On Grey's Anatomy, it’s not unusual for a doctor to totally ignore orders (ahem, Izzie Stevens), and in Season 9, Episode 14: "The Face of Change" that’s exactly what went down.
When April (Sarah Drew) calls Jackson (Jesse Williams) with an emergency plea, the Seattle Grace-Mercy West docs band together to save a child who was struck in a hit-and-run. There’s only one problem: the hospital is no longer a certified trauma unit, and therefore, not supposed to take emergency surgery patients. That is, until April calls Jackson and tells him the boy will die unless they help him. (Apparently, April is the new Izzie.)
However, this isn't exactly an ideal situation for the hospital. The new potential buyers -- a company called Pegasus -- are in town and they're scoping out their new acquisition. One shady move and Pegasus can call the entire deal off, resulting in Seattle Grace-Mercy West's closure. But Pegasus is a business; they want pretty docs to sell advertisements (cue Jackson/Stephanie vs. Alex/Jo hilariousness) and the latest gadgets to make things "faster" -- but they could care less about health care. And the attendings aren't happy about it. (If you want to know what Pegasus has planned, see below for our interpretation of the perfect Seattle Grace ad.)
So Jackson does what any qualified surgeon would do, and he rounds up the docs -- well, he calls Stephanie, Jo, who calls Alex (Justin Chambers) , and Meredith (Ellen Pompeo), who calls Cristina (Sandra Oh) and Derek (Patrick Dempsey) -- to help save the boy. Unfortunately, they're limited to the equipment in the hernia unit, and without nurses to do math for them (and practically do everything for them), they're not exactly the most organized group. There's a lot of yelling, freaking out (on April's part) and confusion -- as per usual. Not to mention Dr. Cahill (Constance Zimmer) is onto them. What a buzzkill.
The docs end up sneaking their young patient into an OR room, and when Dr. Cahil (aka the Dragon Lady) comes to inquire about the patient's file, Meredith "accidentally" deletes it. Nice try, guys. But finding all of the hospitals top surgeons in one OR room together? Yeah, like that doesn't look suspicious. Cue Owen's (Kevin McKidd) disappointed face.
So Dragon Lady and Owen call each doc in one-by-one -- starting with the meek, breakable interns -- to find out whose idea it was to take in an emergency patient. It's not much of an interrogation, as Jackson and Alex both confess to making the call. They don't want to be the face of a hospital that doesn't care to save patients in danger. Burn!
But not every attending gets off the hook; Dr. Cahil tells McDreamy the only way to save the hospital from closing its doors is to do what she says. If the boy would have died on their watch, Pegasus would have backed out of the deal. And if the docs don't want to "gallop down the road to a better tomorrow" with Pegasus, Seattle Grace-Mercy West is dunzo.
Callie, however, has another plan. After spending the day checking out another hospital (also owned by Pegasus) with the Chief, she decides she can't let the hospital be bought. Spending only 15 minutes with each patient is no way to save lives. So she proposes another idea to her fellow plane crash survivors: They should by the hospital themselves! Wow, like we totally didn’t see that one coming!
With the hospital’s fate up in the air, at least all of Grey’s core couples are happy (for once). MerDer and the McBaby couldn’t be further from their dark-and-twisty roots, while Cristina and Owen still can’t keep their hands off each other. Jackson and his intern are still going strong -- but don’t think that we missed Jackson side-eying April’s hot new man. But we have to admit: seeing the cute, shy paramedic tell April how much he likes her was a-dor-able. Seriously! It was so magical even Cristina’s heart grew three sizes bigger!
It looks like Derek and Cristina won't be buying a football team anytime soon. But will they have enough money to actually buy Seattle Grace-Mercy West? And will they all agree to it?
For answers to those questions and a whole lot more drama, tune in to the next new episode of Grey’s Anatomy on Thursday, February 14, 2013, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
Crystal Bell is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter at @newyorkbell.