We saw little of Owen Hunt this week as the action in these two interconnected episodes focused largely on other characters. I’m not sure if I’d call it progress or not that the only forward movement we saw in Owen’s conflict with Nathan was propelled by discussion between other characters – Maggie, Meredith, and Amelia.
While that sisterly conversation eventually lead to Nathan’s confirmation of his bad behavior in his relationship with Owen’s sister Megan, I’m not sure if it was worth it. Maggie felt drawn to confront Nathan about his seemingly inexplicable actions. For his part, Nathan confirmed he’d kept back that part of the truth in telling his version of the story, but that what he did continued to plague him deeply. It might have worked to humanize Nathan a little bit, but it still seemed as if we got not a lot of payoff in these episodes about how perspective on decisions we’ve made can shift and cause rifts between us and those we care about.
We only saw Owen in his surgical capacity this week. Amidst all the drama around him, Owen served with Maggie and Meredith as part of an advisory panel to determine the facts of Ben’s actions in operating on a pregnant woman from the family of patients being treated after a multi-car accident. While we saw Owen as we often have, displaying his general sense of fair play and empathy, we also saw him continue to be hung up on Nathan’s actions in treating the family’s youngest member after Ben’s choice of an emergency c-section. Maggie eventually called Owen on his behavior, reminding him that the panel’s focus was meant to be squarely on Ben’s actions, which lead to a quick result from the panel.
Progress on other storylines:
• April and Jackson’s rollercoaster continued as both reached out for legal advice and fought their own feelings for each other. ** One detail that seemed ridiculous was when April, much like Meredith before her, mistook her baby’s first movements for a sign of trouble with her pregnancy. These people are doctors, right?
• Alex urged Bailey to call a ‘Code Pink’ as he thought his pediatric patient was missing. Turned out, that put the hospital into lockdown and put the whole tragedy of the week into motion. Conveniently, Alex soon found his patient hiding under a staircase.
• Ben’s radical decision to perform an emergency c-section on a patient without resources or supervision while the hospital was in lockdown was the thrust of the action in these two episodes. Ben and Bailey continued to struggle both at home and work, as she had to now investigate her husband’s rash surgical decisions.
After copious staff interviews, reviews of security camera footage, and much personal brooding, Bailey ultimately told a very disgruntled Ben he was suspended from hospital duty for six months.
Oh, and there was that moment in which Bailey ignored Ben’s patient’s husband’s do not resuscitate order and shocked him back to life, only for him to make a miraculous recovery.
• Callie and Penny struggled to figure out how to move forward with their relationship in the wake of Penny’s successful application of a grant that would take her to New York City for at least a year. When Callie decided to go with Penny, with Sofia in tow, Arizona was moved to consider a custody battle.
• Every other surgeon in the hospital was involved in operating on some member of the family of patients who made up this week’s medical tragedy. Except for Jo who got the humorous patient of the week who struggled to heal after abdominal surgery.
• And in other resident news, Stephanie was getting her flirt on with the MS patient she helped operate on last week; Andrew was in over his head in working with Ben on the emergency c-section; and some interns / residents / whatevers never before, or rarely seen before, were caught gossiping in the hall by Callie and Jo.