It soon remained clear that the olive branch Owen extended to Nathan in last season's finale wasn't a sure thing just yet as we saw Owen indulgently smile at Amelia as she explained why she followed the 'it's better to apologize afterward than ask for permission' school of marriage and invited Nathan to dinner without mentioning it to him. Owen's reaction was to do the same thing, asking Meredith and Maggie to be his friend buffer at the upcoming dinner, which scored him an unintended trifecta of Grey's current romantic triangle participants at the event. The party kept getting more out of hand as Amelia invited dark and twisty Jo to attend as well, the main point of which seemed to be for her to run into Alex in the yard for yet another round of misunderstanding.
Owen's machinations on the friend buffer front went by the wayside as Nathan sat down next to him in the living room. The two former pals both seemed pretty uncertain what to talk about, especially considering how well they'd been avoiding each other all night. The resulting overly loud silence between the two men was not what Amelia hoped to find when she tiptoed into the living room. Eventually she couldn't help herself and she pulled Owen from the room, reminding him that all she wanted to do was help before letting him off the party hook. It was clear she wasn't giving up, as she later showed Owen a photograph of he and Nathan at the wedding, reminding him you only get so many best friends in life and you shouldn't be so willing to let them go.
Elsewhere in the hospital: Alex' felony charge of assault meant Bailey faced a tough decision and sent him to the Denny Duquette memorial clinic for work until his case is decided; Richard agreed to be Bailey's 'eyes and ears' in the hospital, that is after Ben refused the task; Alex and Jo continued to struggle with themselves and each other; Meredith and Alex continue to back each other up as they each struggled with how to move forward with their lives; April re-injured herself post-C-section which left her in a position to rely on Jackson to get herself and baby Harriet home; a tense elevator ride reminded both Andrew and Meredith of the power differentials at play when personal and professional lives mix at Grey Sloan Memorial; and the hospital staff tried to not take sides while they were all, in reality, doing just that between Alex and Andrew.