Trauma will strike Seattle Grace once again in Thursday's episode of Grey's Anatomy when a plane crashes into a bus just outside the hospital. Or at least that's what Dr. Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd) tells the doctors.
After winning the $1 million grant for his disaster training pitch, the Army doc will set up a mock trauma outside of the hospital. "He basically sets up a mass casualty situation out in the parking lot of the hospital, creating this crazy environment to push the residents so they can learn about mass-trauma situations that aren't necessarily orthodox," McKidd says.
In torrential downpour, the doctors must triage the patients, which are dummies with note cards explaining their symptoms. "At any given moment I can flip over that card and give the person new symptoms," McKidd says. "He keeps them there until every single patient dies."
Owen has pulled big stunts in the past. (Remember the skills lab he conducted with pigs?) This time around, the lesson is about accepting that not every tragedy has a happy ending.
"He sets up an impossible situation where they can't win; it's all about losing and dealing with the harsh reality of trauma surgery," McKidd says. "He's teaching them that they have to work through the deaths in massive traumas."
McKidd also teases that one doctor in particular will stand out by using unconventional methods, showing they have a natural gift for Trauma like the late George O'Malley (T.R. Knight).
Which doc do you think will step up to the plate?
Grey's Anatomy airs Thursday at 9/8c on ABC.