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This was one of those episodes of Grey's Anatomy in which the action was moved forward for the show and not necessarily for all of the characters. Since the continued conflict between the attendings and Eliza, Bailey, and Catherine's revamp of the residency teaching program was at center stage, we only saw Owen in one scene this week.
The attending surgeons continued rallying behind Richard which left April on the outside on her first day as the interim Chief of General Surgery. It didn't help that her primary patient kept calling her 'Dr. Not Grey,' which only further emphasized Meredith's absence via suspension. This continued workplace tension lead to something we don't see very often these days, a lunchroom scene for the attending surgeons which let them blow off a little steam about their continued disagreement with Bailey's ousting of Richard from the residency program. Owen sat in the middle of it all, proclaiming himself Switzerland - neutral and focused on the bigger issue of keeping the peace - spoken like a true Army vet.
Not surprisingly, his concern was about April's state of mind as we saw her walk hesitatingly into the lunchroom. When April wavered about joining her friends before deciding she probably wouldn't be welcome, Owen looked pointedly at his protege and reminded his fellow surgeons that they were all ultimately on the same side in wanting what's best for the hospital, the staff, and their patients.
Elsewhere in the hospital: Richard and Catherine couldn't keep their marital conflicts out of the hospital; Bailey continued to bluster her way through naming Eliza as the new head of the residency program; Ben's first solo surgery got lost amidst Richard and Bailey's arguing in the OR; Stephanie's solo surgery had a tragic result as her pediatric patient died; Arizona continued arguing with Eliza in attempt to get her to see the flaws in her approach to her work at Grey Sloan Memorial; Catherine and April had a rare bonding moment; and Bailey asked Ben to take sides in the conflict at the hospital.
Grey's Anatomy: Minnick faces uphill battle at Grey Sloan
Posted on February 15, 2017 at 7:00pm EST
Eliza Minnick hasn’t made the best first impression at Grey Sloan.
Not only did Minnick (Marika Dominczyk) basically oust Richard (James Pickens Jr) as the head of the surgical residency program, but she also essentially got Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) suspended. So when Minnick implements Phase 2 of her teaching methods during Thursday’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy, the doctors of Grey Sloan won’t take it very well. EW turned to Dominczyk to get the scoop:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Eliza is implementing her next phase of teaching. What does that entail?
MARIKA DOMINCZYK: That entails 100 percent using Eliza’s method, which means the residents get to go to work and the attendings are way more hands-off. It’s going to be like a real trial of this method that Eliza believes is tried and true, and the only way to move the hospital forward.
How will the attendings take to the next phase?
They’re not going to like it. It’s going to take a little bit of arm twisting to get there. Not many of them like Eliza
This week at Grey Sloan Memorial we got an unexpectedly quick resolve for Alex's legal troubles, without a trial or any jail time. However, Owen Hunt's story was only briefly unraveled in this week's visit to our favorite fictional Seattle hospital. When he wasn't treating a trauma case, while also trying to protect the residents from their own poor self-care, Owen was trying to figure out what was going on with Amelia's exit from their marriage and her retreat to Stephanie's apartment. Stephanie, meanwhile was caught trying to stand by her favorite boss Amelia while also not sinking herself too far in the hole with Owen.
Owen's medical anvil of the week involved a woman who, along with her now deceased husband, attempted to literally wall herself off from society. She turned up at the hospital unresponsive and hopelessly wrapped up in razor wire which had been attached to the wall around her home. In case you didn't catch that, this case was all about the thing that you wrap around yourself for protection becoming the thing that actually might kill you. And that case was assigned to Owen, a man whose wife ran away from home rather than talk to him in order to protect herself from facing her past traumas.
In this deeply symbolic medical case we got a return of Owen and Nathan working alongside each other in the operating room. And in that working together Owen showed us he's willing to do things a little differently. When Nathan referenced Amelia's absence from the hospital, rather than simply brush it off, even though he tried to initially, Owen let his friend into his personal concerns. As Owen took the big step of admitting Amelia had fled their marriage, he also expressed his inability to figure out what to do, saying that he couldn't imagine running after her and forcing Amelia to return home if she didn't want to be there with him.
As his patient woke up, Owen learned the reason for her injuries and got some insight into the way to approach things with Amelia. His patient explained that the the barriers from the world that she and her husband thought would protect them now just seemed like an empty cage without him. Initially, she said she couldn't work up the courage to break free of those barriers until one day she took the risk of literally tearing down her walls, an act for which she seemed grateful even though it cost her one of her legs and landed her in the hospital. As she patted Owen's arm and thanked him for helping her, viewers began to wonder if he could take this vulnerable approach to Amelia and apply it to their marriage.
By the end of the episode we saw Owen standing outside of Stephanie's apartment, appealing to Amelia to make a choice other than to barricade herself away from him in an attempt to protect herself. And here we saw Owen trying on some more new behavior. While he stated his intent to be there for her when she was ready to open the door, he also made it clear he wouldn't wait forever.
Elsewhere in the hospital: We learned that Andrew appealed to the courts on Alex's behalf; Jo continued to overwork to avoid her personal life; Meredith got suspended for being unwilling to work with Eliza; Catherine showed up to provide Bailey some back up with hiring Eliza while also grimacing at what she knows it will do to Richard, her husband; Maggie's mom showed up for an unexpected visit and a plastics consult, which turned up a breast cancer diagnosis and exposed a rift in their relationship; Ben brought hospital news to Bailey who realized how out of the loop she'd become; the surgeons bickered about how to fight Eliza's presence at the hospital in light of Meredith's suspension; April got herself into trouble with Catherine; Maggie, in typical Maggie style, babbled in the elevator to Nathan and in the lounge to her mom; Alex got his job back in a fairly anticlimactic way; Bailey continued to defend her actions without explaining them, not even to Eliza; Arizona bickered with Eliza about her abrasive style; Andrew outed his feelings for Jo while having it out with Alex; April was named interim chief of general surgery; Richard realized Catherine backed Miranda's decision to bring in Eliza; Jo reached out to Alex; the residents held a brief strategy session; and Eliza hit on Arizona who mostly seemed not interested.
Where Ameila has been hiding out, way from Owen :(
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