A Bad Day at Seattle Grace: Grey’s Anatomy Season 8, Episode 9 Recap
Dark may have been the night, but good was the episode! Seriously, this episode ratcheted up the tension in a way we haven't seen since Gary Clark declared open season on the halls of Seattle Grace. (And oh, Sandra Oh, we are once again impressed with you!) So what had us on the edge of our seat? Read on.
Picking up where last week's episode left off, Teddy (Kim Raver) rushes Henry to Seattle Grace, 'cuz you just don't mess with bloody coughing. That biznazz is serious! The docs do a CT scan and realize that Henry has a endobronchial carcenoid tumor. Teddy wants to zap it with a laser, but Richard (James Pickens Jr.) is unfamiliar with the technique, no other attending surgeon is available, and Teddy obviously can't operate on Henry. So they decide on Cristina (Sandra Oh) and conspire to keep Henry's identity hidden so that Cristina thinks she's just operating on some Joe Schmoe. She does her best, but Henry's tumor had eaten through an artery, so he bleeds out on the table and kicks the bucket. It's only then that Owen (Kevin McKidd) tells Cristina the awful truth, and she has a breakdown. Meanwhile, Teddy is scrubbed in on another case in another OR, and Owen acts like the surgery was successful so that Teddy could finish her job. We never see Teddy realize her husband is dead. Well, gee, hope you weren't planning on being happy this weekend!
Callie's (Sara Ramirez) patient, a young mother who underwent a spinal fusion to correct her scoliosis, suddenly takes a turn for the worse. When Teddy and April (Sarah Drew) cut her open, they realize that a loose screw has gouged a tear in the woman's left ventricle. They blame Callie, who blames Jackson (Jesse Williams) for leaving a screw loose, and herself for not paying better attention to her student, but Bailey (Chanda Wilson) tells her that it's just a hazard of working in a teaching hospital.
Social worker Janet calls Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and tells her that the judge has cancelled her and Derek's (Patrick Dempsey) court date, meaning the judge doesn't even want to hear their side of the story. Mer is morose, and Derek tries to console her by saying that they'd try again, but Mer tells him that it's all over; it's either Zola or no kid at all.
Meanwhile, Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) sends Meredith and Alex (Justin Chambers) to a small podunk clinic in the Washington boonies to pick up a newborn suffering from a tracheoesophageal fistula because the clinic has no support for neonatal operations. So Alex and Mer go, they retrieve the little cherub, and they head back. But on the way, the ambulance breaks down, right in the middle of a road... with no shoulder... on a hill... on a curve... in the rain. In other words, they're sitting ducks, and the ambulance is so laden with oxygen that it's liable to explode if another car crashes into it. But Alex and Mer refuse to leave the baby or each other, so they sit and wait and chat. And right in the middle of their sharing feelings, an impact from another car sends them reeling. They pick themselves up and realize that they're bruised and battered but okay. (They were on the phone with Arizona, Derek, and Mark [Eric Dane] at the time, but the call was cut off in the crash, so the latter have no idea of Alex's and Mer's condition.) When they finally emerge from the wreck, they see that all four passengers of the SUV which hit them are dead.
Just another cheery, bright and shiny episode of Grey's Anatomy, filled with unicorns and rainbows! What's your take, Grey's fans? Did this episode enthrall you like it did us? Or did it just seriously bum you out? Sound off in the comments section below.