In an evening of crossover events, Grey's Anatomy surgeons and fans were introduced to Andy Herrera, the new female badass firefighter who showed up at Grey Sloan Memorial with her hand inside a patient's chest cavity. (The ads for her show, Station 19, made it clear this behavior was just how Andy's wired.) So, pretty much a regular day at this Seattle hospital. Former surgeon, now emergency responder Ben Warren was in tow as a way to connect the two shows even further while allowing him to keep a watchful eye on wife Miranda who was just returning to work after her vacation, ahem, make that heart attack recuperation.
While the hour showed a few allusions to the mysterious surgical contest occurring at the hospital, writers spent much of the episode introducing Andy, a thrill-seeker fire fighter with a decent side helping of earnest. She was fascinated by Meredith's surgery on their critically injured pediatric patient, enough so that Andy covered for her when the fancy Madrid doctor called to discuss the patent on the polymer Meredith needs for her research. She also convinced him to meet with Meredith on an upcoming visit to Seattle.
Having bowed out of the contest in the interest of retrenching himself in his beloved trauma department, Owen found himself working with one of the new interns to save another child pulled from the fire, older brother to the child Andy and Meredith were doing their best to save in another operating room. His mentorship skills were in high gear when Owen's intern used her hijab to stem the flow of blood from their young patient's femoral artery in a rushed pre-surgery moment. Owen's kind words to her after their patient pulled through gave this previously somewhat hapless intern a shot of confidence in her abilities.
Speaking of quick thinking, badass women, we saw Miranda step firmly back into the OR while shutting down both Richard and Ben's attempts to babysit her. Of course, Ben's need to linger at the hospital also showed us his realization that he now missed surgery even as he was stepping into an exciting new career, one Miranda had finally made peace with in a previous episode. Out of this part of the plot we got a bit of additional bonding for Miranda and Maggie, who operated on her and and then cleared her boss to return to work.
Additional bonding occurred, though somewhat at cross purposes, between Jackson and Arizona when he approached her to discuss his concern over April's actions after finding out the interns were calling her Dr. Party. While Arizona assured Jackson April was simply kicking up her heels outside her former relationship with him, Japril fans were heartened when he followed through on his gentlemanly urges to defend April's honor to the interns, albeit in a slightly caveman kind of way. By episode's end, it seemed Arizona was sharing Jackson's concerns over April as she watched her friend raucously pour shots for the interns while urging them all to chug them down. Oh April, seems you're on the Grey's writers' path to self-knowledge these days.
Viewers also got another shot of bonding between the Grey's sisters - Meredith, Amelia, and Maggie - as the three talked surgery while corralling the kids in the morning. Unfortunately, Alex found himself caught in the middle at work as Amelia invited her former mentor to help them brainstorm their research into how to save their pediatric cancer patient. Tom seemed more interested in catching up where he and Amelia left off, since the two slept together in an on-call room during his last appearance on the show. This time they bantered, argued, and flirted while Alex grew ever more irritated until they finally figured out a new approach to their young patient's insidious brain tumor. One good thing to come out of this messy story was watching Alex continue to steadfastly advocate for their patient, even while singing badly with her, and it gave Sam and Andrew something more to do than argue and flirt with each other. Here's hoping their scientific breakthrough will leave them with a way to salvage their winsome young patient's life in upcoming episodes.
A return to our favorite fictional Seattle hospital found Owen in the middle of two continuing medical stories we saw the beginnings of last week in Grey's Anatomy's two-hour premiere: Megan, returned from the presumed dead sister, pushing through recovery after surgery to repair / replace her abdominal wall, and Amelia, estranged and running scared wife, who had sworn Andrew to secrecy about her grapefruit sized tumor in her frontal lobe. Nope, nothing painful here for Owen to go through.
So, to recap via the recap, Megan remained determined to return as soon as possible to Iraq to reunite with her adopted son while Owen plead, mostly silently, for her to slow down and get well first. Meanwhile, things weren't going Amelia's way either as her former neurology professor, guest star Greg Germann, told her unequivocally that she should switch into patient mode given the size and placement of her tumor. In other words, neither woman in Owen's life turned out to be a very good patient.
