Can we have nice things even for a minute? Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and DeLuca (Giacomo Gianiotti) only just decided to give being a couple a real chance on Grey's Anatomy, but it looks like their romantic bliss is about to get its first test.
DeLuca's father, who we learned in The Elevator Scene has an undiagnosed mental illness, arrived in town to pitch his radical new medical idea: birthing babies in an artificial womb outside of the mother's body. According to him, he's already in the animal testing phase and successfully saw the birth of a baby lamb with his technology. Karev (Justin Chambers) is all on board for the potential medical miracle, but Meredith and DeLuca's sister, Carina (Stefanie Spampinato), have a lot of reservations about allowing DeLuca's father to set up shop at Grey Sloan.
DeLuca, on the other hand, is excited to have the opportunity to potentially work with his father. The science seems sound, and as DeLuca Sr. pointed out, if it's successful, it could put DeLuca closer to Meredith's level professionally. We know that a large part of DeLuca's attraction to Meredith is her brilliance, but it's understandable that same brilliance would push him to up his own professional game without riding her coattails. Meredith needs someone to challenge her and DeLuca is trying to be the guy that competes. We respect the hell out of that.
While they're diametrically opposed stances on the issues didn't cause an all-out fight, there was a tense moment when DeLuca begged Meredith to trust him. Can she do that when she has personal experience with being in denial over a parent's loss of mental faculties? If DeLuca Sr. begins to reveal signs of not being all there or the project starts to show red flags of not being legitimate, that tension could grow to resentment between the new couple.
However, this does not mean we should lose hope! There were reassuring things that happened in this episode as well. Meredith didn't rat DeLuca's father out directly to Alex, claiming she didn't want to break DeLuca's trust because he's someone she "cares about quite a bit." Instead, she advised Carina to tell Alex the truth, and when DeLuca asked her about it she was honest and upfront about it. The key to overcoming any relationship hurdle, even those created by melodramatic TV shows, is communication. The fact that both Meredith and DeLuca could be honest about this, even if it was unpleasant, is a really good sign for their future as a couple. Every relationship will be tested, and there's no doubt that this situation is not completely sorted out, but they are showing the signs of being the real deal.
The same cannot be said for Owen (Kevin McKidd) and Amelia (Caterina Scorsone), who are done for real for real now. They attempted to work out a joint custody plan for baby Leo, but instead they got into a bitter fight that put the nail in the coffin of their relationship when Owen said that Amelia made herself fundamentally unlovable. Yeah, that one is going to sting for a while, but he's not completely wrong. It takes no provocation to send Amelia looking for a reason to run — it's just that in this situation she's actually the one seeing the big picture. She knows that when Teddy (Kim Raver) has Owen's kid, everything will change. The bond that will create will leave no room for her and she's actually thinking straight when she realizes it's better to end it now rather than watch herself slowly but surely pushed out of Owen's heart. It just sucks that Owen can't get over his hurt feelings to see that she's actually doing both of them a favor.
Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8/7c on ABC.