After several weeks of pretty heavy storylines on Grey's Anatomy, we finally got a lighter installment with Thursday's episode, in which a "Dream Team" of Grey Sloan surgeons perform a miracle surgery.
At the start of the hour, Callie (Sara Ramirez), Meredith (Ellen Pompeo), Jo (Camilla Luddington), Bailey (Chandra Wilson) and Jackson (Jesse Williams) are doing a dry run of the procedure on a dummy. Turns out Owen (Kevin McKidd) has been called upon by a military hospital for a consult on a man with a massive tumor. The proposed plan of treatment is basically to create a one-legged man, i.e. performing a series of amputations and manipulations so that he has a single functional leg coming out of his pelvis. Just another day at the office!
After the patient suffers a mishap, the doctors are rushed off to the military hospital (Grey Sloan road trip!) to operate as quickly as possible. In the van, Bailey reveals that one of the (very handsome) neuro-ophthalmologists is expressing an interest in Meredith, but she's having none of it.
When they arrive at the hospital, the Grey Sloan group immediately clashes with with Major Thorpe (Young and the Restless alum Scott Elrod), a sergeant surgeon who doesn't like strangers encroaching on his territory. Callie opts to not play nice, insisting that the team of "miracle workers" is here to save the day (despite the fact that they've only practiced the procedure once). "We're so screwed," Meredith mutters. This isn't going to be pretty.
But not all of their welcomes are so icy. One of the other surgeons shamelessly flirts with Jackson, asking whether she can watch the surgery so that she can observe Dr. Avery's "technique" (and, let's be honest, probably his eyes, too). Jo is endlessly amused.
Meanwhile, back at Grey Sloan, DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti) and Maggie (Kelly McCreary) are keeping up their on-call room trysts under wraps, and while Maggie finds their secret relationship fun, it's clearly starting to grate on DeLuca - especially when it prevents him from responding to pages on time.
The pressing case of the week is a group of cheerleaders who are brought into the hospital, and whose interpersonal drama nearly overshadows the fact that one of them is suffering from a potentially life-threatening condition that causes fluctuations in her heart. She's rushed into surgery, and Stephanie (Jerrika Hinton) - a former cheerleader herself - manages to stop the infighting for a few minutes and teach them all a lesson about priorities.
Elsewhere, Ben (Jason George) and Intern No. 3 (whose name is Spencer, apparently), respond to a psych patient who appears to have swallowed a sharp object. With no tools in sight, Ben opts to cut the patient open right then and there. Though his actions save the patient's life, they also result in a harsh rebuke from Webber - and later from Bailey, who receives frantic pages about the situation over at the military hospital. Though the wife in her is impressed that Ben used his bare hands and a clipboard to open up a patient, the chief in her has to follow hospital protocol and give him a three-day suspension.
While Ben's performing his surgery, Stephanie and Penny (Samantha Sloyan) debate the merits of dating hospital higher-ups from the observation deck, noting that Ben - a.k.a. the Chief's husband - is performing a surgery when he probably should be starting his suspension. Andrew, who's watching with them, takes note.
In a moment of down time, Maggie confides to Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) about the fact that DeLuca wants to take their relationship public. "Why do we have to parade it around?" Maggie wonders, confessing that if it all falls apart, she doesn't want to be thought of as the woman who went after the cute intern, only to have it blow up in her face. Amelia, for her part, can do little more than salivate at the thought of going to a movie with Owen and holding his hand in public.
Back at the military hospital, Callie freaks out in the middle of the surgery when she realizes she can't do the reconstruction after all. The patient's bones aren't viable enough to carry out Plan A, and they don't have a Plan B. Whoops.
But, after some prodding from Meredith, Callie finally comes up with a solution and in the end, they really do end up pulling off a miracle. It's the first of two as, when the doctors are getting ready to leave, the douche-y military surgeon asks for Meredith's number and - surprise! - she gives it to him. Is Dr. Grey ready to get back into the dating game?
Also making a bold move when it comes to relationships is Maggie, who decides to throw caution to the wind and take her relationship with DeLuca public at the end of the episode, announcing in front of everyone that she can't participate in an evening surgery with Riggs (Martin Henderson) because she has a date. With DeLuca. Because that's the person she's dating. "That was difficult to watch," Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) tells her.
What did you think, Grey's fans? Do you want to see Meredith start dating? Are you happy Maggie and DeLuca are taking their relationship public? And where does the one-legged man case rank in the history of medical cases on Grey's Anatomy?
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