In a melodramatic turn, Amelia sought out surgical service administration to share her medical status while remaining thoroughly unwilling to share her situation with either Owen or her sisters Meredith and Maggie. To ameliorate the drama level, at least we got to see more of Megan and Owen's sibling bond as they played cards and lamented their current personal situations. While I wish I believed Megan was really as all right as she seemed after ten years held captive in Iraq, at least we're getting to know more about Owen's family and history. Oh, and also that while she still loved Nathan she thought he still loved Meredith who, in a parallel scene, told her former (maybe still?) psychiatrist that she was done with love triangles. Guess she forgot to tell Grey's writing staff.
Meanwhile, as Amelia's testing continued it seemed to grow ever more impossible she could keep a rabbit this big in the hat. She finally seemed thoughtful on that topic after accepting Richard's help in evaluating the care she'd provided for her patients while her tumor grew. He managed to penetrate her mania with kind words about how while she helped her patients she was now hurting her family and friends by not letting them be in her current medical fight alongside her. So, while Owen and Megan agreed their lives needed fixing - Megan's approach to her health and Owen's marriage - we saw Amelia sharing her tumor news with weepy sister Maggie. Heck, at least her tumor, sizable though it may be, turned out to be benign.
And, at last, we saw Amelia page Owen to the tech room so that he could find out the brains scans she'd been obsessively reviewing had her own name attached, while Maggie quietly broke the news to Meredith.
Elsewhere in the hospital: Miranda stressed out over Harper Avery's visit to the hospital; guest Bill Smitrovich, who played Meredith's psychiatrist in S.12, continued to treat her in an, albeit unconventional, way; Maggie and Jackson continue to be awkward with each other; Andrew, bound by HIPPA, got creative in trying to share Amelia's test results without actually sharing them; Alex and Jo's reunion seemed real; Arizona assigned Ben to spend the day monitoring a pregnant patient; Harper Avery, who was a real boor, died while in meetings at Grey Sloan Memorial; Carina and Arizona continued to see each other but disagreed about patient care; April continued to work through her decision to move out of Jackson's apartment; and Meredith told Nathan to fight for his dream to be back with Megan.
| press release | photos 1401 | photos 1402 | promos | TGIT promos | sneak peeks |
NOTE: Grey's Anatomy 1401 & 1402 aired as the 2-hour season 14 premiere
Hour 1 - Break Down The House / directed by Debbie Allen
Grey's Anatomy returned in a big way this week with two hours that picked up right where the previous season set us down. Not only will Owen Hunt fans be pleased with the high-profile storyline at which he's the center - his long-thought deceased sister returned from being held hostage in Iraq - but we also got to see more of Kevin McKidd's directorial flair in the season opener's second hour.
We met Megan and saw that she's smart and funny and prepared to prank her brother Owen practically before she was off the helicopter used to transport her to McChord AFB near Seattle. And since she's inadvertently stepped into a Grey's triangle, it seemed a good plan that she was also willing to take baby steps when it came to reacquainting herself with Nathan. And, of course, while both men took leave from work to be fully involved in Megan's care, Amelia seemed freaked out by all the potential Hunt family bonding that was to come and retreated into surgeon mode. Meanwhile, Meredith became Megan's surgeon and all around favorite person, even though she was bound to find out that Meredith was also the 'significant' person Nathan has been seeing. And if that weren't enough family drama, it seemed Megan planned to return to Iraq as soon as possible because, wait for it, she planned to go back for the child she adopted while being held hostage. Yep, it's complicated.
Once Meredith began the testing required to take Megan into surgery, Owen found himself on the wrong end of his sister's questioning about Nathan's relationship status. Both he and Meredith wisely kept their mouths shut and focused on the medicine. Nathan meanwhile, expressed his concerns to Meredith about her role in Megan's care. Meredith, a la Amelia, assured him she was fine thank you and that he should let her do her job. Oh, and speaking of romantic entanglements, when Megan asked why Meredith was on a first name basis with her mom, she learned the surprising information that Owen had been married twice during his time in Seattle. But at least this time relationship gossip got us to Megan telling Owen to put his guilt at not searching harder for her in his back pocket and to get on with the work of living instead.
[continues on page 2 - see jump link below]
Happy 44th Birthday Kevin!
May your year ahead hold wonderful adventures!
We're proud to be your Team McKidd!
Click Here To View Group Birthday Card Signed By Fans
Thank you to everyone who signed Kevin's card, shared special artwork & video :)
It's season finale time in our favorite fictional Seattle hospital and we were brought right back into the thick of it as this w eek's episode opened with Meredith landing back at Grey Sloan Memorial just as an explosion ripped through the hospital, putting one and all at risk. Except for Owen Hunt, whom we knew to be back at Meredith's house with Amelia, awaiting further news of his sister Megan's return which we first heard about in last week's jaw-dropping episode.
This was an hour's worth of point, counterpoint as we saw Owen and Amelia process the imminent return of his sister Megan, who had been held hostage in Iraq for the last ten years while everyone else was at the hospital evacuating patients and trying to find Stephanie and her injured pediatric patient / fellow hostage. Miranda was tested in the extreme as she had to determine what kind of Chief of Surgery she wanted to be - one that followed hospital emergency protocol or one who could throw that protocol out the window to save lives in risky ways. Guess which approach she took?
Jackson, feeling immense guilt over Stephanie's disappearance, pulled one of his old tricks and walked back into the burning hospital in search of his coworker and former girlfriend. Meredith, whose name is on the now burning hospital after all, joined the rescue endeavors even though she was on a personal mission to find Nathan and deliver fateful news to him about Megan's return. Stephanie was a trooper throughout this episode as she worked diligently to keep her own self together while saving the life of the little girl with whom she'd been taken hostage. And, to the delight of some Richard Webber diehard fans, we saw Eliza struggle to keep up.
Meanwhile, back in Owen's skewed version of reality, Amelia broke the news to him about the explosion at the hospital. He got momentarily sidetracked, slipping into Chief of Trauma Surgery mode until Amelia brought him back to it being really okay to focus on his own concerns at the moment as his sister was soon to arrive at a nearby Army hospital. He foggily agreed to her plan while she instructed the babysitter how to tend to Meredith's kids until she could return from work.
It seemed like Trauma Team had it all wired up though, as April took on the duty of organizing the patient evacuation, treatment of those injured due to the fire, while also assigning duties to hospital staff amidst the smoke and ash falling from the hospital. It also gave her an opportunity to interact with Maggie around Jackson's tendency to run into things on fire to rescue people. Oh, and just to prove how good she was at multitasking, April also took the time to tell Maggie she'd noticed that aybe Maggie and Jackson had feelings for each other and urged them to make a go of it. And off Maggie's gobsmacked expression, cue the Japril fans' gasps of despair!
This was one of those rare weeks in our favorite fictional Seattle hospital in which we caught sight of Owen Hunt again, albeit in a painfully complicated story directed by Kevin McKidd himself. But this is Grey's Anatomy so what other kind of story is there in that universe? Considering we're almost to the end of the season, Owen's fans should count themselves lucky that he wasn't in the hospital when a vengeful patient set himself on fire while trying to escape, causing a large explosion. Okay, let's go back to the beginning of the hour so that y'all know how we got here.
The main focus of Owen's reappearance seemed to be a step forward in the storyline of his Missing In Action ister Megan disguised as a further test to his marriage with Amelia. Unfortunately, we had to wait a while to hear what message was delivered by the two army personnel who showed up on Owen's doorstep as he got ready for work. Considering one of them was a chaplain, we knew it wasn't going to be any kind of good news. Viewers were meant to be inside Owen's shock, as instead of hearing the news as it was delivered in that opening scene, we heard him walk through the hospital shrouded in a static-laden buzz that seemed to indicate Owen's shattered attempt at processing what had happened.
Owen's abrupt behavior surprised April as she attempted to treat a choking infant in the Emergency Room. His hard slaps on the infant's back dislodged the coin on which she'd choked and got us to, of course, Amelia performing the neurological consult he gruffly recommended before stepping away. This gave her a perfect excuse to find Owen, clearly freaked out, in an exam room to deliver the parents' request to speak to him further. In another stalemate move on the Owen and Amelia chess board, rather than investigate why he seemed so off his game, she simply got irritated and left the room after delivering the message.
When he caught up to the baby's parents and the mother thanked him with a tearful hug for saving her child's life, Owen fled from the emotional closeness and hid out in another empty exam room. This time Amelia followed him and asked what was going on. Oh, and just in case this story wasn't complicated enough, this was just after she finished encouraging Meredith again to move forward with Nathan. Owen finally choked out that he had news about Megan, and, wait for it...she's alive! While I'm grateful Owen has a storyline and that, perhaps, he and Amelia might, just might, remember how to talk to each other, it's distressing how his story looped us back to Meredith's story in a typical Grey's house of cards. Are we destined to see Meredith on the dark and twisty road again? Let's hope not, but since this is Grey's, that might be a vain hope.
Soon we saw Amelia take charge as Owen began to crumble under the weight of the situation. While the two of them were at Meredith's house trying to track down information on whether or not it was indeed Megan who was being transported to an Army hospital in Germany, we soon saw allusions to Owen's past, parts of which were news to Amelia. After Teddy, former Seattle surgeon who served overseas with Owen, Megan, and Nathan, confirmed that Owen's sister had been found, Amelia set about having her transferred to Seattle. She was also smart enough to call in the leading expert in PTSD to help Owen deal with the guilt he soon showed us at having moved on with his life while his sister had been held hostage for nearly 10 years.
Once Meredith arrived home with the kids the rest of the story was set into motion as Amelia related the truth of Megan's reappearance. Meredith then took it upon herself to return to the hospital so as to share this news with Nathan. And wouldn't you know it, just as Meredith got out of her car a fiery explosion shook the hospital. Guess next week must be the season finale, huh?
Elsewhere in the hospital: Meredith and Nathan woke up together and Maggie noticed their coziness at work; Alex tracked down Jo's husband, a fellow doctor, with likely to be disastrous results given his imaginings of what might happen when he confronted him; Richard approved Stephanie's return to work after a short round of therapy; Arizona and Eliza woke up together so they seemed to be going strong; two patients of the week came in unconscious and partially disrobed after a car crash; Jackson and Maggie continued to bond; Eliza put Stephanie on scut duty monitoring the male patient in the car accident who grew creepy and combative as it came to light he'd tried to rape the woman in the car; the hospital went into lockdown as they tried to find him after he took Stephanie hostage in an attempt to escape; and that's where that explosion came from as he tried to set a fire to get the doors to unlock again and, with Stephanie's assistance, ended up setting himself aflame.
This was another hour's worth of Grey's Anatomy which focused on select stories amongst our favorite Seattle surgeons without showing us even one scene containing Owen Hunt. What we did get was a lot of talk about moving forward and moving on, both professionally and romantically.
We saw Meredith teeter on the brink of moving on with Nathan. She moved the how-to-resect-a-tumor artwork that Derek crafted out of her bedroom and handed it off to Amelia, the sister in the bedroom next door to Meredith's at Casa Grey. Oh, and she also called Nathan and told him she wasn't available for an overnight date while staring at her Post-It wedding vows sitting on her dresser. At the end of the day she walked out of the hospital hand in hand with Nathan. Cue Merder fans breaking down.
Next we saw a combination of Eliza as fierce resident evaluator and awkward seductress. Right on the heels of reviewing the residents' performance with Miranda and Richard - including choice words on Stephanie and Ben - she sauntered up to Arizona and propositioned her for naked date night. After a teasing scene in the sexiest elevator of all time we saw them finally make it past first base at Arizona's house. And cue Calzona fans to break down next.
We soon saw Alex throw himself into professional jeopardy again as he and Stephanie encountered a return of one of the patients of the week, a pediatric patient with a tumor and parents whose religious beliefs kept them from pursuing medical intervention for their son's condition. Of course, this episode was also about bringing up the stresses and secrets our surgeons try to keep at bay via focusing on surgery instead. So Alex just couldn't keep himself from acting impulsively and labeling it as being in the best interest of his patient while Stephanie loudly took out her triggered anger at their patient's father who took them to task for performing surgery that restored his son's sight. And cue adding two ticking time bombs to the slide into the end of the season.
While we didn't see Ben in an operating room this week, his absence there was much discussed by Richard and Eliza. In another can't help himself moment, we saw Richard take Ben to task for hiding out in the ER when he is a senior resident who should be logging hours in the OR instead. His attempt to bro it up with Stephanie got us the news that her surgical privileges had been revoked and she'd been ordered to counseling. Hopefully Ben won't give us another can't help himself surgical moment to round out the season that has him performing a c-section during a hospital lockdown or on anyone's dining-room table.
