSD. Then we learned that his sister Megan was also in the military and kidnapped. A few seasons later we met Nathan, Owen’s old army buddy whom we quickly learned Owen now hated. Fast forward again to the bombshell that Nathan was engaged to Megan, but after she found out he cheated on her, she boarded a helicopter that would be the vehicle to her being kidnapped.
The bare bones have always been there, but on this week’s episode we saw the full story of what happened between Owen, Megan, Nathan, and fellow army surgeon and former Grey Sloan Memorial Doc, Teddy Altman. Not surprisingly, the truth is more complicated than the facts.
Owen and Teddy: The tension has always been high with Teddy and Owen, with Teddy loving Owen from afar and him being oblivious that the woman in front of him is amazing. Instead, he spent 2007 fighting with a girlfriend named Beth, which we can later sub for Christina and most recently, Amelia.
Megan and Nathan: The pair were definitely in love, or at least super hot for each other while in the military. When Megan finds a woman’s necklace in Nathan’s room, he uses it to propose to her instead of admitting he was having an affair. It would be a smooth move if the necklace wasn’t already engraved with the other woman’s initials. It’s the details that catch you up, cheaters!
Nathan and Teddy: Megan may not have been paying attention to the jewelry worn by her fellow soldiers, but Teddy was and recognized the necklace as property of another female on base. Nathan admitted that he panicked, but swears that he does want to marry Megan. Nathan comes clean to Megan, but she thinks he’s calling off the engagement because he found out she cheated on him, something we didn’t learn until this week’s episode. Well, now we dislike Nathan a little less.
Megan and Owen: Owen was the Commanding Officer of Megan’s regiment and instead of nominating his sister as the top ranking surgeon, he said she was too impulsive. Harsh, brother. The pair had a huge fight on their last day together, but after Megan found out that Nathan had cheated on her, Owen gave her special permission to board a different helicopter, one that was shot down. Owen punching Nathan makes a lot of sense.
Megan and her patient: Although Megan thought she was treating a woman who tried to stop a gunman from opening fire on soldiers, Teddy learned that the woman was one of the shooters. Unfortunately, it was too late to get Megan off the helicopter with her patient, which explains why rebel forces brought down the helicopter to rescue the woman and take Megan hostage. Honestly, the whole patient switch-a-roo seemed really similar to Season 13’s finale with the sexual assaulter taking Stephanie prisoner, but it still worked in the story line.
So, the plot holes have been filled in. Neither Megan nor Nathan were the best partners and Owen wasn’t the best brother. But Teddy was still the best. That we’re not surprised about.
In the end, Megan and her son are going to start over with Nathan on the beach and Owen has decided to end his marriage to Amelia instead of getting to know her post-tumor, which seems a bit rash, but when has this dude ever made a good decision about a relationship? We’d say that Owen’s new single status is great because it leaves room for him to finally get together with Teddy, but we want more for Dr. Altman. Also, who totally thought Christina was going to walk up during this final scene? We can always hope.
Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV.