Let’s face it: the plane crash that marked the end of Grey’s Anatomy Season 8 was nothing short of catastrophic. And knowing the Grey’s writers, it should have come as no surprise to us that the next season would be made more dramatic than ever as a result of what happened in the plane crash. Here are some of the most shocking moments from Season 9:
Mark’s death. When we left the Grey’s crew stranded among the wreckage of the plane crash in the Season 8 finale, there was no way around it – Lexie was dead. But it totally seemed like everyone else would survive… wouldn’t they? No, Not so much. Mark may have made it back to the hospital, but he never made it home. And if watching the doctors gather to stop life support wasn’t bad enough, seeing Mark alive and joking with his friends just before he crashed? Salt in the wound.
Arizona’s amputated leg. Arizona was obviously really hurt in the plane crash, but she was conscious and talking – good sign, right? Maybe not. After she was noticeably absent from the majority of the Season 9 premiere, we don’t find out her fate until the very last scene of the episode when Callie goes home that night to a very angry (and bedridden) Arizona. What’s the problem – she’s alive, isn’t she? We quickly realize she has plenty to be mad about when she pulls back her sheets to reveal her missing leg.
Adele’s death. Now that we think of it, Season 9 was kind of a bloodbath. Lexie, Mark, and now… Adele?! Things were looking good for former chief Richard’s wife – okay, she had Alzheimer’s, but she’d made it into Meredith and Derek’s clinical trial, which seemed to be helping. But as it turns out, Alzheimer’s was the least of Adele’s problems – on the day of Bailey’s wedding, she shows up in the hospital coughing up blood. Bailey tries to save her and the surgery is successful, but she dies of a heart attack later that night.
The doctors buy the hospital. The plane crash survivors get a pretty hefty settlement in their lawsuit, but it doesn’t come without its drawbacks – in order to pay them, the hospital has to go bankrupt, and everyone will lose their jobs. Oh no! But Meredith, Derek, Cristina, Callie, and Arizona aren’t about to let Seattle Grace close its doors – they pool their money together and, with the help of a donation from the Harper Avery Foundation, snatch the hospital out from Pegasus’ prying little fingers.
Jackson is named the head of the board of directors. Part of the Harper Avery Foundation’s investment in purchasing the hospital means that a representative of their choosing gets to sit at the head of the board of directors – and Catherine Avery selects none other than her son Jackson, effectively making him in charge of the entire hospital. Wait, what?! Yep, it’s true, she can actually do that. Nobody was thrilled about her choice at first, but now it looks like Jackson might not make a bad boss after all.
Catch the episode on Thursday, April 4, 2013, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.