Grey’s Anatomy Season 9 Premiere Recap: Arizona Loses Her Leg, Seattle Grace Loses Mark
Let us start by saying that we apologize for any grammatical errors or misspellings in this recap. We can hardly see through the tears that are still streaming down our faces hours after watching Grey's AnatomySeason 9, Episode 1: "Going, Going, Gone," where we learned that multiple things are “gone,” one of which being Bailey’s (Chandra Wilson) old nickname. No, that’s not why we’re crying. Although the Nazi was better than BCB.
What’s a BCB, you ask? Combine a very giddy Dr. Bailey, a very sexy fiance, and a long-distance relationship with occasional visits and you get a BCB … booty-call Bailey. We know. We could hardly believe it ourselves. And yes, we love it too. But with Bailey carrying on the bright-and-shiny side of things, Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) was left with no choice but to earn a nickname of her very own.
… and we shall call her Medusa. It’s not as menacing as the Nazi, but the new interns don’t exactly appear to be a group of intellectual firecrackers. We really only know two things about them: As a group, they seem to like sleeping around, and they like to cry inappropriately in hallways. Come on guys. Everyone knows that you cry in two places at Seattle Grace-Mercy West: elevators or storage closets, like Callie. We’ll get to that in a second. For now, let’s finish the intern updates. Their hobbies include sleeping with Alex (Justin Chambers), getting yelled at by Meredith and sucking at appendectomies. But we’d be lying if we said that our hearts didn’t flutter with excitement at the sight of Friday Night Light’s Gaius Charles. It’s Smash, baby!
Sorry. Back to the docs. Around the hospital, everyone seems to be hung up on the idea of 5 p.m. We very quickly get the feeling that it has to do with our beloved Mark (Eric Dane) only to learn that 5 p.m. will be the moment when they pull the plug. What plug?! McSteamy’s in a coma?! We know what you’re thinking. We’ve been there. Apparently Seattle’s sexiest doctor (we went there) has been unresponsive for 30 days, and according to his wishes, that’s the end of his fight. WHAT. JUST. HAPPENED? All we know is that it’s tissue time.
This topic brings us to our favorite part of the episode: the trip down Mark-memory lane, where we get a glimpse at all of the Marks we love: the young Mark with longer hair, the slutty Mark with no shirt, the cocky surgeon Mark with a sheepish grin, the Lexie (Chyler Leigh)-loving Mark in a suit and the (semi) mature Mark with adorable baby Sophia. That might very well be the prettiest dying man we’ve ever seen.
But if you’re able to focus on anything else, between the Mark flashbacks and the anticipation of 5 p.m., we also get to check in with Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh), who’s looking not-quite-herself in some v-neck dark green scrubs at the Mayo Clinic. There are so many things wrong with that sentence. At her new job, Cristina spends her time avoiding attendings, skyping Meredith and being told to leave her ego behind. Good luck with that one, Minnesota. Unable to force herself to get on a plane, Cristina misses Mark’s goodbye, and she’s not the only one.
After proving that he’s as complex as ever — first he shows no tact by bringing up Lexie and then he sits with Callie (Sara Ramirez) as she cries — Alex says a quick goodbye before heading to the airport to go to Johns Hopkins. Don’t worry. He doesn’t get on the plane. He ends up right where he belongs … sitting next to Meredith at an airport bar.
Meanwhile,Owen (Kevin McKidd) spends his day wandering aimlessly before flying out to visit April (Sarah Drew). You know, the only girl in cut-throat Seattle to get rehired … TWICE.
But even as Hunt tries to fix things post-crash, Derek (Patrick Dempsey) and Callie can’t help falling apart. First, Derek’s hand goes numb during surgery, and then we learn that there’s a new attending to replace Arizona (Jessica Capshaw), which leads us to ask (or scream): What happened to Arizona?! Just you wait.
As 5 p.m. approaches, Jackson (Jesse Williams) proves that Mark has trained him well. So well in fact that he can have entire conversations with himself. After telling Mark that he can take it from here (cue the tears), Jackson leaves the room so that Richard (James Pickens Jr.) can start the process of letting go. And with a crowd in the hallway, Callie on his left and Derek on his right, Mark stops fighting.
Callie, however, can’t. Because when she goes home, she is faced with a very angry and very depressed wife. Are you ready for it? Turns out, Callie amputated Arizona’s left leg after the crash, and Arizona has since quit her job. We’ll give you a second to gasp an appropriate amount. Done? OK.
Between George (T.R. Knight), Mark and now Arizona, Callie has had some dramatic (and traumatic) relationships. We look forward to seeing how the Arizona situation pans out, but unfortunately, our tear ducts can’t say the same.
We just have one question: If the episode picked up a few months after the accident, but Mark’s been unconscious for 30 days, what happened during the first 30 days? Maybe we’ll find out next week when we return to the crash. For now, we’re going to pause our televisions on that final smiling image of Mark and imagine that he’s walking around the afterlife with Lexie … in nothing but a towel.
Catch the next new episode of Grey’s Anatomy on Thursday, October 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT onABC.
Samantha Highfill is a contributing writer to Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter at@samhighfill.