"Suddenly," Grey's Anatomy is back! Season 8, Episode 10: “Suddenly” picks up right where we left off, with Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Alex (Justin Chambers) looking out upon the dead passengers of the car that rammed into their ambulance. Except — whoops, we were wrong — they're alive!
Well, most of them are. The granny is as dead as Isaiah Washington's career. Oldest daughter Lily has bumps and bruises, so Meredith puts her to work pumping air into the baby's lungs. The father and mother are critically injured, the younger daughter has a shard of glass sticking out her eye (which is gross), and the brother is trapped under wreckage.
Alex spots a car coming, so Mer tries in vain to unpin the kid and then runs out to stop the car with her Hulk-like strength or something. Luckily, the headlights belong to another ambulance, and the gang all convoys back to SGMWH. The mother “suddenly” flatlines and dies, Michael survives a liver tear and malignant hypothermia, the sister gets her eye back, and the father codes multiple times. Lily asks Meredith to pull the plug on her dad; Meredith gently tells her that she can't make that decision; Lily says, Uh, yeah, actually I can, I just turned 18 a few hours ago, sucka! So the father dies, and it's all very sad. Yeah, we're being glib about it, but it's sad.
Speaking of sad, when, oh when will someone tell Teddy (Kim Raver) that she's a widow?! C'mon, people, throw that woman a freakin' bone already! Alright, actually, the logic is very sound: Richard (James Pickens Jr.) and Owen (Kevin McKidd) want Teddy to finish her surgery while she's still grief-less. Except the surgery takes forever, even after Owen sends in a reluctant Cristina (Sandra Oh) to assist. They even have to take the woman's heart out of her body.
Finally, after much dancing and whooping and Kepner-teasing, Cristina and Teddy finish the surgery. Cristina makes April (Sarah Drew) close the chest cavity while she gives Teddy a blow-by-blow of Henry's surgery and death. Teddy, in disbelief, makes Cristina spell it out and then leaves. She's understandably nasty to the orderly in the morgue and, once that woman beats a hasty retreat, Teddy spends a quiet moment in the morgue with a very green-looking Henry. (Okay, it's official: we're flippant about TV death.)
Meanwhile, in less dramatic news, Alex defies Arizona's (Jessica Capshaw) orders to rest after the highway trauma, staying on the case with her to make sure the baby he and Mer transported is okay; Callie(Sara Ramirez) takes the fall for Jackson (Jesse Williams), telling the husband of the heart patient that Jackson's mistake was hers; Ben saves the day in the OR, and he and Bailey (Chanda Wilson) reconcile and maybe even semi-flirt.
Mark's (Eric Dane) new girlfriend Julia is the hero surgeon who saves the girl's eye, making even Lexie (Chyler Leigh) stop drinking Hater-ade and like her. We'd probably like her too, if she weren't so dull! Oh, and for the record, we got a lot of super-nasty close-ups while Julia pulled the glass shard out of the eyeball. So much for the ice cream sundae we were just about to enjoy.
But the biggest news comes at the end, when Derek (Patrick Dempsey) arrives home to find Meredith nearly passed out on a place mat, too tired to even wait for her pizza in an upright position. When the doorbell rings, she answers it to find not a pimply delivery boy, but instead social worker Janet carrying Zola and saying, "She's yours." Wowza! Happy New Year indeed!
Make sure to catch next week’s Grey’s Anatomy Season 8, Episode 11: “This Magic Moment,” at 9pm ET/PT on ABC.
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