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Kevin McKidd with the young boy who played Diego in Grey's Anatomy 1320 "In The Air Tonight" (filmed fall 2016).
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Another hour of Grey's Anatomy aired this week that focused on telling a singular story in a singular location from beginning to end, though this one, maybe, included another beginning too. I'm not sure I'm digging this trend of taking doctors outside of the hospital to lay bare all their issues, even as this one put Meredith Grey and Nathan Riggs on an airplane with enough turbulence to injure several of their fellow passengers.
Meredith's initial dread at seeing Nathan as she was boarding the plane turned quickly to the two of them joining the Mile High Club, to the surprise of probably exactly no one. Turbulence rained on their parade and created injuries throughout the plane, some severe and some that allowed for cute bonding with a child with a forehead laceration that brought out Meredith's mommy side. Naturally there were other hints of romance, as a flight attendant made an attempt at a little flirtatious bonding while Nathan reset and wrapped her wrist, while the pediatric dentist also on board the flight tried to carve out some quiet time with Meredith.
We also got some Grey's gallows humor as Meredith invoked the plane crash that ended Season 8 and took both Lexie and Mark from the cast roster. (I still miss them both, btw.) We got some forward emotional story for Meredith as in this telling of the story, it was deceptively easy for her to admit loving her kid sister. Things got intense, though, when Nathan pushed Meredith's buttons about how she's overextended herself to take care of Maggie while backing away from what she wants with him. Astoundingly, she blurted out that she still considered herself married, and then all the Merder shippers gasped aloud. And that's when their more severely injured patient with a potential brain bleed starting throwing up back in the cabin. Uh oh.
Turned out Nathan and Meredith made a pretty good trauma surgeon team as they discovered they would have to relieve the inter-cranial pressure for their patient as it wasn't yet safe to land the plane and get him to a hospital. And naturally, their shared stories about working in the field from earlier in the episode were brought to life as Meredith closed her eyes and waited for the right time to plunge a syringe into their patient's brain so as to draw out the blood that was pooling inside.
Another patient with pulmonary hypertension lost consciousness and when Nathan couldn't find a pulse, a defibrillator and chest compressions required him to stay with his patient while more turbulence complicated Meredith's steady-as-she-goes approach to her patient's brain bleed. But heck, it wouldn't be Grey's Anatomy if there weren't multiple terrifying medical emergencies happening at the same time. An attempt at finally landing the plane saw a stressed Meredith flashing back to that plane crash she survived and got us some scenes of those missing family and friends - Lexie, Mark, Cristina, and Derek. (Although Cristina's still alive in the Grey's lexicon so here's hoping we see her again sometime in more than a flashback.)
Nathan's whoop of delight when they eventually landed wasn't quite mirrored by Meredith, though she did seem plenty relieved. Witty banter ensued as Nathan chattered on about the Sioux Falls hotel they would have to stay at rather than continue onto the medical conference both were scheduled to attend. Cue some more flashbacks of Merder's history as an easy explanation of what Meredith was trying to move past, before they both sauntered off to the hotel together.
Of course, we got no Owen Hunt this week, though the season is rapidly coming to a close so we'll have to catch up on the emotional and verbal cone of silence between him and Amelia sometime soon. I hope so as it's getting pretty wearying for viewers at this point.
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Viewers found out something new in this week's episode of Grey's Anatomy. Owen Hunt - wait for it - has friends and they don't work at Grey Sloan Memorial! Of course, to twist the knife in typical Grey's fashion, these friends were both ideally placed to bring up Owen's history and vulnerabilities via being veterans he met at the VA Hospital who also happen to be married to each other and were expecting their first child. They also bantered cutely with both Owen and Nathan and asked about Owen's marriage and whether he and his wife were pregnant yet. Yup - Grey's writers went there.
Meanwhile, Maggie's first day back to work after her mother's death had her in the spirit to poach surgeries, starting with the one Nathan and Arizona had planned to fix a severely scary sounding and highly technical problem with the baby's heart - which put the most potentially vulnerable surgeon in the hospital right on Owen's radar. In front of the patients he was all business, but when he followed Arizona out of the room to ask why a doctor who hasn't spent a lot of time prepping for this very surgery was now in charge of it, the answer seemed very important to him. And of course, the father, who followed him into the hall, overheard the question and was seriously interested in the answer too. Did this have train wreck written all over it? Or was it a writer feint? Turned out to be some of both.
Although we did also get some bonding between Owen and Meredith, a reminder of their friendship in the wake of Cristina's departure from Seattle, it got a little strange once Jackson and Amelia joined in. They discussed forms of grieving and whether or not Maggie was ready for this surgery as though they were banal subjects. And then Amelia put it together that the patients involved were Owen's friends, people she knew. He kindly encouraged her to visit them because they'd asked about her. Other than a slightly reflective expression on Amelia's face, we were given no clues about how she felt.
All eyes were on Maggie in the OR which meant that Owen and Meredith, Nathan and Amelia, along with pretty much every other featured surgeon on the show was in the gallery watching this unique surgery. We were treated to more storyline mirroring as we heard Amelia share the story of their friends tumultuous road to being together and to having this baby. As Amelia spoke, the camera alternated between her face and Owen's yet viewers would have gotten the parallels either way. What remained to be seen was how many more allusions to their friends' story it would take for Amelia to open her mouth and speak. Turned out we'd have to wait some more, as Amelia simply pushed him aside at the end of the day, calling them 'Owen's friends,' before she went home to Meredith's house.
Elsewhere in the hospital: Nathan saw Arizona and Eliza turn up at work together which turned into Arizona and Nathan bonding over moving on romantically; Maggie had the support of her sisters Meredith and Amelia as she grieved her mother, went back to work, and danced it out; Alex took on a teaching opportunity which we never actually got to see; Meredith and Nathan continued to dance around each other; Stephanie and Andrew treated one of the interns and both misdiagnosed him; Richard and Miranda worked together, and bickered together again; and Jackson helped Maggie mourn her mother which made this viewer think he should be made an honorary Grey/Pierce/Shepherd sibling.
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