Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) gets pummeled around like a punching bag on this week's episode of Grey's Anatomy. Or, you know, like DeLuca (Giacomo Giovanni) when Alex was whaling on him a week or so prior.
First, Alex gets the unwelcome surprise during his court appearance that he's being charged with second-degree felony assault, meaning he could face serious jail time. With Jo (Camilla Luddington) watching from the back of the room, he pleads not guilty.
Back at the hospital, Bailey (Chandra Wilson) reads Alex the riot act for giving her another problem to deal with. Then, Alex misreads a young kidney patient's chart, and snaps at Ben (Jason George) when he tries to point out the error, resulting in the boy having to have surgery and Alex getting kicked off the case.
Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) doesn't help matters when she accidentally(?) threatens DeLuca in the elevator by suggesting that he should focus on his career rather than taking Alex to trial. (Good news for DeLuca, though - his medical career isn't over after all, and Meredith later tries to make amends by calling him in on the aforementioned kidney surgery.)
Another blow comes when Alex arrives at Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) and Owen's (Kevin McKidd) housewarming party and runs into Jo, who's leaving. He tries to apologize to her and she shuts him down as coldly as he shut her down in last week's episode, telling him "I'm sorry" isn't going to fix all the damage he's caused with both his fists and his words.
Later, torn between her friendship to him and her professional responsibilities as chief, Bailey tells Alex she doesn't want to fire him but can't in good conscience allow him to carry on as a surgeon with a felony assault charge hanging over his head. So she re-assigns him to the clinic (the Denny Duquette Clinic, Alex notes glumly), which is short-staffed.
Elsewhere in the episode, Jackson (Jesse Williams) and April's (Sarah Drew) baby, Harriet, is finally "fat and healthy" enough to come home from the hospital - but unfortunately, April isn't. Her incision has opened up, and so she needs to stay at Grey Sloan a little while longer while it's treated. Jackson suggests that she and Harriet come live with him when she's released, and even though she turns him down (citing "boundaries" and all that), it's pretty clear that these two are on track to get back together. Probably.
After a week's worth of sex dreams, which she (over)shares with Meredith, Maggie (Kelly McCreary) finally works up the courage to ask Riggs (Martin Henderson) out. But, at Meredith's urging, he gently turns Maggie down, telling her that he's not ready to date anyone right now. (Well, anyone not named Meredith, that is.) Unfortunately, Maggie takes this as just a temporary no, rather than a permanent one, so this is clearly a disaster waiting to happen - especially after Meredith confesses to Alex that she slept with Riggs.
Other thoughts from the episode:
-Drink for the "pop culture Hamilton reference" when Webber (James Pickens Jr.) compares himself to Revolutionary War spy Hercules Mulligan
-Anyone else think Jo was being a bit too sensitive when she took umbrage at Amelia saying she was going to beat the crap out of her patient's (apparently female) tumor?
-Torres mention! Apparently Sara Ramirez's official exit from the show is going to be a rather unceremonious one, with Webber telling Bailey in a throwaway line that people are fighting over ortho territory now that Callie's left.
-George Michael's "Faith" is an incredibly odd choice for a lullaby, no?
Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8/7c on ABC.