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 His attempt to bro it up with Stephanie got us the news that her surgical privileges had been revoked and she'd been ordered to counseling.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"