The episode opens on a pretty funny note, with Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) super uncomfortable with the level of boundaries (or lack thereof) her new roommate Jo (Camilla Luddington) has set, such as stripping down right in front of her in their shared bathroom and cutting in line for the shower. ("It's like residents gone wild," she notes.)
Meanwhile, in less upbeat news, Bailey (Chandra Wilson) is helping Ben (Jason Winston George) and his brother Kurt (Benjamin Patterson) distribute their father's ashes (illegally, in a park), when Kurt collapses out of the blue.
At the hospital, Maggie (Kelly McCreary), who's been watching Bailey and Zola while Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) was allegedly having a romantic rendezvous with Derek in D.C., very suspiciously asks her half-sister how the romantic weekend actually went. (Uh-oh.) And later, Maggie confronts Meredith, confessing that Derek called her three times to find out where Meredith (and her "suitcase full of lingerie") were. More on that later.
As Meredith and Bailey are treating Kurt, Bailey begins to suspect that he may be taking hormone treatments in the process of undergoing a gender transition. (Ben, meanwhile, suspects he's using illegal drugs.) When Kurt starts coughing up blood and is rushed to the ER, Bailey explains the situation to Ben and tells him flatly: "Your brother is becoming your sister."
Catherine Avery (Debbie Allen), sporting a new haircut(!) has reconnected with Richard (James Pickens Jr.) but is trying to keep her distance from Jackson and April, at their request. Still, this doesn't stop her from offering some (perhaps contradictory) motherly advice to Jackson about giving April her space while simultaneously being there for her after the loss of their baby. (April, as a side note, is unseen for the entirety of this episode.)
Jo and Callie (Sara Ramirez) are treating a patient who faked a fainting spell to get out of a proposal from her overbearing boyfriend, as Hermann (Geena Davis) has planted a flag on the couch in the hospital, a position she uses to disturbingly hit on Owen (Kevin McKidd). But she's probably just kidding ... right? On a related note, Arizona's indignation, matched with Hermann's being completely impressed when Alex (Justin Chambers) brings up the lawsuit She Who Shall Not Be Named filed against Arizona last season, is kind of amazing. And later, when Owen confesses to Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) that Hermann was flirting with him, she gets adorably jealous. Foreshadowing.
But despite all the flirting that's going on, angst still abounds at Grey Sloan Memorial. Callie and Amelia spend almost an entire surgery lamenting their lack of game, and, when Fainting Girl can't bring herself to break up with her clingy boyfriend herself, Callie does it for her. "You'll be fine without her. And it may take awhile to find the right person, but you will find her," she tells the jilted lover (and herself).
After insultingly referring to Maggie as her "babysitter" and basically telling her to MYOB, Meredith finally admits to Maggie that she got all the way to the gate at the airport but couldn't get on the plane - and then spent a weekend by herself in a hotel by the airport - which apparently consisted of raiding the minibar, shouting at the TV, and jumping on the bed in her underwear. (Brief rant: You do you, Meredith, but seriously, you are a surgeon. You couldn't afford better accommodations? Anyway.)
Ben is having a tough time (to put it mildly) dealing with Kurt's transition, and Bailey is outraged at his insensitive reaction. She enlists Jackson's help to guide
Kurt Roslyn through the transition, and it's pretty heartwarming. Though, who knows what kind of wedge this will drive between B&B.
Dr. Hermann has a newfound respect for Arizona after learning she's got a bit of a bad side, and admits to her protégé that she's claimed the couch because she has decided to live in the hospital until her tumor is "over, whatever that means." (And from the looks of it, Amelia is prepared to pull out all the stops in next week's episode.)
Speaking of Amelia, after leaving the hospital, she brings a bottle of
wine sparkling water over to Owen's Airstream in a terribly awkward attempt to flirt, and gets so flustered that she ends up running away. But he chases after her and they end up making out. I'm still unsure how I feel about this relationship, but I'm willing to coast with it for now.
While Arizona and Hermann are having a (platonic) sleepover in the hospital, Callie's back to flirting with men at Joe's, and Alex is listening to Meredith gripe about her marriage. What if Derek didn't smile when she got off the plane, she wonders? You never know until you try, Mer. You never know until you try.
What did you think, Grey's fans? Are you rooting for an Owen/Amelia romance? How do you think the show handled this week's transgender story line? And do you think Callie is ready to move on? Sound off in the comments!
Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8/7c on ABC.