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Well, this was a mixed bag of an episode that felt a bit lukewarm overall. As usual, medical curiosities were intermingled with sexy times for some of the surgeons and the connections felt a bit overwrought. Predictably some additional geometry was introduced for Owen, Amelia, Teddy, Tom, and Leo and it became difficult to keep up with all of the anvils that were dropping out of the sky.
Owen seemed to have some residual resentment against Teddy's recent getaway with Tom, which she tried to bluff off as only an old friend who knows your triggers and how to defuse them can do. He kept at it, talking about his frustrations even in front of patients, which felt out of character for Owen, even with his own emotional spiral of a break up with Amelia and trying to parent Leo by himself. The next anvil showed up via their patients turning out to be a married couple in which the wife was currently pregnant and bleeding internally. Owen's solicitousness over Teddy's feelings as a pregnant woman treating an injured pregnant woman was laid on a little too thick and felt paternal rather than friendly.
In the background we saw Amelia attending a conference on alternative healing where she happened to run into Link. It felt ridiculous that these people who work in the same surgical department had no idea they were going to the same conference, and then they kept running into each other all the time. One would think the writers were trying to throw them together - oh yes, except that's exactly what they were doing. Word vomit and embarrassed flirting on both sides turned into a roll between the sheets that they each claimed meant nothing. Um, yeah right.
Back at the hospital, Teddy and Carina had to navigate Papa DeLuca as he tried to convince Teddy's patients to let their endangered baby be his first human external womb research subject. When all of that blew up in everyone's faces, Teddy had to face the challenge of explaining to her patients why an emergency hysterectomy seemed her only remaining treatment option. Owen hovered and told Teddy he'd take over the surgery so she didn't have to be the one to unravel their patient's burgeoning family, but she held strong long enough to complete surgery. The natural result of this heavy-handed plot was that by the time Teddy broke down in tears, of course Tom walked in on Owen hugging her.
Elsewhere in the hospital: Jackson used tilapia skin as a breathable bandage for a burn patient; Maggie became a resource for Jo in finding the courage to search out her birth family; Miranda and Alex somewhat buried the hatchet; Andrew pulled back from Meredith after his father's emotional implosion; Alex helped his mother travel back home; and Richard hosted a fish fry for the staff on the hospital's roof.
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While last week's Grey's set us up to believe Owen and Amelia would be enmeshed in a long court battle over Leo's guardianship, we instead saw them joining together with Betty/Britney's parents around whether or not she would survive a run in with some deadly drug for sale in a nearby park. Yes, this was another Yikes! kind of week.
The somber mood at their home at the episode's beginning centered around handing Leo over to his grandparents. Owen held Leo tightly as Amelia tried to stave off tears while packing up the baby's belongings. They both tried to find appropriate words so as to impart best wishes for Leo before handing him over to Betty/Britney's parents. As if that didn't tug our proverbial heart strings enough, Teddy's romantic bantering to Miranda about her newfound romance with Tom was summarily interrupted by the hospital becoming overrun by drug users who had OD'd in a nearby park.
Good thing Owen put Teddy in charge of the trauma department as she quickly arranged her staff and her resources to handle a mass trauma as patients in varying states of consciousness poured into Grey Sloan Memorial. Things grew bad enough that Owen too was pressed into service, a seeming welcome relief as he attempted to stifle his feelings over Leo's departure. Viewers likely weren't surprised to see Betty/Britney and her rehab boyfriend show up at the hospital for treatment, which brought the whole rest of the family to the hospital as well.
Teddy quickly sensed how difficult it would be to save Betty/Britney once she lapsed into unconsciousness after complaining of chest pain and trouble breathing, and called in Maggie to apprise her of the situation. Amelia's other sister Meredith was in an OR in the process of breaking the hospital's surgical time record by operating for almost an entire day on the same patient, so it was up to Maggie to bring the familial juju for Amelia given Betty/Britney's collapsing health. Afraid to sit with her feelings for too long, Amelia latched onto what she might do instead of medicine after hearing Link postulate about moving to Barbados and starting over. (Oh please Grey's Writers, don't put Link into this romance geometry that currently houses Owen, Amelia, Teddy, and Tom. I beg you, don't do it.)
We later saw Owen and Amelia cluster with Betty/Britney's parents in the waiting room as they all expressed their despair and helplessness to each other while Teddy and Richard battled to save the young woman at the center of this story. Fortunately, even though an aortic dissection sounded pretty scary, we saw Betty/Britney open her eyes post-op only to find herself surrounded by her guardians and her family. Too bad they would also have to give her the news that while her boyfriend, with whom she ran away from rehab, didn't succumb to the drugs they bought, he did not survive the drugs he stole from the hospital and injected while waiting for news of her condition.
