OMGOMGOMG: That’s pretty much our reaction to tonight’s episode. Why? Burke is officially back, and after much hype (mostly coming from Isaiah Washington) and anticipation, we finally get to see how this storyline pans out. And even though Cristina spends most of the episode across the globe, this is very much a Cristina-centric episode — where she is and where she’s not.
Meanwhile, about a bajillion other things are going on in the hospital, and if you missed out, we’re so sorry! Luckily, we’re here to fill you in. Here’s what you need to know:
Derek’s sister, Amy, is still in Seattle, and they’re operating together on a pair of conjoined twins. It’s now become medically necessary to separate them, but it may come down to only saving one of them — uh, yikes? And Amy’s clearly stressing over her life, and Derek doesn’t make it any easier when he offers her a job at the hospital as a neurosurgeon working on Callie’s project with her. Looks like somebody has some decisions to make!
Richard is out for blood when it comes to the Harper Avery Foundation… and any Averys he may meet in the meantime. He couldn’t possibly be more furious (of course, unless he was us) that Cristina didn’t win the award just because of politics, and he’s holding a major grudge against Jackson.
Speaking of Jackson, he and April have finally come to a compromise about their religious beliefs and their future baby. The family will go to church together, as long as they stop for waffles after. All together now: Aww.
Bailey did what she had to do to save a patient, but it may not exactly have been ethical. She used her experimental drug on the Bubble Boy without his parents’ consent, and it’s working. He’s getting better. But we can’t ignore that what she did was illegal… and the fact that she practically had Meredith’s head when she gave Richard’s wife, Adele, the drug instead of the placebo during her alzheimer’s clinical trial? Will Bailey be able to deal with the consequences?
And now, the good stuff. Here’s the deal with Burke: Cristina knows she has to make a move. If she stays at Grey Sloan, her career won’t progress — she can’t even be awarded a Harper Avery, and that would be the pinnacle of her career as a surgeon. So when she’s invited to Zurich to speak about her research at a hospital there, she jumps at the chance for a change of scenery.
During her lecture, a familiar voice asks her a question. You got it: Burke. As it turns out, he owns this hospital, and he specifically brought Cristina there to ask her to come and work for him. And is the Cristina Yang we know ever going to work for someone who left her at the altar? No. Way. And in fact, she reminds him of this in a collection of 15 (give or take) sizzling insults in one of the best speeches on Grey’s to date.
But as it turns out, Burke doesn’t want her to work there. He wants her to take over, because he’s moving to Milan with his wife. Yep, Burke’s a family man now! And he’s offering Cristina the job of a lifetime — one we know she would be incredible at. And, BTW, way better than winning a Harper Avery.
We know in our hearts what Cristina will do… and so does Meredith, the second she picks her up from the airport.
Excuse us while we cry ‘til next week’s episode… at which point, we’ll cry some more.
What did you think of tonight’s episode? Were you surprised by Burke’s proposition? Hit the comments and let us know!