We can’t decide what our favorite thing is from Grey's Anatomy Season 9, Episode 6: “Second Opinion”: April (Sarah Drew) comparing Jackson (Jesse Williams) to both a car crash and a delicious dessert, Cristina (Sandra Oh) returning, or Bailey (Chandra Wilson) manipulating Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) into walking. OK, maybe it’s Callie’s (Sara Ramirez) epic don’t-lose-hope speech to Derek (Patrick Dempsey). Nope. We have to give it to the return of Meredith’s (Ellen Pompeo) house. Nostalgia wins every time.
And why is Meredith’s house back in the picture if she’s off living with McDreamy in the dream house? Because Alex (Justin Chambers) is buying it. And why is Alex buying it? Because he’s finally growing up … at least when it comes to real estate.
Episode 6 starts off with the return of the prodigal Yang in all of her “Meredith’s person” glory as she (once again) kicks Derek out of his own bed. Looks like even the dream house can’t resist the bond of the twisted sisters. So while Cristina and Meredith share a queen-sized mattress, Jackson and April share yet another twin-sized hospital cot. Well, until April starts talking about fasting. Yeah, we’ll come back to those two.
Back to nostalgia-ville! Alex and Meredith spend the episode arguing about the minor details of the house from the scratches on the wall to the burn marks on the floor. Alex has two rules: He wants things fixed, and he doesn’t want roommates. So how does he end the episode? With nothing being fixed (thanks to a short-and-sweet trip down memory lane) and one roommate. Hey, Cristina couldn’t kick McDreamy out of the house he built forever. Well, she probably could have, but it wouldn’t have been polite.
According to Alex, his purchase of a real house is just the first step in his plan to not become one of those graduates who sleeps with freshmen. It made sense when he said it. But basically, Alex buys a house not to screw an intern in and not to say “dude” in. And then he helps Cristina out by allowing her to crash. Ladies and gentleman, we give you the definition of adulthood.
And Alex isn’t the only one growing. All around the hospital, Cristina is growing accustomed to being back, intern Jo is growing accustomed to being vomited on (three times), and Derek is growing accustomed to the idea that he might never operate again, which brings us to another important question: Why is Callie’s hair straightened, and why isn’t she in scrubs? Because it’s a lawsuit day, that’s why.
It’s time for the docs to talk about the physical and emotional damage of the plane crash in the hopes that it will make them even richer than they already are. And also, you know, to do the right thing. The good news to come out of this suit-filled conference room: Callie isn’t ready to give up on Derek’s hand just yet. The bad news: It looks like the lawyers aren’t going after the plane manufacturer. Instead, they’re looking at suing the reason the docs were on that plane in the first place, aka Seattle Grace-Mercy West and Owen (Kevin McKidd). As if Cristina needs another reason not to talk about all that crash nonsense.
However, for most of the episode, Cristina manages to escape the lawsuit drama. After being hired by Owen, she sets off to meet the new head of cardio, Jeff Russell (please, call him Jeff), who turns out to be the calmest man in the history of cardiovascular surgery. And, dare we say it, he doesn’t seem to have an ego. This should be interesting.
When Cristina isn’t bonding with her superiors, she’s striking fear in the hearts of her interns. She still doesn’t see a point in learning their real names considering their inevitable failure, but now she has moved from numbering them to giving them dwarf nicknames: Heather (Tina Majorino) and Shane (Gaius Charles) very quickly become Mousey and Happy/Dopey.
So while Cristina tries to out-mean Meredith “Medusa,” the original hospital meanie decides that there’s a more important task at hand: Arizona. And Bailey knows how it’s done. First, she piques Arizona’s interest by asking her for help with a patient. Then she makes Arizona walk to the front door by promising that an intern dropped off the patient’s chart. And when the chart isn’t at the door (that sneaky Bailey), Arizona turns her stumble into a strut and heads on down to the hospital, where she diagnoses the patient within two seconds of seeing the chart. Welcome back, Arizona.
OK, we said we’d get back to Jackson and April, so here goes nothing. Jackson doesn’t enjoy sex with him being compared to a car crash. That’s probably fair. But there’s also one other minor detail … he has feelings for April! And we’re not talking about lusty feelings. Our advice for April? If a man loves you despite the fact that you rant about Jesus and how horrible you feel immediately after sex, don’t let him go.
When Jackson isn’t busy getting lectured about how he’s bumming out Jesus, he’s serving as the accidental and very grossed-out liaison between Richard (James Pickens Jr.) and Catherine (Debbie Allen). Turns out, Richard isn’t that great at using technology, and he accidentally sent Jackson an email that he, er, wasn’t supposed to get. And then there’s the little fact that Catherine isn’t much better at the whole technology thing, so after Jackson was kind enough to forward her Richard’s email, she replied to the wrong man in her life. Oy.
But deep down, Jackson feels nothing but joy and happiness in this episode. You know why? Because on top of his feelings for April, he’s happy that his mom is happy. So long as, you know, her happiness stays out of his inbox. For now, Jackson will simply have to keep calling Richard “Sir” in an attempt to cope, because it doesn’t look like Richard and Catherine will be calling it quits anytime soon.
Other things we learned: Catherine Avery is a wordsmith who isn’t scared to get a little graphic, you should never underestimate the power of an extreme makeover, even the new head of cardio realizes just how stupid the new interns are, and Alex is probably the most easily pleased landlord in the United States. Get that man a rent check and some toilet paper, and you’re good to go.
So with the return of Arizona to the hospital, Alex to Meredith’s house and Cristina to Seattle Grace-Mercy West, we’d have to say that things are looking up for the residents of Seattle … unless you suffer from cyclic vomiting syndrome, your name is Owen, or you’re one of the painfully awkward interns.
We will see you in two weeks when, wait, is April pregnant?! We can hear her panic-stricken rants now.
Catch the next new episode of Grey’s Anatomy on Thursday, November 29 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
Samantha Highfill is a contributing writer to Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter at @samhighfill.
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