[Warning: The following contains spoilers from Thursday's Grey's Anatomy. Read at your own risk!]
Dr. Minnick (Marika Dominczyk) — a double-board certified hotshot expert in teaching medicine — arrived at the hospital to "observe" the Grey Sloan residents after Catherine Avery (Debbie Allen) suggested an overhaul of the hospital's teaching program to Bailey (Chandra Wilson).
It took all of five seconds for Minnick to step on the attending surgeons' toes and put them all in fear of losing their jobs if they couldn't adapt to her "throw them in the deep end of the pool" teaching methods. As much as it terrified the surgeons — both attendings and residents — Minnick ended up having an effective approach.
The problem is that if Minnick decides to make herself a more permanent fixture at Grey Sloan, she doesn't want to share authority. What's that mean? She doesn't want to co-chair the residency program with Webber. She wants it all for herself and Bailey will have to make the final call. The bittersweet icing is that after spending an entire episode fighting Minnick's suggestions, Webber admitted that she had a good point of view and he's excited to work with her.
So now the big question is: Will Bailey throw her mentor and closest friend under the bus for the sake of the hospital? Catherine wasn't wrong when she said the residency program needed some belt-tightening. We've counted at least 16 times the doctors of Grey Sloan Memorial/Seattle Grace should have been fired for various actions of misconduct. Revitalizing the teaching program is essential to improving the pedigree of the hospital helping the residents avoid the mistakes of their predecessors.
At the same time, Dr. Webber is an institution. He helped foster the talents of Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), Alex Karev (Justin Chambers), Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh), on top of being Bailey's primary guiding influence. Webber may have had his share of mistakes, but that hospital — or the surgeons that keep it running — wouldn't be there without him. His driving force in life is being able to teach new classes of residents, and to take that away from him would not only demoralize him, but could jeopardize his sobriety and make him start drinking again.
Bailey has a grueling decision to make. Her primary job as Chief of Surgery is to create the best possible surgical program she can — but if Grey's is famous for anything, it's messy personal and professional conflicts. Does Bailey really have the guts to demote or fire Webber, even if she thinks it's the best thing for the hospital? This may be the first time we don't want to hear whatever epic Bailey speech she'll have to deliver to get this done.
Do you think there's any hope for Webber to keep his job?
Grey's Anatomy airs at 8/7c on ABC.