And just in case we didn't get that the season ends in two more episodes, Maggie got amped up to remove a supposedly inoperable tumor from another patient of the week who ended up in the ER with a splenic laceration due to falling down the stairs after living it up with a man she met in a bar that evening. Turned out she'd gotten her one year to live diagnosis and decided to take care of her sexual bucket list in the time she had left. This case brought up two of Grey's favorite topics, amazing medical cases and sex. We soon saw Maggie, Meredith, April, and Amelia all clustered around their patient as they sadly removed only part of her amazingly huge and not completely inoperable tumor and discussed relationships and, of course, their sex lives.
Just to round things out, we saw Jo quietly tell Andrew not to confess his feelings to her because it would ruin the friendship they have managed to carve out of a very strange year for both of them. This love that likely won't be story ended with a whimper and, as a result, seemed almost as dignified as Andrew himself has been throughout the season.
Hang onto your hats Grey's Anatomy fans. From the looks of the episode ending promo for next week's episode our jaws will be dropping as Grey's 13th season winds itself up. And we might even see Owen Hunt again. :)
NOTE: Kevin McKidd directs next week's Grey's Anatomy 1323 "True Colors"
This week's episode of Grey's Anatomy brought out some stories that have been teased out over the season, including the distance that's grown between Owen and Amelia. The literal distance was highlighted at a post-plane-surgical-rescue press conference in which Meredith and Nathan's actions to save two seriously injured patients were lauded by Miranda and a host of reporters. We saw both Owen and Amelia in the audience - Amelia chatted with Richard on one side of the room while Owen escorted Catherine to her seat in the front row on the opposite side of the room. An old story for Owen seemed to be getting older by the second, especially as it took us almost the whole rest of the episode to see him again.
And to keep the pressure high on their storyline, naturally anytime there's a pregnant patient in the hospital either Owen or Amelia, or maybe both of them, treat that patient - as we once again saw this week. A pregnant cancer patient, previously treated by Alex, was again in the ER with back pain and tingling in her legs. After an exam we saw both Amelia and Arizona enter the picture so as to prep for a C-section even though the baby wasn't yet at term. Since their patient's cancer had metastasized time was, as they say, of the essence.
During the surgery their patient threw a clot, which anyone could have predicted when she asked to sign a Do Not Resuscitate order before the surgery commenced. While Arizona handled the not so complex C-section that left Amelia to provide supportive care once their patient refused surgery for the clot. Their patient's sorrowful speech about how she regretted having put barriers in the way of being with the man she has loved, who loved her too, but also happened to be her best friend, and the father of her son, left everyone in the room teary-eyed.
We saw no easy resolution for Owen and Amelia in this episode, even after the elevator doors opened in front of Owen to show us a crying Amelia standing inside. While she tried to pull herself together and he tried to give her the space to do so, that processing lasted for only a second before he stepped into the elevator, wrapped his arms around her, and let her cry it out. Once they reached the next floor Owen stepped back, took a deep breath while Amelia again pulled herself together and they went their separate ways. This not talking about the elephant(s) in the room has left them both stuck in their stalemate mode, not surprising since there are only two more episodes before a said to be explosive season finale. Hey, at least they got the almost plane crash out of the way early this season.
Elsewhere in the hospital: A press conference outed Meredith and Nathan's relationship to Maggie; Alex continued being Meredith's fill-in person in Cristina's absence; Richard and Catherine continued to feud and Miranda couldn't help trying to fix it and pulled April into her plan; April, Richard, Stephanie, and Andrew ended up treating a patient with abdominal worms; Maggie blocked Meredith's attempts to explain what happened between her and Nathan; Maggie drowned her sorrows in surgery with Jackson; Richard and Catherine began the road back to each other; and Maggie grudgingly agreed to go out on the town with Meredith and Amelia - presumably dancing it out ensued
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.
CONNECT WITH US!
TEAM McKIDD : ADMIN
This official site is affiliated with and endorsed by Kevin McKidd but it is not run by Kevin, his family, or management. Team McKidd operates the site and, in cooperation with Kevin, organizes charity events, Q&A chats, autograph requests, contests, giveaways, etc. Team McKidd members volunteer their time, and donate other resources, to manage the site daily. Fan mail and autograph information can be found on the Contact Us page. See this list of Official Kevin McKidd Links.
Best Viewed In Firefox