If you were hoping for Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) and Link's (Chris Carmack) budding bedroom behavior to be a temporary situation, well, you probably haven't been paying attention to the last 14 years of Grey's Anatomy,because nothing happens in a vacuum on this show — well, except that hyperbaric chamber business, but you get it.
Amelia did her best to conceal their hookup in San Fran, but she couldn't resist telling Maggie (Kelly McCreary) about all the mind-blowing boots-knocking she did down there, especially after her pseudo-sister notices she doesn't need the new blue zen room to dial down her stress levels. That's when Link stumbled in and mentioned his own trip to the Golden Gate City, and whaddya know? There goes the cat right out of the bag.
Amelia still wanted things between them to be professional, so they agreed to some distance until a snowmobile crash brought along a victim who needed both of their expertise — and the outcome of their hard work was not as they hoped. Instead of restoring the woman's C-spine, she was left paralyzed, and the two had no choice but to commiserate over it all in the blue room. Huzzah for Amelink 'shippers?!
In other news, Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) spent most of her day in a room full of plants — another of Maggie's stress-relief tests — while DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti) sorted out his feelings over family business. After being shot down for a conversation and coffee, her patience started to wear thin. After all she's been through, she doesn't have time for games and wondering whether some boyfriend is mad at her over things she can't control. Luckily, before she showed up to deliver that exact message, Karev (Justin Chambers) had already given him a stern heads up about being cold to people who care. As he put it, "When people reach out a hand, you don't bite it ... the only thing it does is that they stop reaching out." DeLuca prepared an elegant home cooked meal with wine and candles to compensate for his snippiness, and all is well in MerLucaland.
Things were getting mighty interesting with Teddy Altman (Kim Raver) and her two gents, though. An onset of early contractions landed her on temporary bed rest, and when Owen (Kevin McKidd) got the page, he decided to leave Koracick (Greg Germann) behind in the birthing prep class to charm her with compliments about her strength and resilience and how much of star she'll be for her daughter-on-the-way. Koracick eventually caught on to what was happening, though, and politely informed Owen that he'll not be stepping aside to let him try to win Teddy's heart again. He warned Owen that if he's now trying to make a play for Teddy's heart, he'll fight for her, and it'll get ugly.
"You chose Amelia, more than once," he reminded him. "My history is I love Teddy. I'm in love with her, and only her. And she deserves to be with someone for whom she is the first and only choice." Who knew Tom had it in him, honestly?
Additional thoughts on the episode:
- The reaction Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.) had to the subject of non-binary gender pronouns is fascinating, albeit a little frustrating to behold.
- Jackson (Jesse Williams) is starting to imagine life without Katherine, and it's heartbreaking and and necessary all at once.
- We need to go ahead and prepare ourselves for whatever's happened between Jo (Camilla Luddington) and her mother. We don't get to see much of it this episode — except her avoidance of Alex and her devastated face in bed — but the preview for next episode looks brutal. As if she hasn't already been through enough, gah!
Grey's Anatomy airs on Thursdays at 8/7c on ABC.