Elsewhere in the hospital: Meredith collapsed after her day-long surgery; Miranda and Ben pondered the beauty of life even amidst the day's trauma; Jackson treated a homeless man who brought in a toddler left behind in the park; Maggie wasn't forced to go camping with Jackson after all; Jo commiserated with Alex about having been left behind by his own parents when they were using substances during his childhood; Andrew lovingly wheeled an exhausted Meredith into a patient room and covered her with a blanket; and Levi and Nico grew closer while bonding over ortho and surgery.
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Viewers were transported to Scotland this week and actor/director Kevin McKidd's handprints were all over it! Family drama, relationship drama, and scarily impressive medical cases abounded alongside a plot line that was a pretty good PSA for gun control leavened by a soundtrack heavy on the bagpipes.
Right out of the gate we got combined family and relationship drama for Owen and Amelia with the news that Betty/Brittany had absconded from rehab. The second punch swiftly followed as Amelia heard her name called out, only to find complete strangers trying to get her attention. Turned out, Betty/Brittany's parents had arrived as someone at rehab gave them Amelia's name as a contact. This awkward connection of parents and guardian quickly got uncomfortable as Amelia dropped Leo's name into the conversation and she realized these parents had no idea they were also grandparents. Yikes!
Owen took in the arrival of Leo's grandparents with few words but a heck of a doomsday stress expression on his face. The reunion of one family could lead to the splintering of the one he had lovingly created with Leo at the center of it. Rather than leaning on Amelia, to whom he declared himself recommitted just a couple of short weeks ago, Owen pulled inward and turned to saving a family via his kickass trauma skills. A teenager was brought to the hospital following an accidental shooting at a parade. His father, toting a set of bagpipes and rocking a kilt, refused to leave his side - a luxury Owen clearly wished he had as well with Leo.
Surgery beckoned to remove the bullet and also save their patients hand, so Owen enlisted Jackson and Alex to help. As always happens on Grey's, the surgery got scary before it got better and their patent made it out with an encouraging prognosis. His concerned father made an impact on Owen as he talked of his despair over the seeming endless access to guns in this country and how to protect his son from all the unexpected dangers of the world. This conversation got to Jackson too, which we saw on his face and Owen's as they picked up their kids from daycare.
We saw a bit more of Owen and Teddy's friendship return as she saw him reacting brusquely and challenged him to tell her what was going on. He blurted out his greatest fear - that Leo's grandparents were in the hospital and that he felt destined to lose his foster son. Weirdly here, where there should have been baggage as there has been in previous episodes, it just fell away as Teddy quickly gave him a hug and comforting words without any vaguely romantic tension at all.
Meanwhile, Amelia spent some quietly awkward time with Betty/Brittany's mom Carol in daycare getting to know the family history a little better. As the two women shared their concerns for the young girl they'd both cared for, Amelia interjected a bit about her own path to sobriety and how she did eventually mend her relationship with her mother. Unfortunately, this news gave the family ammunition around taking over Leo's care immediately lest he be tainted by another addict's impact on his life. Owen went all Army Major and declared himself Leo's guardian until a judge says otherwise before turning on Amelia for sinking their ship with her loose lips in conversation with Carol. Another yikes!
At least we got some levity via the other two characters in this love rectangle as Teddy and Tom got closer to figuring out what they were to each other - friends or something more. After their weirdly effecting Valentine's mani/pedi date, we saw their banter become more comfortable and flirty as they further bonded over Teddy's pregnancy cravings for bacon and danish at the hotel breakfast bar. Turned out they are staying at the same hotel, which made Teddy's end of day visit to Tom's room all the more convenient, even as they took an emotionally circuitous route to it.
These two characters seemed on a tricky path as they too treated a medical case that mirrored their own lives, a female patient surrounded by both her husband and her best friend. While the two men took turns fussing over the patient and she flirted with them both, Teddy obliquely pondered her complicated friendship with Owen. Tom took umbrage at feeling Teddy viewed him as an accessory to helping her figure out her life while Owen got on with his own with Amelia, and stalked from the room. Fortunately, he was willing to share his club sandwich, with extra bacon no less, after Teddy eventually word vomited that her friendship with Owen is important but that she and Tom are something else, something more and yet to be determined. While it seemed their relationship might stay undefined for now, their connection through food allowed them to ignore the subtext and get to more bantering and smooching. Fair enough!
Elsewhere in the hospital: Meredith and Andrew got the greenlight on their relationship from Maggie; Jo helped Meredith and Maggie rock a seemingly impossible surgery on Maggie's hated former med school classmate; Miranda unsuccessfully tried to grab bag the Chief position while Alex held on tight; Richard continued to mentor Miranda; and Meredith and Andrew headed out on their first official date.
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