It’s decided, y’all. On Grey's Anatomy Season 9, Episode 16: "This Is Why We Fight," former Seattle Grace-Mercy West docs are chipping in their plane crash survival money to buy the hospital and save it from a Pegasus-induced death. And the episode opens with a very pregnant looking Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) scheming about how to convince Crest Capital to give them the remaining $175 million needed, while keeping their friends in the dark. (Chump change, obvs.)
Meanwhile, back at the hospital, the patients aren’t the only thing hemorrhaging — so is the staff. And it looks like Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams) is going to be the next to go (to Boston!), especially if his mother Catherine has anything to say about it. We get it. The only thing saving this hospital is a mega-influx of cash and quick.
Cue the Pegasus Corp. Yep, Dr. Cahill convinced them to reconsider and they’re back in — so long as the deal can close by 8 a.m. the following day. But they’re not looking to restore Seattle Grace-Mercy West to its former glory. They’re in it to make a quick buck and will be liquidating all remaining resources and staff in the process. And when Brooks (Tina Majorino) overhears the plan, their impending doom spreads like wildfire through the hospital halls. Looks like time’s a tickin’ for our former favorite docs to swoop in and save the day.
The only one still in the dark about the Pegasus plan? Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd). Until Ross (Gaius Charles) spills the beans in a middle of Hunt’s surgery, prompting a major OR meltdown.
Back at the Crest Capital offices, the docs have finally made their way to the infamous Julian Crest, who admits that he’s “not really feeling” their hospital investment pitch. He wants to run it himself instead— or at least get them someone on their team with some serious administrative and management experience.
Guess it’s time for Cristina and Mer to own up to Hunt and Webber, respectively, and beg for their help. Owen’s response? He has to take this plan to the board to buy them some time.
But before we find out the fate of Seattle Grace-Mercy West, it’s time for another awkward OR showdown. And this time it’s the super-sweet kind between Jackson and Stephanie as they finally own up to their real feelings for each other! “Maybe we’ll wind up somewhere near each other,” Jackson tells her. “It wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.” Except it would be because we obviously all want you with Kepner (Sarah Drew). Come on now, Avery.
True confessions are clearly the theme of the hour because now it’s Jo’s turn to (tearfully) tell Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) just how much she cares about him. Just tell him you love him, Jo — put us all out of our misery.
Aw-worthy moments aside, it’s time to get back to business and find out if the docs’ new plan to bring Owen and Richard on board was enough to convince Julian to invest. Turns out, it wasn’t. Way to bring on the waterworks, Shonda Rhimes.
Amidst all the heartbreaking moments the night before the closure — Arizona and Callie talk about selling Mark’s apartment, Karev, Hunt, and Yang drink their sorrows away — Richard and Catherine’s pillow talk takes a turn for the serious when he reveals exactly what happened with the venture capitalist. “I’m not ready to retire,” he reveals. “I always thought I’d end my career here.”
The next morning, the docs rally at the hospital for what we assume will be their final farewell — but that’s the last thing that Catherine has up her sleeve. The Harper Avery Foundation would like to partner with them and invest the millions they need, but only on the condition that one of their representatives sits on the Board of Directors. And no, that rep isn’t gonna be Catherine. It’s going to be Jackson Avery. Haven’t you learned guys? $175 million don’t come cheap.
Be sure to tune in when Grey’s Anatomy returns to find out exactly what’s going to happen to Seattle Grace-Mercy West now that Jackson’s helming the ship.